The 2012 Grow Native! Landscape Challenge will occur in the Normandy School District.
If you live in the Normandy School District and want help incorporating native plants in your front yard, you are eligible to apply. Print, complete and mail the application form by May 25, 2012.
Read more about the Grow Native! Landscape Challenge.
by Betty Struckhoff
Strolling in the woods on Saturday, I spotted an delightful yellow bloom with waxy leaves in a low area not far from a creek. It may or may not be a native plant. Here is a photo:
Can anyone tell me what it is?
There will be a 2-day workshop at Powder Valley Nature Center on invasive plants.
Aquatic and wetland species will be covered on May 16th and terrestrial species on May 17th. You can register for one or both days.
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by Betty Struckhoff
At our chapter’s monthly meeting on March 7, a guest who is very active in the retail nursery community raised an interesting question. He noted that the hottest thing in the nursery business right now is planting for edibles. He would like to see native landscaping become just as hot. His question: Is there any evidence that a native landscape will support an edible garden?
I went home and decided to unwind by re-reading part of Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home. There was an answer right in Chapter 8 — Creating Balanced Communities. A native landscape will create a system of predators for common pests in vegetable gardens, such as the tobacco hornworm, which attacks tomato plants. Parasitic braconid wasps will attack and kill hornworms. But they won’t be around for the first generation of hornworms unless other prey are nearby — such as the Pandora sphinx larva. To help create this natural community, plant a native landscape!
Does anyone have other examples of how natives can support an edible garden? What about pollinators?
The native landscaping workshop, co-sponsored by Wild Ones, is Saturday, March 31 at Powder Valley Nature Center. Cost is $15, which includes a buffet lunch. To register, call 314-301-1500.
Workshop schedule (updated 3/27)
On February 24, Ed Schmidt, Scott Woodbury, and a crew from St. Louis County Government seeded native plants onto five lots the county had cleared of abandoned homes in the Castle Point area of North County.
Scott Woodbury, Ed Schmidt and workers from St Louis County Government