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January 2024

Jan
6

All the Dirt on Winter Sowing Native Plants

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Saturday, January 6th, 2024
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Waldorf West Library, 10405 O\'Donnell Pl, Waldorf, MD, 20603 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Native plants are critical to supporting birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, but they can be expensive! Learn how to grow your own natives from seeds, in milk jugs in the dead of winter. In this in-person workshop, you’ll plant jugs to take home. Please bring at least one clean milk jug (translucent, not white). We will have extras and all other supplies, including seeds, available. Workshop is free and open to all.

Jan
9

Winter Sowing Native Seeds

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2024
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James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown, MD, 20650 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Winter sowing native seeds with horticulture management students

Jan
17

Garden Chat/Meet and Greet

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Join us for our inaugural Garden Chat/Meet and Greet to meet your fellow chapter members and help in planning for our first year as a chartered chapter. All Wild Ones members are welcome to attend and invite a guest!

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. Johnson has been researching and writing about environmental issues for three decades. Learn about the pivotal role of gardening as an act of stewardship in the face of climate and ecological challenges. Discover the profound connections between individual gardens and the broader world and learn how these green spaces can serve as catalysts for positive ecological and social change.  Join Wild Ones for a practical and insightful discussion on gardening's positive impact on the environment and our future. 

Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch the talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

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Jan
27

All the Dirt on Winter Sowing; Make & Take, Veggies, Herbs, Annuals & Native Plants

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Saturday, January 27th, 2024
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Lexington Park Library, 21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Blvd, Lexington Park, MD, 20653 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Hands-On/How-To Workshop Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Master Gardeners Marlene Smith and Molly Moore will introduce the 10 simple steps to winter sowing and walk participants through creating and seeding their own containers to take home! Participants are invited to donate plastic gallon jugs (milk jugs) to refresh our supply.

February 2024

Feb
16

February Admin Meeting Members Only

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Friday, February 16th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Members Only Chapter Meeting

This event captures the volunteer hours for time spent to plan/promote/run the chapter in February.

March 2024

Mar
2

Gardening for Biodiversity; Connecting People and Native Plants for a Healthy Planet

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
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Leonardtown Library, 23630 Hayden Farm Ln, Leonardtown, MD, 20650 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Join Esther Bonney and Sam Rutherford, co-founders of Nurture Natives, along with Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay founders Marlene and Bill Smith, for an inspiring and educational family event. Explore the fascinating world of pollinators and beautiful Maryland native plants, while learning to recognize invasive “look-a-like” plant species that are commonly found in home gardens. Native plants promote diverse and healthy habitat in your yard and are essential to supporting beneficial insects, birds, and small mammals. With wise choices, you can beautify your home and help build a healthier environment.

Mar
10

Winter Sowing at LMPP

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Sunday, March 10th, 2024
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Lexington Manor Passive Park Community Gardens, 21675 S Coral Dr, Lexington Park, MD, 20653 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Hands-On/How-To Workshop Free Public Parking

Join us for a winter sowing class at Lexington Manor Passive Park. Registration is required to participate.

Mar
19

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
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Online and in person at Reeve Union, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Limited Access Recording Paid Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains Assistive Hearing

Registration for this event is now closed, and registrants have been emailed about attending. Please contact [email protected] if you have any issues getting in.

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

Mar
20

Garden Chat/Member Meeting: Spring Ephemerals

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Join us for our bi-monthly Garden Chat to connect and learn from other native plant garden enthusiasts in our area. This month we will have a presentation on spring ephemerals.

We welcome gardeners that are just beginning their journey to those with many years of experience as we all continue to learn about native plants and their ecosystems.

Registration is required in advance for this meeting.

April 2024

Apr
6

Chapman Forest: A Unique Natural Community. A Forest Ecology Lecture and Spring Ephemeral Walk Members Only

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024
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Mount Aventine - Chapman State Park, 3452 Ferry Pl, Indian Head, MD, 20640 Map

Members Only Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Join us at historic Mount Aventine situated within Chapman State Park, a 2200-acre forest. This is a joint event hosted by our new local chapter Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay, a national non-profit focusing on incorporating native plants into our landscape, presented by our S Md Audubon Society Membership Chair Lynne Wheeler. The event starts with a talk at the historic Mount Aventine, an 1840 antebellum home. Lynne will present a 40-minute talk about the unique forest ecology of Chapman Forest. Come and learn about how native plant communities are a direct result of their ecology. As they say: location, location, location. The combination of deep ravines, calcareous soils, and close proximity to the Potomac River has produced a remarkable flora predominantly composed of species typical of the inner piedmont and carbonate areas of the Appalachians that are otherwise rare to absent on the Coastal Plain, especially in association.  Chapman Forest is considered to be Maryland’s largest and finest example of this natural community type, and is also designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon. After the presentation we will take a 90-minute walk into the forest looking for spring ephemeral plants. RSVP required. Space limited to 15. 

Apr
21

Quiet Waters Park Earth Day Event

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Sunday, April 21st, 2024
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Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD, 21403 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Join the Friends of Quiet Waters Park to celebrate Earth Day. There will be a variety of activities including lectures, trash clean ups, invasive species pulls, compost demonstrations, and more! Vendors and food trucks will also be on site.

May 2024

May
15

Garden Chat/Member Meeting

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Join us for our bi-monthly Garden Chat to connect and learn from other native plant garden enthusiasts in our area. We welcome gardeners that are just beginning their journey to those with many years of experience as we all continue to learn about native plants and their ecosystems.

May
25

NatureFest

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Saturday, May 25th, 2024
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Tilghman Lake Park, 10598 Box Elder Rd, La Plata, MD, 20646 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Seed/Plant Swap

Join Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay and Nurture Natives at our 3rd Bona Terra Community-Led Seedling Giveaway of the year at NatureFest at Tilghman Lake Park in La Plata, Maryland, on May 25 from 10 am - 2 pm. We are also joining forces with Southern Maryland Audubon and the Town of La Plata to share the message of “Protect Insects. Protect Birds.” Providing native plant seedlings is the perfect way to help restore biodiversity in our communities.

Play Plant Pong to win native seeds provided by Chesapeake Natives.

Prepare to be amazed, get your hands dirty, and have loads of fun as we learn about the beauties of nature together! More info below!

Also featured at NatureFest…

Live Animal Shows: 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM
Live Banjo Music: 12:30 PM-2 PM

https://www.neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org/nature-fest

June 2024

Jun
1

Spring Plant Swap

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Saturday, June 1st, 2024
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American Chestnut Land Trust - Northside Trailhead, 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD, 20678 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Seed/Plant Swap

Save the date for our next native plant and seed swap - June 1 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the American Chestnut Land Trust northside trailhead at 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick.

July 2024

Jul
17

Garden Chat/Member Meeting

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Wild Ones Chesapeake Bay is deeply rooted in natives!

Join us for our bi-monthly Garden Chat to connect and learn from other native plant garden enthusiasts in our area.

This month we will have a short presentation by Jimmy Rogers, followed by Q & A and chapter updates. 

Presentation: Tips for Garden Projects in your Community

Summary: An overview of ways to approach community gardening projects, avoid pitfalls, and plan for success. We will also touch on the new invasive species law in Maryland.

Speaker Bio: Jimmy is a native gardener in Laurel, MD, who has created a number of public-facing gardens around the city. He has a background in project management that can help deal with the complexities of planning with diverse groups of stakeholders.

We welcome gardeners that are just beginning their journey to those with many years of experience as we all continue to learn about native plants and their ecosystems.

Registration is required in advance for this meeting. If you are not a member of our chapter, please email us for the registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

August 2024

Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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September 2024

Sep
18

Garden Chat/Member Meeting

Wednesday, September 18th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Join us for our bi-monthly Garden Chat to connect and learn from other native plant garden enthusiasts in our area. We welcome gardeners that are just beginning their journey to those with many years of experience as we all continue to learn about native plants and their ecosystems.

Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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October 2024

Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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November 2024

Nov
20

Garden Chat/Annual Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, November 20th, 2024
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Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Chapter Social

Annual Chapter meeting agenda will include: Chapter activities report, Financial report, Board of Directors elections. All are welcome to attend the annual meeting. Participation in the Board of Directors election is limited to current members.