By Kathy Bildner
I am putting together a list of resources to share with schools that apply for our grants, and I’d like your help. As requested, several Wild Ones members sent suggested resources – listed below.
This is a great list, and I plan to keep adding to it. However, it can be overwhelming for teachers. I’d like to create a short list of 5 books, 5 web sites and 5 places to buy plants.
My 5 first choices are at the top of each list. Please leave your comments with suggestions for different priorities, or other resources to add.
Books — suggested reading:
- Missouri Wildflowers by Edgar Denison
- Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People by Dave Tylka
- Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy
- Tried and True Missouri Natives for your yard – Missouri Department of Conservation
- Tall grass Prairie Wildflowers by Doug Ladd and Frank Oberle
- Butterflies and Moths of Missouri by Richard and Joan E. Heitzman
- A Field Guide to Your Own Back Yard by John Hanson Mitchell
- The Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri by Paul W. Nelson
- Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm
- Buzzwords by May R. Berenbaum
- Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn by Hannah Holmes
- Anything by naturalists Joe Hutto or Bernd Heinrich
- The Living Landscape by Darke and Tallamy
- Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
- Shrubs and Vines of MO – field guide by Don Kurz
- Caterpillars of Eastern North America by David L. Wagner
- The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David Haskell
- A Country Year: Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell
- A Book of Bees and How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell
- Noah’s Garden by Sara Stein
- Where the Sky Began/Land of the Tall Grass Prairie by John Madson
- The Flora of Missouri volume 1 by George Yatskievych. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. 1999.
- The Flora of Missouri volume 2 by George Yatskievych. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. 2006.
- The Flora of Missouri volume 3 by George Yatskievych. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. 2014.
- Trees of Missouri by Don Kurz. Missouri Department of Conservation. 2003.
- A Key to Missouri Trees in Winter by Jerry Cliburn & Ginny Wallace. Missouri Department of Conservation. 1990.
- Ozark Wildflowers by Don Kurz. Morris Book Publishing. 1999.
- The Naturescaping Workbook by Beth O’Donnell Young
- Go Native! by Carolyn Harstad, Indiana Univ Press, 1999
- Gardening with Native Wild Flowers by Samuel B. Jones, Jr., Timber Press, 1993
- Step-By-Step Successful Gardening: Wild Flowers and Native Plants by Peter Loewer, Better Homes and Garden Books, 1995
- Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers by Harry Phillips, Univ of North Carolina Press, 1985
- Landscaping with Wildflowers by Jim Wilson, Houghton Mifflin, 1992
- Landscaping with Wildflowers and Native Plants by William H. Wilson, Ortho Books, 1984
- Saint Louis Audubon Society, Bring Conservation Home – stlouisaudubon.org/BCH
- Wild Ones – wildones.org/ – find the nearest chapter and join in your area
- Shaw Nature Reserve, part of the Missouri Botanical Gardens – Native Plant School – missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/shaw-nature-reserve/gardens-gardening-at-shaw-nature-reserve/native-landscaping-for-the-home-gardener/native-plant-school.aspx
- Grow Native! – grownative.org/ – now owned by the Missouri Prairie Foundation
- Missouri Department of Conservation – mdc.mo.gov/
- Missouri Prairie Foundation – missouriprairie.org/
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas – wildflower.org
- Show Me Rain Gardens – showmeraingardens.org/tips-tools/plant-selector – be sure to use the Missouri Native filter. You can find plants suitable for just about any location by using “edge” filter.
- Xerces Society – xerces.org/
- Monarch Watch, milkweed propagation – monarchwatch.org/milkweed/prop.htm
- Litzsinger Road Ecology Center – litzsinger.org
- Doug Tallamy’s website: bringingnaturehome.net/gardening-for-life.html and bringingnaturehome.net/what-to-plant.html
- Forest Park Forever’s Nature Works program: forestparkforever.org/applyfornatureworks
- Missouri wildflowers by color: missouriplants.com
Places to buy native plants:
- Shaw Nature Reserve – Mother’s Day weekend – multiple nurseries represented all in one place:
This year SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-sale for Garden members only FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015 4 to 7:30 p.m.
- Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, 9814 Pleasant Hill Rd. Jefferson City, MO 65109, 573-496-3492, mowildflowers.net; he delivers to Kirkwood weekends in April
- Missouri Dept. of Conservation, George O. White Nursery, P.O. Box 119 Licking, MO. 65542, 800-669-3787, mdc.mo.gov/your-property/seedling-orders-and-planting-guide/seedling-order-how, sells native tree & shrub seedlings
- Prairie Hill Farm, 877 County Road 263, Auxvasse, MO 65231, (573) 864-9597, prairiehillfarm.biz
- Bowood Nursery, 4605 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108, (314) 454-6868, bowoodfarms.com
- Forrest Keeling Nursery, 88 Forrest Keeling Lane, Elsberry, MO 63343, (573) 898-5571, fknursery.com
- Ozark Berry Farm, 552 Lick Creek Road, Leasburg, MO 65535 (573) 677-1130, ozarkberryfarm.com
- DJM Ecological Services, 2101 Ebert Lane, Wentzville, MO 63385, djmecological.com – large-scale plantings
- Pan’s Garden, 213 E. Third St. Mt. View, MO 65548, 417-934-2818 / 417-934-6537 – woodland native plants and ferns
- Andy’s Native Plants, 7 Huzzah Creek Rd, Steelville, MO 65565, (573) 786-2664
- Pure Air Natives, Inc., 636-357-6433, pureairnatives.com – native plants and seed
- Hamilton Native Outpost, 16786 Brown Rd Elk Creek, MO 65464, 417-967-2190, hamiltonseed.com
- Bluestem Prairie Nursery, Rt. 2, Box 106-A Hillsboro, IL 62049, 217-532-6344 – native seed (packets only) and plants
- E. Nursery, North Old Route 66, RR3, Box 4 Litchfield, IL 62056, 217-324-6191 – native plants
- St. Francois Natives, www.facebook.com/StFrancoisNatives
- Greenscape Gardens, 2832 Barrett Statiion Rd., Manchester, MO 63021, 314-821-2440, greenscapegardens.com
- Garden Heights Nursery, 1605 S. Big Bend, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, 314-645-7333, gardenheights.com