By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, St. Louis Wild Ones
March 19, 10:00 a.m. – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER March 26 is still scheduled.
Each month a different native plant that serves as a nectar source or host plant will be featured as a gift with purchase at Greenscape Gardens.
This Pollinator Palette program was created to increase awareness and engagement in our communities for pollinator issues and the value of native plants. These events target gardeners of all ages, experience, and skill levels.
For 2016, like-minded community partners are being featured alongside each month’s plant to help raise awareness of that organization’s mission.
Jennifer at Greenscape said, “There is so much great work, education, and passion in St. Louis – We are very proud of our hometown!”
Through the month of March, St. Louis Wild Ones is the featured Pollinator Palette Partner.
The featured plant is squaw weed (Packera obovata), also known as round-leaved ragwort, which is a spring-flowering plant that keeps its green foliage throughout the year. It is a host plant for 17 species of butterflies and moths, including the northern metalmark. The nectar and pollen attract several species of bees, flies, and beetles.
During March, our very eye-catching pink Wild Ones sign is on display near the checkout. Rack cards, business cards, and 2016 Native Plant Garden Tour save-the-date fliers are also available to customers.
In addition, we will have Wild Ones volunteers at the nursery on two Saturdays to:
- Hand out squaw weed with information
- Provide some context about the importance of pollinators
- Promote our organization
We will have a table display featuring wildflower photos and will hand out the Native Plant Garden Tour bookmark with each plant, in addition to the other information that will be there all month.
During the spring rush, the lines can be long, which leaves the checkout staff with not much opportunity to educate and answer questions about the promotion. We will fill this role.
The volunteer dates and times are:
March 19, 10:00 a.m. – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 1:00 p.m., volunteer spots filled
- March 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., need 1 more person
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dawn at 314-401-9980. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello!
Thanks to Greenscape Gardens for helping us spread the word about Wild Ones!