Duluth Buckthorn Brigade

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The City of Duluth invites residents to join in on the ongoing fight against the invasive shrub – Buckthorn.

Buckthorn is a common invasive plant that is prevalent not only in City parks and on trails, but also in backyards and front lawns. Buckthorn was first introduced into our area in the early 1800’s when it was used as a popular hedging plant. Now, it is illegal to import, sell or transport buckthorn in Minnesota.

Community members are invited to attend a public informational meeting to learn more about buckthorn identification and control methods:
Thursday, October 24th – Informational Session – 5-6PM @ Hartley Nature Center.

Duluth residents can assist in the removal and eradication of buckthorn during the Buckthorn Brigade events on the following dates:

  • Sunday, October 27th – 2-4PM @ Lakewalk @ 21st.
  • Saturday, November 9th – 10AM-12PM @ Keene Creek (West Duluth).
  • Sunday, November 10th – 2-4PM @ Western Waterfront Trail.

For details, see Buckthorn Brigade in Action October & November 2013.

First meeting of season Wednesday, September 25 – A Seed Starting/Exchange

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The fourth Wednesday of each month in the fall through spring season, Wild Ones hosts an adult-ed program at Hartley Nature Center. Come join us on September 25th for our first meeting of the 2013-2014 season – a Seed Exchange and information on starting your own native plants from seed. We will also tour the Hartley butterfly garden and collect seed from there.

For more information, see the Seed Starting/Exchange event page.

Help at Wild Ones booth at Lake Superior SFA Harvest Festival

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Join fellow members at our Wild Ones’ booth at this year’s Lake Superior SFA Harvest Festival.

Help for 1 hour, 2 hours, or stay for the morning or afternoon…anytime from 10 am – 4 pm. The booth will be inside a tent with table & chairs. Cathy Wood will set up the displays at 9:00 am. and pack up at 4:00 pm.

The date for the 20th Annual Harvest Festival is Saturday, September 7, 2013 (rain or shine) at Bayfront Park. Admission is free.

Common milkweed plants, grown by Boreal Natives, will be available for sale…profits go to our Arrowhead – Wild Ones chapter!

Please consider giving a few hours of your time to promote native plant use & share our Wild Ones activities with the community.

Contact Cathy Wood to volunteer using the form below.

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August Show Me/Tell Me Tour

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A dozen people turned out on a beautiful evening for our yard tours in East Duluth and on Old North Shore Drive yesterday.

Heather's Rain Garden

Todd, Carol and Heather checking out the new rain garden.

The tour started in the yard of Heather Wright Wendel in East Duluth. Heather recently moved into her home and was looking for advice on landscaping with native plants.  I’m sure she received plenty of advice. Because she is close to a stream, Heather was eligible to have Lake Superior – Duluth Streams install a rain garden for her. The rain garden is a  very nice addition to her yard and will help to reduce runoff into the stream and Lake Superior.

Nan and Ken's back yard.

The back yard of Nan and Ken.

In contrast, Nan and Ken Geshowak have been in their house on North Shore Drive for about 5 years. In that time they have spent an enormous amount of energy on landscaping – and it shows! Both their front and back yards are beautiful. They also have a nice trail system in the back of their back yard.

Many thanks to Heather, Nan and Ken for hosting this tour.


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Thanks to everyone who was able to join us at our meeting yesterday to learn about Wild Ones Wild for Monarchs effort and to share ideas for improving monarch habitat in our area. Note that if you took home swamp milkweed seeds thanks to Boreal Natives the seeds need cold stratification before planting. If you have not already done so, mix them w/ some moist sand or vermiculite and put them in the freezer for a week or two before planting.

Below is some related links and information I swiped from a related press release:

To stay involved with the campaign, periodically check back at wildones.org/learn/wild-for-monarchs/ and see what new things have been added to the Wild Ones website. Share your garden photos, ideas and activities, successes and advice. Help spread the word about the Wild for Monarchs campaign by posting on your Facebook page or simply mention it to a friend. You can E-mail monarchs@wildones.org or call 877-394-9453 and request copies of the brochures and other promotional materials especially developed for the Wild for Monarchs campaign. Tell everyone you?ve ?gone Wild for Monarchs!?

Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a partner in the Monarch Joint Venture formed by researchers and conservationists to protect monarchs and other pollinators in response to the decline in monarch numbers and habitat. See www.monarchjointventure.org for more info.