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Load up on native plants at sales this weekend

Create a beautiful landscape, rain garden or bioswale with locally grown native wildflowers, grasses and more on sale at two native plant sales this weekend.

Native wildflowers and grasses can be easy to grow and the perennials will return every year. Because they grow naturally in the Midwest landscape, they are acclimated to the climate and weather conditions. Once established, they will use less water and require less maintenance, plus they attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

To find a native plant sale by location nationwide, visit Plant Native. Here are two sales in the Kansas City, MO and Lawrence, KS area:

Missouri Prairie Foundation Native Plant Sale

Five growers will sell native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses at the Missouri Prairie Foundation Native Plant Sale at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO.

This is a walk-through sale, but shoppers can also pre-order plants from most of the vendors and have orders ready to pick up on Saturday.

Check with vendors for pre-ordering options:

Allendan Seed Company

City Roots, LLC

Gaylena’s Garden

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery

Ozark Soul Native Plants


Grassland Heritage Foundation Native Plant Sale

The Grassland Heritage Foundation Native Plant Sale will have 60 plant species for sale from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS.

All plants are locally grown Kansas natives and are guaranteed to be free of neonicotinoid insecticides, which can harm bees and other pollinators.

Plants will be $4 each and most will be in 3.5” pots. Additional native plant Garden-To-Go kits are $60 each and include 15 plants. The kit gardens include: Edible Native Plant Garden designed by Courtney Masterson of Native Lands LLC, Plant for Birds Garden designed by Jayhawk Audubon Society, Monarch Oasis Garden and Urban Area Native Garden, a partial shade garden.

For a complete plant list, go to GHF Native Plant Sale.

Photo: Valerie Kutchko

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