How to receive grant money for your community or school native plant garden project

By Kathy Bildner
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Garden plan

Ethical Society garden plan

Wild Ones 2017 Grants
No matter what size or shape the garden project, Wild Ones of St. Louis is there to help with grant money.  We help pay for the native plants or seeds that will make the garden a wildlife haven for birds and insects. We help one garden at a time. We have been doing this since 2007. One of our recent meetings was at the Overland Historical Society grounds.  They were a grant recipient in 2007, one of our first. We have helped plant 36 gardens.

This year we have helped to fund six gardens: five schools and one community garden. We work with the students, teachers, principals, parents, and community gardeners. So far this year we have spent $1580. The fall season has just begun and we are waiting on more requests.

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

Red and cement building

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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Grant given to Museum of Transportation for native plant garden installation

Blue and White sign Pollinator Junction with green grass

The designated area before its makeover into Pollinator Junction

Dear St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones,

We did it with YOUR help!

A real “Pollinator Pantry” park, Pollinator Junction was born Monday, September 19, 2016 at the perfect place, the Museum of Transportation. How perfect is that? The best, most important transporters on earth will “bee” finding their haven with all the other grand transportation marvels!

Thanks to St. Louis County Parks staff, County Parks volunteers, Master Gardeners and Wild Ones Joan Featherstone, Betty Struckhoff and Tessa Wasserman, the first St. Louis County Pollinator Pantry Park is in the ground! Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter also supported the planting with a $500 donation.

This park is already “working” for pollinators but there is some finish work still to be done. It has an observation walk, and will be used by children as an outdoor classroom and for adult programs as a teaching model for pollinator gardening in cultivated spaces. The sculpture will be installed soon!

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Wild Ones native garden grants

By Kathy Bildner
Member, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Native plants at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles

Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles
Photo by Kathy Bildner
115 S. Sixth St., St. Charles MO. In 2013 we awarded $370 for native plants in an early childhood natural playscape.

Our organization wants more native plant gardens in public spaces. We are willing to help other groups build these gardens by offering advice and a modest amount of money to get the process started. The geographic area covered is 35 to 40 miles out from St. Louis city in Missouri.

After we get a request, a crew of volunteers will meet with the applicants, observe the proposed garden site, and ask and answer questions. Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter has been offering these grants for 10 years. We have given out 26 grants to schools, community gardens, and parks.

Not all of our grants have succeeded. In the last year, our members have gone back to look at all of our grantees. Four of these locations had no sign of a garden.

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Adopt a Wild Ones garden

By Kathy Bildner, Grant Liaison

April, 2015 - Marilyn Chryst helping plant one of our grant gardens

April, 2015 – Marilyn Chryst helping plant one of our grant gardens

Over the last eight years, we have given grants to 23 schools and community gardens. I would like to know how these gardens are doing, and I’d like your help.

I am asking readers to look at this list of locations. If you live near one, it may be easy for you to wander over and have a look. Then you can report back to us. Take a photo, if you’re able.

If you talk to someone there who has questions, someone in our group probably knows the answer. Leave a comment on this blog, call me, or contact a board member.

This is a list of our grant recipients and addresses, and how much money we gave to each.

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Dogtown Ecovillage planting update

Dogtown Ecovillage, spring 2015Our thanks again to St. Louis Wild Ones and the Richmond Heights Garden Club (RHGC) for the grant last year to plant a “pocket prairie” garden in downtown Dogtown. We just had a work day, and I thought you’d like to see how well the plants have taken hold.

The planter also has a lot of little seedlings coming up–mostly liatris, poppy mallow, wild quinine, golden alexander. We are hoping to spread them around the neighborhood, but if anyone from your groups would like any, please leave a comment below.

Kate Lovelady
for the Dogtown Ecovillage group

Update on Dogtown planter project

Dogtown planter 1 June

Dogtown planter – this end is doing well
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By Kate Lovelady

Earlier this year, St. Louis Wild Ones gave the Dogtown Eco-Village group a grant for a landscape design for the well-traveled intersection of Clayton and Tamm Avenues. There are several popular restaurants and bars nearby.

Jeanne Cablish designed an all-native garden for the area, which is dry and sunny. The Richmond Heights Garden Club generously provided a grant for most of the plants, and several Wild Ones members donated plants as well.

The first part of the garden, in an 80-foot-long median planter, was completed in May 2014 and it’s looking great! Besides the coneflowers and wild quinine that you can see blooming here, the Missouri primrose and phlox have already bloomed.

Dogtown planter - sad end

This end of the planter is struggling

Oddly, although most of the planter is flourishing, one end is really struggling. We assume the dirt in that end is poorer, but we don’t really know the problem.

Overall, the garden is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood that will only get better each year. And the Dogtown Eco-Village is working on adding signage to educate folks about native plants.

The next time you’re in the area, stop by and see it yourself.

Crossroads School rain garden planting

By Ed Schmidt

Scotts Cel_001676Saturday, April 6, six Wild Ones members joined parents, faculty and a few students to refurbish a large rain garden planting under the direction of Scott Woodbury at Crossroads College Preparatory School on DeBaliviere in St. Louis.

The rain garden was first installed in 2009, and was one of the first institutional rain gardens to be constructed under the guidance of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).  Four large downspouts bring water from the roof of a school addition into the garden.  An overflow takes water into the sewer system if it gets more than a foot deep in the garden.  The refurbishing consisted of weeding, planting, and mulching.  St. Louis Wild Ones donated $560 for plants under its school grant program.

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August meeting

By Fran Glass

At the University of Missouri-St. Louis our hostess was Jen Fruend of CHERP (Campus Honors Environmental Research Program). CHERP is an urban ecology honors college course studying natural ecosystems to restore wildness to the campus, local parks, and neighborhood. Jen is a CHERP Education and Ecology Instructor and doctoral student in Science Education with focus on plants. She teaches an integrative, sustainable, ecological studies class for non-science majors that fulfills a science credit.

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