The News from Native Plant School newsletter – July 2016

Native Plant School logoThe July edition of The News from Native Plant School has been published.

Articles:

  • A Big Year for Prairie Forbs by Scott Woodbury
  • Little Known Monarch Facts by Joyce Oberle
  • Listen for Baby Bird Chatter by Scott Woodbury
  • Inviting Pollinators to the Garden by Besa Schweitzer

News:

  • One Wild Ones Member Inspires Her Community
  • Hillermann Receives Award
  • Missourians for Monarchs by Bob Lee
  • Gardening Tips
  • Book Review by Carol Boshart

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The News from Native Plant School newsletter – June 2016

Native Plant School logoThe June edition of The News from Native Plant School has been published.

Articles:

  • Xerces in your Grocery Store: Working to Make the Food You Eat Better for Bees by Hillary Sardiñas
  • A Woodland Alive by Margy Terpstra

News:

  • We are Looking for a few Great Volunteers
  • Rainscaping Small Grants Program
  • Gardening Tips
  • Citizen Science Opportunity
  • Tracking the EAB

Events:

  • National Prairie Day, June 4
  • Green Homes Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden, June 4
  • 50th anniversary event, a film screening of Jens Jensen The Living Green, June 18

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The News from Native Plant School newsletter – May 2016

Native Plant School logoThe May edition of The News from Native Plant School contains topics on:

    • St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour by Marsha Gebhardt
    • Native Plant Focus on Purple Coneflower by Scott Woodbury
    • Garden Tours
    • We are Looking for a few Great Volunteers
    • Native Bees
    • Gardening Tips
    • Eco-regional Planting Guides
    • Native Landscaping for Pollinators
    • Before and after photo request – especially after bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) removal
    • Blister Beetles and Native Bees
    • Upcoming Class:
      • Flower Arranging with Native Plants, June 9
    • Garden Tours:
      • The Sustainable Backyard Garden Tour, Sunday, June 12
      • The St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour, Saturday, June 18

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Native Plant School Newsletter – April 2016

Native Plant School logoThe April edition of The News from Native Plant School contains topics on:

    • Shaw Wildflower Market, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Member pre-sale, Friday, May 6, 4-7:30 p.m.
    • Spotlight on willows
    • SNR plants have added value
    • A garden for zebras and tigers
    • Mycorrhizal fungi
    • Monarch garden resources
    • Working trees
    • The dirt on soil
    • Gardening Tips
    • Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
    • Wild Ones Gathering, April 6, 6 p.m.
    • Grow Native! workshop, “Living Landscapes: Native Plants Get Us Back to Our Roots”, May 14
    • Upcoming Classes:
      • Spring Flowering Perennials and Grasses, May 12
      • Flower Arranging with Native Plants, June 9
    • Garden Tours:
      • The Sustainable Backyard Garden Tour, Sunday, June 12
      • The St. Louis Native Plant Garden Tour, Saturday, June 18

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Native Plant School newsletter – March 2016

Native Plant School logoThe March edition of The News from Native Plant School contains topics on:

    • Augusta Bottoms Consort who will be playing on the members-only day at Shaw Wildflower Market, which is Friday, May 6
    • A Winter Visitor by Ana Grace Schactman
    • Landscaping Classes by Dave Tylka
    • Monarch Numbers Improve this Winter, bar chart
    • Honeysuckle Sweep by Besa Schweitzer, March 5 – 13
    • Meaningful Gardening: Tricks of the Trade to Bring Life to Your Garden
    • Bumble Bees
    • Cup Plant’s Overwintering Residents by Cori Westcott
    • Seen in the Greenhouse
    • Gardening Tips
    • Upcoming Class:
      • Gardening with Native Groundcovers, Thursday, April 14
    • New Seed Class:
      • Collecting and Conserving Seeds of Native Plants, Friday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – noon

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Native Plant School Newsletter – February 2016

Native Plant School logoThe February edition of the Native Plant School newsletter contains topics on:

    • Warning: Oriental Bittersweet Invades Missouri
    • Looking for volunteers for Honeysuckle Pull in the Garden, March 10
    • Seen in the Garden: Ozark Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
    • Gardening Tips
    • Monarch Research
    • Native Grasses
    • Upcoming Classes
      • Converting Lawn to Seeded Prairie or Savanna, February 11
      • Pruning Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines, March 10
    • Program Reminders:

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Native Plant School newsletter – January 2016

Native Plant School logoThe January edition of the Native Plant School newsletter contains topics on:

  • Invasive Species: Plumegrass
  • Seeding the West Savanna
  • Come for a Visit this Month, “…seed heads are still worthy of the gardener’s attention and admiration.” – with photography by Darla Preiss.
  • Wonderful Wasps in the Wildflower Garden
  • Answer to Guess The Plant
  • Organization Highlight, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
  • Why Birds Need Native Trees
  • Native By Design: Landscapes Beyond Beauty, February 26
  • Upcoming Class
    • Converting Lawn to Seeded Prairie or Savanna, February 11

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Native Plant School newsletter – December 2015

Native Plant School logoThe December edition of the Native Plant School newsletter contains topics on:

  • Burning Bush Invasion
  • Gardening Tips
  • De-icing Can Harm Plants
  • Weevils Love Wild Indigo Seeds
  • Where Do Butterflies Spend the Winter?
  • Guess The Plant
  • Come for a Visit this Month
  • How to Provide Water for Birds When the Birdbath Freezes
  • Classes
    • Woodland Restoration for Larger Landowners
    • Converting Lawn to Seeded Prairie or Savanna
  • BeeSpotter
  • Bumble Bee Watch
  • Deer Resistant Landscaping with Native Plants, Oh Dear!

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To sign up for the newsletter, e-mail Besa Schweitzer (besa.schweitzer@mobot.org).

Nov. 5th – Wild Ones honeysuckle removal at Forest Park

Join St. Louis Wild Ones at the 13th annual honeysuckle removal project in Forest Park, Saturday, November 5th from 9AM to noon.

Forest Park Forever sponsors this project, typically with over 100 volunteers. They’ve made tremendous strides in removing large blocks of honeysuckle throughout Forest Park. In fact, there aren’t many remaining areas in the park left that lend themselves to large group projects like this. Join the fun while you still can!

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Weeds

By Bill Brighoff

Last spring, a lawn care salesman came to my door and told me I had weeds in my yard, particularly white clover. I told him that I had planted the white clover in my yard, and how could it be a weed if I had purchased the seeds at a feed store. He left muttering that clover is a weed.

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