NOWO – Upcoming Events

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Dates to put on your calendar:


June 21, 2023 – Monthly Program (See Events Calendar)

7:00 – 9:00 PM Johnson Nature Center

Let’s Build a Raingarden!

Sally Wenczel is a West Bloomfield Parks and Rec Commissioner and a supporter of using native plants in urban landscapes. Through her talk, you will learn about Michigan Ecology and the use of Raingardens in your urban yard.  Sally Wenczel has installed multiple raingardens in her yard to collect and filter the rain.

She authored a children’s book “Let’s Build a Rain Garden”

Let’s Build a Rain Garden leads children into Michigan ecology through verse. They get a close up look at the fun creatures and native plants that thrive inside a rain garden while learning the more high-level terms STORMWATER and WATERSHED. The book is written for children, however adults will enjoy taking notes on the basic steps for building a rain garden as well. Be a part of the solution to stop the pollution. It all begins with YOU!

June 2&3 Native Plant Sale


Jim Nash Oakland County Drain Commisioner

 Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Eastern Time)
 Johnson Nature Center

Green Infrastructure in Oakland County

Speaker Jim Nash, Oakland County Drain Commissioner

Commissioner Nash will be giving a general overview of green infrastructure, why it’s needed and how it works. More specifically he will talk about the cost effectiveness of GI and how climate change is making GI more important than ever in the Great Lakes Region


April 19, 2023 – Monthly Program (See Events Calendar)

7:00 – 9:00 PM Johnson Nature Center

Weeds or Wildflowers? Yes!

Kirsten Lyons, Naturalist-Invasive Species Specialist
St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission
What makes a plant a weed? What’s a wildflower? How do we know which ones to pull and which to protect? What soil stories do plants tell? Can we eat the weeds we’re pulling out? Learn how restoration gardeners, ecologists, volunteers, and land managers use conservation terms and concepts to study nature, prioritize field work, avoid burnout, and have fun! This interactive presentation will help prepare you and your plants for the upcoming growing season. A question and answer session will be held at the end. All are welcome, no previous knowledge or experience needed.

April 20, 2023 – Earth Day Celebration at West Bloomfield Parks and Rec (Table event)

April 22, 2023 – Earth Day Celebration


March 15, 2023 – Registration Required  –  Winter Seed Sowing Workshop

March 22, 2023 – Registration Required – Native Garden Design Workshop

More events on our Events Calendar


Announcing 2023 Native Garden Grants Available

January – Happy New Year!

“What’s the Rush?”

Wednesday Jan 18 at 7:00 PM

(Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills)

Door open 6:45 PM, PROGRAM at 7:30 PM – viewing of Doug Tallamy PhD video and  presentation on how to get on the map
“We are at a critical point where we are losing so many native plant and animal species that the ecosystem services we rely upon (oxygen, clean water, flood control, pollination, pest control, etc) will become seriously compromised.  However, if many people make small changes, we can restore healthy ecological networks and weather the challenges ahead.”  Doug Tallamy, PhD, Homegrown National Park
We will also review how you can “Get on the Map!” and indicate your individual contribution (square area) to dedicated habitat with native plants or removing invasives to create a Homegrown National Park in the US, with a goal of 20 million acres.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can see the video presentation here: What’s the Rush? Doug Tallamy, Co-Founder Homegrown National Park®

2023 Native Plant Sales in SE Michigan

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Thanks for a great Sale!  Remaining inventory listed here.  Sold be appointment only.

Link to Plant Sale info


There are many other native plant sales locally.

Check them out

Check back regularly as new sales may be announced and added to this page.



These sales are not associated with NOWO, but we like to share information so more people plant native plants!

  • August 12 New Leaf Natives, Manchester
  • August 19 East Michigan Native Pop-up Sale, Armada
  • August 24-26 Wildtype Nursery, Mason
  • August 26 Stage Nature Center, Troy
  • Sept 9 Macomb County Master Gardeners, Washington
  • Sept 9 Blue Heron Headwater LC, Clarkston
  • Sept 9 Berkley Env Adv Committee, Berkley Comm Center
  • Sept 9 & 16 Rochester Pollinators, Rochester Farmer’s Market
  • Sept 16 Friends of the St. Clair River, St Clair
  • Sept 17 Wildones Red Cedar Chapter, Lansing
  • Sept 17 Madison Heights Library, Madison Heights

Order Online for Delivery or pickup

East Michigan Native Plants, Durand

Feral Flora, Ann Arbor

Garden for Wildlife by NWF, Anywhere in the USA

Go Grow Plant Natives, Charlotte

Designs by Nature LLC, Laingsburg

Michiganese Natives, Novi

Detroit Wildflower Nursery, Farmington Hills

Announcing 2023 Native Garden Grants Available

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North Oakland Wild Ones (NOWO), Chapter of Wild Ones Native Plants

2023 NOWO Grant Program

Applications are being accepted for native plant project proposals 

             November 1, 2022 – February 15, 2023

Deadline Date Extended to Feb 15, 2023


More Info Here



Local Upcoming Events

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WAM – Wildflower Association of Michigan

36th Annual Michigan Native Plant Conference


Sunday March 5, 2023 Kellog Center, East Lansing MI

Registration link WAM Conference


FREE COLORING PAGES – Learn about Prairie Plants, Birds and Insects

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Introduction to the Wonderful World of Moths

(10) The Wonderful World of Moths – YouTube

View recording by Chicago Living Corridors – Barrington Area Library

Introduction to the Wonderful World of Moths.

Our presenter will be Lisa Maier

Many people think of moths as the lesser, dingy-looking cousins of butterflies. Moths are not only beautiful with thousands of different species to look for, but they also play extremely important roles in our ecosystems as pollinators and as food for other animals. Moth enthusiast Lisa Maier will introduce us to the wonderful world of moths, how to find them, how attract them to your yard and the import roles they play in the environment.

Lisa has always been a nature lover but developed a passion for moths from her love of birds and native plants and how they are all dependent on each other. She is currently Vice President of McHenry County Audubon Society, is a mentor for the Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee’s Natural Garden In Your Yard program and does wildlife monitoring for McHenry County Conservation District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Bird Conservation Network. Lisa has found nearly 80 species of moths in her yard and has searched for moths as far away as Central America




OSU Webinar Series – Free

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Sign up for The Ohio State University’s Free Webinar Series
Pollinator Habitat 101: An Introduction and Refresher.
These free webinars will run weekly through November 11th. All sessions are on Fridays at 9 a.m. CT and will last for approximately 60 minutes plus questions. You can register using the button below, otherwise all sessions will be recorded and can be accessed on Ohio State’s website:
10/14: Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware (recorded) 
Pollinators’ Best Hope: A New Approach to Pollinator Habitat That Starts in Your Yard 
10/21: Harland Patch, Penn State University (recorded)
Creating Pollinator Gardens: The Role of Plant Choice and Design 
10/28: Heather Holm, Author and Biologist 
Creating and Managing Habitat for Native Bees 
11/4: Matthew Shepherd, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation 
Deciding To Create a Pollinator Garden Is the Easy Step — What To Do Next? 
11/11: Shana Byrd, The Dawes Arboretum 
Getting Started with Wildflower Patches, Flower Strips, and Meadows 

Upcoming Native Plant Sales 2022- Detroit Area

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There are many other native plant sales locally. 

Check them out


_____________________________________Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

Native Plant Sale  August 20 – August 21

In-person sales 10:00am-8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am-4:30pm Sunday

1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States 
+ Google Map



Rochester Pollinators

 You can find the pre-order form here:


You will need to pick up your plants from us at the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market, either

Sept 10 & 17


Blue Heron Headwaters Land Conservancy

September 10 10am – 4pm

Native Plant Sale

Click here for plant list!

Neiman’s Family Market Lot, Clarkston MI


Plymouth Pollinators

SATURDAY Sept 10 AT 10 AM – 4 PM

Native Plant Sale

180 Adams St, Plymouth, MI 48170-1210, United States

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East Michigan Native Plants, LLC (  Mobile Sales



Saturday, Oct. 1st:
Durand, MI

Sunday, Oct. 2nd:
Durand, MI


SAVE THE DATE! October 1st 10AM – 1 PM, join Friends of the Rouge and Keep Growing Detroit for a farmer’s market-style gathering of Michigan native plant growers near Detroit’s Eastern Market.


Wildtype Native Plant Nursery

Thursday August 25 and Friday August 26 from 9AM to 4PM.

No appointment is needed on Saturday August 27.

Scheduling for the August public sale days will open August 11 at 9:00 AM through our website,


Past Programs

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Past Events

December – 

No events for the Chapter this month…

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🤝Wild Ones welcomes everyone on the path to living landscapes. Folks who are new to native plants and those with deep roots come together to share knowledge, skills and resources online and in local chapters.

Wild Ones currently has 76 chapters and 26 seedling chapters in 29 states!

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Native Plant Panel

November 16 at 7:00

(Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills)

Door open 6:45 PM, PROGRAM at 7:30 PM – Panel Discussion on All Things Native Landscapes
How to start a Native Plant Garden and what to put in it.  Sounds simple enough, and the best option is often just digging in.  But if you have some questions about this topic we’d like to offer you some answers.  North Oakland Wild Ones (NOWO) is part of a national native plant group.  At our next meeting we will feature a panel discussion to try to answer questions for you.  Our board consists of some very knowledgeable native plant enthusiasts who would be happy to do some research for questions sent to us prior to our meeting or answer questions impromptu.  [email protected] or through contact us page


October 19 at 7:00

Door open 6:45 PM, PROGRAM at 7:30 PM – ‘Plant This – Not That’
(Beauty AND Biodiversity – Native Plant Alternatives for Urban Landscapes) by Valerie Malaney. 
Valerie Malaney is passionate about using native plants and sustainable garden practices in urban environments to extend habitat connections vital to “Green Corridors”.  Valerie has a Master’s in Resource and Ecology Management from U of M and is also an MSU Conservation Steward, Pollinator Champion and Board Member of the North Oakland Wild Ones. She has been incorporating native plants into her yard for 20+ years with over 150+ native Michigan species.  We are losing biodiversity at an unsustainable rate! Plant choices matter! She believes we can make a difference whether it is with a single pot of plants, acres of restoration, or somewhere in-between.

October 23 – West Bloomfield Trick or Treat Trail


November Meeting Nov 23 – Panel Discussion on Gardening with Native Plants



September 21 at 7:00 (Wednesday) 

Monthly Meeting/Presentation

E. L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Are you thinking about planting a garden to help the environment?  One option to accomplish this goal is a Rain Garden.  Its’ purpose is to slow the flow of water to allow absorption and filtration.  When planted with native plants it helps sustain our native pollinators.  North Oakland Wild Ones (NOWO) is offering a program to help plan a Rain Garden.  Kaleigh Snoddy, Director of Education and Stewardship for the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) will speak on “Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels”.  The inclusion of rain barrels in the program is very timely considering our lack of rain.  Presentation is open to the public

September 25 at 2:00 PM (Sunday) 

Native Garden Walk around Rochester

Downtown Rochester

NOWO is also offering an opportunity to see some native gardens.  Rochester Pollinators currently has native gardens in the Rochester area.  Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 
Meet in the University and East Street parking lot.  We will walk 4 blocks south to the Rochester Fire Station garden, back past the parking lot and 1 block north to the Rochester Hills Public Library.  We can drive or walk to the Rochester Park garden, parking in the Pine Street lot.  Other gardens may be available.  “Experts” will be on hand and it is free and open to all.  For information on Rochester Pollinators see



August 6-7  Noon – 5PM NOWO will be at the Detroit Zoo Green Fest with Rochester Pollinators, Free with Zoo Admission GreenFest: Embrace Your Green Journey – Detroit Zoo

Aug 1310AM t0 2PM (Clarkston Area) Member walk of Native Gardens used in Residential Landscapes  – More Info to come out via email to members (Event is free, but members only) JOIN NOW

Aug 27  10AM 0 12 PM– NOWO will be at the West Bloomfield, Marshbank Park, Pollinator Festival – admission is free Pollinator Festival – West Bloomfield Parks (


June 15, 2022 7:oo – 8:00 PM E. L. Johnson Nature Center (JNC)

Lessons Learned – Introducing Biodiversity

Presenter: Dan Badgley, Retired Manager,

Walk of the JNC to see the restoration work in person

(This will be outdoors so plan for mosquito protection and the weather)



NOWO May Speaker Series – Lessons Learned Introducing Biodiversity

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Lessons Learned –

Introducing Biodiversity

Presenter: Dan Badgley, Retired Manager,

 E. L. Johnson Nature Center (JNC)

Learn about the trials and triumphs of changing from a sheep pasture to a jewel of a nature center.  Dan managed JNC for 40 years and has extensive knowledge of establishing native landscape with knowledge of value for individual gardeners to conservation managers.  The June meeting will be a follow-up walk illustrating the changes.  


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Location: E. L. Johnson Nature Center,

3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Doors open at 6:30 PM EST

Member Updates at 7:00 PM EST

Program starts at 7:30 PM EST


Note that our programs are open to the public free of charge, but if you are a member of Wild Ones, part of your membership fee returns to the local chapter and helps pay for our programs. Your membership affirms your own commitment to ecological landscaping practices.

NON-MEMBERS: We hope you become a member of Wild Ones with North Oakland as your local chapter. (