Over 500 people attended the Partners for Native Landscaping events held at St. Louis Community College at Meramec on March 3 and 4, the largest response yet to the six-year collaboration which has now engaged over 1,500 people in workshops on native plant landscaping. The events were co-headlined by Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery, and Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide.
Participants learned that over 90% of the 3,500 native bee species in the U.S. are solitary and rarely, if ever, aggressive and 70% nest in the ground. Next time you see what looks like an ant hill, with no ants around it, you just might have found the home of a native bee!
Event sponsors included Greenscape Gardens and Magnificent Missouri at the Platinum level and Forrest Keeling Nursery, Great Rivers Greenway, Ritter Perennials, St. Louis Composting, Sugar Creek Gardens and Wallflower Design at the Gold level. The Missouri Wildflowers Nursery was on-hand with their plants for sale and donated 15% of sales back to the event. Robert Weaver of the Gateway Gardener generously offered his services as event photographer.
The Partners include Grow Native!, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Louis Audubon, St. Louis Community College and Wild Ones—St. Louis Chapter.
We hope you can join us next year and bring a friend along to help spread the “good news.” Until then, pick and spot and go plant some native flowers or trees. The bees and birds will thank you!