All programs are free and open to the public unless specified. Bring a friend along! For questions about any program, email Chris@firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 WILD ONES PROGRAMS
January 21, (Sunday) 1:30 – 3:30 pm: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206. Video: “A Walk Through Kentucky Wildflowers”. The late Thomas Barnes, author and photographer of Kentucky’s Last Great Places, hosts a scenic tour of Kentucky’s wildflowers. Traveling to each of the state’s geographic regions, he samples the amazing ecological abundance of more than 2,000 native wildflower species. Produced by Britt Davis.
Directions: Civic Garden Center is between Oak and Taft on the grounds of the Hauck Botanic Garden. Parking is free and available off Oak St by the CGC and in the medical center lot on the north side of Oak. Parking is also available behind the building along the paved paths.
February 18, (Sunday) 1:30 – 3:30 pm: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206. “Maximizing Pollinator Diversity in your Garden” by Denice Robertson, Ph.D. Ecology. Denice will discuss the various strategies to follow if you want to maximize the diversity of pollinators that you attract to your garden. She will discuss size and shape of your garden, native plants to use, and additional garden features to consider. This talk is for all levels of gardeners, and Denice will leave time at the end for questions and discussion.
March 24, (Saturday) 10:00 – 12 Noon: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206. “Winter Tree Identification” by Wendi VanBuren, ODNR Urban Forester. Tree identification always requires a little detective work. In the winter months, identifying trees takes a bit more scrutinizing. Since deciduous trees’ leaves are absent, it’s best to study the twigs, buds and bark. The placement of buds, the texture of the bark and the shape and size of the twigs are the only clues to identification. Your other senses – smell, touch and even taste – may also come into play. Join Wendi in looking at trees in a new way. If time permits, correct tree planting will be discussed.
April 8th (Sunday) 1:00-3:00pm: Walk/hike Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve
Come to Northside and enjoy the results of Northside Greenspace’s invasive plant removal and restoration of this Cincinnati Park. A Northside Greenspace representative will describe this years-long process and lead us on a hike through this lovely setting. Meet at the entrance to the park at the east end of Stanford Drive. Directions: Turn right (east) off Hamilton Avenue onto Stanford, about one mile north of Knowlton’s Corner.
May 4, 5, 6: THE Plant Sale at CGC: WO members to help set up and man the “Necessary Natives” Booth.
A wide spectrum of native plants will be offered. Sale is open to the public.
June 2 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 12 noon: Weed Walk with Naturalist Carol Mundy. Carol says “While I have retired from the Park District, I have not retired from learning and teaching! I am very active in community education giving lectures, leading workshops & hikes and presenting a wide variety of natural history topics to new audiences.”
“Time again for another fun day of looking at WEEDS! This is one of my favorite topics as everybody has a weed question! We’ll look at a wide variety of weeds and many other plants on this walkabout. Can’t figure out ragweed-vs-goldenrod? Is it Queen Anne’s Lace or Hemlock? You are welcome to bring a sample that you need to ID as well.”
Carol strongly recommends wearing long pants and sturdy, close toed shoes for this walk. Also consider using insect repellant. We will be walking on some uneven terrain.
Please RSVP with Carol for this hike: email@example.com or if you need better driving directions call 513-748-9002. We will walk unless there is heavy rain and/or thunder!
Directions: This the Army Corps of Engineers location known at the dam at the West Fork of the Mill Creek. (It is NOT the Harbor of Winton Lake/Winton Woods).
If coming from I-75 – Come west on Sharon Road, through Glendale, to Waycross Road. Turn left onto Waycross Rd (Library is on the opposite corner). Follow Waycross to SIGN for Army Corp property for West Fork of the Millcreek, on your RIGHT and turn right on to McKelvey Road. Follow McKelvey to paved parking area. (please note: there is no restroom facility at this location)
Adults only, and please no dogs on this walk
June 23, (Saturday) 10:00 am to 12 Noon: Tour of Sandy Holt’s yard, 6641 Hayes Road, Cincinnati, 45248. Sandy says: ”I’ve been on this old farm property for 40 years. The last 15 years have been spent concentrating on developing a wooded area and attracting wildlife. There’s lots of native plants to see but the trees and shrubs are my favorites. Look for Sassafras, hornbeams, blackgum, persimmons, pawpaws, dogwoods, winterberry, and others.”
Directions: I-74 to Rybolt/Harrison Rd. exit. Take Rybolt Road, turn left at Hayes. House is on the right, 3rd house from corner. Squeeze into the driveway – no street parking.
July 27,28, & 29: The Midwest Native Plant Society will present the 10th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference at Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio. Check the website to sign up for updates at: www.midwestnativeplants.org
August 18, (Saturday) 10:00 – 12:00: Tour of Kathy McDonald’s yard, 1912 Devils Backbone Road, 45233. Kathy is in the initial phase of a project of 5 years and is hoping to create a mini-woodland in the backyard filled with host plants for lepidoptera and other insects as well as insect food and nesting sites for birds in the spring/summer and berries in the winter. There is a pocket prairie and a spring wildflower garden too. While she uses non-invasive perennials that are not locally native to this area such as Bottlebrush Buckeye and Fothergilla, she tries to plant local, Ohio natives whenever possible. (The afore mentioned shrubs are native to Southeastern US and offer color as well as much aesthetic pleasure.)
Directions: Kathy lives in Western Hills, and there are two Devils Backbone roads. It is best to use google maps. Kathy’s home is not far from the College of Mt. St Joseph in Delhi.
Parking: there is a private drive that runs along the side of the house called Redbird Lane. Visitors should turn around there and park facing the street.
September 9, (Sunday) 10:00 – 12:00: Tour of Debi Wolterman’s yard, 2781 Golden Fox Trail, Lebanon, OH 45036. Feast your eyes on a suburban yard that moves! Landscaped with common and not so common native plants, it includes a bog garden planted with cardinal flower and swamp mildewed. Expect to see monarchs and other lepidoptera floating around the yard, monarch caterpillars and eggs. We will learn how to “farm” monarchs and may even see Pipevine Swallowtails in abundance if the timing is right.
Directions: I-71 North to exit 32, turn left off the exit, then take the first right into Timbercreek subdivision. Go left on Whitetail, and left on Golden Fox Trail.
September 22 (Saturday): 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Great Outdoor Weekend at EcOhio Wetlands. Address: 2210 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH, 45040. The Cincinnati Zoo has been dedicated to sustainability not only on the grounds within its Avondale location, but at its off-grounds property as well. In 1995, a 529 acre farm called Bowyer Farm was willed to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden with the guideline that it could never be developed unless it is to further the mission of the Zoo. Since then, the property has grown to 600+ acres, and is connecting with the Zoo’s mission of Adventure, Conservation, Education and Community in various ways.
Tours of the area will be offered by zoo staff. The zoo nursery will be offering native plants for sale, and Wild Ones members will lend their expertise to help the public choose plants for natural landscaping. AM and PM shifts will be available for Wild Ones members with ample time to tour the area.
October 28 (Sunday) 9 – 12 Noon: Give Back Day aka 10th Annual Kill, Grill, and Chill at Caesar Creek Gorge Mentor students and other interested participants in eradicating non-native invasive plants in Caesar Creek Gorge – picnic and fellowship to follow. Bring a side dish to share. Drinks, hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs provided.
Directions: I-71 N to Wilmington Rd, turn right off the exit; take first left onto Olive Branch (crossing over I-71), take first right onto Jeffrey-Lincoln Rd (County Rd. 268), at first stop sign take Oregonia Rd; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Rd (CR 37), follow across dam, turn left at gorge sign, at bottom of the hill veer right and park near Gorge Shelter.
November: Native Plant Symposium CZBG
December: Members only event