Native landscaping classes with Dave Tylka

Dave Tylka photographing wildflowersLong-time Wild Ones member and author, Dave Tylka is teaching a series of classes on landscaping with native plants at the Missouri Botanical Garden:

Cost per class is $28 for members, $34 for non-members.
Click the hyperlinks above for more information or to register.

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More native plant workshops this spring

It seems like landscaping with native plants is becoming increasingly popular. Registration for recent workshops has filled up quickly. Fortunately, we’ve learned about more workshops.

Bee balm and coneflower. Photo by Betty Hall.

Photo by Betty Hall

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Native Plants for Homeowners
Rockwoods Reservation
Reservations required. Call (636) 458-2236 beginning Feb. 20.

(Adults) Are you new to native plants but not sure where to start? Naturally resilient native grasses, sedges, flowers, shrubs, vines, and trees are great for home landscaping. Solve common gardening problems and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Learn landscape design ideas, plant sources, and techniques to identify and propagate home native plants. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting. Please dress for the weather to visit the outdoor native gardens.

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Resource list – your suggestions requested

By Kathy Bildner

Books on native plantsI am putting together a list of resources to share with schools that apply for our grants, and I’d like your help. As requested, several Wild Ones members sent suggested resources – listed below.

This is a great list, and I plan to keep adding to it. However, it can be overwhelming for teachers. I’d like to create a short list of 5 books, 5 web sites and 5 places to buy plants.

My 5 first choices are at the top of each list. Please leave your comments with suggestions for different priorities, or other resources to add.

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New rainscaping grants from MSD

MSD's Project Clear rainscaping focus area

Rainscaping focus area – in green

Project Clear is a program by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to improve water quality. The Rainscaping Program is focused on the area that drains directly to the Mississippi River.

The Rainscaping Small Grants Program is designed to encourage landowners in the Rainscaping Focus Area to use simple techniques on their properties to reduce the impact of storm water on the sewer system. Rainscaping techniques can include features such as rain gardens, bioretention cells, pervious pavement, green roofs, etc. Rainscaping features are designed to slow down, soak up, and reuse the rain water before it gets to the sewer.

Approved applicants will be granted up to $3,000 to add rainscaping features to their properties. There will be between 40 to 50 individual grants available. All landowners/applicants must be in the designated Rainscaping Focus Area and attend a Small Grants Workshop. All workshops will be held at MSD’s administrative offices. Applications will be accepted from February 6 through March 20, 2015.

To learn more about the program download the brochure (600 KB PDF), or visit the Rainscaping Small Grants web page for all of the documents, including an application.

February meeting minutes


Susan McCrary from the Metropolitan Sewer District speaking to Wild Ones at the February 2015 meeting

Susan McCrary speaking about MSD’s Project Clear

Susan McCrary, Principal Engineer Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, presented MSD’s Project Clear, a stormwater management project that involves the creation of rain gardens and related features. The project’s goal is to manage stormwater as close as possible to its source. Sixteen members and two guests attended the presentation at The Heights community center of Richmond Heights.

Brian Hall summarized the Project Clear program in this blog post.

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Yet another learning opportunity — rain gardens

Editor’s note: we just learned that both workshops are already full. We’re glad there’s so much interest in rain gardens, and we’ll let you know about future opportunities.

A residential raingarden

A residential rain garden

By Betty Struckhoff

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about native landscaping from one of the most knowledgeable people in our area. On Wednesday, February 25, our own Scott Woodbury, Curator of native plants at Shaw Nature Reserve, will present the first in a series of hands-on workshops on Rainscaping: Designing for Easier Maintenance. This series is sponsored by the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance.

Raingardens are a perfect technique to reduce stormwater runoff while attracting butterflies and other native wildlife.

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Campbell Montessori School grant application

Proposed site of a butterfly garden outside the classroom window

Planned location for the butterfly garden outside the classroom window

By Kathy Bildner

On Jan. 29, Wild Ones representatives Kathy Bildner, Ann Rankin Horton and Marsha Gebhardt visited the Campbell Montessori School in St. Charles.

The students from the school filled out a grant application for the national Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program. They are requesting $191.14 from Wild Ones to pay for a butterfly garden. They plan to construct it this spring on a hill outside their classroom window.

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