Aster and carpenter bee by Ed Spevak, Compass plant by Erica Ballard, Black-eyed Susan by Carol Davit, grasses and goldenrod by Frank Oberle, Polyphemus by Linda Williams.
What is the Lower Midwest?
Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes of the Lower Midwest—Missouri, southwestern Illinois, northern Arkansas, and eastern Kansas.
Grow Native! Events
Choose native plants and put them to work for you:
- Beautify your surroundings and fill your landscape with life!
- Sustain the hundreds of species of pollinators of the lower Midwest
- Feed monarch butterflies and help ensure that their awe-inspiring migration forever remains a wonder of planet Earth!
- Support native songbirds
- Manage stormwater and protect streams
- Store carbon with deep-rooted natives
- Build healthy soil
- Provide drought-tolerant forage for livestock and use natives in other ways on farms
- Provide native edibles for people–pawpaws, elderberries, persimmons, walnuts and more!
- Create and enhance habitat for wildlife
Find out more on our Learn page.
Position Opening: Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! Administrative & Outreach Assistant Full-time (40 hours a week), salaried position, the duties of which involve managing data and occasional event preparation and participation for the Missouri Prairie...
Launched on the Grow Native! website on June 29, the Grow Native! Native Gardens of Excellence program features plantings of native plants in designed, well-maintained gardens and in other native landscape plantings in the lower Midwest. “The gardens and landscape...
By Mervin Wallace I began growing native perennials in containers for outdoor display about ten years ago, as various native plant colleagues of mine had suggested. At Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, we now have decorative pots, planted seven to eight years ago, which...
Protection & Restoration of MPF’s 400-acre Lordi Marker Prairie
An extraordinary $1 million lead gift from Susan Lordi Marker and her husband Dennis Marker, along with other generous gifts and financial backing from MPF, made this new MPF acquisition possible. Your gift of any amount—to be matched up to $25,000 from an additional gift from the Markers—will help us raise $50,000 in 2021 restricted to this project, which includes acquisition, restoration, and stewardship of this remarkable 400-acre property.