October News

October Meeting 
Landscaping for Birds
Jason Petrella , Brown County Parks Program and Natural Resource Coordinator
October 24, 6-8 PM
Wild Birds Unlimited, 2285 S Oneida St 
Please RSVP 920) 489-2684
Fall is the perfect time to start making plans for your gardens next year! Business member, Nancy Paul at Wild Birds Unlimited is hosting us at the store for our October meeting. Jason Petrella, Brown County Parks Program and Natural Resource Coordinator will discuss plants and shrubs that are great for attracting birds to your yard. 
Please RSVP by calling (920) 489-2684 so we can be sure to have enough chairs.

What’s Blooming? Late Summer/Fall
Compass plant 
(silphium laciniatum)
By Ken Sikora, Green Bay Chapter member 

Tall and erect, compass plant takes up very little space in your prairie garden. Plant in any type of soil in full sun. The tap root goes deep and is able to withstand hot weather and drought,
therefore never requiring watering by the homeowner. Multiple large yellow flowers along the tall stem - as high as 6-10ft.   Birds, particularly finches, love the mature seeds. After the seeds pass through their biological system, new plants will show-up here and there, but never taking over an area. Listening to the chorus of a number of finches feeding on the these seeds in the Fall, is another benefit. Compass plant also makes for an interesting specimen plant to point out to guests on a garden walk, such that, the sharply lobed leaves all orient in a north-south direction. Did you know that early settlers, when crossing the prairies, used this characteristic as a way of affirming their travel direction - hence the name ‘compass plant?’  

Planting by seed requires 4-5 years for the plant to reach maturity. Potted plants can be purchased locally.  Bees and butterflies will gather pollen and some nectar from this beneficial wildflower. 
2018 Plant Sale
Another great plant sale in the books! Thanks to all who helped or came out to by plants! The day could not have been better with great weather, great exhibitors and lots of native plants out the door to new homes. There is still a selection of shrubs left for sale that will benefit our chapter. If you missed the sale and need the perfect thing for that bare area in your yard stop out to Stone Silo and pick one up!
Roxy Kallatsa, from Blue Horse Designs did a great job explaining her native plant design basics! For help with your gardens contact her at office@bluehorsedesignco.com

Shrubs available 
as of 8/22/18
 (Most are in #2 size pots):

Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum
 $    24.00
American Filbert Corylus americana
 $    28.00
Dwarf bush Honeysuckle Diervilla lonicera
 $    25.00
Eastern Wahoo Euonymus atropurpureus
 $    21.00
Common Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius
 $    27.00
Bush Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa
 $    25.00
American Black Current Ribes americanum
 $    25.00
Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus
 $    27.00
American Elderberry Sambucus canadensis
 $    sold out
Scarlet Elderberry Sambucus pubens
 $    35.00
Meadowsweet Spireaea alba
 $    24.00
Bladdernut Staphylea trifolia
 $    32.00
Rafinesque Viburnum Viburnum rafinesquianum
 $    23.00
Creeping Juniper Juniperus horizontalis
 $    22.00
Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana
 $    32.00
Canadian Yew Taxus canadensis
 $    26.00

 Fall Program Schedule

August  30 6PM
NOTE: Change of date!
Tour of Leonardo daVinci School Garden

139 S Monroe Ave, Green Bay

September  18 5:00 PM
Tour Keith White Prairie-UWGB

Joint event with Door County WO Chapter

Meet at Lab Science parking lot at 4:45, After meeting dinner plans TBD

October  24 6:00 PM

Landscaping for Birds
Hosted by WO Business member, Wild Birds Unlimited at 2285 Oneida St, Green Bay.

Jason Petrella, Program & Natural Resource Coordinator, Brown County Parks

What's a WILD Ambassador? Wild Ambassadors are Wild Ones members who will be in the Grand Garden to provide information on the native flowers, shrubs and trees showcased in this new garden addition. Training is provided with all you need to know to participate.  You can help out at various scheduled times such as the Wednesday "Featured Group" nights or sign up to be in the garden at any day of your choice. You can work solo or partner with other members. You can also just drop in if it's a nice day and you just want to be outside! This is one of our biggest new initiatives and we are looking to get lots of members involved.
Questions? Contact Ceci Kiefer at cckiefer@gmail.com or 920-621-7688