In the spring of 2015, after over a year of seeking permission from Brandeis University authorities, Eric Olson and a student ripped up about 600 square feet of dense grass sod on a sunny campus hillside and installed a wildflower meadow for pollinators. This was a first for Dr. Olson, and he was lucky, for in spite of setbacks and mistakes made, it worked. Key university faculty and administrators were so pleased with the result, they gave permission to convert the whole half-acre hillside (32 times the original area allowed) to "go wild" with wildflowers. It took longer than expected though, for even just the first small area to become what it is today. In his presentation, Olson will describe key meadow-making lessons learned and give tips on site prep, species selection, how to encourage plant establishment, and will show pictures of the spectacular result as of late summer of 2019.