Native plant garden inspiration from the 2016 Tour

By Marcia Myers
Blog Editor, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

screenshot of Photos website page

From our homepage, click on the “Photos” menu (shown by the red arrow) to get to the 2016 St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour photos

Now that winter is here, dreaming and planning of a new garden or garden spot and updating an existing garden can help sustain us throughout the various seasonal weather of cold, darkness, gray skies, ice, and snow. We have 82 days until the official start of spring, although I know some of you will be outside long before that.

In order to spark inspiration, we have a new menu item, “St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tours” under our website’s photo tab. For the last two years, generous St. Louis homeowners have opened their gardens to share their spaces and demonstrate a variety of ways to use native plants for landscaping. In 2016, 280 people registered to tour the gardens.

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Inspiring Native Plant Yards: Dawn Weber Part 2

By Marcia Myers
Blog Editor, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

White house behind bushes, plants and steps

The neighbor’s view of Dawn’s house

In part one of this two-part blog on Dawn Weber’s yard, we learned about the basic components of her yard and how she got started with native plants. In this part, we’ll discover more specifics about the yard, including a list of native plants and bird sightings.

Although almost all of the plants in the front yard were planted by more than 30 Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter volunteers, Dawn has added additional plants and designed new features. For example, two days before the gathering on May 4, Pete Klarmann finished installing the steps in the front yard. These steps create balance between garden areas, add interest, and work well with the hill’s slope.

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Inspiring Native Plant Yards: Dawn Weber Part I

By Marcia Myers
Blog Editor, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Wild Ones - St. Louis Chapter's May Gathering

Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s May Gathering

“OMG, Why didn’t you tell us?” was the reaction by Marsha Gebhardt, President, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter and Fran Glass, Secretary who expressed their delight after seeing Dawn Weber’s meticulously-landscaped, native-plant-filled yard, which was showcased during our May 4 and May 14 gatherings.

Marsha and Fran were not the only ones who could be heard saying, “ooh” and “aah” as they sauntered around and among 300 species of native plants. Recently, Dawn purchased an additional 65 native plants at the Spring Shaw Wildflower Market to add to her 1/4 acre. Yes, she admits she is a collector.

Dawn’s plants follow the usual landscaping rules of variety, and she has plants for sun, for shade, that climb, and that grow in a rain garden. These plants have various sizes, colors, and blooming times. The beds are defined with space-creating leaf mulch. But Dawn’s garden is distinctive for other reasons.

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