In this webinar, MPF/Grow Native! staff member Emily Gustafson will share the transformation of her Columbia yard from a landscape of turf grass, boxwoods, and day lilies — and a whole lot of invasive bush honeysuckle, burning bush, wintercreeper, and privet — to a space dominated by native plants. She’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of that transition, the inspiration she drew on, and the resources she used as she learned to “grow native.” She will walk through all four seasons in her landscape, including the seasonal maintenance and stewardship practices that come along with the goal of supporting all of the life around us, even in urban environments.
As MPF/Grow Native! Operations Assistant, Emily Gustafson provides administrative and outreach support to carry out the mission of MPF and its Grow Native! program. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and her love for conservation and the outdoors started with exploring her neighborhood’s state natural area in Portland and spending summers on the rocky shores of Hood Canal in Washington State. Emily lives in Columbia, Missouri, and currently serves on the City of Columbia’s Climate and Environment Commission and is a Missouri Master Gardener. For the past four years, she has worked to transition to her city yard from traditional landscaping and invasive plants to a space with hundreds of Missouri natives and all the wildlife those plants support.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will include a presentation and a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants, as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
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Photo by Emily Gustafson of a spicebush swallowtail butterfly foraging on orange butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).