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Grow Native! is the native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

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Web of Life

Oaks and other natives feed caterpillars. Caterpillars feed songbirds. 

Wildflower garden by Scott Woodbury, Plant sale by Felicia Brundick, Wild Blue Indigo by Mervin Wallace, grasses and goldenrod by Frank Oberle, Polyphemus by Linda Williams.

What is the Lower Midwest?
Map of lower midwest showing Grow Native service area

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.

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Native Plant Container Gardening

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...

Request for Proposals: Native Plantings in St. Louis

The Missouri Prairie Foundation seeks proposals from experienced contractors for several native planting projects in the St. Louis Area. These multi-year projects will be funded by the Missouri Prairie Foundation via grant funding. Please find the two Requests for...

Spring Native Gardening Tips from Grow Native! & Native Plant Sales

As the first official day of spring nears, you may find it hard to resist your garden “spring cleaning” urge. However, removing fallen leaves and dead plant stalks from plant beds too soon may in fact harm many of the native bees, overwintering moth cocoons, and other...

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.

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