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.
By Dawn Weber
Member-at-Large, Plant Sale Chairperson, and
Chairperson, Technology Committee, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
During the Mother’s Day weekend, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter sold 2,110 Missouri native wildflowers and shrubs to Spring Wildflower Market shoppers that were eager to learn about and purchase native plants. Some folks came in with plant lists, others were looking for guidance about what to buy, and we helped them all.
Marypat Ehlmann with some beautiful lanceleaf coropsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Our plants looked GREAT this year. The lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) and beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) were in bloom and sold out quickly, as did other favorites like Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and the spring ephemerals like bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). We had a lot of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) to sell this year, although some species ran out earlier than others.
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.
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.
By James Faupel
Vice-President, Wild Ones- St. Louis Chapter
Outreach and Speaker Coordinator
This week the Meramec Botanical Society at St. Louis Community College Meramec will be hosting their annual Horticulture Plant Sale on April 27 and 28. They will have around twenty different native perennials available for purchase, along with the other ornamental plants they have grown.
STLCC Meramec Horticulture has become a very good partner to the Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter:
- Recently they hosted our collaborative Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop. It was a big success with more than 500 attending!
- Also, some of the members of their Botanical Society have joined as members of our Chapter.
- Their Society President, Robert May, joined our Landscape Challenge crew as the designer on this year’s project!
Please show your support and visit their sale if you are in need of plants.
Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve
While we hope you’ll come to the St. Louis Wild Ones booth at the Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve on Friday, May 12 (Garden members only) or Saturday, May 13, here are some other options:
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery (MWN) at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market
When: April 8, 15, 22, 39, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, 150 East Argonne (Google Map)
MWN will have a collection of their wonderful Missouri natives.
Pre-Order by Wednesday from their catalog, and they will bring your order to the market on Friday for you to pick up, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Join our Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter members at the Bring Conservation Home (BCH) 2016 Native Plant Expo and Sale.
We will have a table at this event and would love to see you. Stop by and say hello!
This is the third year for this FREE expo, in partnership with the great folks at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. A number of organizations will be sharing information and resources.
Bring your “extra” native plants or seeds to share or swap. There will be plenty on-hand from the BCH Habitat Advisors, too. No worries if you’ve nothing to share; they love to give them away!
By Marilyn Chryst
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Thirty-two fantastic Wild Ones volunteers helped in our booth at this year’s Shaw Nature Reserve Spring Wildflower Market. From May 4 through May 7, they gave their time, energy, and knowledge to make it another successful year.
The volunteer efforts included:
- Setting up sawhorses
- Unloading plants
- Helping customers locate and select plants
- Manning cash boxes
- Managing entry and exit traffic
- Breaking down sawhorses
- Loading up the remaining plants at the end of the sale
Brian E. Hall and Marilyn Chryst at the Shaw Wildflower Market
“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,” according to the Shaw Wildflower Market website page.
Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter will be selling native plants during the Market at Shaw Nature Reserve on both Friday and Saturday. We hope you will shop our booth at the sale. See below for dates and times.
In addition, many other vendors will be at the Market, including local-area nurseries who will be selling native plants. Other organizations will be selling products at the Market, such as bread, meat, honey, toffee, chocolate, baskets, and books. Continue reading