Native Plant School

Native Plant School

Upcoming Sessions

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 Native Plant School is a year-round series of mostly outdoor learning sessions in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. They will cover various aspects of native home landscaping and prairie/savanna/wetland re-establishment. Please bring your questions, comments, photos, drawings, plant specimens, etc. for these three-hour discussion sessions. Scott Woodbury and guest experts will lead the discussions, hands-on tours and demonstrations. Participation from the audience is encouraged.

Class Information

Registration: Registration is required.  Please register and pay online.  If you are unable to register online call Shaw Nature Reserve at (636) 451-3512 ext 6007.
Registration starts February 1st for classes in March through August.
Registration starts August 1st for classes in September through February.

Time: All classes are Thursdays from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Location: All classes will begin in the classroom behind the Joseph H. Bascom House (Except for Plant Propagation will gather in the Green House).

Fees: $17 for non-members; $14 for members.

Continuing Education Credits: CEU’s available on request (three per course)


Upcoming Sessions

registration starts February 1st, 2017
January 12, 2017
Getting a Handle on Invasive Bush Honeysuckle 
Scott Woodbury 
Bush Honeysuckle is a threat to native ecosystems and landscapes because they compete with native plants for light, nutrients and moisture. Many natural and landscaped areas have become severely infested with bush honeysuckle due to its original introduction as a landscape plant from Asia and subsequent decades of neglect. Control methods described in this class are designed for both homeowners and large landowners who are having problems with bush honeysuckle.

February 9, 2017
Greenhouse Propagation of Native Plants- SOLD OUT  
Terri Brandt
Growing native perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs from seed isn’t a mystery. This class will introduce the basic propagation methods that involve stratification, scarification, timing, soils, containers, fertilization and basic insect management. Class will be held in the Shaw Nature Reserve Greenhouse area. Check in at Visitor Center for directions.

March 9, 2017
Maintaining a Successful Native Garden- SOLD OUT  
Scott Woodbury

I strive to shape gardens to fit into our neighborhoods, our yards and minds. Successful gardens get weeded, watered and mulched. Plants are divided, pruned and removed when they show up in the wrong place. This class will show you how to enhance and maintain an enjoyable and beautiful garden.
April 13, 2017
Top Performing Native Plants for the St. Louis Region-.SOLD OUT 
Scott Woodbury

Class will cover the best of the best native plants for a home garden, how to combine them, deer resistance and best plants for wildlife. Plants selections mostly based on ornamental value, compact size, lack of weediness, longevity and wildlife value. If you are thinking about starting or expanding a native plant garden, this class may be for you.  
May 12-13, 2017
Shaw Wildflower Market
May 4, 2017
Rain Gardening
Scott Woodbury

Rain gardens function like miniature natural watersheds. They slow down, capture and absorb water using elements similar to those in nature: plants, rocks, shallow swales and depressions that hold water temporarily rather than let it quickly run away. They provide beauty, natural diversity and wildlife habitat in areas that otherwise would be a monoculture of lawns, pavement, concrete culverts and storm drains. This class will show you how to plan, install and maintain a rain garden and bioswale.
June 8, 2017
NEW-Front Yard Formal Native Landscaping 
James Faupel 

We’ll take a look at how to incorporate native plants into a front yard setting. Class discussion will cover topics such proper plant selection, design methods, maintenance, use of turf grass, and more. Your neighbors will be envious of your tidy garden, and will want to know all about your well behaved native plants.
July 13, 2017
Gardening for Wildlife 
What can you plant that will look good in your home landscape and bring birds and butterflies to your yard? Bring a drawing of your landscape plan and get ready to explore planting options that will work with your yard's soil, light, and water conditions. We will examine the best plants for wildlife use in a home garden setting and the wildlife they attract.
registration starts August 1 2016
September 8, 2016
Ethnobotany and Native Plant Folklore
April Anderson
Have you ever wondered how "boneset" or "rattlesnake master" got their names? Explore historical uses of native plants and the stories which connect them to our predecessors. Enjoy a hike to look at some of the native plants we discuss. (Adults)
September 9, 2016
Shaw Wildflower Market
October 13, 2016
Fall Flowering Perennials and Grasses- SOLD OUT
Scott Woodbury
November 10, 2016
Grapevine Wreath Making
April Anderson
Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, and weave beautiful grapevine wreaths of various sizes to decorate your home. See how weeds and pods can be incorporated into your design. We will be outdoors during part of the class to gather our materials, so please dress for the weather. (Adults and teens)