MDC and partners host free virtual native landscaping workshop series starting March 10

St. LOUIS, Mon. Homeowners can go a long way toward making their neighborhoods and communities greener by planting native plants. To get them started, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Native Landscaping Partners have partnered with the St. Louis County Library to host a series of free virtual Native Landscaping Workshops: Spring Seminar Series: All About Native Plants .

A total of nine meetings will take place from March 10th to May 4th. Each session includes an introduction to indigenous landscaping for wildlife and humans, indigenous gardening for pollinators, indigenous plant nursery for birds, rainy landscape with indigenous plants and gardening with indigenous shrubs and trees, and more. Seminars are led by experts in the field such as Dave Tylka and Mitch Leachman of the St. Louis Audubon Society, Ed Spevak of the Saint Louis Zoo, Jean Ponzi of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Scott Woodbury of the Shaw Nature Reserve.

Each Spring Series of Seminars: Everything About Native Plants is Free, and People Can Attend As Many As They Want. For more information on the series and a full list of programs, please visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZRx. Prior registration is required on the St. Louis Country Library login page at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZRN. Use the search function to find programs by title or date.

The workshop series is jointly organized by MDC, Shaw Nature Reserve, the St. Louis Audubon Society, St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones, BiodiverseCity St. Louis and the Clear Stormwater, Grow Native! Sponsored by the Metropolitan Sewer District. and hosted by the St. Louis County Library.

Native plants have developed in Missouri’s landscape. They are better used to our climatic conditions than exotic plants and are resistant to local pests and diseases. This means less time, effort and cost consumed in irrigation, fertilization and use of insecticides.

Likewise, native wildlife in Missouri has evolved to coexist and use native plants for cover, food, and habitat. Hence, the increase in native plants also increases the numbers of desirable wildlife such as birds, butterflies and pollinators.

This virtual workshop series from Partners for Native Landscaping is part of MDC’s commitment to working with homeowners to sustain healthy, greener communities for people and wildlife.

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