FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020
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Elaine Krizenesky, National Office Director
Wild Ones is Awarded $19,000 Stanley Smith Trust Grant for
“Practical Garden Designs for Native Beauty” Project
NEENAH, WI – Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd., an environmental nonprofit, has received a $19,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Trust for a “Practical Garden Designs for Native Beauty” project. Wild Ones will work with regional Wild Ones chapter experts and contract with professional landscape designers to develop strong, localized and customizable native landscaping plans for six target eco-regions: Chattanooga, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Toledo, and St. Louis.
Wild Ones President, Rita Ulrich, explained, “The grant gives us a chance to help more property owners install beautiful landscapes using native plants. We know that many people would like to use native plants in their yards but aren’t sure what to buy and how to place the plants in a way that is visually appealing as well as beneficial to wildlife. This project will provide a straight-forward guide for selecting, laying out, and installing appropriate native plants in their yards. They can start digging knowing that they will end up with a landscape they, and their neighbors, love.”
Wild Ones will develop materials for distribution including a pamphlet, website, and a new web app that allows for easy information access. Wild Ones members will also provide advice and encouragement as people replace boring bushes and turf with these designs featuring art through nature.
Wild Ones’ mission is to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. Established in 1977, Wild Ones is a widely recognized voice for native plants and sustainable landscaping. It has 60 chapters representing 4,500 members in 18 states. Chapters use the extensive knowledge of their members to provide personalized support and free educational events for the public.