“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
ROLLA, Mo. – The Meramec Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists and the Paradoxa Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society are co-sponsoring the third annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12, from 7 am until Noon. The sale will be located under the blue canopy at the Rolla Downtown Farmers Market, located at 901 N. Elm Street, along with Phelps County Master Gardeners sale which will include ornamental annuals, perennials and vegetable starts. Gardeners will find a variety of native plants from Prairie Hill Farms, including many species good for pollinators and milkweed for monarchs. There will be shrubs that have been potted up from the George O. White State Nursery plus divided and “volunteer” native perennials from members. Master Naturalists and native plant experts will be on hand to answer questions and make suggestions.
With the plight of pollinators, from honey bees to Monarch butterflies, in the news, adding native plants to your landscape can not only help pollinators in the larger ecosystem but it can have great benefits in your yard as well. Flowering plants can attract more pollinators and lead to greater success in the vegetable garden, more fruit on bushes and trees as well as greater diversity. For those interested in learning more ahead of the plant sale, the Extension website has many resources available at http://outreach.missouri.edu/. Landscape design plans using natives and information on beneficial alternatives to harmful ornamental plants can be found at http://grownative.org/.
Native plants available for sale come from the George O. White State Nursery, Prairie Hill Farm, and members own gardens. The Missouri Master Naturalists chapters, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension, are volunteer groups focused on engaging Missourians in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources through science-based education and community service while the Missouri Master Gardener chapters, also sponsored by University of Missouri Extension, engage those in their community to promote gardening and environmental education. For more information, you can visit the website: http://www.meramechills.org/ or find the Phelps County Master Gardeners or the Meramec Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists on Facebook.