It's an exciting time to be involved in Wild Ones!
After many years of Wild Ones promoting the use of Natives in Gardening the tide is turning . Planting for pollinators, bees and butterflies, planting local and the issues of escaped and invasive plants are all subjects on the forefront of garden discussions today.
Our job is not done though! We need to be the voice of correct information to counter the many voices peddling misinformation. All you need to do is recall the effort last year when the makers of Cheerios included a Wild Flower packet in each cereal box with a mix containing seeds that were not appropriate for most areas.
We have been working over the past several months to create a new collaborative relationship and plan for the future of our chapter with the Green Bay Botanical Garden. With the creation of the Grand Garden the Botanical Garden is supporting the movement towards the use of Native Plants in landscaping. The Grand Garden showcases several types of native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses in a landscape setting. By collaborating with the Garden we will be able to offer our members a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from work in the gardens to helping to teach visitors about native plants.
Please plan to attend our next meeting on Thursday February 22 at 6:30 pm at the Botanical Garden. In addition to a brief business meeting we will hear from Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture on the various ways Wild Ones members can be involved. We will introduce new officers and a slate of activities and events for the coming year. There are many ways to get involved that will fit your schedule and interests!
If you haven't attended a meeting for a while this is a great time to come and hear what we are up to! Bring along a neighbor or friend who may want to consider joining us! We look forward to seeing you there!