Time: 8:00 am - 12:45 pm
Learn from the experts about using native plants in your landscape at the free Naturescaping Workshop and Native Plant Sale at Burr Oak Burr Oak Woods Nature Center on Saturday, March 18.
A native plant sale will be offered to participants during the workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and to the public following the workshop from 1:15 to 4 p.m.
The workshop will teach participants how to use native plants, shrubs and trees in lawn and garden settings. Native plants provide natural habitat for birds and butterflies and are adapted to local soil conditions and weather patterns, which can reduce maintenance time and expense.
Justin Thomas, director for the Institute of Botanical Training in Springfield, MO, will present the keynote address, Ecological Stability: A Native Plant Story. Thomas has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Other training sessions include: growing plants from seed, planting trees and shrubs, plants for birds and butterflies, plant symbiosis with soil fungi, plants for shady sites, wild edibles and the role of spiders in a native plant garden.
All attendees will receive a free shrub or tree from MDC’s George O. White State Nursery. The native plant sale is offered by Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Green Thumb Gardens.
To register for the workshop, call 816-228-3766. Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, MO.