Chapter Events

2022 Event Schedule

Jan 20
Book Sale!

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Our Wild Ones chapter received a generous gift from the Prairie Sands Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts. TPE member, Martin Schultz, passed away this past summer and his extensive collection of books was given to his Prairie Enthusiasts chapter. His library included many gardening related books that TPE didn’t have use for, and so they offered them to our Wild Ones chapter in hopes that we might be able to find good homes for them.

Feb 11-13
PBS Wisconsin Garden Expo

PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 29th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping. Make plans now to join us for the 2022 PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison – Feb. 11-13!

Wild Ones Madison will be at booth 607!

Mar 21
Queen Bumblebees and Spring Ephemerals
by Amy Jo Dusick, Two Ferns Native Nursery

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Amy Jo Dusick of Two Ferns Native Nursery will give us an overview of WI’s native bumblebee species, their life cycle and why the early spring blooming plants are integral to their survival. Discussion will also review a number of spring ephemeral species and ways to support bumblebee populations in your backyard.

April 13
The Back 10 Feet
by Sue Scott

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

The Back Ten Feet of any site is a starting point for converting water-wasteful, boring, unproductive turf grass yards into drought tolerant, wildlife friendly, interesting and storm protective landscapes. In The Back Ten Feet, we learn that by providing a balance in our yards that mimics natural systems, insects and other bugs are kept in check naturally, and that a few plants with leaves that are chewed is nothing to get hysterical about, natives are MEANT to be eaten. In fact, wherever you live, NATIVE shrubs and trees are utilized by native butterflies as larval host plants, and spraying with pesticides puts their species’ very existence at risk.

May 25
Predator Insects and Wasps: Their Role and Benefits
by Ben Iuliano, UW Entomology Gratton Lab

UPDATE 5/11/22 – This event has been rescheduled from it’s original 5/12/22 date

Location: Goodman Community Center – Room Bolz B
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Ben joins us from the UW Entomology Gratton Lab to discuss wasps and other predatory insects in our gardens. In understanding these misunderstood insects, we gain a better sense of how to maximize the health of our urban ecosystems.

May 21
Water Stewardship Community Gathering

Location: Vilas Park, Madison, WI
Time: TBD

Hosted by the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA), the goal at this event is to foster an environment where community members can learn and converse about what it means to be a water steward. From early adopters of conservation practices to folks hearing the phrase…. (next page) “water stewardship” for the first time, we hope to provide resources for everyone to enhance their relationship to the natural world while learning specific actions they can take to contribute to better water quality in our local Wisconsin watersheds.

June 9
Madison Conservation Parks
by Paul Quinlan, City of Madison Conservation Resource Supervisor

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Paul Quinlan, Conservation Resource Supervisor for the Madison Parks division, joins us to give an overview of the many research and restoration projects supported by the city and volunteers in Madison’s own conservation parks.

July 20
Native Landscaping for Birds
by Mariette Nowak, author of “Birdscaping in the Midwest”

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Learn how to increase the variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants offering birds their natural habitat and a yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts, seeds and insects. Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts can play a vital role in restoring & preserving native communities that support not only birds, but also other wildlife including butterflies, bees, and bats. Discover, too, how native plants capture carbon, reducing the devastating effects of climate change on birds, as well as we ourselves.

Aug 4
Wisconsin’s Rare Plants: Conservation and Monitoring
by Kevin Doyle, WI DNR

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Kevin Doyle is a botanist with the DNR’S Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. He also coordinates the Rare Plant Monitoring Program, which is a citizen science program aimed at training volunteers to search for and record data on rare plants. This talk will focus on the ecology and biology of Wisconsin’s rare plants, as well as how people can get involved and how volunteer data are used in rare plant conservation.

August 18
Ice Cream Social + guided hike

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI 53716
Time: TBD

Please join us for our annual ice cream social at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Come meet the current officers and reunite with your fellow native plant enthusiasts! We will have information on current projects and volunteer opportunities and will be eager to hear what you would like to see from Wild Ones in the future–from presentations and programming to other projects and initiatives.

Monona Terrace Native Gardens Tour
by Tony Gomez-Phillips, Monona Terrace Landscape Designer & Gardener

Location: Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703
Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Join Tony as he walks us through the plantings at the Monona Terrace Gardens and describes the connections between the Frank Loyd Wright architecture and the indiginous prairie landscape.

Sep 22
Wisconsin Native Bees
by Anastasia Leffel, Bumble Bee Brigade member

Location: (virtual) Zoom
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Anastasia Leffel of the Bumble Bee Brigade will share some insight into some of Wisconsin’s native bees, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. She’ll also talk about the Bumble Bee Brigade and how you can get involved.

Oct 1
Guided Hike: The Prairie in Seed
by Jeff Steele

Location: Pope Farm Conservancy
7440 Old Sauk Rd, Verona, WI 53593
Time: 9:30-10:30am

Join the Madison Chapter of the Wild Ones on this one-hour guided tour of Pope Farm Conservancy’s restored prairies. October is great time to experience the prairie in its final beauty. This pleasant walk will serve as an introduction to identifying seed-bearing prairie plants. Those that attend will also learn from restoration experts how to properly collect and store seeds from various species. This is a collaborative event between Wild Ones Madison and Pope Farm Conservancy.

Oct 6
Wisconsin Orchids
by Laurie Yahr

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Laurie is a long-time Wild Ones member and newsletter editor. In this talk, she will share her knowledge about how to get familiar with our native orchids and how to look for them in the wild.

Oct 26
Annual Meeting, Elections & Harvest Potluck

Location: TBD
Time: TBD

We’re very excited to bring back our annual fall meeting. Officer elections happen every October, so we’ll be voting for our officers then. Fingers crossed all works out, and we’ll be having our harvest potluck and seed swap too!

Nov TBD – Cancelled
Native Plants! Mindful Design=Functional Landscape

Location: Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Jen Baker of Sparrow will show us her process for integrating native plants into a typical home landscape; from the initial site inspection through design and maintenance.

Nov 17

Fall Seed Swap

Location: Goodman Community Center, Room Bolz B (Ironworks Building)
149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704
Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Here is an opportunity to expand your species list or share extra seed of native plants. Come to our seed exchange!

Bring seed or seedheads of native species to share. Please keep each species you have in a separate bag – labeled with its name, and ideally the location and when it was collected. Reminder: it is generally prohibited to collect seed on any state, county or city property without a permit.

Wild Ones would also love any extra milkweed seed you have to help support our Milkweed for Monarchs Program! Please bring clean milkweed seed or pods you might have for that!

Envelopes and paper lunch bags are handy for storing seed. Bring a couple along if you want to take only portions of want will be available. Wild Ones board members will be on site to help discuss plant suitability or answer any other questions you have!

*Native species only please. Please do not bring seed of cultivars or non-native plants.

Seed swap starts at 6:30pm at the Goodman Community Center – Room Bolz B.

We’ll host our monthly board meeting prior to the swap at 5:30pm. You’re certainly welcome to come early and join us for that if you’d like to get more involved and learn about our planning initiatives for next year! We’d love to have you!

And into 2023…

Jan 21, 2023
Plan Your Pollinator Garden Workshop

Location: Pinney Library
516 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53716
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm

Wild Ones Madison members will be hosting this event to help you design your yard and plan your planting from start to finish. Whether you are brand new and are starting completely from scratch, or experienced with landscaping and just want some specific advice, we are here to help. 

There will be several stations including vision planning and inspiration (if you don’t know what you want, but know you want something, we will help you figure out what you can do); mapping your yard and creating a design plan; site preparation, plant selection, and a resource table for all auxiliary materials.  

Note: If you attend this event, we ask that you take photos and measurements of your yard and existing or planned beds soon, before the snow comes. It will also make it much easier for us to help you with your property if we can see exactly how it looks! Consider taking your photos when it is sunny, so we can see where shade and sun areas will fall. 

This event is FREE, but we request that all participants register in advance, so we can have an idea of how many people to expect, and plan accordingly. You can register here: