Nearly 300 attend 2016 Native Plant Garden Tour

By Mitch Leachman
Coordinator, Bring Conservation Home
Executive Director, St. Louis Audubon Society

Four women with St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour Sign

Homeowner Harriet Blickenstaff (3rd from left) and friends

On June 18, St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home program and the Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter teamed up for the second year to deliver the St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour. Two hundred and eighty people registered for the self-guided tour of residential gardens in Clayton, Ladue, Olivette, and University City.

By all accounts, it was a success. The comments heard by the tour hosts, our volunteers, and the event committee on tour day were all very encouraging, and 73% of respondents to an online feedback survey stated they were extremely satisfied with their experience!

Thanks SO much to everyone that made the Tour possible, including our sponsors, organization partners that helped spread the word, all the volunteers that assisted with the Tour itself, and of course the event planning committee! Thanks especially to the tour hosts for opening their home landscapes to us, welcoming everyone, and providing inspiration and education to all of us!

Pink plant with green leaves

Copper iris and blue flag iris at the Speck residence

We took a LOT of pics that day, and posted a few dozen of the best to the Bring Conservation Home Facebook page. Go ahead and look; you don’t need an account to see them.

One final shout-out to the garden centers that agreed to help us sell ticket vouchers this year. This idea was new for us, but clearly a familiar exercise for each of them. They made it work, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

MANY thanks to the folks at:

The event committee will be meeting later this summer to review all the feedback and begin the considerations for 2017.

People milling about a yard

Attendees touring the Brain-Herlien yard

If you haven’t already shared your ideas, please leave a comment below or send them directly to a committee member.

We hope to see YOU on the tour next year!

Tour hosts:

  • Theresa Biggs
  • Harriet Blickenstaff & Anna Navarro
  • Barbara Brain & Ken Herlien
  • Ann Case
  • Deanne Flatley
  • Jim & Laure Hullverson
  • Mark O’Bryan
  • Randy & Judy Speck
  • Dennis & Katherine Woldum
woman and man in garden wearing tan shirts

Mark O’Bryan and Marsha Gebhardt in Mark’s yard

Tour sponsors:

two women and two men walking in a garden

Wild Ones members from left to right: James Faupel touring the Brain-Herlien yard with Tour volunteers: Bob Siemer, Kathy Bildner, and Ann Early (Volunteers toured the gardens either before or after their shift.)

Tour partners:

Tour committee:

  • Marsha Gebhardt
  • Sue Leahy
  • Mitch Leachman
  • Linda Tatum
  • Dave Tylka
  • Dawn Weber

One thought on “Nearly 300 attend 2016 Native Plant Garden Tour

  1. My schedule prevented me from touring this year but thanks to everyone who contributed to this stellar event.

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