Wild Ones Publications

Wild Ones Books

New Member Handbook


Along with Wild Ones history and some basic “how to” information, this book contains everything you’ll need to know about being a member of Wild Ones. Access to this book is available to you as a Wild Ones member. Join now


Wild Ones Landscaping with Native Plants, Edition 4

Newly revised to include a wider variety of native  landscaping ecoregions, this comprehensive guide book continues the tradition of “how to” information, along with a newly developed list of book resources. You can order a paper copy for just $10 (includes shipping and handling) at our Wild Ones Store. Wild Ones Landscaping with Native Plants is also available on-line at Environmental Protection Agency web site or access is available to you as a Wild Ones member. Join now .

Wild Ones Handbook (original version)

Wild Ones original handbook contains a variety of “how to” information on all aspects of native landscaping and is available for reading also on the Environmental Protection Agency Green Acres web site. Electronic access to this book is available to you as a Wild Ones member.  Join now

25 Years of Wild Ones

The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book – “The Story of Wild Ones,” is a great instructional guide as well as Wild Ones’ first twenty-five year timeline. This wide-format, 36-page book, printed in full color, tells the story of Wild Ones, from the early days of 1979 through 2004. Access to this book is available to you as a Wild Ones member. Join now


Wild Ones Brochures and Newsletters

Copies of pre-printed brochures are available through Wild Ones national headquarters. E-mail to request copies.

In Harmony With Nature


This brochure, available in printed form by request or as a downloaded PDF File, is a guide to getting started with landscaping with native plants. The brochure explains what native plants are, the benefits of planting native species, and other considerations.


Rain GardensRain Garden brochure cover

Wild Ones Rain Garden Brochure gives you a brief overview of what’s behind the hype about rain gardens. The brochure tells why have a rain garden, what it is, where to put it, what it looks like, how it works, what plants can grow there, why use native plants, and how to care for the rain garden.


Monarch Matters—

The monarch (Danaus plexippus) migration is one of the most awe-inspiring phenomenon in nature and may serve as an indicator of the health of our environment and the well-being of the Earth. Wild Ones created the Wild for Monarchs (WF) campaign for the purpose of helping citizens do their part to save our northeast monarch migration and to show everyone why monarchs matter. Feel free to download these two inspiring brochures.

Wild for Monarchs Brochure  Plant a native butterfly garden or Monarch Waystation and create your own moments to remember why monarchs matter.

Wild for Monarchs Citizen Science Brochure  Become part of a growing citizen science effort in North America to help monitor the status of the monarch. Wild Ones with their partners through the Monarch Joint Venture  (MJV) invites you to become a citizen scientist.

The Wild Ones Journal

Journal CoverWhen you’re a member, the Wild Ones Journal arrives in your email mailbox five times a year, stuffed chock-full of inspiration, information and ideas on landscaping with native plants. This electronic publication can be viewed on your computer, smart phones and tablets.

A variety of articles throughout the year describe how to plan, create and maintain your native landscape at your home, school or workplace. Other articles help you overcome common problems with invasive plants, or explain how other people have dealt with weed laws, neighbors and municipal officials. Stories of chapter activities and projects at schools and nature centers provide ideas you can use in your area.

Take a look at the Wild Ones Journal webpage and then join Wild Ones and receive not only the Wild Ones Journal, but also many other benefits available to Wild Ones members. Join now

Reprints and Downloads

Membership Application  Here is an easy to print, one page for you to fill out and mail to Wild Ones.

Gardening for Life by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Our suburban landscapes represent the last chance for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the United States. This is a shorter version of this article to use as a download to share with family and friends.

Native Caterpillars Moths and Butterflies and host Native Woodies  by Doug Tallamy.  Wondering about the correlation between our native woodies and our native caterpillars, moths and butterflies? This colorful download is inspiring.

Wisconsin’s Best Native Plants for Attracting Birds (pdf) by Mariette Nowak.  Although specifically written for Wisconsin birds, many of the native plants listed are also found in other Midwest ecoregions.

Garden In A Can Wildflower seed mixes include some wicked bloomers.

Grow It Don’t Mow It For those who undertake natural landscaping in their own front and backyards, five simple steps may minimize potential conflicts and avoid “weed wars.” They can be remembered by the acronym, BRASH.

Landscape Worth Considering This file contains 2 pages which represent both sides of our brochure, “A Landscape Worth Considering—Landscaping with Native Plants”. The pages are legal size, 14 x 8 1/2 inches, and it is best printed at that size, using the “landscape” orientation on legal size paper.

Why Wild Ones This file contains 1 page. As more and more of us acknowledge the value of environmental stewardship, we seek ways to help. This page helps us understand why.

Selecting Plants for Ecoregion The USDA Forest Service’s ecoregion map is the most helpful U.S. guide for helping native plant enthusiasts choose plants from within a specific geographic region.

Local Ecotype Guidelines We advocate the selection of plants and seeds derived, insofar as is possible, from local or regional sources at sites having the same or similar environmental conditions as the site of planting. Such plant material is often termed the local ecotype. Download the complete Wild Ones Guideline.

Nativars Statement What are “Nativars” and Should They Be Used? Due to the loss of genetic diversity and other potential problems described in this position statement on nativars, and because nativars are understood to be very different from native species in the wild, Wild Ones does not encourage the use of nativars. We feel this is the only position on nativars that is consistent with Wild Ones’ mission statement.

Round Up Myth Is it ever “OK” to use Roundup or other herbicides? What do you need to know about it? What’s the fact and what is myth? From November/December 2006 Wild Ones Journal.

Why We Cannot Ignore Invasive Plants A tragedy is silently but relentlessly unfolding before our eyes. All around the world, as the human population becomes increasingly mobile, the spread of ecologically invasive plants is taking its toll. This pdf file will help people recognize these weeds of the wild and the consequences of allowing them to proliferate.

You can also go to the Natives Plants and Natural Landscaping page to read some great articles from Wild Ones members and reprints from the Journal.

Need a logo for your Wild Ones project? Click here for logo guidelines and for the electronic logo files. Note: The Wild Ones logo is the official registered trademark of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. The Wild Ones logo is protected by law and may not be used by other organizations or entities without express written permission from Wild Ones.