Who are we?

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Loess Hills Wild Ones is the only Wild Ones chapter in Iowa (so far).

We are located in the northern Loess Hills (Monona, Woodbury, and Plymouth Counties) of northwest Iowa but, of course, welcome membership from the wider region.  Some of our members hail from Sioux Falls (SD), Omaha (NE), and Aurelia (Cherokee County, Iowa)!  Please join us: https://wildones.org/membership/ .

Please visit us on Facebook to stay informed on upcoming events, opportunities, and issues.  Contact us at LoessHillsWildOnes@gmail.com if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, want to be added to our mailing list, or want to share photos or anecdotes we can post on Facebook.

Our chapter is led by Elisa Zappacosta, Dianne Blankenship, Dotty Zales, and Carrie Radloff.

July 7 Road Trip!

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Road trip!

Join us on a field trip to tour member Becky Leach?s gardens in Aurelia and visit The Prairie Flower, a native plant nursery near Spencer. Carpooling will be organized at least week before the tour. Lunch needs to be reserved by June 30, too. Cost for the day is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The Prairie Flower lunch and tour are limited to 20 people, with preference going to members (and spouses), so register early!

Becky has been adding natives to her landscape for 14 years. She still has ornamental perennials but finds their finicky nature less appealing as the years go by. Her front yard faces due south and gets ferocious winds, and the only plants truly thriving there are natives.

An hour north of Aurelia is The Prairie Flower, a native seed and plant nursery and dealer just west of Spencer, owned by Bev and Dwight Rutter. They provide local ecotype native prairie and wetland plants and seeds, as well as native cultivar seed, and pasture and hay seed. Their services include tree planting, seeding, ecological consulting and planning, providing tours of their plantings and natural areas, and hosting events in addition to their bed and breakfast. The Prairie Flower is situated on a square mile along the Little Sioux River. Don?t worry about the having to walk it all; we will be pulled along seated on a large wagon. Lunch indoors will be Bev?s home cooking.

Tentatively, we will start the day 8:30 a.m. and return to Sioux City by 4:30 or 5 p.m.

Click for more information and how to register (pdf):  Loess Hills Wild Ones July 7 Road Trip.

Questions?  Call or email Dianne:  712-255-3447 or bennaid@hotmail.com .  

May update

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There’s no denying that “spring has sprung” now!  We have heard from folks who purchased plants from us last year that they’re coming in very well (of course they did – they can handle our crazy weather!).

See below for a reminder of our program at Fowler Forest on Saturday, and more information on our August events.

May 12
Join us at 10 a.m. on May 12 at the Fowler Forest Preserve to celebrate Iowa Wildflower Month. Member Dawn Snyder (and Woodbury County Conservation Education Programs Director) will show us the diversity of woodland wildflowers in their natural habitat. Fowler Forest is known for its display of spring ephemerals. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring a lunch and join us for a picnic following the walk!Fowler Forest is 1/2 mile west of Smithland on Hwy 141. This walk is sponsored by Woodbury County Conservation, Loess Hills Wild Ones, and the Iowa Native Plant Society. For more information, please call 712-258-0838. Visit the Woodbury County Parks page for a map of the preserve.

June 1-3
The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar‘s outdoor sessions at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area northeast of Onawa, offered on Saturday and on Sunday morning, allow participants to see many native plants in both prairie and woodland. Evening programs at West Monona High School in Onawa on Friday and Saturday feature speakers on a wide range of topics related to natural history. LHWO will likely have an exhibit at the high school.

June 9
If you ordered plants, don’t forget to pick them up!  We’ll send the times and location directly to you.

July 7
Road trip! Join LHWO on a field trip to tour member Becky Leach?s gardens in Aurelia and visit The Prairie Flower, a native plant nursery near Spencer. Carpooling will be organized a week before the tour, so let us know by June 30 if you?d like to ride along. Lunch (at The Prairie Flower) needs to be reserved by June 30, too. Cost for lunch is $10 each for members (and their spouses) and $15 for non-members.

Becky has been adding natives to her landscape for 14 years. Her front yard faces due south and gets ferocious winds; the only plants truly thriving are natives.

Just west of Spencer is The Prairie Flower, a native seed and plant nursery and dealer, owned by Bev and Dwight Rutter. They provide local ecotype native prairie and wetland plants and seeds, as well as native cultivar seed, and pasture and hay seed. Their services include tree planting, seeding, ecological consulting and planning, providing tours of their plantings and natural areas, and hosting events in addition to a bed and breakfast.

The Prairie Flower is situated on a square mile along the Little Sioux River. Don?t worry about the having to walk it all; we will be taken around it on a large wagon. We’ll enjoy Bev’s home cooking indoors.

Tentatively, we will start the day 8:30 a.m. and return to Sioux City by 5 pm. Further details will be shared as they are known.

August 18
Members: Save the date for the annual meeting!  This year it will be done via webinar, but we’ll meet at Dianne’s to tune in together.  Not sure what time yet, but we’ll let you know.

August 26
Members Mary Siepker, Loyanne Jensen, and Kris Snavely will share their experiences and knowledge in rearing and nurturing monarchs. We?ll meet at Adams Homestead (272 Westshore Dr, McCook Lake, SD).  We may even release a monarch!

Membership shows you appreciate these programs and helps us pay our expenses. Join for just $40 a year! Please become a member of Loess Hills Wild Ones today!

CANCELED

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Today’s program at WITCC has been canceled.  Jim, our presenter, is from eastern Iowa, and didn’t want to risk having to battle this darn Iowa weather all the way across the state.

Spring has sprung!

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Believe it or not, spring has sprung, and that means we?re gearing up for the growing season! Keep reading to see what we have planned for the next few months.
April 6 & 7
The Siouxland Garden Show is 10a-8p Friday, April 6, and 10a-6p Saturday, April 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Sioux City Riverfront, at 1132 Larsen Road. Be sure to stop by our booth or let us know ASAP if you?d like to help us for a couple of hours. We will promote the use of native plants, encourage membership, and take plant orders.

Several speakers/topics will be of interest, including Jim Kessler?s ?The Green Yard makeover? at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Speaker Room A. This is a plan for home landscaping that includes native wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs to protect the environment and create habitat for native species, but includes garden space for producing fresh food. See the speaker schedule at siouxlandgardenshow.org/speakers.

Jim currently teaches Environmental Biology and Introductory Biology at Iowa Valley Community College in Grinnell, and taught Biology at Newton High School. Jim and Kathy Kessler restored 30 acres to native habitat south of Grinnell and recently donated 27 acres of their restored habitats to the Bur Oak Land Trust in Iowa City for perpetual preservation and management. He has shared presentations almost 90 times during the last five years about the importance of native plantings to pollinators, songbirds, and people. He has spoken at Iowa State University, Blank Park Zoo, the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Prairie Preview in Iowa City, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and to many community, conservation, and school groups in Iowa and other states.

April 8
Jim Kessler will join us at the Loess Hills Wild Ones meeting on Sunday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College?s Gaylord Smith building to discuss ?Designing a Butterfly Garden that Supports Monarchs and Other Pollinators.? Rod Tondreau will also treat us to a visit to the greenhouse. Park in Lot #3.

April 16
All plant orders must be received or postmarked by April 16. Visit our Facebook page for photos and information on the plants, and download an order form with more details at our website.

May 12
Loess Hills Wild Ones will meet at 10 a.m. on May 12 at the Fowler Forest Preserve to celebrate Iowa Wildflower Month. Member Dawn Snyder, Woodbury County Conservation Education Programs Director, will lead a walk along the trail to show us the diversity of woodland wildflowers in their natural habitat. Fowler Forest is known for its display of spring ephemerals. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Please bring your own lunch and join us for a picnic following the walk!

Fowler Forest is located 1/2 mile west of Smithland on Hwy 141. The walk is sponsored by Woodbury County Conservation, Loess Hills Wild Ones, and the Iowa Native Plant Society. For more information, please call 712-258-0838. Visit the Woodbury County Parks page for a map of the preserve. If you?re interested in carpooling from Sioux City, please let us know by May 5 to make arrangements.

June 1-3
The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar‘s outdoor sessions at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area northeast of Onawa, offered on Saturday and on Sunday morning, allow participants to see many native plants in both prairie and woodland. Evening programs at West Monona High School in Onawa on Friday and Saturday feature speakers on a wide range of topics related to natural history. LHWO will likely have an exhibit among the other very informative exhibits at the high school.

July 7
Road trip! Join LHWO on a field trip to tour member Becky Leach?s gardens in Aurelia and visit The Prairie Flower, a native plant nursery near Spencer. Carpooling will be organized one week before the tour, so let us know by June 30 if you?d like to ride along. Reserve your lunch (at The Prairie Flower) by June 30, too. Lunch is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Becky has been adding natives to her landscape for 14 years. She still has ?ornamental perennials? in other gardens but finds their finicky nature less appealing as the years go by. Her front yard faces due south and gets ferocious winds. The only plants truly thriving out front are natives.

An hour north of Aurelia is The Prairie Flower, a native seed and plant nursery and dealer just west of Spencer, owned by Bev and Dwight Rutter. They provide local ecotype native prairie and wetland plants and seeds, as well as native cultivar seed, and pasture and hay seed. Their services include tree planting, seeding, ecological consulting and planning, providing tours of their plantings and natural areas, and hosting events in addition to their bed and breakfast.

The Prairie Flower is situated on a square mile along the Little Sioux River. Don?t worry about the having to walk it all; we will be pulled along seated on a large wagon. We’ll enjoy Bev’s home cooking indoors.

Tentatively, we will start the day 8:30 a.m. and return to Sioux City by 5 pm. Further details will be shared as they are known.

Late July or early August
Member Mary Siepker will share her extensive experience in rearing and nurturing monarchs. We think we?ll meet at Adams Homestead (272 Westshore Dr, North Sioux City, SD) for this program, and will get to see their native plantings and maybe release a monarch!

 

You can see we have a lot planned! Membership shows you appreciate these programs and helps us pay for them. Please become a member of Loess Hills Wild Ones today!

2018 Plant Sale

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We’re pleased to roll out our 2018 plant sale!

Members (join now!) can order at reduced prices, but everyone can enjoy the early bird discount: just return your order with payment by March 19, and you can deduct another 5%.

Plants will need to be picked up on Saturday, June 9, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
at a location to be determined, but likely in the Morningside area of Sioux City.

Photos of most of the plants available are in the 2018 Plant Sale folder at our Facebook page (you should not need a Facebook account to view the photos).

Here’s the order form (downloadable pdf): Loess Hills Wild Ones 2018 plant order .

Spring is almost here! Woo!

 

Hello!

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Please like us on Facebook and check our events page!

We had a great crowd at our first program of the year.  Forty folks showed up to learn how to make your landscape work for wildlife.  Adam Janke will present at the Siouxland Garden Show on April 6, too; visit our booth while you’re there!

Our next program is 2 p.m. Sunday, February 11, at the Sioux City Public Library.  Jane Hey will share her knowledge and experience (and she has plenty of both!) with rain gardening.

Stay tuned for more information about our native plant sale.  Orders must be placed in advance, and plants will need to be picked up the weekend of June 8, probably in the Morningside area of Sioux City (i.e. my garage!).

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, want to be added to our mailing list, or just want to say hi, drop us a note at LoessHillsWildOnes@gmail.com.

~carrie

Carrie Radloff
Membership/PR chair