Wild Ones

By Susan Littlefield

If you are interested in native plants and natural landscaping, it's time to go wild! Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental and advocacy organization that works to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities and environmentally sound landscaping practices.

Inspired by Lorrie Otto, the ″Prairie Queen,″ a Wisconsin gardener who was in the vanguard of the movement to use native plants in urban and suburban landscapes, Wild Ones now has chapters in twelve states. Through their Seeds for Education program, they provide information and grants to encourage members to help children learn about the natural world and support community efforts to establish and maintain natural areas. They have also developed an Ecoscaper Certification Program that consists of three levels of educational work combined with fieldwork to promote the concept and practice of ecological landscaping.

Find information on topics such as selecting native landscape plants, creating a bird-friendly yard with natives, and preserving or restoring native plant communities on their website. Learn more by subscribing to the Wild Ones Journal, a bi-monthly publication full of ideas, inspiration, and information on landscaping with native plants.

To find out more about Wild Ones, including locating a local chapter or starting one of your own, go to Wild Ones.

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