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Events Archive: 2023 | 2024 | 2025 | Upcoming Events

July 2024

Jul
27

Mountain Top Arboretum - Tour

Saturday, July 27th, 2024
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Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville, NY Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Join us for a tour of the Mountain Top Arboretum in Tannersville, NY.

We will meet with our guide Marc Wolf, the Director of Horticulture, at the Education Center and explore the building first. This timber-frame construction was built using twenty-one species of native trees from the Arboretum’s forest. From here we will explore the landscape surrounding the center, planted exclusively with species native to the Catskills. Designed by Jamie Purinton of the Hudson Valley, this landscape also features six interconnected rain gardens. The tour will then proceed to the West Meadow area which includes another Rain Garden, the Bird Cove and Spiral Labyrinth. Of special note in this area is a new 1.5-acre meadow designed by Larry Weaner. This is the meadow’s second growing season and hopefully we’ll see biennials such as Black-eyed Susan in full bloom.

For those with the time and energy, we encourage you to continue exploring with a self-directed tour of the Woodland Walk, East Meadow and Spruce Glen.

Registration is required with a limit of 20 people. Address will be sent to all who register. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive program announcements. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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August 2024

Aug
8

Catskill Native Nursery - Field Trip

Thursday, August 8th, 2024
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Catskill Native Nursery, 607 Samsonville Rd, Kerhonkson, NY, 12446 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

When it comes to nurseries, Catskill Native Nursery stands out among the crowd. They offer-

1) A truly unusual number of native plant species and plant types;

2) Beautiful on-site native plant gardens to wander through; and

3) Knowledgeable staff able to discuss the plants along with ecological landscaping principles.

Please join us on this field trip for a talk by the nursery manager. We’ll discuss planting natives along with other ecological landscaping topics followed by a Q&A. The discussion incorporates a stroll through the gardens (border, cottage, and woodland) where an extensive variety of native plants have found a home. Whatever your native-gardening level—beginner to advanced—this field trip will further your understanding and leave you inspired to learn more - plant more.

Catskill Native Nursery has been inspiring gardeners since 1999 to create biodiverse and remarkably ornamental gardens using plants that are native to eastern North America.

Registration is required with a limit of 20 people. A registration link will be available closer to the tour date. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive program announcements. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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Aug
13

Leadership Meeting Members Only

Tuesday, August 13th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Members Only Free Event Chapter Board Meeting

All members are invited to join the next Wild Ones Mid-Hudson Valley leadership team meeting on Tuesday, August 13, from 5:00-6:30 pm on zoom. We will be discussing a range of topics. Interested members-volunteers are welcome to join. If you would like to attend, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. As a new chapter, we have a lot we're doing and planning, and we appreciate our members' participation!

Aug
22

"Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants" with Sarah Gray & Coralie Palmer

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, August 22nd, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore how native plants can enhance biodiversity and support ecosystems in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “Combating the Biodiversity Crisis with Native Plants” featuring Sarah Gray and Coralie Palmer from the Indiana Native Plant Society.

Native plants are essential for maintaining biodiversity as they provide food and shelter for a wide range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants into your landscape, you can create a thriving ecosystem that supports local fauna and flora. These plants are well-adapted to local environmental conditions, making them more resilient to climate change and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Attendees will learn how native plants can improve soil health, enhance water retention, and contribute to a more sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Sara and Coralie are part of the Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) Landscaping team, and they have collaborated on diverse projects across Indiana, including native planting schemes for schools, community gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Humane Society. Their new design for Indianapolis reflects typical sub-divisions in Indiana and considers future climate challenges, such as increased flooding and hotter, drier summers. The design features resilient, native Indiana plants that thrive in local soil conditions and contribute to the ecosystem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading experts in native plants! Participants will gain practical insights into native garden designs and learn how tailored landscaping can support wildlife, promote ecological balance, and help restore natural habitats. 

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Aug
30

Native Meadow Workshop at HV Farm Hub

Friday, August 30th, 2024
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Hudson Valley Farm Hub

Public Welcome Hands-On/How-To Workshop Free Public Parking

Join us for a visit to the Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s Native Meadow Trial in Hurley, NY. If you are thinking about reducing your lawn and/or adding a meadow to your landscape. Or if you are already in the process of installing one, this field trip will give you a chance to see and learn about the process of meadow establishment.

This will be a hands-on workshop with discussion about establishing a meadow and seed mixes. We’ll learn about meadow management and the plants, insects, and wildlife they attract. Researchers and ecologists from the Applied Farmscape Ecology Research Collaborative will be our hosts. Our hosts will share lessons, observations, and interesting insights that apply to smaller projects like those of residential gardeners. We’ll learn more about how native meadows are effectively supporting biodiversity and helping to build healthy soils.

This is a free event, but registration is required with a limit of 20 people. The address and details will be sent to all who register. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive program announcements. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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September 2024

Sep
11

Manitoga Gardens and Meadows - Tour

Wednesday, September 11th, 2024
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Manitoga, Philipstown, NY, 10524 Map

Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Group Tour Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking

Join us for a tour of the gardens and meadows at Manitoga, the former home and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright and a National Historic Landmark.

Our tour guide, Emily Phillips, will lead us on an exploration of the gardens surrounding this historical house along with the adjacent meadows designed by renowned landscape architect Darrel Morrison. This will be an opportunity to experience a naturalistic and ecological landscape in the setting of Russel Wright's unconventional vision.

"...Wright’s integrating vision changed all the familiar components, blending the built elements and the natural landscape together so that each was enriched, enhanced, and transformed by the other. Just as the house is interwoven with the site, the hillside is connected by views to its larger context of the Hudson River Valley..."

Registration is required with a limit of 15 people. A registration link will be available closer to the tour date. Detailed tour information will be sent to all who register. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive program announcements. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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Sep
19

"The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows" with Heather McCargo

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 19th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Explore the ecological and aesthetic advantages of hedges and hedgerows in our upcoming Wild Ones national webinar, “The Beauty and Benefits of Hedgerows” with Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project.

Native hedgerows are diverse plantings of woody plants from shrubs to small trees along with herbaceous groundcovers at their base.  Learn how these low-maintenance and sustainable plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcovers can enhance biodiversity, provide critical habitats for wildlife, and contribute to climate resilience. Discover practical tips for designing and implementing hedgerows in various landscapes, from farms to urban settings, and understand their role in supporting pollinators, birds, and soil health. 

 You will also learn about Heather McCargo and the Wild Seed Project's latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Portland, ME. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading expert in native plant restoration and take your landscaping skills to the next level. 

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October 2024

Oct
12

Creating Winter Interest With Natives at Hortus Gardens

Saturday, October 12th, 2024
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Hortus Gardens

Public Welcome Family Friendly Paid Event Home Garden Tour Group Tour

Are you interested in adding more winter interest to your garden? Join us on this visit to Hortus Arboretum & Botanical Gardens if you are like many of us, wondering how you can use native plants and ecological practices to enhance your landscape and gardens. We will explore the gardens, a ‘living textbook’ of plant species that thrive in the Hudson Valley. 

Hortus was started back in 2001 by Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano. Their beautiful gardens and greenhouse have expanded to include a field garden, native woodland, and varied collections organized by geographic origin and genus. We will be focusing on their use of native species and management techniques that will help sustain interest and enjoyment through the winter season by using plants with attractive bark, colorful berries, and beautiful structures.

We will collect a $20 fee for this event at the site (cash or check, please). Registration will be available closer to the event date. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive program announcements. Carpooling for this event is encouraged. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 

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Oct
24

"Matrix Landscape Design" with Benjamin Vogt

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 24th, 2024
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn how to use high-density plantings that replicate natural ecosystems in aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing ecological functions while reducing maintenance efforts in our upcoming Wild One’s national webinar, “Matrix Landscape Design” with author, landscape designer, activist, and educator Benjamin Vogt.

Matrix planting is a landscape design approach that mimics natural ecosystems by closely planting and layering compatible perennials and grasses to cover the soil, provide more ecosystem services, and eliminate the need for wood mulch or aggressive weeding.  Join Wild Ones for a webinar to learn how author, educator, and landscape designer Benjamin Vogt applies this approach to create stunning native gardens. Learn the principles behind this method, its ecological benefits, and practical steps to implement matrix planting in your own garden. 

You will also learn about Benjamin’s latest collaboration with Wild Ones on the new Native Garden Design for Lincoln, NE. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a leading voice in natural garden design and take your gardening skills to the next level. Register now to secure your spot! 

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January 2025

Jan
23

"San Diego, CA Native Garden Design" with Jeanine Sharkey

Hosted by Wild Ones San Diego Chapter and Wild Ones National
Thursday, January 23rd, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones San Diego Chapter's newest demonstration garden funded in part by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Jeanine Sharkey about this newest San Diego native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon. 

February 2025

Feb
27

"Albany, NY Native Garden Design" with Kate Brittenham

Hosted by Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter and Wild Ones National
Thursday, February 27th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Learn about the Wild Ones Capital Region NY Chapter's newest demonstration garden, funded partly by Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service International Programs. You'll also hear from landscape designer Kate Brittenham about this newest Albany NY native garden design. 

More details and registration coming soon

September 2025

Sep
18

September Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, September 18th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

October 2025

Oct
16

October Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, October 16th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon! 

November 2025

Nov
20

November Wild Ones National Webinar

Hosted by Wild Ones National
Thursday, November 20th, 2025
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation

Details coming soon!