Spring Ephemerals in Bloom and Native Plant Exchange

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Date(s) - 05/21/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Aman Park


Spring Ephemerals in Bloom
Presented by RCWO Members, Amy Heilman and Tammy Lundeen

It’s that time of the year that all Wild Ones live for—spring ephemerals! Join us for a hike at Aman Park to experience a carpet of trillium and other spring favorites.


Annual Native Plant Exchange
Bring favorite native plants from your yard to share with your fellow Wild Ones and take some home for yourself. All plants are FREE!

Native Plant Exchange Rules of Etiquette: 
The purpose of the Plant Exchange is to foster natural landscaping with native plants. Please bring plants to share from your garden that you know to be true native species, please no invasive exotics!

  • Respect Plants – Plants may not get planted immediately, pot them up well so they can survive.
  • Please provide species labels for the transplants and label them with moisture/sun requirements.
  • Respect Yourself – Just starting out? Don’t have plants to bring? Of course you may still take plants! In fact, that is one of the main purposes of the Plant Exchange. We all had to get started somehow, and when native plants start doing really well in your yard, bring some back to share. It is the “Plant It Forward” concept!
  • Respect Others – If there are only a few pots of a particular species, please take only one so that others may have a chance to get one too. 

Bio: Amy Heilman – Owner, The Living Garden/Certified Landscape Designer
Amy Heilman has been designing and implementing gardens for over 15 years and her business “The Living Garden” specializes in creating gardens of function and beauty using native plant species. 

A Michigan native, she learned to love the outdoors and its many ecosystems while living and working in the Upper Peninsula for 20 years. There she earned degrees in Natural Resource Management and Biology and worked in Fire Management for the Department of Natural Resources. 

A move to coastal California provided her work experience in native plant nursery operations and landscape restoration. After earning a degree in Landscape Horticulture in 2001, she began the garden design business she enjoys to this day. 

She volunteers her time with several environmental organizations including River City Wild Ones, (Past President and current Garden Chair) West Michigan Land Conservancy, Kent/MSU Master Naturalists and the West Michigan Conservation Network.

Bio: Tammy Lundeen – Owner, She Is Growing Wild/Licensed Grower
This Michigan native has been an avid gardener since childhood. Now a state licensed and inspected grower, she has been growing native forbs and grasses locally for more than 15 years. Her Advanced Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs were completed in 2000 and 2005 respectively.

The decision to propagate her own plants came while working on restoration projects on both her own 6 acres and for the Izaak Walton League, a project she spearheaded. She is an active member of and/or frequent volunteer for the MSUE Master Gardener program, Dwight Lydell Chapter-Izaak Walton League, River City Wild Ones, Wildflower Association of MI and the Kent County Parks system.

She Is Growing Wild sells and has also contributed over 80 Michigan native species to both the green industry and groups or individuals embracing the native ethic and it’s value.

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