Wild Ones Green Bay Chapter


Meetings are free and open to the public.

Our next meeting will be a tour of the LaLuzerne residence on Wednesday, July 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 @ 4238 Pouwels Ct, De Pere. Click here for a sneak preview.

Thanks to everyone for helping us make the Annual Spring Plant Sale a success. Extra plant kits were donated to Green Bay Conservation Corps and Heritage Hill.

Thanks to ‘No Mow May’, there is an awareness about protecting our native pollinators. However, there is a better solution. Let’s provide food and habitat to help sustain wildlife year round.

Hats off to the City of De Pere for their Planned Natural Landscapes guidelines that replaces ‘No Mow May’.  We applaud their efforts and others like the Homegrown National Parks Program with the One Plant Challenge.

Knowing Your Seed Source is IMPORTANT!

It has come to our attention that a Wildflower Seed Ball Event is being held in our community on April 20 for Earth Day.

While we applaud the intent of the event, we have discovered that the Mountain View’s Midwest mix being used is not a true native mix. It includes seeds from Europe, Ukraine, Iran and South America.

These non native species offer little support to our pollinators, which have co-evolved over time to specifically rely upon the native species for nectar, pollen and habitat.

Be observant of Wild Flower mixes, and select ones that contain ALL NATIVE seeds for our local pollinators.

Looking for information on Invasive Plants?

Green Bay Wild Ones Announces Winner of our First Annual Native Landscape Grant:  Gardens for our Future

Union Congregational UCC Church 

Wrightstown High School ECO Club

Located at 716 S. Madison St., Green Bay. Cathy Putnam is in charge of the project and will be supported by the Stewardship Ministry, a committee of six church members.

In the photo below are (left to right): Emily Henrigillis, (Wild Ones advisor), Clay Reese, Charlie Reese, Christian Reese, Nancy Kusch (Wild Ones Green Bay Chapter President), Carter Reese, Pastor Bridget Flad Daniels, Cathy Putman, Julie Mazzoleni (Wild Ones Grant Chair).

The goal of this project is to remove 15 full grown invasive Autumn Olive shrubs and replace them with a bio-hedge of shrubs typical of an oak forest which would provide cover and food for birds.

Located at 600 High St., Wrightstown. Betsy Kuhn is the lead in this project with the ECO Club, focusing on educating members about plants that are native to Wisconsin and their site requirements. This garden will be used to educate future classes of the club, plus elementary and middle school students, about biodiversity in our state. They plan on making this garden an extension of the existing outdoor classroom which is an area of trees and shrubs that Art, English, History and Science classes use. Maintenance and support will include students of the FFA 8th grade class, Agriculture classes, and the Landscaping class.

In the photo are the ECO Club members in the front row from left to right: Aubrey Stradel, Stella Theunis, Maggie Mattson, Megan Wills, Maddie Harris, Leah Warnecke Back row L to R:  Kole VanderZanden, Elizabeth Leick, Penelope Mead, Audrey Schaumberg and advisor Betsy Kuhn

 Each winner will receive a $500 grant, a custom yard sign, and a 1-year membership to the Green Bay chapter of Wild Ones. 

Our runner up is Holly Grose of Green Bay. Holly plans on removing invasive plants along a drainage area and installing native plants. In the photo to the right are Julie Mazzoleni, Nancy Kusch, Holly Grose, Emily Henrigillis, and Harvey Henrigillis.

The runner up will receive two pollinator plant kits, a custom yard sign, and a 1-year membership to the chapter.

 “The ABC’s of Starting a New Native Garden” was presented by Ceci Kiefer and Justin Kroening at the February meeting.

On a cold January night, we were warmed with garden ideas by a presentation about “Creating a Pollinator Garden with Native Plants” by Ceci.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Horticulture

2024 Garden and Landscape Q and A Series

Do you have a question(s) about growing your native plants?  Sign up and add to your monthly calendar for this FREE educational online sessions where you can connect with plant health experts to get answers to your garden and landscape questions.

Title: National Railroad Museum Native Garden

Plant Sign Are Now Available

Landscape Plans for Pollinator Kits

Wild Ones Native Garden Designs

Preserving Wisconsin’s Prairies: What Can You Do?

Click the title above which is linked to a news story about how you can help bring pollinators to your yard. You can start with simply adding three plants to your yard; one type of milkweed, one type of mint, and one favorite flower of your choosing. And to really have an impact, encourage your neighbors to do the same. To find out how to start native plants from seed, consider attending our January meeting at the Green Bay Botanical gardens.

“As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction.” ~ Douglas Tallamy