The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 2nd at Crabtree Farms. Attendees were treated to a tour of Crabtree’s propagation facilities, and everyone was able to participate in a native plant and seed swap and sharing.
The meeting was a great opportunity to share ideas about what the chapter is doing and where future efforts should be focused. Highlights of the meeting include:
2020 Officers and Board Members Elected:
• President: Kristina Shaneyfelt
• Vice-President: Sally Wencel
• Secretary: Gayle Tucker
• Treasurer: John Pine
• Members-at-Large: Marissa Corbett, Stephan Eselgroth, Charlotte Freeman
Updated Bylaws Approved
The revised bylaws refer to the importance of strategic planning to direct the Chapter’s activities. Specific responsibilities of Board members and Committee Chairs was added. Board member terms were modified to enhance ability to recruit leadership.
Wild Ones Unique Mission:
Promote the restoration of native plant communities and sustainable landscaping practices
Wild Ones Growth in Tennessee:
• Tennessee Valley Chapter, founded in 2012, is now the largest Wild Ones chapter in the U.S.
• Smoky Mountains Chapter formed in 2015.
• Middle Tennessee Chapter formed in 2018.
• West Tennessee Chapter under discussion.
What the Tennessee Valley Chapter Does:
• Networking opportunity for native plant enthusiasts
• Free educational meetings for the public
• Provides grants to local school pollinator gardens
• Garden Tours and Landscapes in Progress (“LIPS”)”
• Habitat Hero Award
• Annual Symposium and Native Plant Expo
• Certificate in Native Plants program
• Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership
2020 Programs – Preview
• Plant Natives Symposium – March 14, 2020
• Habitat Hero Awards and Special Lecture – September 11, 2020
• Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour – September 12, 2020
• 10 Certificate in Native Plants classes (2 core, 8 electives)
• 8 Public programs (free and open to the public on 2nd Mondays)
• 3 Landscapes in Progress events (“LIPS”)
• 2 Hikes
• PLUS more!
Watch for details on this website, our Facebook page and group, and in our e-newsletter.
Plant Natives 2020 Symposium guest speakers (Save the Date . . . March 14, 2020!)
• Benjamin Vogt
• Philip Juras
• Bodie Pennisi
We look forward to a fantastic 2020 filled with education and advocacy!