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January 2024

Jan
22

Wilderness Wildlife Week - Our table cancelled due to road conditions

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The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom

Join us in commemorating the splendid landscapes, wildlife, and traditions of the Great Smoky Mountains during Wilderness Wildlife Week. This year’s even will host prominent authorities on wildlife who will lead enlightening and informative discussions. Don’t miss this valuable chance to expand your knowledge and inquire about the wonders of the natural world.

Highlighting the unique attributes of the Smokies, Wilderness Wildlife Week celebrates the abundance of fauna, diversity of flora, and the rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through a collection of courses, lectures, hands-on displays, guided hikes, group discussions, and interactive sessions. Along with the classes, workshops, and guided hikes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge will feature vendor booths in an exhibit hall. Visitors can browse booths with photography, local art, handmade goods and more.

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Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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Jan
31

From Frost to Flowers: Winter Sowing for a Greener Spring Planting Event

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map

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🌱 Winter Sowing: Planting Native Seeds Event 🌱

Join us for a FREE and educational event hosted by Wild Ones Smoky Mountains, dedicated to winter sowing and planting native seeds. Connect with like-minded people, learn about the benefits of native plants, and take home your very own plantings to nurture and plant in the spring.

Event Highlights:

Winter Sowing Workshop: Discover the art of winter sowing and learn how to start your own native plant garden.

Native Plant Presentation: Hear about the importance of native plants in supporting local ecosystems.

Hands-On Planting: Get your hands dirty and sow native seeds provided by Wild Ones or brought by other participants.

What to Expect:

This is a seed sharing event. Wild Ones will provide seeds, and participants can bring their native seeds to share. Supplies such as containers and soil will be provided.

Learn about the care and maintenance of your seedlings during the winter months. Engage in discussions with fellow nature enthusiasts. 

Who Can Attend: This event is FREE and open to the public! Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting, everyone is welcome.

We will provide up to 90 varieties of native seeds plus the materials needed to make your seed sowing adventure a success. Donations are welcome. 

Click this link to review the list of seeds we will be providing:  https://smokymountains.wildones.org/wp-content/images/sites/133/2024/01/Seed-List.pdf

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February 2024

Feb
13

Rescheduled for Feb 28: Tree Seminar

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map

Public Welcome Program/Speaker Presentation

This event was rescheduled to February 28. Please see details on the Tree seminar on February 28

Feb
28

Seminar: Native Trees, Guardians of the Ecosystem

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
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Dive into the fascinating world of native trees with our friendly native plants group! Join us for a seminar led by Stephanie Mueller, Park Ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park, who's an expert in all things green.

You'll discover why native trees are like superheroes for our environment, from providing food for baby birds and homes for animals to keeping our soil healthy and air and water clean. We'll show you simple ways you can help these tree heroes thrive right in your own backyard. Don't miss out on this chance to learn, explore, and become a champion for native trees!

Stephanie Mueller is a park ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN and has been with the park since 2017. She has a bachelors degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University. She received a masters degree in Natural Resources focused on wildlife from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Stephanie has worked for and with several city parks, environmental education, and natural resource organizations throughout her career. 

This event will be simulcast live via Zoom. 

Zoom info: 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://wildones-org.zoom.us/j/89575070240?pwd=a21wUXpodzJjc2RTMXl5ZjlHTkJZZz09

Meeting ID: 895 7507 0240
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March 2024

Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

Mar
27

Check in from the Winter Sowing Event

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map

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Tonight we will check on how our winter sowed natives are doing, with hands on instruction on where and how to plant what has sprouted. 

Mar
27

Revisioning - Let's Gather!

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
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Last year Wild Ones Smoky Mountains Chapter (WOSMC) held a 10-year visioning for the future of East Tennessee ecosystems. We had over 45 attendees representing a wide swath of ecosystems-oriented interest groups, government agencies, academia, ecosystem-related business professionals, high school teachers, students, nonprofits and interested members of the public, between the live meeting and the online participants. The vision that was created was beautiful (it's attached here so you can glance through it if you have a moment; we think you'll agree it is a worthy goal!)

We feel strongly that the only way for that vision to become reality is for all of us to come together - to gather - every year, to commune with others with ecosystem interests that intersect with our own, and to share our achievements and our setbacks, as we revisit the vision.  We'll think about what needs to be added to the vision, and where it makes sense to focus our efforts collectively, in synergy, so we move toward the vision becoming reality as fast as we can.

We intend to hold this event - we are calling it The Gather - every year, in Spring, because that is the moment of endless possibilities, of optimism, and also the time when, looking around at East Tennessee's landscapes, it becomes all too clear that a redoubling of our efforts are sorely needed. We hope The Gather will be motivational, inspiring, and invigorating to all involved.

Relationships could not be more important to the vision, and we hope you will make it a priority to join in this gathering of like-minded, ecosystems-focused people. The in-person event will be a great opportunity to truly get to know the other local leaders and influencers in the ecosystems realm, and to develop exciting ideas and projects.

We realize the importance of including our allies throughout greater East Tennessee, who may not be able to travel all the way to Knoxville but wish to be actively involved, so we will have an online option as well. If you would like to participate using this method, respond to this email indicating this, and we will add you to the online-only contact list. We'll send you the link closer to the event date.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 (two weeks from now)
Time:  6:30 to 8:30pm (typically people continue to socialize for some time after this)
Where: Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
Address: 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike in Knoxville

Light refreshments will be provided.

Your presence would mean a great deal to a great many people, who truly look forward to seeing you there and moving the vision forward alongside you. The courtesy of a reply would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for everything you have done - and are doing - for East Tennessee ecosystems. We look forward to gathering with you soon.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors for Wild Ones Smoky Mountains Chapter
 - Steacy Sadler Lucchesi, President
 - Andrea Sabala, Vice President
 - Regina Santore, Secretary
 - Marti Agler, Treasurer
 - Emma Oxford, Social Media Chair
 - Lynda Parker, Newsletter Chair

ZOOM INFO:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://wildones-org.zoom.us/j/84776816589?pwd=ak9LbWU0eXVEcU1PTi9NSTVMd1g1QT09

Meeting ID: 847 7681 6589
Passcode: F?0hP6

April 2024

Apr
6

Stanley's Greenhouse Nuts About Natives: Tabling Event

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024
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Stanley's Greenhouse

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Join us here at Stanley’s Greenhouse on April 6, at 1030 a.m., for “Nuts About Natives!”, a free seminar led by Joy Grissom, co-founder of the Native Plants Rescue Squad, and find out why growing native plants is a great idea and which natives plants are best for the Knoxville area. Wild Ones will have an informational table there. 

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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
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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
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UT Extension Office in Harriman
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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The Carriage House at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37914 Map
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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
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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

October 2024

Oct
30

Monthly Seminar: TBA

Wednesday, October 30th, 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

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

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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!