By Susan Lanigan
Thanks to all of you for your hard work on the Crossroads rain garden! The garden is beautiful in the sunshine and I always take a few minutes to admire it. Last week was the perfect time to capture the garden at work. I thought you might enjoy seeing how the garden transforms in a rainstorm so I’m attaching a photo.
St. Louis area residents who have had a landscape survey as part of the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home (BCH) program received recommendations on how they can incorporate native plants in their yards and improve animal habitat. Now, they may be eligible to apply for help to implement some of those recommendations.
This year’s Landscape Challenge is open to BCH participants in St. Louis City and County who live outside the Deer Creek Watershed. One lucky homeowner will be selected for a front yard native landscape makeover. The sponsors will provide the services of a professional native landscape designer and volunteers to install the landscape. The sponsors also will provide native plants and other landscape materials.
By Ed Schmidt
Saturday, April 6, six Wild Ones members joined parents, faculty and a few students to refurbish a large rain garden planting under the direction of Scott Woodbury at Crossroads College Preparatory School on DeBaliviere in St. Louis.
The rain garden was first installed in 2009, and was one of the first institutional rain gardens to be constructed under the guidance of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). Four large downspouts bring water from the roof of a school addition into the garden. An overflow takes water into the sewer system if it gets more than a foot deep in the garden. The refurbishing consisted of weeding, planting, and mulching. St. Louis Wild Ones donated $560 for plants under its school grant program.
The April edition of the Native Plant School newsletter is out. Topics include:
- Eat Your Weedies! Native Edible Greens
- Native Plant Highlight: Texas greeneyes (Berlandiera texana)
- Gardening and Planting Tips
- How to make the most of the Shaw Wildflower Market
- Explore the Natural World at Home
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By Nan & Neil Adams
Heartland Prairie tours
The Nature Institute is offering tours at Heartland Prairie, near Alton (Google map) on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in April, May and June (April 16 & 30, May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25).
The tours are from 5:30-6:30 pm and will focus on spring flowers and spring migrants. Bring a plant book and/or binoculars if possible. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
At 5:00 before the tours, there will be a short, hands-on class explaining how to start and maintain a prairie. The class will focus on identifying native plants and eliminating invasives. Bring questions, protective gloves and clippers if possible.
For more information, visit The Nature Institute website.
From Peter VanLinn III, Park Ecologist, Forest Park Forever
Forest Park Forever is offering a series of walking tours in Forest Park:
- Free to the Public
- Hour-long behind-the-scenes tours lead by Forest Park Forever Staff
- Bring family, friends & leashed pets
- Please have all members of group ready to begin at time of tour
- Pace is leisurely, covers up to 1½ miles
- Reservations not required
- Dress appropriately for inclement weather (may be cancelled in severe weather)
Membership Chair Betty Stuckhoff welcomed thirty-two members and guests at The Heights community center of Richmond Heights.
Announcements and Volunteer Opportunities
St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park – April 21
Seedling wrapping – April 20
Fran Glass circulated volunteer sign-up sheets to staff our educational booth at the Festival and for wrapping MDC seedlings to give-away.
We need plastic newspaper sleeves to wrap 400 Missouri Department of Conservation seedlings. Please bring them to the April meeting.