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April 2024

Apr
20

Native Plant Exchange, Plus Winter Sowing Jug Reunion

Saturday, April 20th, 2024
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Adair Park Pavilion, 1807 Adair Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37918 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Nature Walk/Hike Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Hello Native Plant Enthusiasts!

Let's get the gang back together! Winter Sowing Jug Reunion AND an Exchange of Native Plants - a perfect way to celebrate Tennessee Native Plant Month! 

This event is open to Everyone!

Date: We are meeting up on April 20! 

Where: At the Adair Park Pavilion, 1807 Adair Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918

Time: 10am to 3pm

10am: Arrive, sign in, set up your plants

11am: Group review of jugs/ plants - learning what various seedlings and plant families look like when young

12: exchange of plants (until 1pm-ish)

1pm: eat your bag lunch and clean up

1:45 or 2pm: wildflower, shrub and tree walk through Adair Park

3pm: end

There's something for everyone at this event, whether seasoned native gardener or new to natives!

Winter Sowing Event participants: please bring your jugs, even if you have no extras to share, so we can learn from them! There is no better way to begin to recognize native plant seedlings.

All participants: Bring your native plant "extras" (already potted up and pre-labeled with name and growing conditions, ideally) if you have any! Please bring cups, pots, etc for taking home native plant babies! Tape for labeling, and garden markers, will be available for use. We have some potting soil for the group but more would be very helpful if you have some to spare.

We will have water ready for watering your newly potted up plants. Bring a way to get your plants home safely (plastic, boxes, etc.)

Bring lunch and enjoy in this beautiful park while we clean up in time for the next pavilion guests, then...

Adair Park has many native plants (and many invasives, too) - After the exchange we'll take a flower, shrub and tree walk through the park at 2pm so you can get to know and recognize them!

Open to the public. Please verify that your plants are native to the Southern US region; non-native plants will not be allowed in the Exchange, thank you.

Apr
24

Seminar: Gardening by Mistake

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

In the upcoming lecture "Gardening by Mistake," presented by Eugene Haffner at the Wild Ones' monthly meeting on April 24, 2024, attendees will embark on a journey through Eugene's personal narrative weaving engineering expertise with an unexpected passion for native landscaping. From his roots in a concrete jungle to nurturing a neighbor's yard, Eugene's story highlights the lessons learned through trial and error. Through humor, Eugene invites us to explore the intersection of curiosity, mistakes, and growth in the realm of gardening with native plants.

In this lecture, Eugene shares insights on how to navigate the complexities of gardening with knowledge. Drawing from his own experiences and resources, he offers practical tips on avoiding common pitfalls and creating success in cultivating vibrant native landscapes. "Gardening by Mistake" promises to inspire, reminding us that even in the midst of setbacks, there's always room to grow. Join us for an evening of learning, laughter, and the celebration of the wild and wonderful world of gardening.

This event will be simulcast live via Zoom. 

Zoom Information:

Join:
https://wildones-org.zoom.us/j/89307349721?pwd=WTZybFFrSDhteFBiSnQ4T0NSaEl5QT09

Meeting ID: 893 0734 9721
Passcode: !7LxeU

May 2024

May
4

Wild Ones Flower and Plant Hike at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
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Seven Islands State Birding Park Bluebird Barn

Public Welcome Family Friendly Paid Event Chapter Social Nature Walk/Hike Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity Drinking Fountains

Join Ranger Stephanie for a guided hike along the trails of Seven Islands State Birding Park to look for and learn about the native flowers and plants in bloom. Participants will learn how to identify the flowers and plants, but also any interesting medicinal uses or natural history of the plants. The length of the hike will be approximately 2-2.5 miles and be easy-moderate difficulty. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and clothing and bring bottled water. Participants should plan on meeting Ranger Stephanie at the Bluebird Barn by the main parking lot off of Kelly Lane at 11:30am. 

Bring a picnic to enjoy after the demonstration. 

The cost for this program is $6 per participant. If you have questions regarding this program please contact Ranger Stephanie at [email protected] or 865-333-8270. 

Register Here: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/Seven-Islands/#/?event=wild-ones-flower-and-plant-hike

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May
11

Lunch & Learn in Roane County: Natives 101: Why You Should Grow Native Plants

Saturday, May 11th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
UT Extension Office in Harriman
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Why Native Plants Are a Lifesaver for Baby Birds and Wildlife!  Find out how native plants play a vital role in supporting ecosystems and sustaining baby bird populations!  Discover the easiest way to start growing native plants in your own yard. Join us in Roane County for this educational seminar given by our very own Regina Santore, to discuss the importance of native plant habitats and how to start one of your own. 

May
22

Monthly Seminar: TBA

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

June 2024

Jun
26

Monthly Seminar: TBA

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

July 2024

Jul
31

Tips for Installing and Maintaining Small Scale Native Plantings

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Join us for an insightful seminar led by Lisa Huff, an East TN Regional Stewardship Ecologist at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. In this session, Lisa will share tips and strategies for installing and maintaining small-scale native plantings. 

Attendees will gain insight into the importance of native plantings, their role in fostering biodiversity, and how to effectively create various native landscapes. 

From selecting the right native species to understanding soil requirements and ongoing maintenance, Lisa will cover key considerations for successful native plant installations. Participants will learn about best practices, common pitfalls to avoid, and how to nurture thriving ecosystems in their own backyard or community spaces.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a seasoned expert. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of native plantings and discover how you can make a positive impact on the environment while enhancing the beauty of your surroundings.

Lisa Huff manages or co-manages 20 state natural areas in East Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, including the ecological and recreational aspects of those properties.

August 2024

Aug
28

How to Install & Maintain a Tennessee Smart Yard with Andrea Ludwig

Wednesday, August 28th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

September 2024

Sep
25

Monthly Seminar: TBA

Wednesday, September 25th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

October 2024

Oct
30

Monthly Seminar: TBA

Wednesday, October 30th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

November 2024

Nov
13

MEMBER MEETING

Wednesday, November 13th, 2024
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TBA, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Monthly Seminar, Subject TBA

December 2024

Dec
18

HOLIDAY PARTY

Wednesday, December 18th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Limited Access Recording Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Join us for a holiday party!