Upcoming native plant & other events list for May 30, June & July 2017

Events of interest in the St. Louis area:

White flowers

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Tuesday, May 30
Wildflower Walk in Forest Park
Deer Lake Savanna: Spring Wildflowers
Led by Josh Wibbenmeyer
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to Jean Turney at jturney@forestparkforever.org

Friday, June 2
Bumblebees & You
Led by Susan Van de Riet
Forest Park Forever’s Heart of the Park Walking Tour
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 3
St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium
Brightside St. Louis’ Demonstration Garden
4646 Shenandoah Avenue
9:00 a.m. – noon
Cost $15.00 per person
Registration is required.

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What’s blooming in Fran’s yard? Ninebark

Blog and photos by Fran Glass,
Secretary and Membership Chair, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

White flower clusters

Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) in bloom

Plant name:
(Physocarpus opulifolius)

This plant has showy clusters of white flowers in May and June.

Height is 6-9 feet.

Ninebark is a deciduous, Missouri-native shrub with arching canes and exfoliating bark which reveals layers of reddish to light-brown inner bark on mature stems. The bark provides winter interest as it peels away.

Why I chose this plant:
I chose ninebark because it can tolerate such a wide variety of conditions. It serves the purpose of a beautiful screen between my yard and that of the neighbors. Ninebark is a Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) Plant of Merit.

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Monarch butterflies, the Burk’s, and Wild Ones in local Times article

By Marcia Myers
Bog Editor, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

yellow, black and white caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar
Photo by Besa Schweitzer

Monarch butterfles don’t care about state lines or country borders. For such seemingly fragile and lovely creatures, they travel between the continental United States and Mexico, with some as far north as Canada, on an amazing and difficult journey. Even under the best of circumstances, they brave challenging environmental conditions.

Unfortunately due to multiple factors including loss of habitat caused by human beings, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90 percent. Some wonderful organizations and dedicated individuals are working to increase awareness that if we don’t act quickly, we may lose a national and international treasure.

Susan Burk is one of those individuals who has taken on the task of raising monarch butterfly caterpillars. Her efforts were recognized and the local Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. published an article, Local Naturalists Fight To Save The Monarch Butterfly, written by Mary Shapiro. Diana Linsley, who took the photos, is a new member of our Chapter.

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Our grant to the Jan Phillips Learning Center – Open House Sat., May 20

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Building at the College school grounds
Photo by Kathy Bildner

Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter received a request for $500.00 to plant a native garden at The College School outlier location near Eureka, MO in the La Barque watershed.

This 28-acre area is “for experiential, hand-on, inquiry-based learning…” The Jan Phillips Learning Center is their headquarters on the site for “learning beyond the classroom.”

Phillips was a teacher (and head of school) at The College School and author of Wild Edibles of Missouri.

The Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter Board approved the grant, and we funded two of the six rain gardens, which Besa Schweitzer designed. She is the landscaper for the new building site property. These two rain gardens are in the rear of the structure where drainage will come off the roof of the main building and the pavilion.

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What’s blooming in Kathy’s yard? Wild geranium

Blog and photos by Kathy Bildner
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Light purple pink flower

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Plant name: Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Description: This plant is a perennial spring woodland flower.

Wild geranium blooms mid-April to mid-May. It’s flowers have five pink petals rounded or slightly notched on the top. The fine veins in the flower point to where the pollinators need to go. There can be two to nine flowers in loose clusters.

The green leaves are wider than long, deeply lobed five to seven times with hairy stems one-foot tall. The flower stems stick up above the leaves. 

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Ongoing community volunteer opportunity at Museum of Transportation

Blog by April Anderson
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Horticultural Volunteer Coordinator, Museum of Transportation

Photos by Betty Struckhoff
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Lead Volunteer, Museum of Transportation

Yellow butterfly on pink milkweed

Butterfly on milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Wild Ones as well as friends who may be new to gardening with natives are invited to be part of the Gardening Team at the Museum of Transportation (MOT).

We have native wildflower gardens, prairie gardens, pollinator gardens, and natural areas that add beauty as well as much needed habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Volunteers of all experience levels are needed to pull weeds, install new plantings, water, mulch, and remove non-native honeysuckle. Experienced gardeners are needed to mentor those who are new to gardening and supervise large groups. Hours are flexible, but dependability is essential.

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2017 April monthly gathering highlights

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Marsha Gebhardt (far left) speaking at the April gathering

April 8 and 12, 2017
Susan and Fred Burk hosted two April yard tour gatherings. They and Marsha Gebhardt welcomed 25 members and one guest on Saturday, April 8 and 27 members and five guests on Wednesday evening April 12.

Susan and Fred moved into their small Kirkwood home in 1970, a two-bedroom bungalow. As their family expanded, they added a second floor and a front porch to the home.

In recent years, Susan had a St. Louis Audubon Bring Conservation Home yard assessment. This gave her the idea to plant wildflowers under the large front yard canopy tree. The results are stunning. On our April tour, we saw very healthy patches of woodland wildflower species of Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), bluebells (Mertensia virginica), roundleaf groundsel (Packera obovata), barren strawberries (Geum fragariodes), sedges (Carex sp), and shrubby St. John’s wort (Hypericum prolificum).

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LIST of PLANTS for sale at our Wild Ones booth May 12 and 13, 2017

Monarch female laying eggs on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Monarch female laying eggs on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

You have your flats and possibly a small cart for transporting your native plant purchases, your cash and/or checks, and your excitement for the Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s booth during the Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) on both Friday, May 12 (pre-sale for Garden members) and Saturday, May 13. But which native plants will you be able to purchase at our booth?

Please keep in mind no guarantee is made regarding availability for various reasons like sold out or not available and not delivered as anticipated. Also, quantities may be limited. We accept cash or checks only like most other vendors.

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Shopping and volunteering at our Wild Ones booth at SNR’s Wildflower Market 2017

Rows of potted plants

Thirty-three volunteers helped sell 1,871 Missouri wildflowers in 2016.

Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter will be selling native plants during the Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve on both Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. We hope you will shop our booth at the sale, as the profits are our Chapter’s main source of income. Come shop with us first! 🙂

Attention Members: We are still seeking volunteers to help on Saturday. If you volunteer, you will receive a discount off of each plant purchased from our Wild Ones booth as a thank you. Sign up here.   

“Largest selection of native wildflowers available in the St. Louis area…” which “…will offer hundreds of varieties of Missouri native annual and perennial wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs to use in home landscaping and to attract wildlife” from the Shaw Wildflower Market website page.
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