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What’s best for you: Rain garden or bioswale?

By Dennis Patton,  Johnson County K-State Research and Extension

Reusable bag or plastic bag? Rain garden or bioswale? The answer may be obvious on the first choice, but when it comes to managing water, it can be confusing.

Rain gardens and bioswales have similar results, but vary in how they are designed and work. Let’s look at […]

Discover native plants at spring sales

It’s time to start digging in the garden, and here’s where you can find the largest variety of native plant flowers, vines, shrubs, grasses and trees.

To find native plant sales and resources in your city, check Plant Native and search by location. In the Kansas City area, here are upcoming native plants sales this spring.
Missouri Prairie Foundation […]

April 11th, 2023|Event, Gardening, Lawn & Garden, Native plants, Pollinators|0 Comments

8 native plants with spring blooms

Brighten your garden with spring ephemerals and hardy perennials for blooms from March to May. After winter, pollinators are seeking nectar and pollen. You can add beauty to your garden with flowering spring plants that help pollinators thrive.

Here are 8 popular flowers that provide spring blooms, attract pollinators, and are native to Kansas, Missouri, and […]

March 8th, 2023|Lawn & Garden, Native plants, Nature, Pollinators, Prairie|0 Comments

Kansas City’s new airport terminal celebrates sustainability in a big way

KCI’s new terminal is first in Midwest to achieve LEED Gold certification and second in the country
As the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history, and with sustainability at the forefront, Kansas City’s new airport terminal has reached new milestones for green building in the region and beyond. 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded […]

What’s wrong with Bradford pears?

Once considered popular spring flowering trees, Bradford pear trees are now invasive and crowding out the native plants that pollinators depend on.

The Callery pear, and its’ cultivar Bradford, is a species native to China and Vietnam. The tree was introduced in the 1960s and widely planted in urban and suburban areas. It’s known for its’ stinky white […]