Free Public Programs

Free Public Programs, presented by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones are generally offered on the 2nd Monday of each month at  green|spaces, 63. E. Main St. in Chattanooga TN, unless otherwise noted.  

Links for virtual programs via Zoom will be posted on this page in the weeks preceding each virtual program. 

All programs and locations are subject to change.  Please check this page regularly for updated information. 

Continue to scroll down for links to additional recorded programs.

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Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
and McDonald Farm

with Jeffrey Schaarschmidt

Monday, June 10, 2024
6:00 pm EDT

green|spaces
63 E. Main St., Chattanooga

More details coming soon

FREE and Open to the Public

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Gardening with Native Plants

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones presents, “Gardening with Native Plants”, a series of six 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 classes cover everything from why to use native plants to how to plan and maintain native gardens.  Join us for all of the classes, several, or even just one. The classes are complimentary and together will greatly add to your understanding of native plant gardening.

Download the Gardening with Native Plants brochure.

Getting Started:
Working Toward Building
Your Own Homegrown National Park

with Sally Wencel

Monday, June 17, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

green|spaces
63 E. Main St.
Chattanooga TN

Free and open to the public

For many, “plan” is a 4-letter word. However, taking stock of your landscape and other inputs is an important first step and can save you time and money in the short and long run. In this session, we will go over basic steps on how to begin converting (more of) your landscape into a “Homegrown National Park.”

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Gardening with Native Plants
with Bill Moll &

Stephan Eselgroth

Saturday, July 13, 2024
9:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Sterchi Farm Pavilion
2900 Harrison Park,across from Waterhaven subdivision
Chattanooga TN

Free and open to the public

Native plants come in all shapes and sizes – from bare root seedlings and small plugs to pots ranging from 1” cups to 10+ gallons and in age from 2 months to 5 or 6 years. We will discuss how to evaluate the plants before you buy them and also how to plant them. Planting will include site preparation, processing the plant, digging the hole and soil options, properly putting the plant in the ground and filling up that hole, plus after-planting care. Your planting method makes a difference.

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Gardening with Native Plants
with Charlotte Freeman
& Dennis Bishop

Monday, August 19, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

green|spaces
63 E. Main St.
Chattanooga TN

Free and open to the public

Not all valley properties are the same, but they all reside in lowland areas that differentiate them from nearby mountain properties. In this class you will learn about the unique conditions of valley locations and how to select native plants that are suitable for them. You will also learn how to best use those plants in the native landscape. Native plant selection tools and plant lists will be provided.

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Gardening with Native Plants
with Ann Brown
& Nora Bernhardt

Monday, September 16, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

green|spaces
63 E. Main St.

Chattanooga TN

Free and open to the public

Selection and layering of native plants is important for a thriving ecosystem in mountain gardens. Strategies for creating and managing those gardens in both sunny and woodland conditions will be discussed. Plant lists will be provided.

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Gardening with Native Plants

with Lyn Rutherford

Monday, September 30, 2024
5:00 – 7:00 pm EDT

Warner Park
1254 E. 3rd St.,
Chattanooga TN
Meetup in the parking area

between the recycling center and the Community Fitness Center

Free and open to the public

Caring for your garden as it grows and changes over time is the best part! In this class we will discuss basics of sustainable landscape care like optimizing maintenance activities for wildlife support, and reducing air and water pollution. There are key differences between managing a native plant garden and a conventional landscape, so let’s get into it.

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More FREE public programs will be coming soon!

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Wild Ones Presents
“The Nature of Oaks:
The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees”

FREE Recorded Webinar

Click HERE to view the presentation

Drawing from his book, The Nature of Oaks (2021), renowned entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy offers a month-by-month guide to observing and identifying the growth of oak trees and the living creatures that depend upon oaks for food and shelter. Oaks perform critical ecological functions: they support biodiversity, sequester carbon, stabilize soil, produce high-quality persistent leaf litter ,and promote healthy watersheds. In this program, Dr. Tallamy presents facts, shares stories, and unpacks myths about oaks, inspiring people to plant and protect these vital, majestic and long-lived trees.

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More details about more 2024 programs will be posted soon.  Please check back again!