Fall and Spring Wildflower Markets
Spring Market

POSTPONED

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with local and federal recommendations, the Spring Wildflower Market scheduled for May 8–9 is postponed indefinitely. Check back for updated information on a possible rescheduled date. 

The original dates were Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th. This sale has the largest selection of native wildflowers available in the St. Louis Area.

Admission is $5 per person, $3 for seniors 65+ and students. Free to Missouri Botanical Garden Members.

Shaw Nature Reserve and several regional nurseries will offer diverse varieties of Missouri native annual and perennial wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs to use in home landscaping and to attract wildlife. The sale will feature the showiest and hardiest native plants for sun or shade.

Native plants will be for sale from Shaw Nature Reserve, Wild Ones, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Forest Keeling Nursery, and more. All vendors accept cash or checks and some accept credit cards. Please pay each vendor separately.

Missouri native plants suited for prairie, wetland, woodland, glade, and savanna habitats will be available. All plants sold will be nursery propagated (i.e., not wild harvested).

Native Plant Vendors:
Forrest Keeling Nursery
Garden Green
Missouri Wildflower Nursery Llc.
Ozark Soul Native Plants
Papillon Perennials
River City Natives Llc.


Non-profit Organizations:
Shaw Nature Reserve Habitat Helpers
Wild Ones St. Louis Chapter
Missouri Botanical Garden Membership
Gateway Gardener
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
GrowNative (Missouri Prairie Foundation)
Missouri Native Plant Society
St. Louis Herb Society
The Fulton School

 

Music:
Friday: The Dust Covers 4–6 p.m.

Market Vendors:
Think About Tables
Hillermann Nursery & Florist
Rob's Rings
Corinne's Honey Farm
Inspire Me Artworks
Edge-Clif Farm & Winery
Six Mile Bridge Brewery
Baskets by Doris
Missouri Nature Art
Restore My Soul Photos
Von Der Rosa Honey Farm
Little Dutch Farm
Great Harvest Bread Company
Gathering Café & Catering


Food Truck:
Williams Brothers BBQ

Before or after shopping, take time to explore the 2,400-acre Nature Reserve, where the Whitmire Wildflower Garden offers a lovely example of home landscaping with Missouri native plants. Explore the tallgrass prairie, walk the boardwalk in the wetland or visit the historic Bascom House.

Fall Market

Friday, September 11, 2020
2 to 7 p.m.
Whitmire Wildflower Garden

Shop for locally-produced native plants, food and crafts. Also, experts will answer your native gardening questions.

Adults: $5
Seniors and students: $3 (65+)
Missouri Botanical Garden Members: Free
Children 12 and younger: Free

The Shaw Wildflower Market is geared for new and experienced gardeners and people looking for locally-made products for a greener community, including wildflowers from Missouri Wildflower Nursery, wine, bread, meats, art, crafts and more. 

2019 Vendors: 

Native Plant Vendors
Shaw Nature Reserve
Forrest Keeling Nursery
Missouri Wildflower Nursery

Non Profit Vendors
Gateway Gardener
Missouri Botanical Garden membership
St. Louis Herb Society
Wild Ones

Market Vendors
Dorris Malone's Baskets
Edg-Clif Farm & Winery
Hillermann's Nursery
R. Assel Arts
Robs Rings
Think about Tables
Yvonne's Honey
Garden Green 

2020 Vendors will be posted in August!  

The event is located in the pavilions behind the Bascom House, near the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve. The garden is devoted to showcasing native plants in many habitats and design styles. Participants will be able to stroll through the gardens, gaining inspiration from the mature plantings within each area.

This event is planned rain or shine.

Some vendors will accept credit cards. Cash or check accepted by all vendors.

Directions

Shaw Nature Reserve is on I-44 in Gray Summit, Missouri, approximately 32 miles southwest of the Missouri Botanical Garden (in St. Louis) and 22 miles west of the I-44/I-270 interchange. The Gray Summit I-44 exit is #253, just two exits west of Six Flags (Allenton/Eureka).

  • Westbound I-44 from exit ramp, turn left, crossing over I-44. Turn right at the intersection (at the Phillips 66) and go 50 yards to the large iron gates on the left side of the road.
  • Eastbound I-44, from exit ramp #253, turn right at top of ramp and then another right at at intersection (at the Mobil) and go 50 yards to the large iron gates on the left side of the road.

Regular Admission fees apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call Shaw Nature Reserve at (314) 577-9555, or write to us at 307 Pinetum Loop Road, Gray Summit, Missouri, 63039.

How to make the most of the Wildflower Sale

Before the Sale - Do your Homework

 Make a Shopping List

Look over your planting beds and decide what types of plants you need and how many. Look through your favorite native plant guides. We recommend Tried and True Missouri Native Plants for Your Yard. Plants available at the SNR booth are listed on our website. Create your dream plant list, include scientific name, and possible substitutions. Don't forget trees and shrubs! Many usefull plant lists can be found at the end of Chapter Four: Landscaping with Native Plants, A Gardener’s Guide for Missouri.

Come Prepared 
Carpool with a friend if you can but make sure you have plenty of space to fit all your purchases. If you plan to hike during your visit to SNR, do it first so that your plants don't bake in your hot car. Allow plenty of time, you may spend longer shopping then you think. Bring plenty of cash and checks, some vendors don't take credit cards.

Be on Time
Many popular species sell out within the first few hours. Visit each vendor to look over what they have and then go back to make your purchases. Remember to pay each vendor separately.

 

After the Sale - Take Care of Your Plants

Protect Your Plants
Before planting keep your new plants in the shade, protected from strong winds, and well watered. 

Right Plant, Right Place
Read your labels carefully and look up any cultivation information that your aren't sure about. Remember to put the right plant in the right place.

Plant and Water
Dig your planting holes larger then the pot size and then place the plant in with loose crumbly soil surrounding it. Keep the soil level of the plant in the pot the same as the soil level in your garden. Water thoroughly and mulch.

Continue Care
Keep a daily eye on your plants for several weeks. Make sure they haven't been dug up by a curious squirrel or armadillo. Keep them well watered and mulched. Throughout the summer check your plants once a week and water if it doesn't rain for a week.  Trees need to be watered for two years and during sever droughts.  Follow our Native Landscape Maintenance Schedule.