Helpful Websites:

Native Lawn Guide through the City of Stevens Point

Soil Testing for Lawns and Gardens

Upcoming Webinars through UW Extension (Often free and online, but registration required)

USDA Plant Database

UW State Herbarium

WI DNR Native Plant Guide

WI Horticulture Extension

Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter Facebook Page

Wild Ones Native Garden Designs

WI Native Plant Nurseries List

Member-Created Guides and Documents:

About American Hazelnuts

Resources to Learn More about Native Birds

Jill’s Plant of the Month

April – Also known as Old Man’s Whiskers, Prairie Smoke (Guem 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)

Chapter Library:

Did you know that our chapter has a library open to our members? We have a variety of books ranging from plant and insect identification to helping design your garden! Books can be picked up and checked out at our monthly meetings. All books are due back at the final meeting of the year in November. List is arranged by alphabetical order according to their title.

  • A Guide for Eastern North America Wasps by Heather Holm
  • Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife (National Wildlife Federation) by David Mizejewski
  • Bees, An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather Holm
  • Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Gardening with Prairie Plants by Sally Wasowski
  • Half-Earth by Edward O. Wilson
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest by Elizabeth Czarapata
  • Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin by Lynn M. Steiner
  • Monarchs and Milkweed by Anurag Arawal
  • On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole (Children’s Book)
  • Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
  • Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root (Children’s Book)
  • Plants for Stormwater Design by Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt
  • Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm
  • The Bees in Your Backyard by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carril
  • The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy
  • Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region by Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz
  • Wildflowers of Wisconsin Field Guide by Stan Tekiel