Two more area native-plant sales

Two more chances to pick up native plants for Spring!

Missouri Prairie Foundation logoSaturday, May 3, 9 am – 3 pm, at Whole Foods Market in Town & Country (1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive). A bountiful selection of native perennials, grasses, sedges, vines, shrubs, and trees supplied by Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the conservation work of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Logo of the Sierra Club's Shawnee Group of Southern IllinoisSaturday, May 17, 8 am – 2 pm, at the Town Square Pavilion in Carbondale, IL (100 North Illinois Avenue, near the intersections of US 51 North and Hwy. 13 West). The Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club will hold a native plant sale with around 1000 plants, very affordably priced, of many species native to southern Illinois – perennial wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and vines for shade and sun, as well as plants for rain gardens (moist to wet soil). For further information, contact plant sale coordinator Helen Ashraf at hlashraf[at]

The polar vortex versus the emerald ash borer

By Nellie Brown

In the past few months, several news outlets have suggested that this winter’s frigid arctic blasts (also known as the polar vortex) may stop or at least slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB). A recent study in Minnesota exposed emerald ash borer larvae to extremely cold temperatures, and they died. However, the larvae in this experiment were exposed to the extreme cold without any gradual acclimatization.

That’s very different from the way insects in nature go through winter. Many insect species in temperate climates, including much of the U.S., undergo a phase called diapause. Diapause, which is similar to hibernation in mammals, is a state of physiological rest where the insect can tolerate environmental extremes such as severe cold or very dry conditions. The insect doesn’t eat, drink, move, or do much of anything.

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Master Gardener plant sale April 25-28

Overcrowded seedlings of Cardinal Flower

Germination sensation! Note to self — spread Cardinal Flower seeds more finely next year.

by Betty Struckhoff

Spring is here, and many of you may be itching to add more native plants to your yard. Of course, the wonderful Shaw Nature Reserve plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend is already on your calendar. But if you want plants before then, come to the Master Gardener plant sale.

The sale will start Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m. and the final opportunity to buy will be Monday, April 28 before 6 p.m. For details on hours and location, visit the Master Gardener website.

Along with lots of tropical plants, annuals and vegetables the sale will include a wide selection of native plants, many of them propagated from seed collected at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. They include Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed), Ratibida pinnata (Gray-headed Coneflower), Heuchera richardsonii (Alumroot), Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod), New England Aster and many more.

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Wild Ones co-sponsors new series at SNR

People on a wildflower tour in the woodsCome join us for the Friday Greener Garden Series in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve! New in 2014, this series provides an exciting opportunity to learn about native plants and native landscaping.

Participate in round-table discussions and tours led by experts from Shaw Nature Reserve, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and Wild Ones. Buy plants and seeds from local nurseries, and enjoy the company of your fellow gardeners and plant enthusiasts in an informal outdoor setting.

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March meeting minutes

Attendees at the March 2014 Wild Ones meetingThis month we hosted a joint meeting with the Richmond Heights Garden Club. Twenty-eight Wild Ones members and guests too numerous to count filled a large meeting room at The Heights Community Center in Richmond Heights.

Wild Ones and the Richmond Heights Garden Club are both sponsoring a planting project in Dogtown. The project is a Native Demonstration Garden at Tamm and Clayton Avenues. Kate Lovelady announced that Dogtown’s Eco-Village members, who promote sustainable living, will plant and maintain the garden. Wild Ones granted funds for landscape designer Jeanne Cablish to prepare the garden design. Richmond Heights Garden Club will fund the plants. Donations of extra native plants from members’ yards are also welcome.

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