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.

This summer, Wild Ones is actively recruiting a new leadership team from Greater Cincinnati’s robust membership!

After years of dedicated service, Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s board has retired. We want to thank the outgoing board for their service and acknowledge the dedication of former chapter president Christine McCullough, who guided the chapter for many years.

Lacking active leadership, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter will dissolve, and members will be invited to join neighboring chapters in Dayton or Columbus Ohio, or Lexington or Louisville Kentucky, or they will be designated as Wild Ones Partners At Large. To avert dissolution and relaunch the chapter, we are looking for volunteers to connect with chapter members, determine the chapter’s direction and coordinate local programs and activities, public outreach and volunteer opportunities.

Join the conversation to kickstart new leadership and plan upcoming chapter events at the Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones Chapter Relaunch Discussion on Wednesday evening June 22nd from 6-7:30pm Eastern Time. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

To join the Wild Ones Greater Cincinnati Chapter, click the button at the 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 links to view the Wild Ones Journal, a quarterly newsletter published by Wild Ones; network with others in your local geographic area; attend educational programs, yard tours and field trips. And most importantly, you will be part of a national effort to educate and advocate the development of native plant communities.

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].