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January 2024

Jan
15

Wild Ones Greater Richmond VA - Board Meeting - Annual Planning Meeting (Confirmed) Members Only

This event has ended
Monday, January 15th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Chapter Board Meeting

At this meeting the Board will establish/adjust the planned schedule of meetings and events for the upcoming year. 

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Thursday, January 25th, 2024
to (Central Time)
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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February 2024

Feb
17

The Eastern Bluebird: Getting Them Started, Getting Them to Stay

This event has ended
Saturday, February 17th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Ginter Park Branch, Richmond Public Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave, Richmond, VA, 23227 Map

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

Come learn about the bird of which Henry David Thoreau wrote, “it carries the sky on his back.”

This in-person presentation by Virginia Bluebird Society President Valerie Kenyon Gaffney may just lead to a bluebird nest box in your backyard and a plastic shoebox of mealworms tucked among the fresh produce in your refrigerator.

The Wild Ones Greater Richmond Virginia Chapter also will have handouts available profiling RVA-area native plants that help support bluebirds.

Feb
19

Zoom Presentation - Preparation and Planning for Spring Planting (Confirmed)

This event has ended
Monday, February 19th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

As winter begins to loosen its grip, gardeners are planning and beginning preparations for the 2024 growing seasons. In this Zoom session, chapter officers will briefly talk about their own plans and preparations for creating new beds or integrating new plantings into existing native plant landscapes. Members of the public are welcome to join chapter members during this online gathering to participate in open discussion and Q&A. 

Members of the public may request a meeting invitation/link by contacting the Chapter at [email protected].

March 2024

Mar
9

Establishing Native Plants from Seeds

This event has ended
Saturday, March 9th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Richmond Public Library Main Branch, Gellman Room

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

Growing native plants from seed? This presentation is for you! Join USDA Private Lands Biologist Bob Glennon to learn about how to determine which species are native in your part of Greater RVA using the Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora; how to  determine soil drainage on your site and developing appropriate mixes of native seeds; how to supplement seeded plants with potted plants. Also covered will be  native seed vendors; site preparation and seeding procedures; and managing common weed problems.  

Notes on parking: 
Free parking should be available on-street near the main library on the weekends (most metered spots are free on weekends). A surface lot is available at 1st and E. Grace Streets and a parking deck at 2nd and E. Franklin Streets. Do not use the parking spaces in the lot behind the library, which are permit-only. Bicycle lanes have been added to East Franklin Street and the library provides bike racks for your convenience. "Spotangels.com" offers a useful (and free) online map that also can help plan parking. 

Mar
16

Native Plants for a Small Garden

This event has ended
Saturday, March 16th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
West End Branch, Richmond Public Library, 5420 Patterson Ave, Richmond, VA, 23226 Map
Live Stream Available

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Many people would like to plant native plants in their yards but don't have a lot of space. This presentation by certified Virginia master naturalist Sheryl Smith will highlight Virginia native plants that stay small and spread slowly.

Plants discussed will include mostly perennial flowers, with some grasses, ferns, and shrubs. There will be a handout with a description of each plant: what pollinators and baby butterflies/moths it supports, how to grow it, how big it gets, etc.

The Wild Ones Greater Richmond Virginia Chapter will record the presentation for later posting online, and a hybrid (online) option is available for persons who wish to attend via Zoom. When registering to reserve a place, please select the in-person option (up to 40 seats are available) or the hybrid/online option.  

Mar
19

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

Hosted by Wild Ones National
This event has ended
Tuesday, March 19th, 2024
to (Central Time)
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. 

April 2024

Apr
6

Early Spring Plant Walk in Larus Park - Members and "Plus Ones" Members Only

This event has ended
Saturday, April 6th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Larus Park, Richmond, Virginia

Members Only Nature Walk/Hike Lots of Physical Activity

For members and "Plus Ones!"

Members--Please RSVP "Yes" to [email protected] by Wednesday, April 3 if you plan to attend, and indicate if you are bringing "Plus Ones." The chapter will email directions for meeting at the trailhead to those who have RSVPd. 

Event Description: 
    Join our early spring plant walk for chapter members and "plus one" guests, led by Environmental Scientist Joey Thompson. On this walk, we will look for various spring ephemerals, ferns, and other native plants--we may even find some black cohosh. Binoculars and plant identification apps (like the Flora of Virginia App or iNaturalist) are not required, but you are encouraged to bring and use them, as they may add to your enjoyment. Please note that some parts of the trail may be swampy/muddy! It’s best to wear boots, hiking shoes, or other sturdy footwear.  We plan to go forward with the walk rain or shine, barring severe weather. We will gather beginning at 9:45 a.m. to start the walk promptly at 10:00. Carpooling with your "Plus Ones" will help make the most of parking by the trailhead.  

To whet your appetite, here are links to descriptions of the park: 

https://rictoday.6amcity.com/city/know-your-city-larus-park-richmond-va

https://gohikevirginia.com/larus-park/

We look forward to exploring the park together!  

Apr
15

Wild Ones Greater Richmond Virginia - Board Meeting (Confirmed) Members Only

This event has ended
Monday, April 15th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Chapter Board Meeting

Each year, the Board will meet in January, April, July, and October, to oversee planning and execution of chapter activities and events. The January meeting will primarily address updating planning and scheduling of events for the coming year. At the October Board meeting, which follows the September elections, the outgoing Board will meet with/orient the incoming Board. At the April and July meetings the Board will make any adjustments needed and consider new activities/events that can be worked into the schedule. When necessary, additional Board meetings may be organized by the Chapter Officers. 

May 2024

May
20

Talk with Native Landscape Designers (Confirmed)

This event has ended
Monday, May 20th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Have you ever wanted to ask questions of a landscape designer who works with native plants? 

Join Wild Ones for an evening program with four local experts who design landscapes using native plants.

Our panelists will open the program with a brief discussion of key aspects about working with clients in the Richmond area. The second half of the program will be devoted to discussion with a Q&A format. Wild Ones  members have submitted some questions in advance to help kick off the Q&A. If you plan to attend and would also like to submit a question in advance, please send your question to [email protected] by May 15 and we will share it with the panel. Guests will also be able to ask questions during the second half of the program. 

Our panelists are:
--Kaity Bevenour of Parallel Nursery
--Kat Cox of RVA Homegrown Natives,
--Stacey Moulds of Domestica Landscapes and Local Ecotype Richmond Natives, and
--Lydia Nichols of Greenwitch Gardens and Native Plants 

Chapter members and registered guests will be sent a Zoom link a few days before the program. Members of the public also welcome to attend this Zoom presentation and are encouraged to register now through Ticketleap.  There is no charge for registering or attending this program. 

If you have questions, please contact the Chapter at [email protected]

June 2024

Jun
15

How to Create Your Own Wildlife Oasis at Home

This event has ended
Saturday, June 15th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Ginter Park Branch, Richmond Public Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave, Richmond, VA, 23227 Map

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

Speaker Diane Moxley combines her passions for gardening, art, and photography with a talent for public speaking in this presentation, which shows us how we, too, can create habitats that are functional, practical, and beautiful. As a Riverine Master Naturalist, Diane regularly contributes to outreach and education for the public. She helped create the Rain Garden at Bellemeade Park, and at her own home she has created an award-winning example of habitat gardening “plus.” In this presentation, Diane shows and describes techniques we all can use to incorporate native plantings into beautiful landscapes with flair and creativity.

Tickets are free, but seating capacity is limited--please register to ensure you have a spot for this exciting program!  Register here:
https://wild-ones-greater-richmond-virginia-chapter.ticketleap.com/how-to-create-your-own-wildlife-oasis-at-home/

This in-person event will not be recorded.   

Jun
17

Zoom Presentation--"Plants of Palestine and Patagonia: Yalla! Vámonos!" (Confirmed)

This event has ended
Monday, June 17th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Palestine and Patagonia seem worlds apart, but there are some similarities among the differences. Chapter Vice President Robin Allman will share plants, but not politics, from both regions in her presentation on “Plants of Palestine and Patagonia: Yalla! Vámonos!”*

We’ll look at some native plant communities and efforts at conservation in Palestine, Chile, and Argentina. Travel without having to pack your bags, and join us!

*”Let’s go!” In Arabic and Spanish

Members of the public who would like to attend this presentation are encouraged to request a meeting invitation/link by contacting the Chapter at [email protected]

With prior permission from the speaker(s), presentations may be recorded for distribution to registered attendees or later posting online. 

July 2024

Jul
15

Wild Ones Greater Richmond Virginia - Board Meeting (Confirmed) Members Only

Monday, July 15th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

Quarterly Board Meeting at which the Board reviews and adjusts plans that were approved for the year in January. Members are always welcome to attend Chapter Board meetings.  

August 2024

Aug
19

Chapter Meeting (Date Confirmed; Topic, Presenter TBD) Members Only

Monday, August 19th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Chapter Meeting with possible presentation (speaker, topic TBD). This Chapter Meeting will include administrative business (e.g., nominations in advance of the elections that will take place in September), but may also include a topical presentation or discussion.

With prior permission from speaker(s), presentations may be recorded for later dissemination to registrants and/or posting online.  

This meeting will be for members only.

September 2024

Sep
16

Annual Chapter Meeting (Confirmed) Members Only

Monday, September 16th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Free Event Chapter Meeting

This is the formal Annual Chapter Meeting at which elections will be held for officer positions for the coming year. The first election is planned for September 16, 2024. Nominations/candidate information will be developed and distributed to members in advance of this meeting in accordance with the Chapter By-Laws. Access to a recording of the Annual Chapter Meeting will be available to members. 

October 2024

Oct
21

Post-Election Board Meeting (Confirmed) Members Only

Monday, October 21st, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Limited Access Recording Chapter Board Meeting

Quarterly Chapter Board Meeting. At this meeting the outgoing Board provides an orientation to new Board members and officially transfers planning duties to the newly elected Board, which will have its first scheduled meeting in January. The outgoing officers remain responsible for completing the SOTC reports for the year in which they held office. Members are always welcome to attend Chapter Board meetings. 

November 2024

Nov
18

Zoom Presentation (Date Confirmed; Topic, Presenter TBD) Members Only

Monday, November 18th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Program/Speaker Presentation

The presenter and topic for this meeting is TBD.

Members of the public who would like to attend this presentation are encouraged to request a meeting invitation/link by contacting the Chapter at [email protected]

With prior permission from the speaker(s), presentations may be recorded for distribution to registered attendees or later posting online. 

December 2024

Dec
16

Social Chapter Meeting - Winter Celebration (Confirmed) Members Only

Monday, December 16th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Social

This is a purely social gathering for Chapter members to celebrate their native plant gardening efforts for the year. Members are encouraged to share stories and photos of their favorite events (and plants) across the year.