Chapter Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, September through May at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803, as part of their adult-ed series.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm with socializing at 6:30 pm.

Our 2021 – 2022 Calendar

Thurs. June 23 – “Show Me, Help Me” chapter yard tour in Superior, plus tour of the Superior Community garden. 7 pm.

Watch for details in June.

Sat. May 28 – Duluth Garden Flower Society Plant Sale at the Rose Garden parking lot, starting at 8 a.m.

Open to the public – rain or shine!
It’s our Arrowhead chapter’s fundraiser selling our own native plants; dig, pot & label your plants, and help sell them at our Wild Ones table. Look for our banner. Prices will be set when plants arrive. Set up at 7:30 am., pack up approx. 9:30 am. Dress for Lake Superior weather! Bring a table, if you can.

WO Plant ID markers will be available ($3. each)
Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants – 39 p. full color booklet for sale ($2. each)
Used landscaping/gardening books for sale ($2. each)

Weds. May 25 – Wild Ones Garden at Leif Erickson Park 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Rain date: Thurs. May 26 same time.

Spring clean up at our native plant demonstration garden, help spread compost. Come anytime between 6:30-8:00 PM (use the walking bridge from London Rd. near 10th Ave. E)
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 such as a shovel, hand trowel, a bucket for weeds, hand pruner, gloves, maybe a lawn chair. Dress for the weather. Browse & buy 32 used landscape/gardening books on our sale table ($2. each). Bring your own water bottle & snack/bars to share.

Weds. Apr. 27 – Jumping Worms | Protecting Our Garden Spaces:
Tips and techniques for managing our gardens and best practices for sharing plants to guard against unwanted guests. 6:30 pm socialize, 7 pm Zoom chapter program

Presenter: Julia Vanatta, Twin Cities – Wild Ones: In her presentation, Julia will focus on best practice methods for protecting your garden, including risk assessment, early detection and how to prevent further spread. She will also share what we’ve learned about safely transferring and sharing plants during the active growing season via bare root techniques. Free & open to the public; link to be emailed.

Weds. Mar. 30 – Dragonflies in Minnesota
6:30 pm socialize, 7 pm Zoom chapter program

Kurt Mead will talk about dragonflies in Minnesota, and elsewhere, touching on the basic life histories of dragonflies (and their cousin, the damselflies). Join Kurt as he talks about past efforts to catalogue the dragonflies of Minnesota, as well the great diversity of species living here.

Kurt Mead is the award-winning author of “Dragonflies of the North Woods” and has roamed Minnesota, from corner to corner, hunting dragonflies in order to determine which species are living here. Kurt is also the Interpretive Naturalist at Tettegouche State Park.

Weds. Feb. 23 – Discovering Plant’s Secrets One Season at a Time.
6:30 pm socialize, 7 pm Zoom Chapter Program

Jessica Savage will talk about how deciduous plants deal with our seasonal climate and why timing (phenology) matters. She will touch on her research on plant phenology along with the work that volunteers are doing to document seasonal changes in the Twin Ports through our citizen science program. Free and open to the public.

” I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at UMD. My research specialty is plant physiology and I am fascinated with how plants experience and tolerate seasonal changes. I run a local citizen science program in Duluth focused on plant seasonality (phenology). I received my PhD at UMN and then went to Harvard University and the Arnold Arboretum as postdoctoral fellow. I love woody species especially plants that flower in the spring before they have leaves!”

Weds. Jan. 26 – Bee Lawn Workshop.
6:30 pm Socialize, 7 pm Zoom Chapter Program

Your “how-to” guide on creating a bee lawn. James Wolfin, an entomologist and Metro Blooms’ sustainable landcare manager, teaches the steps for converting a traditional turfgrass monoculture lawn into a beautiful, flowering bee lawn that promotes pollinator health, water quality and natural resource conservation. Open to the public. Zoom link will be emailed in January.

www.bluethumb.org Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects and turf alternatives to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Blue Thumb is coordinated by Metro Blooms.

Weds. Nov. 17 – Chapter meeting agenda:
Winter Sowing for native plants Q&A with Bonnie; 2021 chapter accomplishments; Board elections; Ideas for 2022 programs.
6:30 pm at Hartley Nature Center

The public is welcome! Masks are required. Bring suggestions for future programs, speakers, field trips, etc. Nominations requested for chapter president, VP, secretary, treasurer: all one year terms, board meetings held a few times/year, most business handled via email. Reply to this email with questions &/or nominations.
WO Plant ID markers will be available for $3. each.
Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants – 39 p. full color booklet for sale for $2. each.

Weds. Oct. 27 – Native Plant Seed Exchange & Winter Sowing. Arrowhead Chapter program. 6:30 pm at Hartley Nature Center

The public is welcome! Masks are required. Bring your containers of seeds labeled with name, color, soil type, sunlight needs, etc. Winter sowing information & demonstration. Also, volunteers are needed to winter sow for our demonstration garden at Leif Erickson Park. Planting should be done in January or February. Ask Cathy or Bonnie for details.
WO Plant ID markers will be available for $3. each.
Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants – 39 p. full color booklet for sale for $2. each.

Weds. September 29 – Native Seed Collecting & Project Wingspan. 7 pm

Free Zoom presentation presented by Riya Milan, UMD Student Sustainability Assistant. The public is welcome.

The Pollinator Partnership started this project in order to increase the quality, abundance, and connectivity of pollinator habitat across the Midwest to support imperiled native pollinators such as the rusty patched bumble bee and the monarch butterfly. This work is done through a network of seed collector volunteers that will collect and distribute regionally appropriate native wildflower seeds in our area. Riya will also be discussing seed saving techniques.

Zoom meeting link included in email to members.