Volunteers needed for Landscape Challenge planting on Sat., Sept. 30

By James Faupel
Vice-President and Chairperson Landscape Challenge
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Group of people with dirty hands from gardening

The 2015 “dirty hands” photo after planting completion

The 2017 Landscape Challenge planting day is almost here. This year’s property was chosen by representatives of Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter and Grow Native! from among applications received from Bring Conservation Home participants in Clayton, Brentwood, Richmond Hts., Ladue, Olivette, and Maplewood. The winning property is in Brentwood.

Designer Rob May has been working with winning homeowner Marlene Becker, and Shaw Nature Reserve’s Scott Woodbury to create the design. Rob is a horticulture student at STLCC Meramec, and is the president of the Meramec Botanical Society. Marlene had recently joined Wild Ones and already has the passion for wanting to learn more about Missouri’s native flora. She is very excited about her new native garden plans, and she has already prepared the site! 

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What’s blooming in Besa’s yard? Seedbox

Blog and photos by Besa Schweitzer
Webmaster, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Two yellow flowers

Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)

Plant name:
Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)

Description:
Seedbox is a raingarden plant that provides good texture when planted with red and blue Lobelias and sedges.

This plant has excellent fall color and winter interest.

It grows about 2-feet tall and 3-feet wide.

It will self-seed but does not crowd out other plants in my experience.

Why I chose this plant:
I plant seedbox because of the seed head. It is a tiny box with a small hole for the dust-like seeds to sprinkle out of. The seed heads will persist through the winter and look very cute with their snow caps. Also, it provides structure for a raingarden to keep the soil covered. The red fall color is amazing.

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Remember to purchase tickets for the St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour on Sept 16

Blog by Marsha Gebhardt
President, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Don’t miss out on the third annual St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are limited in order to provide a high-quality, educational tour of 10 gardens.

Remaining tickets (Tour booklets) can be purchased only at these four retail sites, which are increasingly emphasizing native plants in their inventories: 

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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.

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What’s blooming in Fran’s yard? Blue lobelia

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

Blue flowers

Blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitca)

Plant name:
Blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitca)
(also called blue cardinal flower or great lobelia)

Description:
This Missouri native perennial is clump-forming. It grows about two feet tall with showy flowers in August and September.

Why I chose this plant:
I so enjoy the beautiful blue color and unusual shape of the flowers.

Visitors:
Bumble bees

The Xerces Society guide, Attracting Native Pollinatorscalls it “an exceptional bumble bee plant.”

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2017 August monthly gathering highlights

Red brick building with open white door

Welcome to our August Gathering – Kevin King’s secret garden
Photo by Dawn Weber

August 2 and 5, 2017
Kevin King hosted two July yard tour gatherings. Thirty members and seven guests attended Wednesday evening August 2, and 16 members and two guests attended Saturday August 5. James Faupel made announcements on Wednesday, as did Marsha Gebhardt on Saturday.

Kevin built three town homes on Ann Avenue in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis. They are bookended by two flounder houses, which are rare mid-19th century, triangular type houses with windows on one side of the house.

Kevin is a strong supporter of urban renewal and of repurposing materials. The foundation and all the stone work from a pre-Civil War building were used on-site to build his homes’ stone columns, garage, and iron gate posts. He reused bricks from another project for his patio.

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Participation opens Fri Aug 18 for our 2017/2018 MDC seedling order

Wild Ones members wrap seedlings to give away at Earth Day

The seedling wrapping crew

By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers Missouri residents a variety of tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, and erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

MDC provides mainly one-year-old, bare-root seedlings. A few species are two years old, and they are noted as 2-0 in the pricing chart. The size of the seedlings varies greatly depending on the species, which are available in bundles of 10 and 25.

This year, MDC is opening up the seedling order period on September 1st, quite a bit earlier than in previous years, so we also need to start our process earlier, to have the best chance at getting the species that we want. 

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Last call for Native Plant Garden Tour early bird registration

There’s just a few days left for $15 early bird registration to our 2017 Native Plant Garden Tour on September 16.

After August 15, tickets will be $20 and only available at our four retail garden center partners:

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What’s blooming in Penny’s yard? Missouri coneflower

Blog and photos by Penny Holtzmann
Board Member and Treasurer, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Yellow flowers

Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)

Plant name:
Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)

Description:
This perennial occurs on limestone glades in the Ozarks and tolerates all the heat and drought that our Midwest summers can throw at them.

Missouri coneflower only grows about two feet tall and looks formal enough to put in your front yard. Its profusion of bright yellow flowers are most welcome in late summer.

This plant provides good cut flowers to bring indoors. 

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What’s blooming in Besa’s yard? Lizard’s tail

Blog and photos by Besa Schweitzer
Webmaster, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus)

Plant name:
Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus)

Description:
This plant is found in rain gardens and ponds. Lizard’s tail colonizes wet soil. It gets it’s name from the white drooping flower stalk you can find June through September. It’s arrow-shaped leaves grow on stems that can grow to two feet tall. 

Why I chose this plant:
I like the way the plant smells. It has a licorice scent when you break a leaf or disturb the soil, which is a nice break from the anaerobic smells you usually get when messing around with pond plants.

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