Shaw Wildflower Market

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-sale for Garden members only
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017
4 to 7:30 p.m. 

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 and Shaw Nature Reserve Passholders and their children (age 18 and under).

Shaw Nature Reserve and several nurseries from throughout the area will offer hundreds of 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, including purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, blazing star, dwarf crested iris, cardinal flower, compass plant, wild phlox, ostrich fern, red buckeye, fringe tree and short-leaf pine.

Plants will be for sale from Shaw Nature Reserve, Wild Ones, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Forest Keeling Nursery, Andy's Native Plants, St. Francis Mountain Natives, Garden Green, and Pure Air Native Seeds. All vendor accept cash or checks. Missouri Wildflower Nursery accepts credit cards, cash, or checks.  Please pay each vendor separately.

MISSOURI  NATIVE PLANTS of the prairie, wetland, woodland and savanna will be available. All plants sold will be nursery propagated (i.e., not wild harvested).

Shaw Nature Reserve Booth 2017 Plant List 

2017 market vendors include:

Non Profit Organizations: 
Wild Ones St. Louis
Audubon St. Louis
Habitat Helpers
Missouri Native Plant Society
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Forest ReLeaf
St Louis Herb Society
Gateway Gardener
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Master Naturalist

Live music!

Market Vendors:
Edge-Clif Winery
Great Harvest Bread
Williams Brother Meats
Colleen’s Irish Toffee
Yvonne’s Honey
Humminbird Bread Kitchen
Six Mile Bridge Brewery
Restore My Soul Photos
Doris Malone Baskets
Ross Malone Books
Think About Tables
Rob's Rings
Corinne's Honey Farm
Song of the Flower
Going in Circles
Missouri Nature Art

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.

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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 Phillips 66) and go 50 yards to the large iron gates on the left side of the road.

Signs will direct visitors to a special entrance on the western boundary of the Nature Reserve, with plenty of free parking.

View Map with driving directions from St Louis to Shaw Nature Reserve
Shaw Nature Reserve Map and Visitor Guide (PDF 3MB)

FOR MORE INFORMATION please call Shaw Nature Reserve at (636) 451-3512 (toll free from St. Louis area), or write to us at P.O. Box 38, Gray Summit, Missouri, 63039.

How to make the most of the Wildflower Sale

Before the Sale - Do your Homework

Become a member
Special sneak preview sale for members only on Friday.

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! Sign up for our monthly newsletter. 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.