Tennessee Valley Wild Ones

Noted author Douglas W. Tallamy will be the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones' 2015 Plant Natives symposium, which will take place Saturday, January 24th.  Tallamy wrote Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, and he co-wrote The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, a national non-profit organization promoting the preservation of bio-diversity, is holding a symposium at UTC on Saturday, March 8th. Called “Native Plants, Natural Landscapes” the symposium, co-sponsored by UTC’s  Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, will offer information and advice from experts on improving landscapes and gardens using sustainable landscaping practices.

Outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard will give a presentation, "The Mystery and Magic of Monarchs," at Chattanooga State Community College's Humanities Auditorium on Sunday, August 25th.  The Tennessee Aquarium and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones are partnering with each other to bring DeWaard here.  In this segment, we talk about monarch butterflies and milkweed with DeWaard and Sally Wencel, President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones.