March meeting minutes

PROGRAM

Kim Young from Forrest Keeling Nursery talks to Wild Ones about the state of the native plant movement

Kim Young, Forrest Keeling Nursery

Forty-six members and guests attended a presentation by Kim Young of Forrest Keeling Nursery at The Heights community center of Richmond Heights.

Kim gave examples why the native plant movement is growing.  The following initiatives are driving native plant sales.

  • LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices
  • Sustainable Sites Initiative is a program based on the understanding that sustainable landscapes create ecologically resilient communities that benefit the environment, property owners, and regional communities and economics.

Forest Keeling Nursery is the originator of a patented RPM (Root Production Method) technology.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park – April 27
Seedling wrapping – April 26
Fran Glass circulated volunteer sign-up sheets to staff our educational booth at the Festival and for wrapping MDC seedlings to give away.

Spring Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve – May 9 and 10
Marilyn Chryst circulated a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help set-up, staff, and take down our native plant sale booth at the Spring Wildflower Market.

St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour – June 20
Our chapter is partnering with St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program to sponsor a self-guided tour featuring ten residential native plant gardens.  All of the yards are in central St. Louis County including Brentwood, Clayton, Glendale, Kirkwood and Webster Groves, and are certified by the Bring Conservation Home program.
Date:  June 20, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost:  $20 per person
Register online

Two shifts of two volunteers at each site will help during the tour.  Amy Redfield circulated a sign-up sheet for volunteers.

Next meeting
April 1, 2015, 6 p.m.
Tour of Forest Park’s Kennedy Forest by Joshua Wibbenmeyer, Nature Reserve Steward. This meeting will include the distribution of seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation that were ordered in November. Extras will be available for a very small fee – first come, first served.

Meet at Forest Park’s pavilion #11
For directions see our online calendar.

Recorded by:  Fran Glass, Secretary