MAY MEETING MINUTES
Saturday, May 19 1:00pm Christa McAuliffe Park
MEETING HOSTS: N/A
Membership Open Position, Please see Ceci if you are interested
Treasurer Balance approx. $3,100 at last meeting.
Social Media and Promotion Please continue to “share” and “like” Wild Ones Facebook page posts. Members only Facebook group is for posting comments, Information and questions for the group.
GBBG Volunteer Opportunities
A person can volunteer on a scheduled work day or on your own, in pairs, or partner with other members.
Late May/Early June
Planting new and existing garden plots
Weed ‘n Feeds Wednesday nights
Wild Ambassador in the Grand Garden
Members will have training and materials will be made available
Featured WO Tables/Grand Garden Tour
** June 20th and July 18th 5:00pm to 8pm
Upcoming Wild One Meetings/Events
June/July Yard Tours
August 18th WW Plant Sale at Stone Silo
August TBD Joint tour w/Door Cty UWGB Keith White Prairie
Member Shout Out
Do you or do you know of a member’s garden that would make for a fun and interesting Garden Tour?
Contact Ceci for details on how to be scheduled for a Wild One’s garden tour.
May Meeting Notes
Wildflower Hike Kevin Hendricksen, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation
Six WO members and guests hiked the various trails within the park with Kevin explaining not only the wide variety of plant life but sharing the background of how and why the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation(BCPF) came into being. For more information see www.bairdcreek.org. This site also includes trail maps and information on bringing pets to the park.
During our hike we experienced terrain ranging from cedar marsh, dense woods and open prairie. Kevin pointed out restoration projects initiated by BCPF in partnership with the City of Green Bay to preserve the watershed and protect habitat.
A short list of plants observed during our hike: Trout lily, Skunk cabbage, Jack in the Pulpit, Spring Beauty, Marsh marigolds, Trillium and May Apple. Our walk Included, a wide range of trees, shrubs and ferns. Kevin pointed out the various modes of propagation used by woodland and wetland plants and how each plant has evolved to survive in these diverse environments.
Several invasive plants were identified and Kevin explained what the BCPF is doing and how we can contribute to that effort. We ended our hike with a friendly reminder not to allow “hitchhikers” from our clothes or dirt caught in shoes to inadvertently spread unwanted plants or other species.
April 2018 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.
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
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.
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.