By Scott Woodbury
I recently attended Dave Tylka’s workshop on “Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People” at Lincoln University. Dave’s talk was inspiring and informative, and the native gardens at LU were in fantastic shape. I strongly recommend that you attempt to visit them if you ever are in Jefferson City. After Dave’s presentation the LU staff fed us nettle and golden glow quiches, glade onion crackers, poke weed soup, elderberry cobbler, persimmon cookies and ice cream, and hairy mountain mint tea and ice cream. I will remember this yummy lunch for many years to come.
In recent years and especially now I’ve come to know this gem of native landscaping demonstration and outreach. In addition to the gardens, they offer a wide variety of continuing education classes. There are few educational institutions nationwide that have attained this level of commitment to native landscaping programming. They even cook with natives! I hope that you will join me in participating in their future programs.