Plant Natives 2021!

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is proud to announce Plant Natives 2021!  This year, there are big changes  – an exciting and expanded lineup of speakers AND a new way to obtain a great variety of native plants for spring planting.  Plant Natives 2021! includes:

  • A SPECIAL SEMINAR about Native Trees in a Time of Climate Change on March 19th
  • A 3-day VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO featuring SEVEN speakers on March 19th – 21st
  • A new and expanded OUTDOOR NATIVE PLANT MARKETPLACE on March 27th



The SPECIAL SEMINAR about Native Trees in a Time of Climate Change will be presented via a Zoom webinar on Friday morning, March 19th by scientist, author and photographer Tom Kimmerer.  Registration for this seminar is open to all.  It will also earn credit as an Elective for those individuals working toward the Certificate in Native Plants.

Click HERE for more information about the SPECIAL SEMINAR with Tom Kimmerer

Click HERE to register for the SPECIAL SEMINAR with Tom Kimmerer

Tickets:  $30 Wild Ones members  |  $40 Non-members



The VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO will be presented in three half-day afternoon webinar sessions on Friday, March 19 – Sunday, March 21.  Recognized speakers in the field of native plant gardening and responsible landscaping will share live webinar programs to educate and inspire home gardeners and landscape professionals.

The schedule of VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO presentations features:

Friday, March 19

Fundamentals of Garden Layers: Plant Communities, Ecosystem Function,
and Climate Resilience

with Benjamin Vogt



Historical Ecology: Using Plants to Reveal the Past
with Michael Gaige


Saturday, March 20

If You Want to Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs!:
Toward an Ecological Appreciation of Insects in Your Garden

with Jim Costa



Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians
with Patricia Kyritsi Howell



Coloring the Conservation Conversation
with Drew Lanham



Sunday, March 21

Let It Be an Oak
with Doug Tallamy




Gardening with the Best Native Plants of the Southeast
with Larry Mellichamp


In case you’re busy and can’t see the live webinar presentations, you can still register for the VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO.  Recordings of all VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO presentations will be available for a period of six months for ALL registrants.

Click HERE to view the schedule for the VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO
Click HERE to download the digital brochure with detailed information about presentations & speaker bios.
Click HERE to register for the VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM & EXPO

Tickets:  $65 Wild Ones Members  |  $75 Non-members \|  $30 Students
Early registration discount available through March 10, 2021



And after you’ve been inspired by the Seminar and Symposium, you can come to the Saturday, March 27 OUTDOOR NATIVE PLANT MARKETPLACE, where there will be TEN regional native plant nurseries selling native plants.  The Outdoor Native Plant Marketplace will be held at the spacious and covered First Horizon Pavilion (home of the Chattanooga Market) in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Food trucks and other vendors and exhibitors will add to the excitement of this special day that is free and open to the public.  Masks will be required.

More information about nurseries, vendors and exhibitors will be available in mid-March.

The OUTDOOR NATIVE PLANT MARKETPLACE will be FREE and open to the public.


DOWNLOAD the Plant Natives 2021! schedule.
DOWNLOAD the Plant Natives 2021! digital brochure.

Interested in being a sponsor, exhibitor or vendor?  Click HERE for more information.