Calendar of Events and Programs

Wild Ones Columbus hosts free monthly programs for our members and the public. Please note that events will be cancelled in the case of a Level 2 snow emergency.

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January 2024

Jan
7

Greener Violet Environmental Education Fair: Art & Action

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Sunday, January 7th, 2024
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Combustion Brewery & Taproom, 80 W Church St, Pickerington, OH, 43147 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Wild Ones Columbus will be tabling at the Environmental Education Fair presented by Greener Violet, a Pickerington-based environmental nonprofit focused on restoring the native flora and fauna of the local community as well as protecting local watersheds. 

The fair will feature presentations, demonstrations, and resources from a number of local conservation organizations. Join us to learn more about the importance of native plants, pollinators, and waterways, and how you can make a positive impact in your community!

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Jan
13

January Program: Annual Native Seed Exchange

This event has ended
Saturday, January 13th, 2024
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Innis House (Inniswoods Metro Park) , 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Swap Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Save the date! Join us for our annual native seed swap. Free and open to the public. We'll also demo winter sowing techniques using milk jugs as well as other ways to grow native plants from seed.

Please bring native plant seeds to swap and label them with the Latin name and common name to pass along. 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. If you are new to native plants or didn't have time to collect seeds, there are ALWAYS plenty from those that do bring them! We love to see "newbies" at our seed exchange! Also remember to bring something to put seeds in such as envelopes, paper bags or containers.

Member, Mary May, has been winter sowing native seeds with success and will be displaying examples of ways she sows seeds in the winter along with the tools/accessories she uses. Mary and our President, Holly Latteman, will be sharing tips and tricks and answering questions.

Below are containers Mary recommends for winter sowing:
Easiest to work with: Semi-opaque HDPE gallon or half gallon milk or water jugs. This plastic is easy to work.
Next best: Clear PETE containers (cake covers, rectangular salad containers, water jugs, 2 liter soda bottles, juice containers.) 
Other: Protein powder jugs, large yogurt containers, deli containers.

If you have or will have any of these containers but don't need them for yourself, please bring all that you can to the seed exchange for those attendees that do want the above-listed containers for winter sowing.

***Also, if you have them, please bring wax covered cardboard 1/2 gallon milk/juice containers which other members can reuse for winter sowing.

Jan
25

"Cultivating Change" with Lorraine Johnson

Hosted by Wild Ones National
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Thursday, January 25th, 2024
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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
10

February Program: Landscape Design with Ecology in Mind

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Saturday, February 10th, 2024
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Shale Hollow Preserve - Delaware County Preservation Parks, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, OH, 43035 Map

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

Amy Dutt, Ecological Landscape Designer with Scioto Gardens, will be presenting on landscaping your yard with an ecological focus. Detailed description coming soon!

March 2024

Mar
9

March Program: Edible Native Plants

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Saturday, March 9th, 2024
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Innis House (Inniswoods Metro Park) , 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH Map

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

Come join us for an introduction into native edible plants, presented by David Williams. You'll learn proper harvesting techniques, some of these plants' historical significance, and identification of plants you might have in your yard right now! You'll also be able to taste test some locally sourced products including home-tapped maple syrup.

Speaker bio: David Williams has been a volunteer for Ohio conservation programs for years, including: Wild Ones, Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, and most recently Stratford Ecological Center and the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. He uses these groups to get people interested in the outdoors, and more recently edible native plants. He is a writer, poet and uses his knowledge of edible plants to make his own wines.

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
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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
13

April Program: Spring Yard Tour

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Saturday, April 13th, 2024
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Altenburg Residence, 340 Stonewall Ct, Dublin, OH, 43017 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking

For this month's program, we will be touring Wild Ones Columbus member Barbara Altenburg's yard. Barbara has been a member of Wild Ones since 1997. She has landscaped her yard to be a habitat for birds and to provide native plants for their food source. Visitors will be able to see trillium, blood root, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and many more spring ephemerals! Barbara lives on a small lot in Dublin and has removed the invasive honeysuckle behind her house in an area the size of her city lot, restoring it to native plants as well.

PARKING NOTE:  Please only park on the right/north side of Stonewall Ct or park on the connecting street - Monterey Dr. 

Apr
27

Plant Dig at the Reuter Residence

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Saturday, April 27th, 2024
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Reuter Residence, 274 Westview Ave, Columbus, OH, 43214 Map

Public Welcome Plant Salvage/Rescue Free Public Parking

Help us get ready for our native plant sale in May by participating in a plant dig! We will be digging and potting up plants at Wild Ones Columbus board member Don's yard. No need to stay the whole time if you can't and the more members that show up, the faster we'll finish.

Snacks and extra water will be available. Please bring your own gardening implements such as gloves, trowels, shovel, scissors, pruner, knee pad or kneeler. Also, sunscreen, insect repellent and a water bottle.

May 2024

May
25

Wild Ones Columbus Annual Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25th, 2024
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Overbrook Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 4131 N High St, Columbus, OH, 43214 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Seed/Plant Sale Free Public Parking

A wide variety of herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs will be available from Wild Ones Columbus and other local vendors. Be sure to stop by!

June 2024

Jun
8

June Program: Summer Yard Tour

Saturday, June 8th, 2024
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Marsolo Property, 1068 Hepplewhite St, Westerville, OH, 43081 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking

Join us for a tour of the Marsolo's yard! Their yard is a standard quarter acre but includes many native plants and interesting features such as bog areas, ponds, troughs, crevice rock gardens and hardy cacti. There will be maps posted to help visitors identify the native plants in each area.

Host bio: David Marsolo has been a Wild Ones member since 2002. His yard is basically a collector's garden that has evolved over 40 years. There are many natives of the Eastern and Central US. The Marsolo's have also been working to lessen their environmental impact by reducing the area of lawn to mow, composting, growing an organic vegetable garden, and rainwater run-off use. Recently they installed 16 solar panels which meets all their electric needs in the home as well as power an electric vehicle.

July 2024

Jul
13

July Program: Catchfly Commons Garden Tour

Saturday, July 13th, 2024
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Litchfield Property, Delaware, OH, 43015 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking

Join us in July for a tour of Terri and Randy Litchfield's 1.3-acre property in Delaware County. Featured in Ohio Magazine, the Litchfield's yard, which now hosts roughly 275 native species, serves as a native plant demonstration garden for the Delaware County Master Gardeners and for the public. In 2023 they launched a blog and website devoted to their garden: Catchfly Commons.

Parking is next door at 667 Bunty Station Road. Signs and a greeter will guide you to a parking spot.

Host bio: Terri and Randy Litchfield's interest in gardening stems from a more general appreciation of nature. They learned about native plants from attending sustainability conferences and simple living festivals in the 80's and early 90's. In 2001 they moved to Delaware to a home with a sunny backyard, much of which was a blank canvas. They both became Delaware County Master Gardener Volunteers. Terri proposed and then chaired the Native Plant Propagation Project, which in 2021 won the Ohio Outstanding Large Master Gardener Volunteer Project Award. One of Randy's hobbies is macrophotography, and this has been a good way to document the insect visitors to the garden.