Upcoming educational opportunities

ButterflyHere are some upcoming workshops as we wait for warmer weather:

Are Your Trees 100 Years Old? – Saturday, Jan. 26 (and again Feb. 9) at 11:30 AM at THE HEIGHTS
Learn how to discover the species and age of the trees in your yard and neighborhood. Michael P. Walsh, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, will lead this brief seminar.
Sponsored by Friends of the City of Richmond Heights as part of Richmond Heights’ 100th Birthday celebration

Starting Native Plants from Seed – for ages 10 and up.  Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10–11:30 AM at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.  Reservations begin Feb. 2.

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St. Louis County RainScape Rebates now available

stormwater-runoffCombating stormwater runoff in west St. Louis County just got easier.  Residents, schools, churches, businesses, and parks in fourteen participating municipalities can now apply for RainScape Rebates of up to $2,000 to improve their yards with rain gardens, trees and shrubs, soil amendments, or rain barrels, etc.

The purpose of this program is to help minimize stormwater runoff, reduce flooding problems, and improve water quality within the Deer Creek Watershed.  Take full advantage of this opportunity to upgrade your landscape, increase habitat for birds and pollinators, and improve property value!  Application deadline is March 1.

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Meet the Wild Ones – Margy Terpstra

 By Amy Redfield

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Margy on her back porch, overlooking the trees full of birds

Margy Terpstra’s second home was bought for a song – bird song, that is. She and her husband passed right through the lovely two-story colonial to the back deck, heard the birds singing, took in the mature trees sure to lure migratory birds, and said “sold.”

Margy’s love of nature began in childhood, fed by a Native American neighbor who introduced Margy to rambling through the woods and locating pipsissewa (what kid doesn’t love learning a word like that?!). Not one to be daunted by a challenge or inclined to do things by half measures, Margy threw herself into gardening as she raised her children. When the growing black walnut tree became toxic to the vegetable garden and the squirrels made off with what tomatoes did grow, she naturally transitioned to herbs, with the resulting garden being featured in Better Homes & Gardens.

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2nd annual native landscaping workshop

Flyer for the 2013 Partners for Native Landscaping workshopAfter last year’s successful Native Landscaping workshop, the partner organizations have decided to hold it again.  This year’s workshop will be Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Powder Valley Nature Center.  Registration is $20, and includes lunch and a guide to landscaping with native plants.  You can register online or download the PDF (300 KB).

This in-depth workshop is designed for homeowners and beginning gardeners. It offers information and resources on how to landscape with native plants to create greener communities.

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