Welcome to Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter!


Resources from March’s Member Meeting

Thank you Jill for the wonderful presentation about native birds for March’s Member Meeting! Here is the Resources for a Season of Birds link to learn more about native birds and their habitats.

Spring 2024 Wild Ones Journal

The Spring 2024 Wild Ones journal is now available on your member page. Click here for the link to your login and view the journal. Highlights in this issue:

  • Read about the long-lasting impact of a school project tagging monarchs (p. 10). 
  • Discover how Wild Ones chapters are fostering community and conservation through native seed swaps and educational initiatives (p. 17).
  • Learn how foraging for invasive plants in your own backyard can turn into delicious recipes (p. 27).
  • Test your hummingbird knowledge (p. 36).

Seeking Volunteers!

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

  • Earth Day Event at Boston School Forest on April 21st from 12-4pm
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair (MREA) on June 22nd, half day shifts

Jill’s Plant of the Month

April – Also known as Old Man’s Whiskers, Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) is named not for its pretty nodding pink flowers but for its wispy seedhead. Prairie Smoke is drought resistant and grows about 12” tall in dry to medium soil that is well drained. It provides a valuable nectar resource for queen bees emerging in the spring while its pollen is fed upon by tiny sweat bees. Prairie Smoke makes a nice landscape plant when planted in mass in front of taller growing plants or in a rock garden. It provides continuous garden interest with its flowers and seedheads. In the fall, the leaves turn from a blue green to red. Plant this in a dry sunny spot along with columbine, harebells, wild blue lupine and blue grama grass.

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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