Honeysuckle removal at Emmenegger Nature Park

By Alan Hopefl

White and orange flowers on bush honeysuckle

Blooming honeysuckle is attractive, but unhealthy for other plants and animals

The Kirkwood Parks Department has made significant progress removing bush honeysuckle from Emmenegger Nature Park, but there’s still more to do and they’d like your help.

What: Bush honeysuckle removal
When: Saturday, May 2nd, 9 AM to noon
Where: Emmenegger Nature Park, 11991 Stoneywood Dr, 63122 (Google map); meet at the kiosk by the creek.
Who: Family-friendly event; persons under 18 must have parental signature on waiver
What to bring: Work gloves, eye protection, and saw/loppers. The Kirkwood Parks Department will have water, light snacks, and other tools as needed.
Questions? Contact Kirkwood Parks Horticulturist Pete Laufersweiler at 314-984-6981 or lauferpj@kirkwoodmo.org

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Talking Natives at Sugar Creek Gardens

By Betty Struckhoff

Two people at table with native plant resources

Meg Bergen and Linda Tatum ready to talk natives at Sugar Creek Gardens

On Saturday, April 11, seven Wild Ones members enjoyed talking with customers at Sugar Creek Gardens in Kirkwood, our newest Wild Ones business member in St. Louis.

My favorite conversation was with a young man who has recently purchased a home in nearby Rock Hill. He remembers his late grandfather’s interest in gardening, and plans to carry the tradition forward using mostly natives and maybe creating a rain garden.

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St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour – Registration is open!

Flyer for the first St. Louis native plant garden tour

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Registration is now open for the St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour on Saturday, June 20 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Take a self-guided tour of 10 residential native plant gardens in central St. Louis County. Various locations in Brentwood, Clayton, Glendale, Kirkwood, Webster Groves and more.

  • Sun, shade, butterflies, birds, dry sites and wet
  • Traditional and natural designs
  • Take pictures and ask questions

Cost: $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the tour organizers: St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program and Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Registration for this year’s event is closed. Stay tuned for information about next year’s tour.

First Mallard Lake honeysuckle removal was a big success!

By Mitch Leachman, Executive Director St. Louis Audubon Society

Students cutting a large honeysuckle bush

A big one! Fortunately, most of the honeysuckle was much smaller.

On a cool, overcast March 14th, 20 volunteers met at the Creve Coeur Lakehouse at Creve Coeur Park for the first official workday and milestone of the Mallard Lake Prairie Project. The group included Wild Ones and St. Louis Audubon volunteers, Missouri Master Naturalists and staff from St. Louis County Parks and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, all key partners in the project. A number of students from DeSmet Jesuit and Parkway North High Schools also came out. Many thanks to everyone who participated!

This first phase is focused on the removal of the non-native invasive bush honeysuckle from the west and north sides of Mallard Lake where native savanna and woodland will be restored starting this fall. The March 14th crew cleared approximately 1.5 acres of honeysuckle and callery pear, another nasty plant that is spreading rapidly across the park and around the region, especially along our highways.

Our last honeysuckle workday of the season is THIS Saturday, April 11. Hope you can join us!

April meeting minutes


Joshua Wibbenmeyer, Nature Reserve Steward, led 19 Wild Ones members and 7 guests on a tour of Kennedy Forest in Forest Park. Josh discussed restoration and management, history of the forest, and wildflower/tree identification.

Forest Park, with the exception of Kennedy Woods, was deforested for the 1904 World’s Fair. Kennedy Woods is 40 acres out of the park’s 1,300 acres. In 1986, Forest Park Forever was created as a private, nonprofit organization to work in partnership with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s great urban public parks. After years of the woods’ neglect and decline, the Missouri Department of Conservation assisted the Kennedy Woods Advisory Group and volunteers with ecological restoration, including removal of invasive species, thinning of the tree canopy, introduction of tree and understory plants, and controlled burns.

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