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!


Gardening with Native Plants

A Series of FREE Introductory Classes
Next Class is June 20, 2022

Getting Started: Working Toward Building Your Own Homegrown National Park
Monday, June 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm EDT
with Sally Wencel
green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN
In response to many requests, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is presenting a series of seven free introductory classes about how to garden with native plants. These classes, led by experienced gardeners from the Tennessee Valley, are free and open to the public.
The series of classes covers everything from why to use native plants … to how to design, plant and maintain native plant gardens. Join us for all of the classes, several classes, or even just one! Each class will compliment the others, and together they will greatly add to your understanding of native plant gardening.

Modular Matrix Planting:
Planning for Efficiency and Unpredictability

with Clint Wayman
Monday, July 11, 2022 at 6:00pm EDT
FREE and open to the public
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN

Naturalized plant communities do not exist in single-layer groups of three, five or seven. They are complex, fluid, multi-layered systems that are largely self-sustaining. Modular, matrix-based design provides an approachable method of developing multi-layered plantings with an easily-understood means of installation for gardens of any size. For the native plant advocate, matrix-based planting design allows the homeowner/designer to experiment with plant community establishment while opening up space for nature to fill in the gaps and answer questions that you didn’t even think to ask.


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.