They come from all walks of live and all over town, they are the Wild Ones. This national native plant gardening group has a 180-member Twin Cities chapter and a devoted presence in Bloomington. Wild Ones Twin Cities is a nonprofit promoting environmentally friendly landscaping practices through the establishment, restoration and preservation of native plant communities. Members spread the seeds of sustainability as they cultivate community.
Wild Ones Twin Cities has information and programs to get aspiring native plant gardeners started and keep more seasoned gardeners inspired. Sustainable practices are encouraged at every turn of the spade.
Native flowers, shrubs and trees can flourish in Bloomington. All it takes is the right plants in the right locations. Traditional turf landscapes can transform into new ecosystems which not only look great but attract butterflies, bees, birds and even frogs.
Bloomington resident Roz Johnson enjoys sharing her knowledge about native plants and sees possibilities for new landscapes everywhere. As co-president of Wild Ones Twin Cities, she looks at ordinary lawns and gardens as opportunities to preserve and restore diversity of native plant communities.
“One of our slogans is ‘healing the earth one yard at a time,’” Johnson said.
Want to grow native plants and are not sure where to begin? “Start by sectioning off a small pollinator garden. Think of it as potential habitat,” Johnson said. “Most people like having birds, butterflies and bees in their yards.”
Many Wild Ones members take photos of the wildlife their native landscapes attract. They swap stories of recent sightings and compare notes. The success of one member is celebrated by all. The rewards of sustainable landscaping go beyond one season. The benefits are never-ending—to bring back native plants, get better gardening results, promote diversity, do less watering and make new friends. The neighborly support the Wild Ones Twin Cities offers can go a long way to make gardening and landscaping more fun and fruitful.
For more information on Wild Ones Twin Cities and the free events and educational programming they offer, visit blm.mn/wildones.