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FROM THE DIRECTOR Wylde Center’s Board of Directors recently had its annual retreat to kick off our work for 2019. I was asked to share the history of the organization from its inception in 1997 to the current day. I was not the only person in the room who was impressed by the growth and impact Wylde Center has had in the greater Atlanta area over its last 22 years. 2012 was a big year for us. It was when we changed our name from the Oakhurst Community Garden Project to Wylde Center. We added two gardens, Hawk Hollow (featured on page 5) and the Edgewood Community Learning Garden, doubling the number of gardens we managed. Our staff consisted of 12 people, a dramatic increase over the 1.5 staff positions, including myself, in 2005. Behind each historic moment is a story and I see now that digging into our history and pulling out the hidden gems is a project I am excited to work on this year and add to in the years to come. As I enter my 15th year of being involved with Wylde Center, I am more excited than ever before. I am so lucky to be able to work with a talented staff and board, have the loyal support from our community who believe in our impactful work, and fabulous partners who want our programs for their students and believe that everyone should have access to the natural greenspaces we provide. I am both humbled and exhilarated by how far we have all come together. Making Wylde history every day, Stephanie Van Parys Executive Director P.S. Please join me in welcoming our new board members Emily Gallagher, Caitlin Greene, Linda Sheffield, John Threadgill, Etosha Thurman, and Tonya Toland. A big thank you to the board members who rolled off in December for their years of service to the organization - Jim Bowman, Brandon Jones, Lynn Russell, and Kimberly Turquetil. 2
Hawk Hollow In The Winter
Gardens can be enjoyed all year long. Even when the earth is dormant, we will find that it really isn’t! A January morning stroll at Hawk Hollow reveals that there is always something to see and discover. Story and photos by Stephanie Van Parys
Tamara’s Favorite Plants
With so many native plants to choose from, Tamara had a hard time narrowing it down to the twelve she chose. What about the river birches or the swamp hibiscus? Next time! Story and photos by Tamara Jones
Field Trips Bat 3,000
Wylde Center hit a record number of field trip participants in 2018. Students are making a deeper connection to their classroom learning by going on a field trip to our gardens. Story by Sarah Dasher
2018 Donation List
The gifts, donations, and time we receive from our supporters allows Wylde Center to engage thousands of students in environmental education programs. It also allows us to cultivate our vibrant greenspaces and build community in the areas we serve. Thank you!
Front cover Crimson clover growing under blue skies at the Edgewood Community Learning Garden. Crimson clover is a winter cover crop that replenishes the nitrogen in the soil. Photo to the right Harvest day with our garden club at the Decatur Housing Authority yields a tub full of baby greens. Garden club members divide them up between the group to take to their apartments for several delicious meals.
OUR MISSION The mission of Wylde Center is to educate, cultivate greenspaces, and build community in the areas we serve.
Wylde Center was founded in 1997 by Sally Wylde and was known as the Oakhurst Community Garden Project. In 2012, the organization’s name was officially changed to Wylde Center. Board of Directors Todd Foreman, Chair Nicole Fehrenbach, Vice-Chair Adele Gipson, Treasurer Jenna Mobley, Secretary James Cobb • Emily Gallagher Caitlin Greene • Rick Kern • Beth Krebs Linda Sheffield • Brandon Tai • John Threadgill Etosha Thurman • Tonya Toland Wylde Center Staff Stephanie Van Parys - Executive Director Josh Daniel - Greenspace Director Allison Ericson - Education Director Jen Wassum - Development Director Neida Arrington – General & Operations Manager Christopher Aleman – Horticulturist Kristy Bible – Horticulturist Emily Brabeck- Plant Sale Coordinator & Farmer Sarah Dasher – Atlanta Farm to School Manager Thom Flynn – Educator Tamara Jones – Hawk Hollow Site Coordinator Blair Keenan – Foundation Relations Nichole Lupo – Decatur Farm to School Manager Charlee Martin – Lead Educator Tasj Mari Myers - Student Intern
Hours Wylde Center is open Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM Wylde Center garden sites are open daily from sun up to sun down. Wylde Center Greenspaces Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur Sugar Creek, 415 East Lake Drive, Decatur Hawk Hollow, 2304 1st Avenue, Atlanta Edgewood Community Learning Garden, 1503 Hardee Street Northeast, Atlanta Mulberry Fields, 1301 Iverson Street, Atlanta Follow Us on Social Media Twitter: @wylde_center Instagram: WyldeCenter Facebook: facebook.com/WyldeCenter Magazine and Photo Contributors Sarah Dasher, Tamara Jones, Rick Kern, Stephanie Van Parys (Editor) Wylde Center is a non-profit member and donor supported organization dedicated to environmental education, cultivating greenspaces, and building communities in the areas we serve. Membership to Wylde Center is open to all and accepted throughout the year. Members renew on an annual basis. Memberships are: Individual, $50; Family, $75; Supporting, $125; Sustaining, $250; Growing Circle, $500+. Member benefits include free and reduced entry to events and classes, discounts on garden rentals and camps, and special invites to member-only events. Wylde Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Memberships and donations are deductible in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code.
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STAFF PICK: FIELDS OF FARMERS BY JOEL SALATIN (2013) Josh Daniel, our Greenspace Director, is a voracious reader often picking up books precisely to learn new information. One such book is Field of Farmers by Joel Salatin, which Josh describes as a "very engaging read." Salatin farms in Virginia and is the author of several books that focus on farming and animal husbandry. Josh shares that the essence of the book is that it is a manual for growing future farmers. It gives you a detailed look at what it takes to run a successful farm and how to promote farming as an enterprise, a profession, and a way to better steward land. Josh's takeaway from the book is that “we should be managing every square inch of open space within our cities as places to grow food. Wylde Center needs to show the leadership on how to connect people to these places to grow food similar to our own farmer and CSA program." "The way to keep things up is to use them. Vacancies encourage deterioration. The land building needs to change with the times, to be used and retrofitted." - Joel Salatin Salatin’s quote is important to Josh since it ties back to Wylde Center’s mission of cultivating greenspaces. Instead of direlict land or a development, Wylde’s five greenspaces grow food, build habitat, educate, and provide places for the community to gather.
A view into the garden from one of the Hobbit houses reminds us that Hawk Hollow is located in an active floodplain. The soil gently absorbs more than 50 inches of rainfall each season. As a result, the plants chosen for Hawk Hollow are ones that thrive in this moist ecosystem.
A Winter View of
HAWK HOLLOW Wylde Centerâ€™s Native Garden
A walk through Hawk Hollow in the winter is an opportunity to look for the beauty in the details, to get up close to what is obvious, and to see elements that might be overlooked. Winter is a time to view a garden in a different season. Hawk Hollow is one of five greenspaces that Wylde Center manages. It is a half-acre park along the banks of Sugar Creek in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood. We added this garden to our organization in 2012 when it was donated to Wylde Center by a developer. With its stand of trees and floodplain situation, we knew immediately that we would plant and restore natives on the site. “Hawk Hollow differs from other Wylde Center gardens because it is an ongoing restoration of a floodplain ecosystem in an urban Atlanta neighborhood. We care for it as a fragment of our larger eastern deciduous forest system, and we use it to promote the relevance of what woodlands can mean for our population and how important it is to conserve them where we can.” --Josh Daniel, Greenspace Director Monarchs Across Georgia and the Atlanta Audubon Society have certified Hawk Hollow as a pollinator and bird habitat. These designations require a management strategy that continuously removes invasive species from the site, uses no pesticides or herbicides to treat plants or insects, provides blooming plants as food sources for wildlife, and ensures water and shelter are available for wildlife. Many birds, butterflies, insects, and other wildlife call Hawk Hollow home. We also see hawks, rabbits, snakes, and salamanders enjoying the unique eco-system. Hawk Hollow also attracts a diverse human group - native plant enthusiasts, dog walkers, parents with children, people who want a place to sit and relax, and school children on field trips. In 2018, every child from the City Schools of Decatur’s 4/5 Academy visited Hawk Hollow for a field trip – and they walked there. Hawk Hollow is located at 2304 1st Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30317. If you would like to spend the night in our Hobbit houses, reserve your date on AirBNB. 6
Hawk Hollow is home to many animals including salamanders, non-venomous snakes, fish, and crawfish. As the sign says, please look for them, but donâ€™t take them home! Hawk Hollow is the perfect spot to find beautiful patches of moss, made possible by the shade provided by the mature trees and the consistent soil moisture. Not all trees lose their leaves during the winter. The Ieaves of the Ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana) turn a golden brown and add a beautiful element to the winter garden.
The dried flower heads of the Ironweed (Vernonia sp.) provide a much needed food source for the birds. Birds are often found pecking the seeds out of dried flowers or using them as a safe perch before moving on.
The dry rock bed that leads to the creek is not always dry! After a rain, the water collects and slowly moves down to the creek.
The namesake tree of Hawk Hollow also offers a spot for moss to grow.
Stumps are used throughout the garden starting first as places to sit, and then showcasing how fungi slowly turn the log into soil. How high did the creek rise during the last big rain? High enough that one family canoed through Hawk Hollow! The debris left on the branches gives us a good idea of how high the water actually did rise.
Hawk Hollow is home to two Hobbit houses. They are a favorite gathering spot for visitors of all ages and are available for camp outs.
Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is a summer bloomer that likes full sun and may be the most dependable native you can add to your garden. In the summer, you will frequently find butterflies perched on the orange center. Or as captured in this photo, the vibrant pink flowerheads will rock back and forth under the weight of the bumblebees. It is always in the late summer when you wished you had planted a field of Echinacea when the gold finches swoop through to patiently eat the seeds from the spent coneflower.
TAMARAâ€™S FAVORITE HAWK HOLLOW NATIVE PLANTS At Hawk Hollow, Wylde Center has planted hundreds of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. In addition to being beautiful, the native plants are important for keeping insects, birds and other wildlife fed and sheltered. We asked Tamara Jones, our Site Coordinator (see profile on next page), to share with you some of her favorite native plants that are growing at Hawk Hollow. It was hard for her to choose since she has something great to say about every native plant she has added to the site.
Local Native Plant Sources Beech Hollow Farm Georgia State University Native Plant Botanical Garden Georgia Native Plant Society Plant Sale Fernbank Science Center Plant Sale Trees Atlanta Plant Sale Wylde Center Plant Sale 8
Tamara has planted butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, at Hawk Hollow precisely because it is an important migration plant for monarch butterflies. It blooms in the summer and has a beautiful orange bloom that attracts many beneficial insects.
Swamp sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius, enjoys growing in the sun. It is a tall plant that attracts bees and other insects. Tamara planted this particular sunflower because Hawk Hollow is a floodplain and this species does not mind the fluctuations in soil moisture.
Sweetshrub, Calycanthus floridus, is a spring blooming shrub that likes part shade and does well in most soils. This shrub is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring and produces beautiful burgundy flowers. The flowers attract insects that in turn attract birds. The shrub is also a good nesting site for birds.
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, is a summer wildflower that likes shade and moist soil. Hummingbirds are attracted to this flower. The neat thing about jewelweed at Hawk Hollow is that when the privet and wisteria were removed, this plant established a beautiful stand of flowers. The seed pods are also fun to pop!
Georgia aster, Symphyotrichum georgianum, is a rare species of flowering plants in the aster family. The large, vibrant bloom makes it a beauty in the fall garden and it is visited by butterflies, bees and other insects. There are many beautiful asters, but the Georgia aster bloom is the largest.
Bee balm, Monarda didyma is a summer blooming wildflower that likes to be in the sun. Tamara includes this plant because it is easy to grow and spreads on its own. It also attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The flowers add a very nice fun splash of deep red to Hawk Hollow and the leaves release the lovely bergamot smell when rubbed.
Passion flower, Passiflora incarnata, is a late summer to fall blooming vine that attracts the gulf fritillary butterfly. Tamara thinks the passion flower to be the most beautiful flower in the world! The leaves are covered with caterpillars in the fall. Give caution! Passion flower is an aggressive vine and at Hawk Hollow has been given its own trellis.
Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, attracts butterflies. It likes to grow in moist areas and is part shade to sun tolerant. This was an exciting plant to watch because the first year it was planted, a monarch caterpillar was found eating the leaves. Tamara encourages you to plant a lot of milkweed in your graden. You can never have enough!
Mountain mint, Pycnanthemum muticum, is a summer blooming plant that likes sun but can tolerate some shade. It does not have a showy flower, but it attracts more pollinators than any other plant in the garden. In the late summer, the flowers are covered with bees. It grows easily and spreads.
Cletha alnifolia or summersweet is a deciduous shrub that really enjoys the moist soils found at Hawk Hollow. In the summer the fragrant pink tinted flowers are covered with bees and butterflies. They are unique in that they bloom late summer in the shade. They are best when planted in a cluster.
Joe Pye weed, Eutrochium purpureum, is a fall blooming plant that likes full sun to part shade. In June, Joe Pye can be cut so it won’t grow as tall. Tamara includes this plant because it produces so many beautiful flowers. It is always a favorite with the butterflies including swallowtails.
Staff Profile Tamara Jones Hawk Hollow Site Coordinator since 2015 Gardening has always been a passion Tamara was recruited to work for Wylde Center in 2015 because we knew she was the perfect person to transform Hawk Hollow into a native garden. She was a committed member of the Decatur High School community garden before it was turned into a parking lot. She is also a member of the Audubon Society and the Georgia Native Plant Society. She became a master gardener in 2010. What Tamara loves best about her job is when people come to Hawk Hollow who have not been before. She introduces them to what is growing and living there. Tamara says, “I love it when kids come. They are always excited about learning about the animals and insects that live at Hawk Hollow.” Tamara hopes that the visitors will see how beautiful native plants are and include them in their own gardens no matter how small of an area. Even a deck or balcony can be converted to a native garden! “So many people don’t know about native plants and how to create habitat.” Tamara hopes to change that through her work at Hawk Hollow. - Stephanie Van Parys
Inspiring Young Environmentalists through Educational Field Trips Field trips to Wylde Center gardens now reach more students than ever before, reinforcing classroom standards and giving young learners the tools they need to become advocates for the environment.
In the 2017-18 school year, we welcomed over 3,000 students to three of our five Wylde Center greenspaces. Students came from several school districts: City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Public Schools, and Dekalb County Schools, as well as from several private and charter schools. On a Wylde Center field trip, students may learn about how plants and animals live, grow, and adapt at the Oakhurst Garden. They might meet our chickens, explore the stream, or take a peaceful stroll through the Wylde Woods, developing their observational skills. Or they may learn about how the forces of nature shape our world, like students from the 4/5 Academy do when they visit Hawk Hollow each year. At the Edgewood Community Learning Garden, we explore the opportunities that a garden ecosystem can offer in an urban environment. Each field trip to a Wylde Center greenspace provides an enrichment opportunity that expands on what students are already learning in the classroom, providing opportunities for students of all learning styles to engage with this content in a meaningful way. Wylde Center field trips also give students the intellectual and emotional tools they need to inherit the earth as the next generation of environmentalists. Outdoor education leads to better learning outcomes. Studies show that regular outdoor learning leads to better grades, improved focus and memory, and lower stress
levels in students who participate in them. According to one paper, students who studied an outdoor curriculum scored 70% higher in math, science, and attendance assessments than those who participated in a traditional curriculum. Another study showed that the positive effects of learning outside don’t stop once students are back in the classroom; teachers in this study reported that they could keep their students engaged twice as long after an outdoor lesson than they could teaching in a traditional classroom setting. Hands-on, outdoor lessons also offer an alternative learning model to students who may not thrive in classroom settings. Kinesthetic learners in particular benefit from activities like acting out concepts using their bodies, like we do when we teach first graders the parts of the plant through Plant Part Yoga. Students respond more positively to an outdoor learning environment which in turn leads to elevated outcomes Plus, learning outside also happens to be really, really fun. “This was the best field trip EVER!” We hear this all the time when we’re wrapping up our field trips. I’m not sure children know what to expect when the bus pulls up to the garden, but as soon as they start taking it all in, they excitedly start asking questions faster than we can answer them. By the time they’ve seen a real live chicken, watched a hawk snatch up its lunch, gotten up close and personal with worms, and have had a backstage view of the inner workings of a bee hive, they start wanting to know when they can come back.
This excitement is exactly why we love our jobs. While our objective is almost always to reinforce a standard taught in the classroom, we also want to instill a love of nature in every child we work with, because we know this is key to bringing up the next generation of environmental stewards. So while developing a new field trip we always come back to one question: “Is this going to be fun?”
Monarch magic One of my favorite topics to teach about is the magic and the plight of the monarch butterfly. I love teaching this lesson for a lot of reasons--it ties together some familiar concepts like migration, metamorphosis, food chains, pollution, and climate change, while showing how all these things interact in a way that is causing these incredible creatures to disappear at an alarming rate. Educationally, it’s a sound lesson (created by WC educator Charlee) that gives these classroom standards a real-world application. It also reaches students on an emotional level, and gives them a few concrete things they can do to help, which I hope teaches them compassion, empathy, and self responsibility.
Sarah Dasher Atlanta Schools Program Manager since 2016 My students teach me something new every day. Sarah Dasher started her career in marketing and communications. Looking for an opportunity that was more hands-on, she switched to FoodCorps Georgia for a year of teaching farm to school programs in the schools. She realized that she could turn this opportunity into a career and applied for an educator position at Wylde Center. Sarah now manages our relationship with Atlanta Public Schools and builds community around the Edgewood Community Learning Garden, where she is based. In addition to bringing programs and taste tests to schools, Sarah also hosts fun field trips at our Edgewood Garden reaching at least 1,000 students per year. Two days a week she offers an after school garden and cooking club for students who live in the neighborhood. Sarah likes the lifelong impact of her work. “I hope that I’m teaching children how to take to care of themselves and the planet, to have a respect for all living things, and to love being outside.” - Stephanie Van Parys 12
Top photo: Boots are an important part of field trips at Hawk Hollow allowing students to explore the creek. Middle photo: Students from the 4/5 Academy visit Hawk Hollow to learn more about the water cycle and water health through hands-on activities. Bottom photo: Fourth graders from Toomer Elementary dissect carnivorous pitcher plants during a field trip to the Edgewood Community Learning Garden. Previous page top photo: Allison Ericson, Wylde Center’s Education Director looks deeper into compost with students from SAND preschool. Previous page bottom photo: Students from Toomer Elementary are learning about the resources that go into producing food for a food system economics class during a field trip to the Edgewood Community Learning Garden.
The best part of this program is that it satisfies my own personal objective as an educator. The students have fun, work together, and interact with the environment while learning how to care for it in an uplifting way. Sure, we cover some pretty serious material, but we do it through a fun, interactive game that has them running around the garden, exploring the pond and the pollinator garden on their own, examining a monarch chrysalis, going down the slide, and even hanging out with the chickens. They beg to play the game over and over, and when it’s time to go back to school, they have a few more tools that will help them become better stewards of the earth. - Sarah Dasher Atlanta Schools Program Manager
How can my child participate in a Wylde Center field trip? We encourage you to go through your child’s school, scout group, or afterschool program to schedule a field trip. If your student attends a City School of Decatur, the good news is that they probably already know how to get in touch! To schedule a field trip to the Oakhurst Garden, Hawk Hollow, or Mulberry Fields: contact Allison Ericson, Education Director at email@example.com. To schedule a field trip to the Edgewood Community Learning Garden (Title I schools attend at no cost): contact Sarah Dasher, Atlanta Schools Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! Wylde Center depends on the support of donors and members like you. Wylde Center gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, organizations, and foundations whose generous contributions in 2018 provided the financial resources needed to engage in our vibrant programs at schools, with partners, and at our five greenspaces. GIFTS RECEIVED JANUARY 1-DECEMBER 31, 2018
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Blair Keenan Susan Keith Anna Kellogg Joseph L. Kelly Jack and Pat Kent Debby Kern Robert and Susannah Khayat Cece Kimble and Stephanie Saunders Susanne King Chelda Kondo Kim Koporc Karl and Cheryl Kortemeier Virginia Krawiec Walter and Sandra Kruger Ana and Klaudio Kucelin Cris and Don Lake Adina Langer and Matthew DeAngelis Mary Jane and John Leach Christopher Leerssen Denyse Levesque Lesley Lochridge Liz Love Tamara Lucas Sherrill W. Lunsford Nichole Lupo Catherine Lyman and Michael Fox Richard and Angie Maddox Monika Majors Nancy and Allen Manley Tim and Kathy Marker Janice Mason Emily Master Ellen Mathys John Maximuk John and Melinda McCuan Sarah Mcfarland Sandi McGriff Dana and Mac McKeever Denise McLaughlin Meghan McNulty Bill Mealor Cynthia Borden-Mercer Hallie Meushaw and Scott Bryant Peter and Sara Michelson Allison Miller Claire Miller Walter and Kimiko Miller Carin Molchan Elizabeth Moore Diane Moore Mary and Charlie Moran Monica Morgan Jackie and Geoff Mueller Laura Muhammad Jennifer G Mulle John Munz Jennifer Murphy Carol Napier Aimee and Scott Nash Andrew Navratil Gardner Neely Daphne G Neely Lauren Nehmer Sara Nessanbaum Lynne and Neil Norton Connor Odekirk Brenda and Mark Oprisch Elaina Ouimet Tom Painter and Carla Roncoli Shelley Parnes Bobbi and Joe Patterson Bobbie Paul Susan Pavlin Glenn and Jennifer Peake Alex Pearson Sally Peek Robert and Joanne Pemberton Gareth Perry Lawrence and Annika Perry Sarah Peterson and Joseph Lefrancois Jared Poley and Laura Carruth Nancy Porteous Amy Price Latasha Pride Leigh Priestley and Ninetta Violante Lisa and Jeremiah Provost
James Radford Brian Randall Jasmine Rasmussen Austin and Erin Ray A. Claire Reeve Andrew Reisinger Michelle Rice Sandy and Louis Rice Tamara Richards Ann Ritter and Bob Holmes Anita Roberts Amy Robinson Ruthann Rodekohr Matthew and Elizabeth Rose Amy Rowland Eileen Rumfelt Faith Russler Natasha Sanders Mark and Cynthia Sanders Polly Sattler Greg Sawicki and Katia Koelle Mary Schauer Brooke and Chris Schembri Julie Shaffer Kerri Shannon and Joe Younkins
Lisa Sharling Dawn Shipp Shirley Silver Katya Simkhovich Kenna Simmons Jenny Simmons Gail Smith Lauren Smith Chris and Carol Smith Kevin and Natalie Snedden Sharon Sonenblum and Jason Blumenkrantz Susan Sorensen Blair and Brian Soss Chrissy Spencer Shannon Sprinkle Jeanne Stahl Jeanette and Kiril Staikova Mary Starck Jeff and Cindy Stemple Samuel Stewart and Anita Tamirisa Ted Pettus and Amy Stout Annie Strahan Caroline Stubbs Seegar and Miki Swanson
Oakhurst Garden Children’s Area Gifts received January 1, 2017December 31, 2018 William and Cynthia Aldridge Stacey Marie Alston Kimberly Head Amos (2) Bailey Anderson and Scott Fairlee Thank you to the following donors Anonymous (3) Vanessa Askot who supported Wylde Center’s special projects in 2017 and 2018. Robby Astrove Gregg and Shirley Averett Amy Baden Children’s Play Area Steve and Darlene Barrett at Oakhurst Garden Rebecca Barron Two trees fell at our Oakhurst Kim Baskerville (2) Garden bisecting our cob playDeborah Baumgarten and E.J. Sadler Kay Beck house, crushing the fence, entry Bonnie Bellinger way, sandbox, and flower beds. Susan Hardwick Bess We are happy to report that our Kristy and Will Bible phase 1 of rebuilding the cobhouse Jessica Dean Boyd is almost done. We are now raising Sue Bresler funds to complete phase 2. Phase Nancy Brim and Peter Carnell 2 includes adding a slide and Lauren Brown Emilie and Charles Bryant (2) natural play elements, rebuilding Meredith Mlynar Burris the fence and entry arbor, and Jennifer Caracappa replanting the flower borders. Matt and Arlene Cauthorn Brian and Genia Cayce Children’s Play Area Lesley Chace and Peter Rinehart at Mulberry Fields Garden Teresa Cheshire and Jacob Ensign We have just begun to raise funds Bill and Lilabet Choate Joyce Yujong Choe to create a new children’s play Judy Collins (2) area at Mulberry Fields in the Hal and Anna Davis Atlanta neighborhood of Candler Kyla and Adrian Van Deusen Park. We are very grateful to the Vandy Vail-Dickson and Jim Dickson donors who have already stepped J. Walter Drake forward to support the effort. The Genia and Kip Duchon new children’s play area will inLeslie Erickson Cantrell Ann and Jim Eskew (2) clude a rain garden, opportunities Amy Evans to climb and explore, natural play Andrew Farkas structures, and a stage. Ryan and Sarah Florence Tayiba Garcia Sally Wylde Education Room Colin Garrett and Christina Phares at Oakhurst Garden Michael Gaslowitz Named in memory of our founder Allison Germaneso Dixon Patricia Gipson Sally Wylde, the front room at our Sudesh and Melissa Girdhari Oakhurst Garden Wylde Center Sara Gisler office is now complete and made Dana Goldman possible by the support from our David Gram donors. Visitors are welcome David and Heidi Grenda anytime during business hours to Brad and Lindsey Gross enjoy the turtle, books, microCraig and Jessica Hadley (2) Peter Helfrich and Angie Wynne (2) scope, an aquarium, and fun Rachel Henning and Gerry Cook natural items.
Anuj and Corie Tewari Todd and Mondie Tharp Carolyn and Leonard Thibadeau Deborah Timberlake Ben and Alisha Tischler Tracy Trentadue and James Monacell Teresa Tucker John and Mary Margaret Tuttle Kyla Van Deusen Anna Varela and James Salzer Julia Vastola Raye Ann Viers Ethel Jean Vigodsky Vera Vogt Elizabeth and Matthew Walker Sherry Wallace Heather Wallace Helen Ward Cynthia Warner Jen and Andy Wassum Steve and Andrea Watkins Greer L. Watson Tim Watts Rebecca and Jonathan Watts Hull Alison Weissinger
Suzanne Welander Gabriel Ramirez and Lisa Whittle Maureen Wilce Rhonda Wildman and Fred Conrad Steve and Laura Willard David and Catherine Williams Loren and Susan Williams Stacy Williams Jennifer Wilson Ralph Winter and Kenneth Fanning Elise Witt Tim Wood and Shana Wright Abby Workman Leisa and Lyman Wray Pam Wuichet Craig and Rosemary Yarwood Nicole and Joey Yates Derek and Jennifer Yeager John and Katharine Yntema
Alice Hickcox Heidi Hill JC Hines Michelle Hughes Laurie E. Ireland Julie Jones Boulee Nicole Kemper Susanne King Karl and Cheryl Kortemeier Walter and Sandra Kruger Mary Jane and John Leach Denyse Levesque Tobey and Kelly MacDonald Allen Mast and Dana Keener Mast Teresa McCrerey Wheat Sarah Mcfarland Michele Mergler Peggy Merriss (2) Anne and Juergen Meyer Peter and Sara Michelson Carin Molchan Sarah Moye Lauren Nehmer Erin O’Connell Linda Pace Shelley Parnes Emily Payne Stephen and Joy Provost (2) James Radford Jasmine Aleah Rasmussen Walter Reeves Jennifer Richie Michael Saterman Clare and Jay Schexnyder Michael and Heather Silver Rita Sislen Megan Sovern Holly Spalding Shannon Sprinkle (2) Megan Swett and Amanda Styles Amy and Mark Swank (2) Anuj and Corie Tewari Tracy Trentadue and James Monacell John and Mary Margaret Tuttle Wendy Vance Raye Ann Viers Patrick Walker Theresa Ward Summer Watt Jennifer Whitfield Laura Willard John and Katherine Yntema
Jesse and Richard Bathrick Susan Hardwick Bess Doug and Angie Brandenburg Nancy Brim and Peter Carnell Fred Conrad Ann and Jim Eskew Andrew Farkas Ollie Green Brad and Lindsey Gross Carolyn Guard Rachel Henning and Gerry Cook Laurie E. Ireland Van and Amy Jensen Brandon and Carlie Jones Mary Jane and John Leach John Maximuk Aimee and Scott Nash Linda Pace Sudha Reddy Tom Painter and Carla Roncoli Brittany Schwartzwald Linda J. Sheffield (2) Erin Smith Samuel Stewart and Anita Tamirisa Kyla and Adrian Van Deusen Jen and Andy Wassum
Mulberry Fields Children’s Play Area Gifts received January 1December 31, 2018 Stacey Marie Alston Kimberly Head Amos
Sally Wylde Education Room Gifts received January 1December 31, 2018 Kimberly Head Amos Amy Baden Jennifer Caracappa Mindy Carty Joanna Colrain Nancy Eilen Jody and Cynthia Hatcher Peter Helfrich and Angie Wynne Suzahn Huffman-Donaldson Kevin Jeselnik Lauri Anne Jones Susanne King Karl and Cheryl Kortemeier Walter and Sandra Kruger Mary Jane and John Leach Elizabeth Lide and Paul Kayhart Mary Helen Ramsay McWhirter Stephen and Joy Provost Walter Reeves (2) Ann Ritter and Bob Holmes Rita Sislen Susan Taylor and Daphne Hall Nicole Fehrenbach and Leif Terry Tonya Toland
435 Oakview Road Decatur, GA 30030 404.371.1920 WyldeCenter.org
UPCOMING WYLDE EVENTS
Wylde Plant Sale
Wylde Garden Tour
Spring Garden - Starting March 1, Wylde Center will have at its Oakhurst Garden location transplants for your spring garden including lettuce, kale, broccoli, Asian greens, peas, and more!
Wylde Centerâ€™s annual garden tour continues this spring on May 4 and 5 featuring 15 beautiful private gardens in both Atlanta and Decatur.
Summer Garden - Save the date for our Plant Sale Festival weekend April 12-14 (Member Preview April 11). You will find more than 200 varieties of vegetables for your summer garden including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, beans, and so much more. We will also have a big selection of herbs, perennials, and native plants. WyldeCenter.org/Wylde-Plant-Sale/
Donâ€™t miss this stunning tour that includes transformed front yards, terraced backyards, jewelbox size intown gardens, a private arboretum, and so much more. You are guaranteed to leave each garden inspired with at least one idea to incorporate into your own garden. Volunteer and you will receive a free ticket to the tour. WyldeCenter.org/Wylde-Garden-Tour/
Wylde Center's Quarterly Update Features: Staff Book Review Hawk Hollow in the Winter Photo Essay Staff Spotlights Tamara's Favorite Native...
Published on Mar 7, 2019
Wylde Center's Quarterly Update Features: Staff Book Review Hawk Hollow in the Winter Photo Essay Staff Spotlights Tamara's Favorite Native...