By Betty Struckhoff
On Saturday, April 11, seven Wild Ones members enjoyed talking with customers at Sugar Creek Gardens in Kirkwood, our newest Wild Ones business member in St. Louis.
My favorite conversation was with a young man who has recently purchased a home in nearby Rock Hill. He remembers his late grandfather’s interest in gardening, and plans to carry the tradition forward using mostly natives and maybe creating a rain garden.
We suggested he get a consultation from Bring Conservation Home. He also eagerly made notes as we rattled off some of our favorite books and websites:
- Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home
- Dave Tylka’s Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People
- The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Tried and True Missouri Native Plants for Your Yard
- And of course, our own www.stlwildones.org
It’s such fun to think of someone starting on the journey to a native landscape!
Many thanks to Donna Beezely, Meg Bergen, Carol Boshart, Bill Hoss, Alan Hopefl, and Linda Tatum. They chatted with lots of customers and staff, helping them all learn more about the special beauty of native Missouri plants. Sugar Creek has a nice selection on hand. Check out their searchable plant database.