Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.
Our local chapter, Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones, has supported this mission since 1999 in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information about the chapter, please email Chris McCullough, President, or visit any of our monthly programs, field trips or yard tours. They are free, informative, and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about native plants in natural landscapes.
Why Native Plants?
Native plants are those that evolved naturally in North America. More specifically, native plants in a particular area are those that were growing naturally in the area before humans introduced plants from distant places. In eastern and central North America, native plants typically grew in communities with species adapted to similar soil, moisture, and weather conditions. Some of the widespread communities included oak-hickory-chestnut and beech-maple forests, tall-grass and short-grass prairies, and freshwater marshes. Additional communities occupied specialized niches, including Savannah, fens, bogs, flood plains and alpine areas.
Why Join Wild Ones?
As a member you will: Receive the "Journal", a quarterly newsletter published by NationalWild Ones; network with others in your local geographic area; attend educational programs, yard tours and field trips. And most importantly, be part of a national effort to educate and advocate the development of native plant communities.
You Will Learn:
- How you can make a difference at the "plant roots" level
- About diverse native plant communities and relationships to all systems
- How to provide valuable habitat for wildlife
- How to establish and maintain your new garden or restoration project
- How to indentify and combat invasive species using safe gardening practices
- Identification and propagation of native plants in your area
What's New with Wild Ones
A new project is in the works for our chapter! Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones Chapter will “adopt a plot” at Sooty Acres, the home of the Civic Garden Center and former property of the late Cornelius Hauck. This restoration site is near Mr. Hauck’s former home, now offices for Cincinnati Park administrators. We aspire to have an outstanding natural landscape, showcasing native plants for the education of all visitors to Sooty Acres. This project will be our “home”, bring us all together, and become a tool to teach others about the value of native plants.