Cloquet Yard Tour – Wed. July 20th

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Wild Ones will be visiting the gardens of Vicki and Terry Anderson in Cloquet. They bought their home in 1976 and have worked in the yard and gardens ever since to conquer challenges and discover unexpected treasures in the three levels of their yard. Vicki claims title as “the plant person” while Terry is “the builder” of fences, retaining walls, and walkways. He was one of the first Master Gardeners in the state of Minnesota! Their yard is filled with many native plants along with window boxes, urns and pots, and other non-native areas. Their gardens have been featured in the July 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Come and enjoy a walk through these lovely gardens in Cloquet.
Directions to the Anderson’s garden tour:
South on I 35 to Hwy 33. Turn right and go into Cloquet. Turn left on Avenue D.
The address is 406 Avenue D, Cloquet. The property is on the left side. Park along the street, which is a dead-end.

Wish to carpool from the Rose Garden parking lot at 5:45 pm? If interested, please contact Cathy Wood (

Mark your calendars for this future meeting/event:
Tues. August 30 – Field trip on Minnesota Point 6:30 – 8 PM
If you enjoyed the March presentation by Rebecca Holmstrom (MN DNR biologist), join this hike. Rebecca will guide us through the native plant communities in the natural areas near the tip of MN Point. Meet at the Park Point airport parking lot. Wear hiking shoes and long pants. No rain date.

Weds. May 25 6:30-8pm Wild Ones Garden at Leif Erickson Park

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Spruce up the native plantings in our community garden and enjoy the lake breezes!

Weds. May 25 – Wild Ones Garden at Leif Erickson Park
(use the walking bridge from London Rd. near 10th Ave. E) Come anytime between 6:30-8:00 PM

This maintenance/meeting will be held outside at our Lakewalk garden. Join other members to learn to identify plants and work in our chapter’s garden. Please bring tools if you can such as a small digging spade, a bucket for weeds, edging shovel, hand pruner and something to kneel on, plus maybe a lawn chair. Dress for the weather. If you wish, bring a snack to share. (no rain date)

Wednesday April 27 – Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators

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Weds. April 27 – Pollinator Revival: Impact of Harmful Pesticides, Managing our Landscapes to Provide Healthy Habitat for Pollinators.

Hartley Nature Center 6:30 pm socialize, 7:00 pm program
Presenters: Marilyn D. Jones and Julia Vanatta.

Pesticides have become the quick fix to address various farming and gardening problems. Pollinator Revival co-founders, Marilyn Jones and Julia Vanatta, will share a bit of the history of pesticides along with safer options for pest control. They will also illustrate how we, as gardeners and landscape professionals, can help populations of pollinators and other beneficial insects recover by making simple changes to how we maintain our landscapes.a grassroots initiative to protect pollinators from further decline by educating retailers and stopping the sale or use of pesticides known to be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.

Julia Vanatta is Co-president of Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones. Also part time clerk at local hardware store where interaction with customers allows her to be a voice of reason, helping gardeners make informed decisions about pesticides. Fascinated with insects since childhood (small town northwest of Bemidji), Julia began researching non-toxic insect control in 2002, which led her to native plants and the need for diversity. Retired art director and semi-retired project manager of old home restoration.

Marilyn Jones is currently Co-President of Wild Ones Twin Cities chapter (native plants, natural landscapes) and co-founder with Julia Vanatta of Pollinator Revival which focuses on reducing toxic pesticide use by home gardeners. Marilyn is a retired teacher and Assistant Superintendent for school finance. She is a MN Master Naturalist having completed the Prairies/Potholes and Big River/BigWoods training sequences, and will be completing the third biome Northwoods/GreatLakes biome in August.
*Spend time with these speakers before the program: Weds. Apr. 27, 5-6:00 pm soup supper at Cathy Wood’s home 3700 E. Superior St.

*Discussion with these speakers: Thurs. Apr. 28, 9-10:00 am At Sarah’s Table/Chester Creek Café (breakfast optional)

**RSVP to this email or to Cathy: 218-724-1196, if you plan to join either meal

Plants of Park Point – Wednesday March 23rd

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Wednesday March 23 – Plants (rare and common) and native plant communities of Park Point/Minnesota Point.
Hartley Nature Center 6:30 pm socialize, 7:00 pm program


Did you know the Duluth/Superior area hosts one of the world’s largest freshwater baymouth sand bars in the world? Did you know we have a coastal dune system in Minnesota? Come join Rebecca for the evening to learn more about this unique and fascinating place that exists right outside our doorsteps. The focus will be on the plants, both rare and common, and the native plant communities that occur on Minnesota Point.
Rebecca Holmstrom is a plant ecologist and botanist with the Minnesota Biological Survey (Division of Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR). She has also spent several field seasons in the dune system on Minnesota Point researching one of Minnesota’s threatened plant species, American beachgrass. Minnesota Point is one of her favorite places.

Wednesday February 24th – Build a Caterpillar-rearing Cage

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A brilliant blue-sky day to you!

Looking forward to more monarch butterflies this summer? Besides planting more milkweed, you can protect those caterpillars.
Join members to create your own caterpillar-rearing cage to rescue/rear monarchs and other butterflies.

Wednesday February 24th – Build a Caterpillar-rearing Cage
6:30 pm socialize, 7:00 pm “hands-on” workshop
Meet at Hartley Nature Center.

Choice of two types of cages. Bring your own materials & tools as per the instructions below.
Possible fund-raiser: extra materials may be available to build more cages to sell at the Duluth Garden Flower Society plant sale in May!

Option #1: This caterpillar-rearing cage was cut down to about 14″ high. The jar inside has tin-foil over it (so caterpillars don’t fall in), holding one or more florists picks with fresh host plant foliage in place. Top and bottom are old cake pans and sides are wire mesh. Very easily disassembled for photography and cleaning. Easy to add a stick for caterpillars to pupate on, though they will happily use the top pan and the stems of the host plant, too.unnamed-1
Caterpillar rearing

Option #2: From Monarch Network Teachers’ Workshop.
1. You need a 3 prong tomato cage–turn it upside down and make sure it sets level. Buy these at a hardware store or use an old one.
2. Get 5 gallon paint strainers–they come two to a package for approx. $3.
3. Buy inexpensive aluminum pizza pans.
4. You will need a good pair of bolt clippers or something that can cut the wire prongs that go into the ground on the tomato cage.
Trim the tomato cage prongs so that when you bend them they will meet in the center of the narrow end of the cage. Slip the paint strainer over and set the cage in an aluminum pizza pan–it will fit snuggly. Now you are ready to add your plants and caterpillars. You can put paper towels in the bottom to catch frass. It’s easy to clean.unnamed

You can slip off the cover and wash between broods. The caterpillars have plenty of space to pupate and emerge in excellent condition.

Idea from Cathy: Without the pizza pan on the bottom, use landscape staples to fasten this cage over milkweed plant outside to protect caterpillars. (Problem = no butterflies can access the plant inside.)

Suggestion from Dan Schutte: I think that suspending pieces of wood across the wires that are on the tomato cages would be a good idea, as a lot of the larva may wind up making their chrysalis on those, and then you can remove them, to a more stable, safe place as they are developing.

More info on the example above, plus other ideas:

General info on caterpillar-rearing from Monarch Watch:

Mark your calendars for future meetings:

Wednesday March 23 – Plants (rare and common) and native plant communities of Park Point/Minnesota Point.

Presenter: Rebecca Holmstrom, Minnesota Biological Survey, Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR

Wednesday April 27 – Pollinator Revival, a grassroots initiative to protect pollinators from further decline by educating retailers and stopping the sale or use of pesticides known to be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.
Presenters: Pollinator Revival co-founders, Marilyn D. Jones and Julia Vanatta; both are Wild Ones members from the Twin Cities area.
Volunteer opportunities:

Rachael Olesiak, naturalist at the Cloquet Forestry Center, would like help with their Spring camp held Thurs. March 24 & Mon. March 28. The age of kids is 1st-6th grade and the objective was to teach them how to plant seeds and then send them home with seeds to start their own gardens. Dan Schutte, Wild Ones member, plans to supply seeds & seedlings, and planting materials. A few WO members have already volunteered. Please reply to this email if interested or for more info. A future goal is to create a pollinator garden around the administrative building this summer.

1st Annual Duluth Monarch Festival on Sat. May 21 – 12-4PM @ the Coppertop Church: larva monitoring/citizen science presentations, kids’ activities, free milkweed seeds, butterfly items for sale, and more. Guest speaker is Dr. Karen Oberhauser – Monarch Lab, U of Minn.
Sponsored by Duluth Monarch Buddies, Wild Ones – Arrowhead Chapter & other groups. Free admission!
Volunteer to sell the milkweed & other pollinator plants that will be for sale. Please reply to this email if interested.

Larry Weber “In a Patch of Goldenrods” Wed. Jan 27th

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Larry Weber

Larry Weber

Weds. January 27 @ Hartley Nature Center – Larry Weber presents “In a Patch of Goldenrods”

6:30 pm – Socializing and snacking

7:00 pm – Presentation begins

Larry has spent extensive time over the past 2 years observing the amazing myriad of insects and spiders that make use of the many species of native goldenrod plants commonly found along area roadsides, mixed in with a variety of non-native plants like tansy that host very few critters. He has identified over 100 insect and spider species using the goldenrod and says “it is just plain interesting!”

Larry Weber is a retired science teacher and a talented naturalist who captivates with his enthusiasm and energy. Weber is the author of Backyard Almanac (1995), Butterflies of New England (2002), Spiders of the Northwoods (2002), and Butterflies of the Northwoods (2006). He also co-authored Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods (2006). His awards include the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year in 1993 and the National Biology Teacher Association’s Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year for 1998.

TUESDAY Dec. 8 – Wild Ones Hibernation Resistance Get Together

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TUESDAY Dec. 8 – Wild Ones Hibernation Resistance Get Together. This will be a potluck party at Cathy and Kirby Wood’s home on a TUESDAY evening from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. An opportunity to eat and socialize with fellow native plant enthusiasts. Members only event, spouses welcome. Also start thinking of ideas for 2016 program topics, speakers and field trips to share when we end the evening with a little brainstorming.

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Weds. January 27 @ Hartley Nature Center – Larry Weber presents “In a Patch of Goldenrods

November Meeting – Botanical Painting with Tanya Beyer

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Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Hartley Nature Center – Botanical Painting, presented by artist Tanya Beyer

6:00 Meeting (open to all!) to start making plans for 2016 chapter officers and other leadership positions (Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth)

6:30 Socializing and snacking

7:00 Presentation begins

Tanya will present a program using a photo series mixed with artistic treatment of significant trees from northern MN and share folklore about those trees as well as trees found just to our south that may be start appearing in northern MN where soil types allow as climate change proceeds (black walnut, northern prickly ash, hackberry, honey locust, shagbark hickory, American elm…). Tanya paints upper Midtreewestern flora, birds & landscapes in watercolor or mixed media. She has a degree in English from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada (now Western University) and teach watercolor at Pineapple Arts Center in Duluth. Examples of her work can be seen at


(If you would like to bring some of your own sketching paper and pencils feel free to do so as this presentation may get your fingers itching to do some drawing too.)

Weds. Oct. 21 – Piping Plover Program with Kris Eilers

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Weds. Oct. 21 – Piping Plover Program, presented by Kris Eilers, project manager at St. Louis River Alliance.

1024px-Charadrius-melodus-004_editReminder – our next Wild Ones program will be this Wednesday October 21 starting at 7:00 pm at Hartley Nature Center. Come early to visit. Doors open at 6:30. Come learn how, through restoration of native plants on Park Point and Minnesota Point and other efforts, the St. Louis River Alliance is working to bring nesting plovers back to this area.

“We are in our 3rd year of this program and have been busy doing outreach and education, monitoring the beaches along Wisconsin Point and Minnesota Point, and doing some habitat restoration. We do see piping plover from time to time, although it is extremely rare. None have stayed to nest in over 25 years. They are critically endangered in the Great Lakes.”

Wed. Sept 23 – Soil Questions Answered – John Pastor

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Topic: everything you always wanted to know about soil as it pertains to growing native plants but were afraid to ask – or more likely just did not know you need to know. Understanding how soil is naturally formed and then affected by human alterations can make the difference between a successful native plant gardening/restoration project and a disappointing patch of weeds. Should you add fertilizer to the soil? compost? roto-till it? Come learn the answers to these questions and much more. (for a related article, check this out:

When: Wednesday September 23, doors open 6:30 for socializing and set up, 7:00 – 8:15 PM presentation + Q & A

Where: Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth


Who: The presentation will be by John Pastor, who received his Ph.D. in Forestry and Soil Science in 1980 following an MS in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did post-doctoral research in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been a Senior Research Associate at NRRI since 1984, Professor in Biology since 1996, and Director of Graduate Studies in Biology since 2000. His research and scholarly interests include the structure and function of northern ecosystems.

This presentation is free and open to the public, though non-Hartley members are encouraged to consider placing a contribution in the donation box near the front desk.