All upcoming meetings will be held virtually (via Zoom). Please click on the Zoom link provided to join the program.
7:00 pm Welcome
7:05 pm Announcements
7:10 pm Program/Presentation
All of our meetings and garden tours are free and open to the public. Please invite a friend!
Wednesday November 10th, 2021
Jumping Worms | Protecting Our Garden Spaces
Tips and techniques for managing our gardens and best proactices for sharing plants to guard against unwanted guests
In spring of 2020, just as we became aware of how quickly Jumping Worms were infesting our local gardens, Wild Ones Twin Cities considered canceling our popular donated plant sale, hosted by Julia at her garden in Minneapolis. While not wanting to unknowingly spread an invasive species, we believed we were thorough in our efforts to minimize any risk. As we continue to learn more, we can no longer make that assumption. Even the nursery trade can no longer guarantee their products do not have cocoons, as worms have been found on trucks delivering plants from out state.
Last fall (2020), Julia began to experiment transferring plants via bare roots. As this technique is new to many of us, testing via her Bare Root Clinics and Demonstrations continued this spring and will continue into 2022 with support from other members of Wild Ones Twin Cities. In her presentation, Julia will share what we have learned thus far along with mitigation updates from gardeners who already have infestations. These best practices will hopefully become the new normal, protecting our gardens and natural areas from accidental introduction of invasive species.
Julia Vanatta has been a homeowner and active member of Longfellow Community in Minneapolis since the late '70s. Getting serious about gardening roughly 20 years ago, Julia has used her own gardens to experiment and learn all she can about native plants and the wildlife they support, especially insects. For the past 15 years, Julia has been active as a leader in various capacities for Wild Ones Twin Cities. More recently she started the Facebook group, Native Plant Gardens in the Upper Midwest, a discussion group where members engage in an exchange of ideas and practices for local ecosystem gardening.
Join the meeting at 7 pm, November 10th:
Wednesday January 12, 2022
Botanical Latin: How Plants are Named
Have you ever wondered and puzzled over what those strange scientific plant names mean and why even bother with them? Gain the insight for understanding scientific names and the logic behind them. Learn the what, why, and how of botanical Latin.
Shirley Mah Kooyman is a botanist with a specialty in plant taxonomy (plant names and identification) and an award-winning teacher. She currently works as the native plant specialist at Natural Shore Technologies in Independence, which is 2 miles west of Maple Plain. Shirley worked at the MN Landscape Arboretum for 25 years and was the Adult Education Manager there for 2 decades. She has lectured on numerous botanical and horticultural topics to many different groups.