Monday, April 27, 2015

Go Wild -Go Native

MDC offers Grow Native event May 2 at Discovery Center

Free event in KC offers tips and seedlings for native plant landscaping
Kansas City, Mo. – Native wildflowers and grasses work well in home landscape plantings, and a free Grow Native special event will teach participants about planting and caring for native varieties 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City. The event will include guided tours of the Discovery Center’s diverse wildflower garden, now with spring flowers in full bloom, given by MDC staff.
Many native wildflowers work well in home landscaping
 and attract pollinators such as butterflies.
The purple coneflower (top photo) and purple poppy
mallow are popular with gardeners.
Photos by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation
 Participants will have a chance to take home free native plants and grasses, as well as tree seedlings such as redbud, dogwood and plum, while supplies last.  Demonstrations will include making seed balls for home flower gardens, potting native plants and grasses, rock painting and crafts for children.
    All ages are welcome and participants are welcome to walk in, no advance registration is needed.  For more information, call 816-759-7300 or visit