Arcadia native plant workshop Sat. Sept. 30

Blog by Linda Bennett
[In the Arcadia Valley, Linda and Bill Bennett have become local leaders in native landscape education and advocacy.]

Wild Ones members will be featured speakers in Arcadia’s second native plant workshop entitled, Native Plants & Pollinatorson Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Dave Tylka will begin the day with Native Landscaping for Songbirds and Hummingbirds.
  • Ann Earley and Bob Siemer will follow with Wild for Monarchs.
  • Betty Struckhoff will speak on Designing with Nature in Mind.
  • We will end the day with a Q&A and panel discussion with Dr. Chad Follis, horticulture professor from Mineral Area College and some speakers from the day.

As an added bonus, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be selling plants throughout the day. Also, there will be information available from various nature-related organizations for attendees to peruse during breaks.

Arcadia Academy, 211 S. College Street in Arcadia, MO is just ninety minutes from St. Louis. The Academy is on the National Register of Historic Places with its “unique history, architecture, amenities & natural beauty”.

The $20 cost includes a light breakfast and lunch. To register please contact Linda Bennett at or call 573-546-0707.

Directions from St. Louis (map):

  • Take I-55 south out of St. Louis to US Hwy 67, just south of the Festus (Route A) exit.
  • Turn right (Exit 174) onto southbound US Hwy 67 and drive past Bonne Terre, Park Hills, Leadington and into Farmington.
  • On the south side of Farmington is the Hwy 221 overpass. Exit onto Hwy 221 to the right. Travel on Route 221 for nine miles where Hwy 221/21 turns to the left. Stay on Hwy 221/21 for nine more miles to Pilot Knob/Ironton/Arcadia.
  • Once in Arcadia, turn right onto Maple Street, then left at the 1st cross street onto College Street. Destination will be on the right.

Arcadia Valley is a beautiful area for hiking to view wildflowers and visiting historical sites. Taum Sauk Mtn, Elephant Rocks, and Johnson Shut-Ins are all within a short drive from Arcadia Academy.

If you would like to stay the night to visit the area, contact Linda for ideas regarding accommodations.