Minutes and Notes

Annual Plant Sale

Another great plant sale in the books! Thanks to all who helped or came out to by plants! Special thanks to Justin and Tina for turning over their sales to us for the day. The day could not have been better with great weather, great exhibitors and lots of native plants out the door to new homes. 

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 the president for details on how to be scheduled for a Wild One’s garden tour.

Past 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.

Past 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.