Welcome to the Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones

 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 pm, at St. Michael’s Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington

Adam Baker, PHD candidate in the UK Department of Entomology, will speak about his research on Monarch butterflies. The title of his presentation is

Building a Better Monarch Waystation

This presentation will discuss the environmental pressures faced by the monarch butterfly, and explain why their conservation matters, and what initiatives may be taken to offset their decline.  It will address how applying sustainable agriculture theory to conservation gardens can influence their findability, usage, and overall ecological success for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.  In addition, Adam will discuss the viability of eight species of native milkweeds as monarch host plants and their potential use in conservation plantings. He will also address the impact of invasive species and the use of milkweed cultivars in the garden. 

We welcome the public at all our events, including this one

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Our program committee and chapter board are in the process of finalizing the monthly program for 2019. We will post it in mid-January.

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Our Wild Ones OrganizationRosa Carolina seeds, close-up lp

  • advances the knowledge about the native plants of our region and their habitats
  • promotes the use of native plants in private and public landscapes
  • encourages the creation of gardens that sustain bees, butterflies, moths, birds and other wildlife

 

 

Our Chapter

  • hosts monthly meetings with an educational program and an opportunity for socializing
  • organizes an annual plant exchange in May
  • conducts tours of native plant gardens for the Lexington community
  • collaborates with other organizations to promote sustainable landscape design and plant choices

 

Our Members

  • created a pollinator garden at Wellington Park, Lexington, and continue to maintain it
  • contribute to the establishment of community gardens and the restoration of stream banks
  • offer presentations to interested groups about ecological gardening
  • have planted numerous Monarch Way Stations in central Kentucky