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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

May 4, 2018

Native Plant Market Offers Missouri Plants for
Purchase, Care Instruction, and Educational Tours

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Friends of the Gardena and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, present the first Native Plant Market at the Springfield Botanical Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Browse and purchase a splendid variety of Missouri native plants and enjoy an abundance of educational opportunities from the regional network of native plant conservation organizations.

The event features more than 2,000 plants representing more than 100 native species. Plants may be purchased from vendors including Hickory Hills School, Ozark Soul Native Plants and Landscaping, and Smiling Sun Gardens.

A wide range of educational booths provide opportunities for the public to learn more about the importance of native plants and how to select and care for them. Participating organizations include Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Bees Alive Club, Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House, James River Basin Partnership, Missouri Master Naturalists, Mayor's Monarch Pledge, Missouri Native Plant Society, Missouri Prairie Foundation, and Master Gardeners of Greene County.

Three informational tours led by local experts allow attendees the chance to learn more about native plants within the Springfield Botanical Gardens:

10:30am | Walking Tour by Barb and Bob Kipfer, Master Naturalists

Native Shrub Garden and invasive species removal efforts

10:30am | Tram Tour by Becky Day, Horticultural Interpreter

Rain Garden and Lake Drummond goose habitat modification

1:00pm | Walking Tour by Barb and Bob Kipfer, Master Naturalists

Wildflower Garden and Native Shrub Garden

The Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park are located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information, please call 417-891-1515.

Source: Lisa Bakerink, 417-874-2952

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