Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. Fulfilling our educational mission is accomplished through the following methods:
The Tennessee Valley chapter offers regular lectures, hikes, field trips, workshops and other ways to educate members and the public about using native plants in the landscape. We also share information about educational opportunities offered by partner organizations locally and in the region. Check our Calendar webpage to learn about upcoming programs.
Annual Native Plant Symposium
Each year, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones presents a full day of educational programming at our Plant Natives! symposium. The next symposium will be held in spring 2018.
Certificate of Native Plants
Introduced in 2014, the Certificate in Native Plants classes are available in partnership with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. To learn more about this program, click here.
Our Chapter Newsletter
Our free monthly e-newsletter includes links to websites and news stories of interest, as well as information about upcoming programs and community activities where you can learn about native plants. Click here to subscribe.
Our “In the News” webpage provides links to current articles and publications of interest to native plant gardeners. We also post interesting articles and information about native plants on our public Facebook page.
Web Resources, Books and Publications
Our “Resources” webpage offers links to web resources and native plant databases, as well as a list of selected publications and books of interest to Tennessee Valley native plant gardeners.
Ask Questions about Native Plants
Our Facebook group page provides a forum to ask questions and share information with other native plant enthusiasts.
The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is led by a 100% volunteer board, and all of our programs and activities are implemented 100% by volunteers (only our instructors and presenters are compensated in any way). We invite ALL Wild Ones members, as well as those considering becoming a member, to become involved. Volunteering is the best way to meet others who are passionate about biodiversity and determined to garden and live responsibly. Members are an unrivaled source of knowledge on regional conditions and plants, and are willing to share both. Volunteering helps expand the chapter’s work in our community and increase our impact as we work to save the world, one yard at a time! Check out current volunteer opportunities.