News release: Native Plants Workshop

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640

Release Date: March 29, 2018
Headline:Native Plants Workshop

It’s always a challenge to grow plants from other parts of the world, and even other regions of our own country.  Some of them grow well in Missouri, but many of them can have major issues with diseases and other problems. 

For a lower maintenance landscape, think of native plants.  Generally, these plants will have fewer problems, since they are well adapted to our environment.

If you would like to learn more about growing native plants, there is a great opportunity coming up on April 14 in Maryville.  The Missouri Prairie Foundation will be holding a workshop, which will feature several top speakers:

Dave Tylka is the author of “Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People”, published by the Missouri Department of Conservation. He and his wife grow over 200 different species of native plants in their own landscape. He is a widely recognized educator, biologist, nature author, and photographer.

Dr. Ed Spevak is currently the Curator of Invertebrates at the Saint Louis Zoo. He will be discussing native pollinators.

Scott Vogt is the Executive Director of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, a 30 acre public garden in Hesston, Kansas. He will be speaking about elements of a successful prairie garden.

Steve Buback is a Natural History Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and is currently the Heritage Entomologist for the Department. He will be discussing native trees and shrubs.

Doug Peterson has been with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 29 years.  He is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and producers around the Midwest about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it takes to effectively improve our soil’s health, function and productivity.

Finally, Ruth Farrand-Cox is a retired educator who now volunteers as a naturalist at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center. She is an expert on wild edibles, and will be bringing a presentation on that topic.

There is a registration fee, which includes lunch. You may register online at or call 888-843-6739 for more information or a registration form.