Welcome to Wild Ones!


Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes . . . promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Our Wild Ones chapter is dedicated to educating and advocating for biodiversity in the Tennessee Valley.  We offer a variety of programs, plant sales and special events throughout the year that teach sustainable landscaping practices using plants that are native to our region.  We invite you to attend our programs and to become a member!


Designing Native Gardens with Children in Mind

with Jesse Turner

Monday, November 15
6:00 – 7:30 pm EST
Online via Zoom
FREE and open to the public

Jesse Turner, Designer and Founding Principal of Lift Environmental Design, is a landscape architect with more than a decade of professional design experiences built upon the foundation of having grown up in the landscape design and construction industry. He has worked at almost every scale, across two continents, and with a broad range of clients. Throughout his career he has consulted with many nationally known design firms, artists, and institutions in capacities ranging from construction coordination to programming for children’s gardens. In North Carolina, Jesse’s work is known to be stunning and environmentally conscious. He was the first designer in the state to work on a certified Sustainable Sites project and is an active member of the Triangle design community. Jesse is a member of the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference steering committee and a partner of the Play Green Initiative.  Jesse holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from NC State University.



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View our Programs for Members Only

Check out our 2021 Certificate in Native Plants classes


Visit the Wild Ones Native Garden Designs website.  The site provides practical, educationally-sound information on native landscaping developed specifically for first-time native plant gardeners looking for help getting started.

The site also features a growing number of free, downloadable native garden designs created by professional landscape designers for multiple ecoregions in the United States, including Chattanooga, taking into account various light, soil and moisture conditions.

A plant list accompanies each design and provides a quick preview of the diversity and beauty of the native plants incorporated

in each design. Both the designs and the plant lists are printer-friendly.

We hope these resources inspire, encourage and motivate you in your native garden journey!


To view previous Tennessee Valley public programs, please visit our YouTube Channel.