Where do our native plants come from?

Are we inadvertently destroying the Missouri native plant Space-Time Continuum?  (The last 3 words borrowed from Star Trek.)

Seriously, I wonder if we are introducing plants into our local gene pool that may change the genetic make-up of our local species. To prevent this, the source of origin should be as close to your yard as possible.

We all buy plants from local plant nurseries that grow native plants. We encourage them to grow them for us. It is certainly easier to buy full grown plants than to grow them ourselves. However, do we know where these nurseries get their seeds or cuttings?

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Missouri Native Grassland Conservation – Green Time TV

Green Time show 404, Missouri Native Grassland Conservation. Features local documentary about Missouri prairies and efforts at UMSL to recreate prairie areas. Don Fitz discusses prairies and their advantages with Jay Fish, of UMSL’s Campus Honors Environmental Research Program, and Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Jon Wingo. They discuss how preserving Missouri’s prairies means preserving the rich biodiversity of plant, insect, mammal and other life in the state.

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Landscape Challenge Winner Chosen

This year’s landscape challenge winner is a young couple with 3 small children living in the Normandy School District community of Pasadena Hills.  They have been in the house less than a year and had previously been in an apartment in the Chicago area for 6 years.

They are looking forward to making changes to their front yard.  The yews, all across the front of the house, will go!

home in Pasadena Hills

Planting date is September 22.  Mark your calendar!

by Ed Schmidt

Your Yard is Evil

by Jeanne Cablish

Here is a fun video on why we should not grow a lawn….he is partial to growing veggies….just substitute natives when he says veggies!   I enjoyed it, hope you do too!

Oh and the pictures shown here are of the 2010 Landscape Challenge yard this spring…. seems appropriate.  Click any thumbnail for a larger image, then click the enlarged picture to advance to the next.

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