REGISTRATION CLOSED Native Plant School: Fine Gardening Symposium
October 19, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Whitmire Wildflower Garden
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Native Plant School: Fine Gardening Symposium
Celebrating 25 years of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden
At Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri

October 19-20, 2018

Are you in need of the tools necessary to transform your yard into a beautiful and functioning landscape that enhances life for you, your community, and wildlife? Success with native gardening comes with choosing the right plant for the right location. It also depends on how you creatively combine them to best emphasize color, texture, form and size. These are the visual elements, the tricks of the trade, that make gardens attractive to people. Lastly, paying attention to the best installation and maintenance methods can transform a mediocre garden into a great one. Topics include techniques for planting, transplanting, weed identification, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, dead-heading and eco-friendly turf maintenance. This Fine Gardening Symposium will focus on planting design, plant selection, installation and maintenance methods for optimal owner, community, and wildlife success and satisfaction.

Friday, October 19 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Social, welcome and introduction with Dr. Quinn Long and keynote with Scott Woodbury

Saturday, October 20 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morning presentation with Scott Woodbury and 25 breakout demonstrations in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

Speakers: Scott Woodbury, Jen Sieradzki, Terri Brandt, James Faupel, Angie Weber, Victoria Hatfield, Cody Heyo, Carrie Coyne, Mervin Wallace, Susie Van de Reit, Cassie Holcomb, Neal Hansum, Mitch Leachman, Simon Barker, and Chris Hartley.

Registration opens August 1st. Registration deadline Friday, October 12. www.shawnature.org

Breakout Session Topics:


Planting Design
• Assessing the Site for Soil Moisture and Light
• Perennial Plant Combinations
• Traditional vs. Naturalistic Garden Design
• Hardscaping (paths, planters and walls)

Garden Types
• Shade Gardening
• Rain Gardens
• Water Gardens
• Container Gardens




Right Plant Selection
• Native Plants for Pollinators
• Native Plants for Birds
• Native Annuals and Biennials
• Native Groundcovers
• Native Edibles
• Native Vines
• Native Small-flowering Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Installation/Maintenance
• Best Installation Methods
• Weeding, Watering Mulching
• Keeping Design Legible

Registration fee

$70 Garden Members

$84 General public

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