Growing native gardens is becoming more popular every season, and for good reason. Missouri native plants benefit our environment, provide food and habitat for desirable wildlife, and are easier and less expensive to maintain than exotics.
The Missouri Department of Conservation wants to give native gardeners a head start by offering a native plant workshop for homeowners from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Register online at https://bit.ly/2HcTm7N.
Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping. They solve common gardening problems and attract a variety of wildlife. Participants will learn what natives might work best in their gardens.
The workshop will look at seven different landscape plans, including ones designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and add water features. It also will cover where to buy native plants and introduce participants to Missouri’s GrowNative website.
The workshop is designed to help even those without green thumbs get a start with native plants. For an additional spring planting kickstart, participants can choose from free yellow coneflower, prairie blazing star, butterfly milkweed, or lanceleaf coreopsis seedlings to take home.
The workshop is free, but space is limited, and advanced online registration is required at the links listed above.
The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Hwy. D, about two miles west of Hwy. 94.