The Grow Native! program presents a self-guided tour of three designed landscapes in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, June 12, 2021. This socially-distanced event allows you to come-and-go at your own pace between the hours of 2:00-5:00pm, as you explore the grounds and interact with location hosts at three showcase landscapes in the order of your choosing. Your tour will include a stop at Government Plaza in the heart of Springfield. It establishes the city as a leader in using native plants in landscaping at a municipal property. You will also visit Egg Central Station, home of Vital Farms at the Partnership Industrial Center (PIC) West complex. This landscape is a shining example of how native plants can be incorporated into industrial parks and help companies reach their sustainability goals. Rounding out your tour will be a stop in east Springfield at the corporate headquarters of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and the office of Ransin Injury Law. Once you walk those grounds, you will never think of corporate landscaping in the same way again.
Government Plaza: 840 Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802
The City of Springfield’s Government Plaza utilizes native plants as part of the stormwater design and landscaping in a beautiful and functional way. The site receives many visitors every day, including developers, contractors, and the general public. The site serves as a visible demonstration to support efforts to promote the use of native plants in the community.
O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and the offices of Ransin Injury Law: 4045 East Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65809
O’Reilly Hospitality Management is dedicated to supporting the natural ecosystem by utilizing native plants, grasses and flowers in the landscape. It’s good for the environment and saves money on maintenance!
Vital Farms: 2007 N. Alliance Avenue, Springfield, MO 65803
Vital Farms provides ethically produced eggs, butter and ghee by putting the lives and health of people, animals and the environment at the forefront of every decision made. The decision to use native plants outside the Springfield facility, Egg Central Station, was no exception. It was a natural choice to use native grasses and trees to help preserve soil health. When breaking ground to build ECS, as much of the native landscape as possible was saved to replant when construction was complete. The choice to use native plants eliminates non-native, invasive species, the need for permanent irrigation and allows Vital Farms to be fertilizer and pesticide free.
Photo courtesy of MDC.