Friday Greener Gardens series at SNR – a great opportunity

Participants at the April event tour the garden with Scott Woodbury

Participants at the April event tour the garden with Scott Woodbury

By Marsha Gebhardt

I highly recommend attending one or more of the Friday Greener Gardens series at Shaw Nature Reserve. This is a new series for SNR; they call it an “experiment.” I attended the first one on a beautiful April evening. After sharing food and drink and a bit of conversation, Scott Woodbury and two representatives of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery led informational walks through the woodland garden.

The next event in the series is June 27 – For the Birds: why insects matter. “Don’t stomp that caterpillar, celebrate it! Native insects in the garden aren’t a disease; they belong there and provide needed food for nesting birds. Join Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Louis Audubon Society and Wild Ones staff as we discuss the many benefits of native plants and garden insects for bird welfare, and tour the garden in search of creeping, crawling and flying wildlife.”

Two more events will complete the series:

  • September 12 – Seeding a Tallgrass Prairie or Savanna!
  • October 24 – Celebrate Autumn Color!

Each event is from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Participants are encouraged to bring food to share. Drinks will be provided.

All of these Friday Greener Gardens events are free, but you must register in advance. Registration is limited to the first 40 people. There is still space available for the Friday, June 27th event. Come join us! You’ll be glad you did.