Golden alexanders (Zizia aurea) and Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis). Photo: Scott Woodbury

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Last Chance for Winter Pruning

Last Chance for Winter Pruning

My favorite winter activity, besides going for long walks through the woods, is pruning trees and shrubs. March is the last month to do it before they leaf out in April. Why prune before leaf-out? It’s easy to see the branching structure, and safer in terms of disease...

Native Plant Container Gardening

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...

Are You a Host with the Most?

Are You a Host with the Most?

By Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation Executive Director Photo: Linda Williams The foundation for insect and other animal life is plants. Not just any plants, but plants native to a given location, where insects in that same geography evolved with those same...