Welcome to Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones Chapter! 
Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones has been a local chapter of Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd.a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization, since 1999.  So what is all of this really saying? Wild Ones educates people on the importance of native plants, for the health of the environment and everything living in it.  Wild Ones’ goal is to get more native plants in the ground in all landscapes – homes, businesses, schools, and along roadways. Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. In Cincinnati, we have supported this mission for over 20 years. For more information about the chapter visit any of our monthly programs, field trips or yard tours. They are free, informative, and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about native plants in natural landscapes. Be sure to join our email list for event updates (bottom of this page). For questions about the Cincinnati Chapter, email [email protected].

Understory winter annual Blue-Eyed Mary (Collinsia verna)
Photo: Kathy McDonald

Why Native Plants?
Native plants are those that evolved naturally in North America. More specifically, native plants in a particular area are those that were growing naturally in the area before humans introduced plants from distant places. In eastern and central North America, native plants typically grew in communities with species adapted to similar soil, moisture, and weather conditions. Wondering about Cultivars? Here is an article to help you decide.

Some of the widespread communities included oak-hickory-chestnut and beech-maple forests, tallgrass and shortgrass prairies, and freshwater marshes. Additional communities occupied specialized niches, including Savannah, fens, bogs, flood plains and alpine areas.

Why Join Wild Ones?
As a member you will: Receive the “Journal”,a quarterly newsletter published by NationalWild Ones; network with others in your local geographic area; attend educational programs, yard tours and field trips. And most importantly, be part of a national effort to educate and advocate the development of native plant communities.

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia. Artist Ann Geise.

By joining us, you will learn:

  • How to establish and maintain your new landscape
  • How you can make a difference at the “plant roots” level
  • About important native plant communities and relationships to all systems
  • How to provide valuable habitat for wildlife
  • How to combat invasive species using safe gardening practices
  • Identification and propagation of native plants in your area
  • How to build a community of support

Join the Movement!
Join a community of native plant enthusiasts – novices to experts – making a difference by establishing and preserving communities of native plants in home landscapes, schools, businesses, and communities. Help spread awareness and share knowledge about preserving, restoring, and establishing native plant communities to promote biodiversity through your own landscaping.  Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Go here for an online membership form: Membership Page