Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd., features a professionally designed, free to the public, native garden plan specific to the Chattanooga ecoregion. The design was created on the premise that using native plants in landscaping can look beautiful, promote wildlife, and be achievable for gardeners of all skills in terms of scope and budget, officials said. . Additionally, the design of the garden allows gardeners to take a step-by-step approach in developing their plan, adding new areas and native plant species as time and funds permit.
Landscape architect Caleb Melchior created the design for Chattanooga and said, “After working in Chattanooga for several years, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to design gardens that show how homeowners can use native plants. in a residential garden. The flora of the Appalachians is unique, colorful and adaptable. I am delighted to see the Chattanoogans continue to develop biodiversity and enjoy their residential gardens.
Wild Ones Honorary Director Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” shares that one of the big mistakes in our approach to conservation is the idea that “nature” is something left out in the world. reserves and parks, something separate from our daily life which we are going to visit. He emphasizes that “we can no longer leave conservation to environmentalists.” Native plant gardens in our own backyards are our best hope for saving our environment.
Chattanooga’s design is part of a larger Wild Ones initiative to create beautiful native garden plans in a variety of ecoregions, which the public can use for free so those new to native landscaping will have a special the tools and knowledge they need to get started. The project includes a total of eight designs in the ecoregions of Boston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Tallahassee and Toledo. Designs can be downloaded from Wild Ones’ new nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website.
Each garden design includes a variety of beautiful, region-specific native plants that can be downloaded and easily printed out for quick reference when selecting plants at a local nursery. The nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website also features a nationwide list of nurseries that are sources for breeding native plants.
In addition to native garden designs, Wild Ones has also published a “Native Garden Design Guide” in both print and digital format, containing useful planting information to help new native gardeners of any kind. which region of the country to start.
The Garden Designs, the nativegardendesigns.wildones.org website, and the Native Garden Design Guide were supported by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.
Wild Ones Executive Director Jen Ainsworth said, “We hope these resources inspire, encourage and motivate individuals across the United States on their journeys to native gardens. Indigenous gardening not only provides beauty and respite in our personal spaces, but is an essential part of restoring natural landscapes and wildlife habitats. ”
In 1977, the first seeds were sown for Wild Ones, which today is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally responsible landscaping practices in order to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. .
Wild Ones accomplishes its mission by providing quality online learning opportunities open to the public that feature experts in the native plant movement, producing free, area-specific native garden design templates to help people jumpstart their journey. first native garden, by honoring “Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education” which engages young people in the planning, planting and maintenance of educational natural landscapes, publishing an award-winning quarterly journal containing valuable information and resources on native plants and supporting the grassroots efforts of 60 national Wild Ones chapters representing over 4,000 members in 20 states.
Chattanooga hosts the Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter which includes members from Tennessee as well as Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. Tennessee also has two additional chapters: the Wild Ones Middle Tennessee chapter and the Wild Ones Smoky Mountains chapter. Joining a chapter can prove invaluable on your trip to the home garden.
Wild Ones does not receive government funding. It depends on membership fees, donations and gifts from individuals to help save the earth, one meter at a time.
For more information or to get involved, please visit the Wild Ones website at wildones.org or find it on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter at @wildonesnative and @wildonesnativeplants.