Proud to announce the Slate of Officers for Wild Ones Mid-South 2022-23:
President: Jill Maybry, current Curator of the Pollinator and Delta Gardens at Memphis Botanic Garden, formerly worked for 10 years as Lead Horticulturist at the Memphis Zoo, after 2 years as the zoo’s Greenhouse Manager and Plant Sale Manager.
Vice President: Anne Ballentine, President of Memphis Horticulture Society, formally with Lichterman Nature Center for 7 years in the Native Plant Propagation Center.
Recording Secretary: Steve Sheer, retired from IRS, Former President of Memphis Horticulture Society, Master Gardener, Chairman of MG Youth Camp, volunteers at Chucalissa, MBG, Strawberry Plains and MOSH.
Corresponding Secretary: Susan Mekeel, taught for 14 years in the Shelby County school system and is now a stay at home mom to Mary Margaret. She is an active member and volunteer of Wild Ones Midsouth.
Treasurer: Madison May Carmack, Founder of our chapter last year and served as President. Master Gardener, certified Naturalist, Retired from FEDEX and retail sales.
Website: Haley Kirksey Graham, Digital Designer, Master Gardener.
Advisor: Suzy Askew, charter member of Wild Ones Midsouth. Retired garden designer, author of Native Plants of Tennessee: A Book of List. Board Member of TN Native Plant Society, Vice President of TN Federation of Garden Clubs, Chairman of 67th Conservation Camp Oct. 2022.
We thank those who have served on our initial board this first year: Dana Sanders, Christine Conley, and Marcelle Saunders. With Covid it was a bumpy year but we can only look forward to this one! We need predictable, simple, diverse activities that partner with other organizations to promote native plants.