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Winter is around the corner. Programs will be cancelled in the event of a Level 2 Snow Emergency.

Information about this month’s program:

November 10 from 10am-noon at Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015: Seed Exchange and How to Propagate Native Plant Seeds Presenter: Gale Martin

We will have the opportunity to swap native plant seeds as well as learn the basics of seed propagation. Our speaker, Gale Martin, will also pass along resources that have the details you need to know to grow each native species? seed from collecting through to sowing. 

Members, please bring native plant seeds to swap.  Please label them with latin name and if possible with common name as well.  The seeds don?t need to be removed from the seed head if you aren?t sure how to do it but don?t leave much stem on the seed heads.  If you don?t have any seeds to bring, no worries.  There are ALWAYS plenty from those that do bring them!  Also remember to bring something to put seeds in such as envelopes, paper bags or ziplocks in which to take seeds home with you.

Our presenter, Gale Martin  is part-owner of Natives in Harmony Nursery near Marengo Ohio. Gale is also a trustee on the Ohio Prairie Association Board.  Gale believes that the preservation of local-genotype plants is of the utmost importance. Local-genotype means the strain is correct for the area. This is a very important detail. Natives in Harmony has multiple wildflower patches and prairie on its grounds which are used as the seed source for nursery propagation. 

Chapter Information: Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. The Columbus Chapter of Wild Ones celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Except for field trips, the chapter typically meets the second Saturday of each month. Presentations take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Programs are free to the public.  We’d love to have you join Wild Ones so you can how to meet your natural landscaping needs. 

The Whetstone Prairie Project started in 2004 and has continued to be a joint project between Columbus Recreation and Parks and Wild Ones Columbus Chapter. WildOnesAtWork at Whetsone PrairieThe prairie is located at the south end of Whetstone Park and identified by signs. Recently, it has been worked on by the city to eradicate trees. We anxiously await to see how it will look next spring.

We currently support the National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources by displaying logos, contact information, educational materials and membership forms. We forward an Ohio based monthly newsletter, Nature Scoop, to all members.