Programs & Events

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year, including the following:

Monthly Speakers
These presentations are generally held at 6:00pm on the second Monday of the month at green|spaces, 63 E. Main St., Chattanooga TN 37408.  They are FREE and open to the public.  Please check the calendar for dates and program information.

Certificate in Native Plants Classes
Monthly classes, taught by respected experts in their fields, are offered from January through November.  Classes are open to those pursuing the Certificate in Native Plants, as well as individuals simply interested in the topic.  Class discounts are available to Wild Ones members.

Plant Natives! Symposium
This annual all-day symposium is presented in the spring and features nationally recognized speakers.  Ticket discounts are available to Wild Ones members.

Native Plant Marketplace and Expo
This annual event is held in conjunction with the Symposium; it is free and open to the public.  Native plant nurseries offer plants for sale.  Local/regional environmental organizations, artists and other vendors are also present.

Bringing Nature Home Garden Tour
In 2018, the first home garden tour was presented by the chapter.  We expect that another garden tour will be offered in the future.

Habitat Hero Awards Presentation
The Habitat Hero Awards were presented in September 2018 at a special event at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home.  These awards will be presented again in 2020.

Landscapes in Progress
These free, members-only events are held in home gardens of Wild Ones members.  They offer the opportunity to learn from each other about native plant gardening.

Regional Hikes, Garden Visits and other Pop-Up Events
Special events for members-only are presented and various times throughout the year.

Annual Meeting
The Tennessee Valley Chapter holds an annual meeting each year, usually in November.  At this free, members-only event, we elect Board members and officers for the coming year and share highlights from the prior year.  We provide lunch and offer a Native Plant/Seed Swap.

Holiday Social
In December, Wild Ones members gather for a potluck dinner.

Nature Journaling Group
Several Tennessee Valley Wild Ones have formed a Meet-Up Group to do nature journaling.  The group gets together from 9:30-11:30am on Tuesdays, outdoors in clear weather, indoors or under a pavilion in rain, to spend time in nature. Locations will vary each week.

Community Events
Volunteer members of our chapter set up information tables and booths at many local events throughout the year.  You are welcome to stop by to get information about Wild Ones, as well as practical tips about plant selection or starting your own native plant garden.

Visit us at the following events:

  • Chattanooga Area Landscape Professionals Winter Express (January)
  • District III Day of Gardening (February)
  • Plant Natives! Symposium (March)
  • Master Gardener Garden Expo (April)
  • Bradley County Master Gardener Spring Fling (April)
  • Earth Day in Coolidge Park (April)
  • Crabtree Farms Plant Sale (April & September)
  • Reflection Riding Plant Sale (April & September)
  • Honeybee Festival in Lafayette GA (June)
  • Hamilton County Fair (September)