As the weather is slowly improving our April calendar is filling up! We have a lot going on so I have also included an updated schedule of events with the March minutes. Guests are always welcome so bring a friend along to join us at any events.

The minutes from the March meeting are  below. We had a nice turnout last month to hear from Justin and Pat about harvesting and starting wild flower seeds.

The School Garden Network event at the Botanical Garden was a great success.  Thank you to Jim Schultz, Lynn Hyer, Nancy Kusch, Charles Schwenk and Mark Konlok for helping out.


Our next big event is coming up next week. The Untitledtown Book Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday, April 19-22 at locations all around Green Bay. More details about the festival can be found at untitledtown.org. The Book Fair will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 21/22 from 11-5 at Old Fort Square on Broadway in Green Bay. We will have a booth there stocked with a great selection of books related to native plants and their use. This is a nice opportunity to raise funds and help get information out.  Volunteers are needed for shifts both Sat and Sun from 11-2 and 2-5. Contact Ceci at (920) 621-7688 or cckiefer@gmail.com if you would like to cover a shift.

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. Watch for an email soon about how to sign up for the training later this month or early May. This training will provide you 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.

Earth Day has been around for almost 48 years and for many of the past years members of our chapter have cleaned up a half mile portion of the Mountain Bay Trail headed up by Carolyn and Bob Haglund. This year we are planning a cleanup day for Thursday April 26. Its a great time to see emerging woodland species and walk along chatting with others as we pick up anything out of place. We will meet at about 5:30pm on Hillcrest Heights Rd a mile north of Glendale where is crosses the trail. Dress for the weather. Trash bags will be provided. Questions? Call Ceci 920-621-7688 or Carol 920-434-9848.

Do you have some time to lend a hand at the WILD Center in Neenah?

There is a Tree Planting Work Day at the WILD Center on Saturday, April 21 to plant 250 Red Oak and 50 Bur Oak trees. The trees were donated by Living Lands and Waters as the WILD Center will eventually lose all their ash trees to the emerald ash borer. The oaks are bare root and 12-18" tall. Bring your gloves, a hammer and a shovel if possible. Come dressed for the weather and expect muddy conditions. They will be planting from 8 am to noon, so join in as your schedule permits.  Some of the Fox Valley Area Chapter members will be coordinating the work. When the planting is done, plan to stick around and get to know your fellow members! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy. Water and dessert will be provided. The WILD Center is at 2285 Butte des Morts Beach Rd, Neenah off Highway 41 using the Prospect exit. If you need directions or have questions, please call 920-730-3986.



MARCH 2018 MINUTES



The March meeting was held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30pm Stone Silo Prairie Gardens.
Special thanks to our meeting hosts, Ken Sikora and Jim Schultz, who helped to welcome members and guests who attended the meeting. Let Ceci know if you would like to be a meeting host at a future meeting. Nothing more is needed than a hello and a smile to be a host!
The meeting began with the introduction of new officers and positions. The membership position is open. It’s a good job for someone who likes to use the computer to send emails or who may not be able to attend all meetings but wants to help out. It is an easy and fun job as you get to know new and current members. It requires a just a small amount of time monthly to reach out to new members and remind current members about membership renewals. Contact Ceci if this interests you.
Ceci Kiefer, President                     
Jim Schultz, Vice President
James Havel, Treasurer
Lynne Hyer, Secretary       
Theresa Stinski, Social Media
Charles Schwenk ,Seeds for Education
OPEN, Membership
Treasurer: Recent expenses included the donation to GB Botanical Garden for the Grand Garden Informational signs that were voted on at the last meeting. Cost $1,996.  We received the Quarterly Dues Reimbursement from National (the portion of paid dues that is returned to our chapter) $88.  At this time the balance in our account is approximately $3,100.                                   
Social Media and Promotion Theresa Stinski explained the new website and Facebook page and how it will be better for promoting our chapter and information. On Facebook a page and a group are different from each other and serve different purposes. The Wild Ones page can be found by searching @wildonesgreenbay.  The Chapter FB Group is now private and is one of the benefits of paid membership. It is a place for sharing information, posing questions to other members of the group and planning for members only events. Search for Wild Ones Green Bay Chapter to find it and request to join. The old public group will be phased out and closed at the end of April. All chapter members are encouraged to join the private group. If you are confused or unsure about how to join contact Theresa or Ceci. The chapter webpage has a new address at www.GreenBayWildOnes.org  We will try to keep it updated for information about upcoming meetings and events.

Brown County Garden Coalition Jim Schultz explained the formation and purpose of the coalition. As a group that includes most of the garden related organizations and agencies in the area it hopes to be a resource for area gardeners for information, opportunities and assistance in gardening in general. Jim will continue to represent Wild Ones on the committee. Anyone interested in more information should contact him.
GBBG Collaboration       The funds were sent to the Botanical Garden for four interpretive signs for the Grand Garden. Examples of the signs were shared with the group and will be posted on the webpage. The Green Bay Chapter Wild Ones logo is on each sign. They plan to have them installed this spring. The content covers important subjects such as Why Plant Native, Rain Gardens, Holistic Landscape Design and Ecology vs. Society. Be sure to look for them if you visit the garden this summer.




Volunteer Opportunities
Botanical Garden
Late April/Early May: Invasive Species Removal, Spring Cleaning
Late May/Early June: Planting new and existing garden plots
June and July: Featured WW Tables/Grand Garden Tour
All summer: Weed ‘n Feed once per month TBD
All Summer: Wild Ambassador in the Grand Garden
Wisconsin School Garden Network
April 5 6pm-8pm: WO will have an info table at GBBG  
Untitledtown Book Festival / Book Fair
April 21-22: Book Fair at Old Fort Square, As part of the Festival held April 19-22 our chapter will sell a selection of books on gardening for pollinators, birds, using natives, etc. Proceeds will benefit our chapter.
**Volunteers needed! Set up Saturday AM at 10, sale shifts Sat/Sun 11-2 and 2-5.  
Member Shout Out
Ken Sikora’s yard is highlighted in WO Best of Journal which was mailed to all members this month.
April Meeting Notes
Seed Collection and Propagation            Justin Kroening and Pat Kiefer

Justin and Pat explained several different methods for collecting, preparing and storing various native seed types. Samples were provided and attendees could see the variation in different types of native seeds. Each species has a “best” method. There are many websites and books available for handy reference. Seeds may need to be “roughed up” or “scarified”. Sandpaper can be used depending on the size and structure of the seed. Some seed may need to soak overnight to soften the outer cover. All seeds have their own timetable for germination. Many natives must have a winter stratification and will only germinate when the seed dormancy is overcome appropriate for the species of that particular seed. Pat, Justin and several members offered their experiences to the attendees. The transplanting of seedlings, overwintering seedlings and options for cuttings were discussed. The ethics and guidelines for collection and use of Native plants is an important consideration. If you encounter a rare plant or an unfamiliar plant assume it may be rare and refrain from collecting until you can determine the correct identification. Collect seeds or cuttings, never whole plants. Respect the rights of property owners.