Welcome to the Blue Ridge Chapter of Wild Ones

Currently the only chapter of WILD ONES in the Mid-Atlantic! Starting in June 2016, we are meeting in various locations to accommodate our membership.  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30am.  Guests are welcome.

Wild Ones members help and learn from each other – beginners and experienced members alike – about identifying native and invasive plants, adding native plants to existing landscapes, protecting threatened species, creating habitat for pollinators, and a lot more.  You see, the native birds, bugs & wildlife can’t eat & live off of plants from exotic areas, they need NATIVE plants.

We think that a home landscape can be more interesting than a lawnmower slowly circling every weekend and want to learn about restoration of more natural landscapes at our homes. We also hope to influence others to consider natural landscapes at public buildings and commercial properties.  If you use a lawn service or put chemicals on your lawn to make it more appealing, consider the damage these chemicals can do over time to your health, your children’s and pet’s health.

Members plan monthly educational chapter meetings, field trips, presentations by experts in the field of native plants and natural landscaping. Chapters are supported by the national organization and each member receives handbooks related to natural landscaping along with a bimonthly publication, the Wild Ones Journal.

Active participation by members is encouraged and ideas for group projects are welcome.

Our Board Members: President-Dixie Mullineaux, VP-Joyce Morningstar, Secretary-Donna Stekli, Treasurer-Barbara KuenneckeBoard-Roger Mercier.

Email: gardener@astarz.com


November 14, 2017, Tuesday:  10:30am

Blue Ridge Wild Ones gathering…. Our ANNUAL SEED SWAP with book swap too.  Lots of fun!  We will hold our Annual Seed Swap at the Virginia Arboretum (Blandy Farm) just outside of Winchester VA. This will be held in the Library room (see our Wild Ones signs when you park).  Please bring seeds to share, bags, baggies, labels, sharpies. These don’t have to be native seeds; they can be any flower, bush, vine, veggie, grass….  We will also have a book swap, so if you have books you’d like to swap for others, please bring them along.  No RSVP needed for this event.  http://blandy.virginia.edu/home, For Directions see: http://www.virginia.edu/blandy/map.html

Regards, Donna Stekli – Blue Ridge Wild Ones Secretary



October 10, 2017, Tuesday:  10:30am

Blue Ridge Wild Ones gathering…. movie “Symphony of the Soil” was shown at Hope’s house in Berkeley Springs WV.  A good time was had by all.


See our CALENDAR page up above for a complete list of activities!

We are on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/BRwildones/

Blue Ridge Chapter of Wild Ones