Design with Nature Conference

Thank you to all who attended, exhibited, sponsored and volunteered at the 2016 Wild Ones Design With Nature Conference!

Please see our 2016 Exhibitor Guide for more information on native plants and landscape resources in Minnesota!


Saturday, February 20, 2016
Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Good Design Matters

Monarch butterflies on New England asters

What is Good Design?

As Aldo Leopold describes in Sand Country Almanac:

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."

Why does Design matter?

We think the theme is of particular interest when many of us are planning our gardens, and looking for design inspiration as we research and consider options. 

Find inspiration, ideas and information from our Conference speakers.

First time presentation by Heather Holm, our keynote speaker shares how to help native bee populations survive and thrive. Native bees are in serious peril - can blueberries really help!

Your garden's benefits don't end in November! Design a native plant garden with winter in mind for pizzazz all the seasons while adding wildlife value and improving plant/soil health. If you need convincing to apply a "light hand" to Fall trimming, Benjamin Vogt can convince you!

Chris Behringer and Arlys Freeman offer us a rare opportunity to see how native plants with soil organisms clean polluted water. Learn how these man-made floating islands mimic natural habitats and beauty.

Please join us, but HURRY - Reserve your place
registration closes midnight on Wednesday, February 10!
Registrations by mail must be postmarked by the 10th.

Conference News:
  • BlueThumb Planting for Clean Water launches their new Statewide Program!
  • Newest Wild Ones chapter, Big Woods Big River, is currently forming in the St. Paul/Roseville area!
  • Please note that the conference notice in February 17th's Star-Tribune incorrectly listed the location as Red Wing. The conference will be held at the Anderson Student Center, on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
  • Driving to the conference? Check the location page for directions and parking information.