Big River Big Woods Wild Ones

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Monthly Meetings

Our meetings are free and open to the public.  We hold our meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month, except December.  Our meetings start with social time between 6:30 and 7 p.m.  From 7 to 8:30 p.m. we have the educational portion of the meeting.  We meet at Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN  Map

Meeting Schedule

photo by Karen Eckman


July 27
Keller Golf Course 
Maplewood, MN
6:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m. 
Simba Blood, Natural Resources Technician, RWMWD, and  Paul Diegnau, Golf Course Superintendent, Keller Golf Course, will tour us on golf carts.  

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot here. 

August 19 
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
Hanover, MN
9 a.m. –  11 a.m. 
John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, Three Rivers Park District, will lead us.  

Let us know if you would like to carpool.  We could meet at the Autumn Grove Park.  If you are interested in carpooling, send an email to

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot here. 


September 28
Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration
presented by Julia Bohnen
6:30 p.m  – 8:30 p.m.
at Autumn Grove Park, Roseville map

Julia Bohnen will talk about the restoration of the Spring Peeper Meadow at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Originally a wetland, the meadow had been drained to be used as farm land.  Once the drainage process was reversed, the seeds of 115 different kinds of native plants were introduced.  The meadow is now teeming with a diversity of plant and animal life.  The story of this project has a lot to teach about how to successfully complete a wetland restoration.

Julia Bohnen has about 25 years of restoration experience, both on the ground implementing and managing restoration efforts, as well as developing instructional resources and teaching about restoration and conducting research into past restoration efforts funded by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.



photos by Karen Eckman

Tamarack Nature Center
Prairie Wildflower Walk

Plants that were blooming on July 8:

Anemone, Canada(Anemone canadensis)*
Birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Brittlestem Hemp-nettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Campion, White (Silene latifolia)
Cinquefoil, Tall (Potentilla arguta)
Clover, Red (Trifolium pratense)
Clover, White (Trifolium repens)
Clover, Yellow Sweet (Melilotus officinalis)
Coreopsis, Lanceleaved (Coreopsis lanseolatus)
Daisy (Prairie) Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus}
Goatsbeard, Yellow (Tragopogon dubius)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana)
Hoary Frostweed (Helianthemum bicknellii)
Milkvetch, Canada (Astragalus canadensis)
Milkweed, Swamp (Asclepias incarnata)**
Milkweed, Common (Asclepias syriaca)
Monarda (Wild Bergamot) (Monarda fistulosa)
Ox-eye Daisy (White) (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Prairie Clover, White (Dalea candida)
Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Smooth Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Spiderwort, Long brachted (Tradescantia bracteata)
Stickseed, Virginia (Hackelia virginiana)*
Sunflower, Prairie (Helianthus petiolaris)
Tick-Trefoil, Pointed-leaf (Desmodium glutinosum)*
Toadflax, Oldfield (Linaria canadensis)
Vervain, Hoary (Verbena stricta)
Vetch, Hairy (Vicia villosa)
Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Yarrow, Common (Achillea millefolium)
*   Found at the margin between Prairie and Woods
** Found in Rain Garden

Our next Prairie Wildflower Walk will be 
Saturday, August 12th at 9:00 AM

Volunteer for one of our Service Projects

Roseville Library Children’s Reading Garden
2180 North Hamline Avenue, Roseville

Join us to help with the children’s reading garden. This outdoor area is framed by natural plantings and includes a rain garden as well as a natural prairie. The garden is used frequently by families with young children who enjoy the fenced in area to safely play outdoors while visiting the library.

Schedule (Rain or shine):
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bring gloves and hand tools if possible.  Beginners and experts are welcome!

Project Leader:
Nicole Brinkman, 651-724-6032,

For more information, download the flyer.

Island Lake Elementary Butterfly Garden
Island Lake Elementary School, 3555 Victoria Street N, Shoreview

Enjoy time with your kindred spirits while you help restore and maintain a 5-year-old patch of native prairie.

This 36′ x 36′ Eagle Scout project had suffered several years of neglect  until Augusts 21st last year when our Wild Ones Chapter took it on. 

Schedule (Rain or shine – except lightning):
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon
Come when you can.  Leave when you need to.  Bring water, gloves, and favorite weeding tool(s).

Project Leader:
Karen Eckman, home – 651-483-8460, cell – 651-260-8534,

For more information, download the flyer.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
1199 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul

Our chapter has “adopted” a parcel in Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC) – in the Oak Woodland section.   We will tackle invasive species and nurture native plant communities in Como Park.  We are doing this for the EcoSteward Work Days of the St. Paul Parks.

Saturdays, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 9, September 23, October 14.
Tools are on site, but dress to work in the woods (pants + sox + close-toed shoes) and we suggest bringing gloves and water.

Project Leader:
Judi Petkau, 612-578-7385.

For more information, download the flyer.

If you have suggestions for other projects in the East Twin Cities Metro area please send your suggestions to  Let us know if an evening gardening time would work better for you and which day and time. Everyone welcome

Minnesota Wildflowers Garden Tour

Peter giving the tour. (Photo by Carol Crowe)

Combine perfect weather and perfect hosts and you will have a sense of what the tour of Minnesota Wildflowers gardens was like Sunday afternoon. Peter Dziuk guided 40 Wild Ones members and guests through his and Katy Chayka’s extensive native gardens. It’s hard to believe that so much variety can be contained in one suburban lot. Peter and Katy travel the state searching its remotest corners to photograph rare native plants for their excellent web site, Sometimes they are able to obtain seed which they bring back home and plant in hopes that the specimen will thrive so it can be photographed for the web site. This was a very educational garden tour. Thanks to Peter and Katy for their generosity in sharing their time and knowledge with us.

Poke Milkweed (Photo by Carol Crowe)

Volunteers needed for the Green Team at the Arboretum in Roseville

2525 North Dale St., Roseville, MN, 55113

Join the team of volunteers who assure that the public gardens are picture perfect and continue to spark community pride.   Help weed and maintain beautiful flower beds that make this free public access space.  Join us weekly or as your schedule permits throughout the season.  Join as an individual or bring your own team of friends, co-workers or family members.  A gratifying way to spend some time outdoors with a FUN group of fellow flower fans.


The Big River Big Woods Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.  This year our Board’s officers are Eva Ekola, President; Liz Wendland, Vice President; Carol Crowe, Secretary; Leanne Phinney, Treasurer.  Erica Tenbroek is our Projects Coordinator. Judi Petkau is our Merchandise Coordinator.  Joe Crowe is our Webmaster.  Look in this space for our most recent minutes.

June, 2017

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