Welcome to Wild Ones Big River Big Woods Chapter

 CHAPTER MEETINGS

September 27

The Basics of Native Plant Gardening:
Going Beyond Pollinator-Friendly

Presented by Terry Serres

Gardening with native plants isn’t any more difficult than “conventional” gardening, and it is so rewarding – to yourself, your community and the environment. In this presentation we will discuss basic principles, advantages, challenges and ideas for getting started. We’ll see photographs of native plant gardens that will inspire you, and we’ll provide resources for expertise and materials.

Terry is completing a Master’s program in forest ecology at the University of Minnesota. He has professional certifications in wetland delineation and ecological restoration and has also taught professional enrichment courses on botanical topics for foresters and naturalists. He is active in the Minnesota Native Plant Society and Wild Ones. Originally a conventional gardener, he has ramped up his commitment to native plant gardening and finds himself on an exciting learning curve.

Date:  September 27
Time:  6:30 pm to 7 pm informal sharing and social time, 7 pm to 8:30 pm presentation
Place:  Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN  Map

 


October 25

What Was Growing in Your Neighborhood 200 Years Ago?

Presented by Michelle Martin

How can you guess what a native plant community used to be on a site that’s no longer a native plant community because of urbanization and agriculture? We will analyze different sets of historic and current data to estimate historic native plant communities of St. Paul and its metro area. Although we’ll never be able to recreate historic conditions, perhaps knowing former native plant communities in your neighborhood will inspire the native plant gardening in your own yard.

Michelle is a forest ecologist working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Forestry’s Ecological Classification Systems Program since 2008. She enjoys landscaping her Roseville yard with native plants (and finding ways to keep the savage bunnies from eating them).

Date:  October 25
Time:  6:30 pm to 7 pm informal sharing and social time, 7 pm to 8:30 pm presentation
Place:  Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN Map

 


Big River Big Woods 

Big River Big Woods is a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.  We draw our membership primarily from St. Paul and the surrounding communities.

Our chapter has regular monthly meetings most of the year and garden tours in the warmer months.  We meet at Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue West, Roseville, MN  Map

Meeting times: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  The first half hour is a gathering/social time.  The program begins at 7 pm.

Meeting schedule:

In January, March through May and September through November we meet on the 4th Thursday of the month.  (No February or December meeting. The Design with Nature Conference takes the place of the February meeting.)

During the summer months (June, July and August) we provide a variety of tour opportunities which take place on various days of the week.  Tour descriptions and dates and times will be announced on this website as they become available.

Mission Statement:  Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a national non-profit organization that informs and teaches people how to use native plants in their landscapes.  Wild Ones distinguishes itself from other garden organizations by encouraging gardening with native plants and moving away from the use of chemicals, watering, excessive mowing and other practices commonly used by traditional gardeners.


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, nicole.m.brinkman@co.ramsey.mn.us

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 our Wild Ones Chapter took it on a few years ago. 

July Schedule (Rain or shine – except lightning):
Thursdays, July 19 and 26, and Saturdays, July 21 and 28.
Anytime between 9 and 11. Even an hour makes a difference. 

Come when you can and leave when you need to.  Bring water, gloves, and favorite weeding tool(s).
Contact Karen to confirm specific date and time as weather and other factors can affect the schedule.

Visitors are welcome anytime. This is a full sun pollinator garden where you can see giant versions of some full sun natives. e.g. Butterfly milkweed.

Project Leader:
Karen Eckman, home – 651-483-8460, cell – 651-260-8534, k.eckman@comcast.net.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
1199 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul

Members of Big River Big Woods have adopted an area of the Classroom and have become regular EcoStewards.  EcoStewards work from May to early October and help to build this unique wild learning space in our capital city.

Being an EcoSteward is a volunteer position with St Paul Parks & Recreation focused on restoration and maintenance of CWOC. Interested volunteers will be trained and directed to work on an assigned parcel of CWOC. EcoStewards (or teams) can work on their own hours, independently and log their progress online. Tasks include weeding invasives, picking up trash, reporting new growth, and planting natives.

Watch this space and the calendar for future scheduled volunteer days at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.  Contact the Project Leader if you need more information.

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

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