MDC native plant workshops

Missouri Department of Conservation logoThe Missouri Department of Conservation is offering several workshops on native plants in February.  All workshops are free, but registration is required.  Call the facility after Feb. 1.

Wild Ones joins BiodiverseCity initiative

Monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a New England Aster.

Monarch butterfly sipping nectar from a New England Aster.

St. Louis Wild Ones has joined the list of Community Sponsors of BiodiverseCity, an initiative of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The effort is meant to be “a community initiative to promote, protect and plan for biodiversity throughout the Greater St. Louis Region.”

To learn more, see the article in the most recent issue of the Missouri Botanical Garden Bulletin (15MB PDF – article begins on page 8), or visit the BiodiverseCity St. Louis website.

Children, monarchs, and Wild Ones volunteers

Bob Siemer at the monarch display for Rockwood's Nature Night

Bob Siemer at the monarch display for Rockwood’s Nature Night

Nature Night at the Center for Creative Learning in Rockwood School District was a recent event for second grade students who had been studying nature and would be designing a Play Naturescape that could be put in their own back yards.

Wild Ones members Ann Early and Bob Siemer set up a display to help the children and their families learn the importance of native plants and wildflowers.  Ann is the St. Louis chapter liaison to national Wild Ones for the Wild for Monarchs campaign, so naturally there was a lot of talk about monarchs.

Tabling events to spread the word about the virtues of growing native plants ranked second in importance (community yard tours was first) in the recent member survey.  It looks like we are off to a great start!

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Rainscape Rebate Program offers additional incentives

Rain garden with standing waterFor a limited time, the Missouri Botanical Garden is offering a RainScaping Prize Drawing. Visit by February 11, 2014 to enter. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate for Shaw Nature Reserve’s Spring Wildflower Market in May, and five other prizes valued from $350 to $1,000.

In addition, landowners in 19 participating municipalities, including residents, schools, churches, and businesses are eligible to take part in a RainScape Rebates Program. This voluntary program financially assists landowners in and near the Deer Creek Watershed wishing to landscape their yards to improve stormwater management. Rebates of up to $2,000 are available,and the application deadline is February 12, 2014. Visit the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance website to learn more.

Partners for Native Landscaping workshop – registration open (and required)

Flyer for the 2014 Partners for Native Landscaping workshopThis year’s Partners for Native Landscaping workshop has been expanded, and features Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home.”

On Friday evening, March 21, Doug Tallamy will give a talk designed for continuing native gardeners on the topic “Your Role in Building Biological Corridors: Networks for Life.”  A reception with light snacks and cash bar will follow Doug’s talk.  Tallamy’s, Bringing Nature Home, will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The cost for Friday’s event is $30. View the flyer.

Saturday features an all day, in-depth workshop for homeowners.  Doug Tallamy and other speakers will provide information and resources on how to landscape with native plants to create healthier communities. Lunch is included, and attendees will receive a free native landscape guide ($5 value).  Native plants will be available for purchase. The cost for Saturday is $25. View the flyer.

Advance registration and payment are required for both events this year. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Registration deadline is March 12, but earlier registration is encouraged as space is limited.

To register for one or both events, visit the St. Louis Audubon Society website.

Native plants in snow

By Betty Struckhoff

I hope some of you enjoyed Ed’s recent post of Wildflowers in Snow as much as I did.  If you would like to try some new stumpers, here are photos I took on January 9, 2014.

I will admit that I would be stumped by some of these if I hadn’t taken the pictures. If you can get three or four right, I think you’re doing well.  I’ll post the answers next Sunday, Jan. 19.

There’s always something going on in the garden!

Ever-green plants

By Kathy Bildner

I am interested in native plants that stay green all winter. These are two that are still green in my yard. I know there are others underneath the snow.

Has anyone else noticed things that stay green?