Welcome to the Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30 pm, the Lexington chapter of Wild Ones will meet for a presentation by

Shari Dutton, Horticulture Instructor at UK

The Native Plant Program of the UK Student Horticulture Club                                                                   
Shari, who is the Hort Club advisor, will speak to us about the challenges of growing native plants from seed and making them ready for sale. Shari comes toward natives with a long background in teaching the techniques of nursery production to students seeking a career in landscaping or horticulture. In turning to natives, she sees a niche market for future horticulturalists that she hopes will expand into the mainstream. The Hort Club has produced an informative catalog of the plants they grow and will provide information about their sale.

We will meet at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington. Social time with refreshments starts at 6:30 pm and the presentation starts at 7.



On Sunday, April 29, 2 pm, Wild Ones, in partnership with the Sierra Club, sponsors a performance of

Sisters of the Mother Forest

at the Farish Theater of the downtown Library. Admission and parking are free.

This play brings to life the remarkable career of the forest ecologist Lucy Braun and of her sister Annette Braun, an entomologist and Lucy’s life-long companion. The play was  written and will be performed by         Alice Jones, Director of the Appalachian Studies and Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship Programs at EKU.

Possibly nobody has done more to help us understand and appreciate Kentucky forests than Lucy Brown. Scholar, teacher, ecologist and activist, Lucy (1889-1972) spent a lifetime exploring and studying America’s eastern forests, and when she found them under threat, she defended them helping establish preserves that we can still visit today. A documentary film about Lucy Braun’s life will be released this spring.

Click here to view a trailer of this film


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