St. LOUIS — Homeowners can make a significant contribution to making their neighborhoods and communities greener by planting native plants. To help get them started, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Partners for Indigenous Landscaping have teamed up with the St. Louis County Library to present the Partners for Landscaping Spring Webinar Series. native landscape. The aim of the series is to inspire and help individuals create gardens that are not only beautiful, but are also habitats for native wildlife.
A total of nine sessions will take place starting March 10 and will continue until April 5. Individual sessions will include keynote address “Let it Be an Oak” by acclaimed native landscape author Doug Tallamy, “A Three-Year Suburban Landscape Makeover”, “Life in the Soil”, “Native Plant Gardens Bring Pollinators”, ” Rainscaping with Native Plants,” “Investing in Native Shrubs and Trees,” “Gardening for Backyard Wildlife,” and more.
The seminars will be led by experts in the field such as Erin Shank from the MDC, Dave Tylka from the St. Louis Audubon Society, Jean Ponzi from the Missouri Botanical Garden and Scott Woodbury from the Shaw Nature Reserve.
Each session of the Partners for Native Landscaping Spring Webinar is free and those interested can attend as many as they wish; however, prior online registration is required. More information about the series and a full list of programs and registration links can be found at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4oh. The webinars will take place via Zoom. Participants will receive information about Zoom by email immediately after registration. The programs will also be recorded and available on YouTube within three working days.
More information can also be found at PartnersForNativeLandscaping.org/.
The workshop series is jointly sponsored by MDC, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Louis Audubon Society, St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, Metropolitan Sewer District’s Project Clear Stormwater, Grow Native !, and hosted by the St. Louis County Library.
Native plants have evolved into the Missouri landscape. They are better acclimatized to our climatic conditions than exotic plants and are resistant to local pests and diseases. This translates to less time, effort and cost spent on watering, fertilizing and using insecticides.
Likewise, Missouri’s native fauna evolved to co-exist and use native plants for cover, food, and habitat, so increasing native plants also tends to increase desirable fauna, such as birds, butterflies, and pollinators. .
This Partners for Native Landscaping virtual workshop series is part of MDC’s commitment to working with landlords to maintain healthy, greener communities for people and wildlife.