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July 2024

Jul
27

Garden Tour: John Blair's Property Members Only

Hosted by Wild Ones Ann Arbor Chapter, North Oakland Chapter and Wayne County Michigan Chapter
Saturday, July 27th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Brooklyn, MI, Brooklyn, MI, 49230 Map

Members Only Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour

This is a joint tour with the North Oakland and Wayne County Wild Ones chapters. In addition to nurturing a beautiful butterfly/pollinator garden using native and non-native plants, John Blair has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore a prairie on a large portion of this once agricultural property. 

Enjoy Wonderful Photos of John Blair's Property 

2023 feature in Fine Gardening 

Prairie 2024, an album on flickr

John Blair on the Gardens, Prairie, and Savanna We Will Tour

I will provide a guided tour of the gardens, prairie, and savanna. There is about a half-mile trail system we can walk to view the prairie/savanna habitat. There are also three ponds that have been restored as well. You will find these teeming with life. Please be prepared for uneven ground on the trails. Hats are also recommended. The tour normally takes 1.5 hours. Folks are free to wander about and explore the property after the tour. 

For those who are not able to make the longer trail walk - You are welcome to enjoy the three very accessible pollinator gardens and relax on the provided benches. I had over 500 folks visit last summer from various Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, and nature organizations, but this will be my first visit from Wild Ones. I am looking forward to your visit!

More About the Property and Its History

After retiring and then moving to our nine-acre rural site outside Brooklyn in 2019, I got busy continuing my dream of creating large pollinator gardens and doing a restoration of a prairie and savanna area. 

We currently have three separate gardens which I like to call “Blended Gardens.” These are roughly 50% native and 50% non-native (and noninvasive) nectar sources. The purpose of these gardens is to demonstrate how folks can start their native plant journey by incorporating natives into their existing landscape alongside nectar plants they are already familiar with. The hope is that these demonstration gardens can be an inspirational gateway for those interested in learning about native plants and creating useful habitat in their own spaces. 

The prairie and savanna is a joint project through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Basically, for landowners interested in returning their property back to native habitat, they will cover half the cost of the project. They will also partner you with an experienced biologist to guide the process and to access the necessary equipment and resources needed for the project. We entered the program in 2020, and after two years of site prep, seeded the five-acre prairie and savanna in June 2022. Since this is the third summer since it was seeded, we are expecting a spectacular year!

August 2024

Aug
11

August 11th - WOWC Member-to-Member Yard Tours - Three Yards in the Livonia Area Members Only

Sunday, August 11th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)

Members Only Family Friendly Home Garden Tour

Members can look forward to Member to Member Garden Yard Tours throughout the growing season!

This month, three yards are featured in Livonia! Member-to-Member (M2M) yard visits (aka Show Me-Tell Me) allow members to share experiences, ideas, and challenges with maintaining native plants in our landscapes. These tours help members & invited guests to learn about different natives and enjoy conversations with other native plant enthusiasts.

The location for each visit will be communicated to all members prior to the visit.

Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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Aug
24

Oudolf Garden Walk - Members Only Members Only

Hosted by Wild Ones Ann Arbor Chapter, North Oakland Chapter and Wayne County Michigan Chapter
Saturday, August 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Belle Isle Oudolf Garden

Members Only

This is a Wild Ones Member Only - FREE private tour of the Oudolf Garden. Please arrive early. Parking is limited so please carpool. The walk will occur Rain or Shine, so please come prepared for the weather, including sunscreen/bug spray.

NOTE: You will need a State Recreation Pass for the visit to Belle Isle, this can be obtained at the entrance kiosk - Oudolf garden is included in the pass

Meredith Simpson, a volunteer with Oudolf Garden Detroit has very graciously agreed to lead Wild Ones chapters, Wayne County, North Oakland, and Ann Arbor on a tour of Ouldolf Garden Detroit.

The Ouldolf Garden project started back in 2015 as new idea by the Garden Club of Michigan, in an effort to create a significant impact in the city. Garden club members Maura Campbell, Jean Hudson and Richard Thomas then sent a “love letter from Detroit” to Piet Oudolf, and he ultimately accepted the commission. Fundraising began immediately, and fast forward several years…the Belle Isle garden was designed, installed and planted by the fall of 2020. This year, 2024, will be the fourth full growing season for Oudolf Garden Detroit.

All 3 local Wild Ones Chapters are hosting this event jointly - North Oakland, Ann Arbor, & Wayne County please contact your local chapter for carpool info

September 2024

Sep
10

"Plant this, not that: Native replacements for common landscaping plants" by Derek Shaffer - September Meeting

Tuesday, September 10th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Presentation: "Plant this, not that: Native replacements for common landscaping plants"

You can picture "The American Dream" suburban landscaping with perfectly manicured lawns and neat hedges. We see it everywhere, but what is the impact? Join in this discussion on the impacts of traditional lawns and invasive/non-native suburban landscaping plants and learn some of the native plant alternatives. Expect a short presentation followed by an opportunity to collaborate and share your ideas on your favorite native plants and where they have worked well for you.

Presenter: Derek Shaffer, WOWC co-founder, Membership Chair

Derek is a self-proclaimed "gardening addict" from Livonia with a new passion for reverting suburban landscapes to native plants. He is currently serving as the WOWC Membership Chair, but his day job is as a software engineer at Ford Motor Company where he has been working since graduating from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 2015. He began his native landscaping journey recently in 2022 with a small home gardening project that got him hooked on becoming more knowledgeable about native plants. He joined Wild Ones last fall to co-found the Wayne County Michigan Chapter with hopes to influence the community, businesses, churches and municipalities to reduce mowed spaces and plant natives.

Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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October 2024

Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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November 2024

Nov
12

Wild Ones Wayne County Chapter Meeting & Elections Members Only

Tuesday, November 12th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Social

Wild Ones Wayne County (Seedling)  Bi-monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker TBD

(more details to follow)

January 2025

Jan
23

"San Diego, CA Native Garden Design" with Jeanine Sharkey

Hosted by Wild Ones San Diego Chapter and Wild Ones National
Thursday, January 23rd, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones San Diego Chapter's newest demonstration garden funded in part by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Jeanine Sharkey about this newest San Diego native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon. 

February 2025

Feb
27

"Albany, NY Native Garden Design" with Kate Brittenham

Hosted by Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter and Wild Ones National
Thursday, February 27th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter's newest demonstration garden, funded partly by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Kate Brittenham about this newest Albany NY native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon

September 2025

Sep
18

September Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 18th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

October 2025

Oct
16

October Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 16th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

November 2025

Nov
20

November Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, November 20th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon!