Wild Ones-Natural Landscapers,
Ltd., is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the use of
native plants in landscaping. Plants native to an area are adapted to the local
soils and weather, and they provide food and shelter for native animals. Unlike
exotic plant species, native plants require minimal soil preparation before
planting and do not require chemical fertilizers or excessive watering to
Membership applications can be obtained at chapter meetings, through
chapter officers, and on the National Wild Ones web site. For
chapter information, go to the Michigan Chapters
page and click on the link for the chapter nearest you.
Ones provides information about natural landscaping both to its members and to
the community. Wild Ones promotes the development of biologically diverse plant
communities and encourages the restoration of natural areas that have been
degraded by the invasion of exotic plant species.
Michigan Chapters of Wild Ones carry out the
mission of Wild Ones through a variety of activities. Each chapter holds
meetings, typically monthly. Meetings can consist of the
- Speaker. Speakers have included landscape architects, parks
naturalists, botanists, native-plant nursery owners, and fellow Wild Ones
- Work day. Members remove invasive species from natural areas,
collect seeds from prairie and woodland plants, or observe a prescribed
- Nature walk. Members visit nearby natural areas to observe the
variety of plants typically found in a particular ecosystem.
- Yard tour. Members visit both new and established natural
- Workshop. Members work together to find solutions to
particular landscaping problems.
addition to holding meetings, some of the Michigan chapters publish
newsletters for members, which contain articles about local natural
landscaping projects, profiles of native plants, tips on invasive-species
removal, and other useful information. Some chapters also use email
lists to provide a means of communication among members and other natural
more about the individual Michigan chapters and what they have to offer, please
see the Michigan Chapters page, and click on the
link for the chapter nearest you.