Upcoming Events - Lexington, Kentucky
Check back soon for the 2012 calendar!
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at various locations TBA.
Kentucky Utilities has announced another round of trimming around the power lines in my neighborhood. There was a pre-recorded message on my phone to alert me, then a brochure in the mail explaining the process, and also a phone call and follow-up visit from a young man hired by KU and the tree contractor to smooth things over between property owners and the trimmers. Upon asking I learned that I had been singled out to receive special attention from this friendly young man because of my vociferous complaints during the last round of trimming.
This publicity effort is a far cry from practices of the not so distant past when the trimming crews simply appeared in your yard and started cutting as they saw fit. This is how my hemlocks, pictured on the right, got shaved along their trunks. The utility company is clearly responding to the negative press it has received over the years. And if truth be told, even I felt a little remorseful about my complaining when our power stayed on during the last ice storm which otherwise devastated my backyard.
Still, the need to trim or remove trees around or under power lines reminds us that human habitation and the natural world are fundamentally incompatible. The city of Lexington, whose neighborhoods are built on former farmland, often has urban property boundaries running along old fence lines where our native trees used to establish themselves. Sometimes hackberries, wild cherries, and the occasional oak or sweetgum are still growing along the fence between two backyards. If there is a power line above, which occurs more often than not, those trees will have been butchered; most have been removed over the years.
In an effort to make power lines compatible with gardens and habitats, the Lexington Arboretum, with financial help from KU, has introduced a demonstration planting of small trees and large shrubs that can be planted under the lines and will not grow into them. Most of these plants are natives, a few are not. They are roughly between the Visitor Center and the water tower. Go check them out if you need screening along your backyard fence and there is a power line above, or even if you just want to increase the diversity of your woody flora.
-- Beate Popkin, President
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- Feb 3 (Thu)
Presentation by Richard Weber about creating a butterfly garden based on his own design for the Arboretum Childrenís garden.
- Mar 3 (Thu)
Presentation about GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE by Michael Matthews, a professional photographer and native gardener in Louisville.
- Apr 7 (Thu)
Workshop to build nesting boxes for birds, presented by Connie May and Mary Carol Cooper. St. Michaelís Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. 7 p.m. Participants must pay $10 for materials and register with Mary Carol by March 24.
- Apr 9 (Sat)
Wild flower hike at Tom Dorman Nature Preserve in Garrard County. 2-5 p.m. (includes time to drive there). Meet at 1:45 for car pooling in the Lexington Green parking lot under the central rotunda in front of Joseph Beth bookstore.
- May 5 (Thu)
Our annual plant exchange. Bring as many plants as you have, take home
even more. Plants must be native (obviously), named, and potted or in plastic bags with their roots kept moist. St. Michaelís Episcopal Church, Libby Lane side, i.e. we meet in the small parking lot at the bottom of the sanctuary. 7 p.m.
- Jun 2 (Thu)
Garden visit at Jannine Bakerís garden. 7 p.m.
- Jun 26 (Sun)
Kentucky Native Plant Garden Tour - Tour three diverse Lexington gardens that feature native Kentucky plants.
- Jul 3 (Sun)
Join butterfly enthusiast, Dave Svetich, on Sunday, July 3 for a tour of his wonderful garden of butterfly host plants. Dave has a large property in the country, about 15-20 minutes from Lexington, which he has been transforming into a butterfly and pollinator garden. If you are interested in going contact Mary Carol Cooper at 859-277-0656 or via email for time and directions.
- Jul 7 (Thu)
Potluck picnic at the Arboretum picnic grounds. 7 p.m. After we eat, at around 8 p.m., all who are interested may join a tour of the water detention system and large rain garden project on the far side of the rose garden (the Glendover project).
- Aug 4 (Thu)
Marc Evans presents The Ecology and Flora of Central Kentucky at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. The entrance is through the courtyard garden at the Bellefonte side of the church. There will be signs.
- Sep 1 (Thu)
Tour, guided by Russ Turpin, of stream bank plantings done at the Horse Park for the Equestrian Games. 6:30 p.m. (note that we meet earlier to have more daylight for this and next month's garden visit)
- Oct 6 (Thu)
Designing with natives. Beate Popkin will talk about design ideas reflected in her garden. 124 Idle Hour Drive. 6:30 p.m.
- Nov 3 (Thu)
Native trees that do well in our area, presented by Bill Fountain. St. Michaelís Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. 7 p.m.
- Dec 3 (Sat)
We have included sources that carry non-native plants as well as natives. We want to support our local businesses, and encourage their promotion of native plants.
- Shooting Star Nursery, Georgetown, Ky., only 1/2 hour from Lexington, mail-order and local retail, carries a very large selection of plants native to the US.
- Michler's Gardens and Greenhouses, Lexington, Ky., carries many plants native to the US.
- Springhouse Gardens, Nicholasville, Ky., off Harrodsburg Rd., 4 miles south of Man-o-War, carries some plants native to the US.
- Dropseed Nursery, near Louisville, Ky., carries plants of local genotype from Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Ohio.
- Highland Moor Nursery, Midway, Ky., carries some natives of local genotype. Mostly a wholesale nursery, but sells retail at some farmer's markets, and may ship to retail customers.
- Porterbrook Native Plants, Racine, Ohio, 3 hrs. from Lexington, carries plants native to the mid-Appalachian states, will ship upon request.
- Missouri Wildflower Nursery, mail-order source. Focus is on plants native to Missouri, many of which are also native to Kentucky.
These are some places you can visit in and around Central Kentucky to see native habitat and vegetation. Some are only open by appointment. Others have scheduled guided tours. If you know of another place that belongs on this list, send it to Eve Podet.
- The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky - Walk Across Kentucky is a two-mile paved walkway showing the seven physiographic regions of Kentucky. An inspiration to many.
- Lower Howard's Creek - This preserve is 20 minutes from the intersection of Richmond Rd. and Man-O-War. Check their schedule for guided hikes.
- Raven Run - From the Lexington Govt. page, use the search for "Raven Run" for information about this Nature Sanctuary. Open to the public.
- Floracliff Nature Sanctuary - Located in the palisades region of the Kentucky River in southern Fayette County. Open by appointment only; check the events page for guided hikes.
- Griffith Woods - Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.
- Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge - This 500-acre preserve is located 13 miles from Danville. It is open to the public.
- Salato Wildlife Education Center - Click on the Salato Link at the top. Habitat Gardens, Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program and more!
- Daniel Boone National Forest - Special events at Gladie Center in the Red River Gorge (Cumberland Ranger District).
- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Located in Clermont, Kentucky, about an hour and a half from Lexington.
Do you have a favorite to recommend? Let me know the title and author and I'll add it.
List of Favorite Native Plants for the Central Kentucky area, compiled by the Lexington Wild Ones Chapter.
Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy
A strong argument for planting urban natural landscapes to ensure biodiversity and thereby the well-being and possibly the survival of the human species.
Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines by William Cullina
Growing and Propagating Wildflowers by William Cullina
Both are excellent sources of information about growing and propagating.
Trees & Shrubs of Kentucky by Mary E Wharton, Roger W Barbour
A classic reference.
Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis
Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, Marc Evans
Indispensable for anyone interested in Kentucky's native plants.
Gardening for the Birds by Thomas G. Barnes
An easy-to-use guide to transforming your yard into an oasis for urban wildlife.
How to Find and Photograph Kentucky Wildflowers by Thomas Barnes - Book Review
Growing and Propagating Wildflowers By Harry Phillips
Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians by Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart
Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East by Carolyn Summers - Book Review
- Betty Hall's blog - A Wild Ones member, Betty celebrates the ordinary world in her backyard and Kentucky.
- Susan Smith-Durisek's blog - Susan is a Master Gardener and writes about gardening for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- Kentucky Native Plant Society
- Down to Earth Garden Club
- Bluegrass Rain Garden Alliance
- Rain Garden Network
- USDA Plants Database
- Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
- UK Invasive Species Working Group
- Center for Invasive Species
President: Beate Popkin
Vice-President: Connie May
Treasurer: Mary Carol Cooper
Secretary: Caroline Johnson
Publicity: Betty Hall and Ann Bowe
Website maintenance: Eve Podet
Membership: Linda Porter
Hospitality: Ann Blevins
Members and friends of our club who have questions about gardening with native plants in central Kentucky can ask us for advice via e-mail. A Wild Ones member will respond to you and address your issue.