Program Schedule has information about upcoming meetings.
All Wild Ones meetings take place at the Wehr Nature Center and are free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family! Our meetings are usually held the second Saturday of the month at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave in Whitnall Park in southwest Milwaukee County.
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The Beauty of Rain Gardens
Watersheds in the US are being damaged by the soil particles, pesticides, and herbicides in stormwater runoff. President of Earth and Water Works, Ellen Rulseh, explained how rain gardens temporarily hold stormwater and prevent some of the problems caused by stormwater runoff.
Ellen explained that native plants help water to infiltrate the soil because the roots of native plants go down five feet or more into the soil. About a third of the root mass dies each year. The roots that die leave small channels in the earth that water flows through to go more deeply into the underground water.
When planting a rain garden, Ellen suggests that you test the soil to see if it is porous. The test is simple. Dig a hole about a foot deep and pour a bucket of water into the hole. If the water sinks into the ground within 24 hours, the soil is good for building a rain garden.
When planting a rain garden, Elen suggested using plant plugs. She said that the plugs grew fast and some even bloomed the first season they were planted.
Many people worry about mosquitoes breeding in their rain gardens. This is not a concern because the water does not stay long enough in the rain garden to allow the mosquitoes to breed.
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Oct 12, 2013 (Sat)
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W College Ave
Franklin, WI 53132
Presentation by Randy Powers, owner of Prairie Future Seed Company: Common Butterflies of Wisconsin with Native Host & Nectar Plants!
Randy's own photography will showcase photos of the Sixty Five most common Butterflies found in meadows and wildflower plantings in Wisconsin, including photos of NATIVE HOST & NECTAR plants. We will avoid talking about all the introduced and invasive species that these insects use, and avoid the horticultural garden world, focusing on what WAS here prior to European Settlement for these species!
Free and open to the public
Members only: Seed gathering in the Wehr prairie from 12 to 1 pm.
Nov 02, 2013 (Sat)
November 2, 2013
8:45am to 3:45pm
Cardinal Stritch University
Our 8th annual seminar, "Landscaping With Native Plants"
Join us for a wonderful day of immersion in native plant landscaping, with talks, venders and many like-minded gardeners and professional designers and growers!
Online registration available at http://landscapingwithnativeplants2013.eventbrite.com
Request a brochure or direct questions to: 414-299-9888, ext 3 or email email@example.com
Here is the schedule, with 2 tracks of speakers (one for beginners and one for invested gardeners ("And More") )
8:00–8:45 ❀ CHECK-IN: To avoid disposable waste, bring your own mug for coffee.
8:45–10:15 LORRIE OTTO MEMORIAL LECTURE
FROM MY YARD TO YOUR GARDEN
In 1975 Steven Packard started planting little experiments in friends’ yards. Through trial and error, triumph and tragedy, he proceeded to learn ecosystem restoration secrets, restoring thousands of acres of now rare plant and animal habitat. He restored prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, and also his own front yard. Packard’s journey spans science, beauty, and the human spirit.
10:45–noon PLANT SELECTION—FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN PLANNING YOUR YARD
Which plants work best in different environments? Clifford Orsted will present factors to consider for a successful native plant setting that will add beauty and value to your property.
… AND MORE
10:45–noon ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES WITH NATIVE PLANTS
Susan Borkin will explain how butterflies require specific plants for survival. Discover which butterflies in our area are likely to be attracted to your yard and why others may not.
Noon–1 p.m. ❀ LUNCH: Bring a bag lunch or have lunch in the university cafeteria.
1:00–2:15 BEYOND THE BASICS—SMALL-SCALE RESTORATION ON A SHOESTRING
Corrine Daniels will give cost-saving tips for small-scale restorations. Create a diverse, unique restoration while avoiding pitfalls.
… AND MORE
1:00–2:15 RAINFOREST IN YOUR BACKYARD
Mark Verhagen will discuss oak-dominated natural communities and how rare they are compared to some rainforests.
2:30–3:45 HEALING THE EARTH ONE YARD AT A TIME
Gerry Ottone will show photos of native plantings in front yards and Dorothy Boyer will describe how to remove turf and prepare soil in sunny and shady yards.
… AND MORE
2:30–3:45 NATIVE LANDSCAPING—AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW FROM JENS JENSEN TO CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS AND ISSUES
Stephen McCarthy will discuss challenges and opportunities in landscaping and stewardship in light of landscape changes since Jensen’s era
Other items for your calendar:
Do Your Gift Shopping with Wild Ones Shop online at wildones.org/store or at our Wehr chapter meetings. Choose from posters, cards, clothing, signs, books, DVDs, and a 2013 calendar.
Landscape Pesticide Application Advance Notice Registry; Your Deadline is February 1, 2013 The landscape pesticide registry provides a free notification service to homeowners and renters by requiring professional lawn or landscape companies to contact you at least 12 hours in advance of pesticide applications being made to properties near you. As a participant, you must provide the addresses for which you want advance notice by submitting forms online to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. To keep the registry current and accurate, you must renew your listings each year. Once you have signed up for the registry, the DATCP will send you a reminder email in late fall or early winter, asking you to review the information from the previous year. To learn more and register, visit http://datcpservices.wisconsin. gov/landreg/index.jsp