Our chapter sponsors monthly programs on native plants and natural landscapes.
- Meetings are free and the public is welcome. Come join us if you’re interested in gardening with native plants and enjoying natural landscapes.
- Our 2017 meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the FamilyMeans Building, 1875 Northwestern Ave. in Stillwater. Socializing begins at 6:30 pm with our speaker at 7 pm.
- Garden tours/field trips are typically held on weekends. and occur year-round. See our Chapter Calendar for details on all programs, tours and field trips.
- Read about the benefits of membership.
- We co-sponsor (with MN Wild Ones chapters) an annual Design with Nature Conference every spring.
Tuesday, March 21—Douglas Owens-Pike: “The Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky bluegrass to native alternatives—from those appearing lawn-like to meadows of pollinator habitat”
Tuesday, March 21st, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm, Socialize 6:30 pm
FamilyMeans Building, 1875 Northwestern Ave., Stillwater Click for a Map
Tired of mowing, watering, fertilizing, raking to keep up with your neighbors? This lawn of the future will free you from those chores while staying within the rough conventions of lawn appearance. There are many ways to transform common Kentucky bluegrass turf into low maintenance alternatives. Douglas will present examples of “No Mow”, where it will thrive, and how to get it established. He will also offer several alternatives for sites where “No Mow” lawn seed mix will not survive. He has been testing a variety of sedge (Carex) and rush (Juncus) species. He will show us examples of these alternatives and answer your questions about establishing these new options as well as how to care for them.
Douglas Owens-Pike used his early lawn care income to study ecology of plant communities. His first garden instructor was his grandmother, Tilly. He is a Wild Ones member, ecologist, environmental educator, founder of EnergyScapes, and author of Beautifully Sustainable (2013).
Click here to read the President’s Update for the Annual Membership Meeting.
Wild Ones Mission
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 not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.