Mar 18, 2013 (Mon)
Rainbarrel Workshop at WILD Center
Wild Ones Fox Valley and the WILD Center will again be presenting a Rainbarrel Workshop. There will be two one-hour workshops held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the WILD Center, 2285 W Butte des Morts Beach Rd, Neenah, Wisconsin. Facilitator will again be Rod Sternhagen and he’ll be assisted by Wild Ones Fox Valley Area volunteers. Cost: $45 Wild Ones member, $50 non-member. Must register by April 23. (Includes screen-type rain barrel and parts for assembly). For details and to download an application form. (PDF)
Mar 14, 2013 (Thu)
Wild Ones New Website Goes Live
Sometime overnight Wild Ones new website will be launched. Please let us know if any pages aren’t working properly by e-mailing us at: email@example.com. We hope you love it! There’s still all the great educational material you’ve come to depend upon — it’s just in a new and we hope more user-friendly format.
Feb 20, 2013 (Wed)
WILD FOR MONARCHS
Wild Ones is pleased to be partnering with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program with their very own Wild for Monarchs Campaign. Many of the details are still being worked out, but to see how far we’ve gotten, go to Wild for Monarchs. http://www.wildones.org/learn/wild-for-monarchs/
Nov 19, 2012 (Mon)
Milkweed Plugs for Sale
The Wild for Monarchs Committee received the following e-mail from Dr. Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch. If you represent a native plant society, nature center, zoo or botanical garden, or are a master naturalist, a master gardener, supervise restoration projects or would be interested in distributing milkweed through plant fund raisers or other means, place your order now with Monarch Watch so you have plants ready for spring planting!
E-mail From: Chip Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:04 PM
Subject: Milkweeds – place orders now
Greetings: I need to get the milkweeds off my mind (all that latex is
messing up my brain) and into the ground – so to speak.
I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to build a market for
milkweeds and it’s going slowly – poco a poco – as they in Spanish speaking
countries. We need to make more progress. Our impact is still too small. We
have some long range plans but, they are still long range and, we need to
ramp up the milkweed plantings in the near term.
Thanks to many of you, we have seed – lots of it for most of the northeast
(from MN to MA) and Texas and now we need orders for plugs.
That’s where you can help.
We are working with a grower who produces terrific milkweed plugs, mostly
for delivery in May but, we are going to try to have some ready for April.
The plugs come in flats of 32 and are generally 3-4″
high, although incarnata (swamp milkweed is taller) and will cost about
$1.80 each delivered (i.e. $57.60 shipping included). The minimum order is
one flat. Smaller plants in 72 unit cell trays
(flats) will be available for some early April orders for a lower cost per
plant. The shipping boxes hold two flats. So, it is a little less costly to
order two flats at a minimum.
To have plants of optimal size for shipping in April and May, they need to
be started in January and we need to have the orders by December.
The question is: can you help us with these orders? We are trying to connect
with native plant societies, nature centers, zoos and botanical gardens,
master naturalists, master gardeners and restoration projects and just about
anybody that would be interested in distributing milkweeds through plant
fund raisers, or other means.
We use geographically appropriate seed sources for the production of plugs.
We do not supply tropical milkweeds.
For most of the northeast we have syriaca (common), incarnata (swamp) and
tuberosa (butterflweed) and for Texas we have viridis (green antelope horn)
and asperula (antelope horn) and possibly oenotheroides (zizotes). We have
seeds for some other species and regions as well. Please contact us if you
Thanks for your help.
P.S. Monarch Watch does not benefit financially from these arrangements.
Oct 20, 2012 (Sat)
COLLECTING MILKWEED SEED
The Wild Ones Monarchs Committee has met and is developing resources to help members and communities establish waystations using native plants. Early in 2013, we anticipate making available a Wild for Monarchs brochure, a chapter brochure insert, a Wild Ones Monarchs webpage and a regular feature article on Monarchs and other pollinators in the Wild Ones Journal.
In the meantime, we want YOU to get Wild for Monarchs and collect milkweed seeds to ensure you have some local wild milkweed seed resources available in 2013.
Common milkweed is generally the preferred host plant of Monarchs, while swamp and butterfly weed are preferred nectar plants. Whorled milkweed a little less so. Go to for Milkweed species regional details.
Here is a link to a prototype Wild Ones milkweed seed label to use for your seed gathering. Here is information on gathering and propagating seeds. Watch for more details, but next year these seeds can be grown by you, an area grower, a Wild Ones chapter or a nearby school. If you have questions please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.