Local entry in the 2015 Wild Ones photo contest

By Dawn Weber

Wild Bergamot leaf with water drops from guttation

“Under Pressure” photo by Dawn Weber – click for a larger image

I have a photo in the Wild Ones 2015 photo contest. It’s in the Flora category, called “Under Pressure,” a photo of wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) guttation.

Guttation occurs when a plant has turned off its transpiration processes, usually at night, so excess moisture cannot evaporate from the surface of the leaf. Instead, root pressure will cause the moisture (along with other chemicals and sugars indigenous to the plant, known as xylem) to get pushed out through the leaf edges.

I took the picture on May 9th, just before heading out to the wildflower market at SNR. There was significant rain the day before, so the soil moisture levels were high, producing the right conditions. I discovered it by accident, looking around the garden in the morning, noticing that it looked different than just moisture on the leaf surface.

Wild Ones members can vote by logging into the national website.

My photo won the People’s Choice category in the Wild Ones photo contest. Thanks to everyone who voted! I received $50 in gift cards from Prairie Nursery (Wisconsin) and received a nice certificate. View all the winners.  
Thank you! Dawn

June meeting minutes

Scott Woodbury speaking to Wild Ones at the June 2015 meeting in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve

Scott Woodbury speaking to Wild Ones in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden (photo by Sherri DeRousse)

St. Louis Chapter Vice President Marsha Gebhardt welcomed 5 guests and 25 members to our gathering. Scott Woodbury, our chapter founder, led us on a tour of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

The Garden at was a birthday gift from the late Blanton Whitmire to his wife Peg. With their generous support, the Whitmire Wildflower Garden opened in 1993 under Scott Woodbury’s horticulture supervision. In 2006, Peg and Blanton made another generous donation, this time to endow the Whitmire Family Curator of Native Plant Horticulture. Scott has held that position since then.

The Garden is a five-acre demonstration garden of Missouri native plant communities including prairie, savanna, glade, woodland and wetland. Over 800 Missouri native plant species are on display. Scott focused our tour in the home gardening area which features a native perennial garden, rock garden, prairie garden, water garden, woodland garden and rain garden.

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