Welcome to Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter!


Seeking Volunteers!

We are seeking member volunteers to help with the following listed below. This is a good opportunity to engage with fellow native plant and gardening enthusiasts! If interested, please email [email protected].

  • We are seeking volunteers who would like their native plant landscaping to be featured on a garden tour for our August 7th member meeting. We will start the tour by meeting at a central location at 5pm so that folks can carpool from there. We will plan on fitting as many in as we can in a 2 hours tour, so your garden may or may not be featured depending on location and tour route. Please contact Alissa Lick [email protected] to be considered as a part of our tour, and know that no garden is too small! 
  • Seeking a Garden Work Day Coordinator who will work closely with our chapter’s president to identify which gardens need maintenance and help schedule work days for those.
  • Seeking Garden Champions for our Plover Library Garden. Duties include weeding, general maintenance, and helping to coordinate garden work days if needed. You do not need to be a plant expert! Wild Ones members can help manage these gardens as well so you won’t be doing it alone.

Jill’s Plant of the Month

July — Located in prairies and woodland edges, Butterflyweed grows 1-2’ tall forming neat mounds of bright orange flowers.  Host to the larvae, (caterpillars) of the Monarch butterfly, Gray Hairstreak butterfly and Milkweed Tussock moth, Butterflyweed is one of our loveliest native milkweeds in Wisconsin.  Butterflyweed emerges late in spring so be sure to mark your plants before they become dormant in the fall.  In addition to being a host plant, bees such as leafcutter bees, green sweat bees and small carpenter bees, butterflies, beetles, and hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar.  Plant in a sunny location in sandy, loamy soil.  A deep taproot makes Butterflyweed drought resistant.  Butterflyweed makes a brilliant focal point in any garden or prairie with native grasses such as prairie dropseed or planted with prairie flowers like blazing stars, purple prairie clover, or wild bergamot.  Be sure to give butterflyweed lots of space since it does not like to be crowded. 

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

The Summer 2024 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘖𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 is here!

It can be accessed online through your Wild Ones account by visiting https://members.wildones.org/journals/. This issue is packed with informative articles including:

🌱Nature, native plants and mental health
📦The myth of newspaper and cardboard sheet mulch
🐝The sex lives of plants
🫐Exploring the bounty of native edible berries
📘Two new children’s book reviews
… and more!

Access to the current issue of the 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘖𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 is a benefit specific to Wild Ones members

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