Our membership meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month, except in January and July. They are held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, unless otherwise noted. Our meetings begin at 6:30 pm with refreshments and social time. Programs begin at 7 pm. Visitors are welcome.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church:
“For the Birds: Ways You Can Help” – Presented by Tony Brusate, Central Kentucky Audubon Society
Tony Brusate, president of the Central Kentucky Audubon Society, will discuss how easily everyone can (and should) get involved in watching birds and counting birds for citizen science. He will also cover how Audubon’s new Native Plants for Native Birds initiative overlaps with Wild Ones’ mission. Expect a crash course in binocular basics, bird ID tips, e-bird reporting, and choosing native bird-friendly plants to attract your favorite birds to your yard.
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church:
Lexington’s Urban Forestry Programs – Presented by Heather Wilson, LFUCG Arborist
Increasingly, cities across the world, embrace the value of trees and see them as important assets to the urban environment. Lexington is one of the cities that has taken steps toward a greener future for all of us. Heather Wilson will explain how Lexington has moved toward garnering support for our trees and natural areas and how these resources are currently managed. She will also address some of the road blocks in the way of a better tree canopy and opportunities for citizens to support and influence the city’s path.
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church: Shari Dutton, UK Department of Horticulture will present the Horticulture Club’s Native Plant Program. Shari will talk about the student-based Horticulture Club’s relatively new program to grow native plants from seed. Shari is the Hort Club advisor, and some of her students will join her in speaking about their particular involvement with the native plant program. With the closing of Shooting Star Nursery last year, this is an exciting new venture for making natives more broadly available. The Club has produced a catalog of the plants they grow, which are for sale at certain public events.
Sunday, April 29, 2 pm, at the Farish Theatre of the downtown library: Together with the Sierra Club we are sponsoring the play “Sisters of the Mother Forest” about the work and struggles of Lucy Braun, the Cincinnati-based botanist and conservationist who spent her life exploring and describing the forests of eastern north America, especially in the Appalachian region. This play was written and will be performed by Dr. Alice Jones of EKU.
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church: We will have our annual plant exchange and fundraiser. We will meet in the lower parking lot of the church which is accessed from Libby Lane. Items to be exchanged can be seeds, perennials, grasses and sedges, shrubs, trees or vines.
Plants brought for exchange must be native to the Eastern United States (cultivars of a native plant are acceptable). They should be potted if dug up several weeks before the exchange. If they are dug on the day of the exchange, their roots may be kept moist in wet newspaper surrounded by a plastic bag. Each plant must be labeled.
Participants who have no plants to offer may contribute something good to eat or drink for the evening’s social gathering, in exchange for plants. Finger foods, beer, wine and juices are particularly cherished. Our plant exchange is also a fundraiser and supports our programs. We ask that Wild Ones members pay $5 for a ticket to select multiple plants, and that non-members pay $7. It’s great fun and everybody gets to go home with new plants.
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm, at the Kentucky Horsepark: We will see the extensive native plantings on the Horsepark grounds. Wild Ones members Judy Johnson and Vicki Reed, as well as Betsy Lang will be our guides. Directions will be posted closer to the meeting date.
Saturday, July 14, 10 am, at Oakland Tree Farm outside of Paris: We will visit this fairly new tree nursery on Route 627 and meet the owner Laura Greenfield. There will be an opportunity to buy small container-grown trees. Please stay for a picnic around noon at the neighboring farm of Wild Ones members Berle and Brenda Clay where we can see the trees Laura sells in their mature splendor.
Thursday, August 2, 6:30 pm, at Walter Bradley Park in Midway: We are tentatively planning to meet at this new naturally landscaped park along a stream that runs through Midway.
Thursday, September 6, 6:30 pm, at the Lexington Arboretum: Emily Ellingson, the Curator of Native Plants, will guide us along the mulched paths that have been established by the Arboretum’s Native Plant volunteer group. These paths aim to lure visitors away from the paved “highway” of the Walk Across Kentucky and into extensive plantings that highlight Kentucky’s eco-regions at the Arboretum.
Thursday, October 4, 6:00 pm (!), at St. Michael’s Church: Ellen Crocker, University of Kentucky, will present a program about mushrooms. We will also have our fall plant exchange which accounts for the earlier start time.
Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church: Backyard bugs and winter prep for gardens. Speaker TBA.
Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church: Seed exchange.