Mother Nature did it again!
Due to Her decision to finally make winter,
we have rescheduled this 2 for 1 Event.
Winter Native Plant Seed Sowing &
Wild Ones! Our Inaugural Chapter Meeting!
Now Saturday, January 27, 11am - 1pm
Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline St, Newaygo, 49337
The Newaygo County Environmental Coalition (NCEC) will host a native plant event on Saturday, January 13 at 11am. The winter seed sowing and Wild Ones Chapter will be held at Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline St, Newaygo, 49337.
Winter is the best time to sow native plant seeds, and Katie Clark of NCEC will demonstrate how to turn common household containers into mini-greenhouses for the future plants.
“The containers, with the planted seeds, are placed outside now so they can go through periods of cold and warm during the winter,” explained Katie. “Many types of native plant seeds need this, a process called stratification. As spring arrives, the seeds open and new plants begin to emerge. Then you plant them where you want them to grow as the weather warms.”
The first Wild Ones Chapter of the Newaygo Region will also be meeting at this event. Wild Ones Native Plants & Natural Landscapes is a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity.
“A Wild Ones Chapter in our area will help promote the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities,” states Sally Wagoner of NCEC. “The organization aligns with the NCEC focus area of Healthy Habitats. A local Wild Ones Chapter will bring native plant enthusiasts and the curious together from around West Michigan for resources, education and camaraderie.”
The first Wild Ones meeting will explain the requirements of becoming a Chapter which includes starting a membership roster, creating a coordination team, and coming up with a description chapter name. The National Wild Ones organization will help the local Chapter get off the ground with a starter kit of brochures and resources, as well as a chapter advisor.
“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and dedication so many of our community members have about native plants,” added Sally. ”The turn-out at our native plant sales and demonstration programs has been great. We are so happy that our community knows the benefits of native plants. They are essential for supporting our struggling pollinators. And they are key to healthy native biodiversity that is so important for Newaygo County’s unique and endangered habitats.”
The public is invited to this free event. Registration for the Winter Seed Sowing and Wild Ones Chapter is recommended. Click here to register: Winter Seed & Wild Ones. Sign up for Newaygo County Environmental Coalition Enews: NCEC Enews. You can follow NCEC Facebook, or visit the website at www.nc-ec.org.