This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Gardening with Native Plants

As the trees leaf out and the Virginia bluebells and celandine poppies of the woodlands mature, the glades come alive. The dolomite glade is quite characteristic of the Ozarks, and well represented at Shaw Nature Reserve. The combination of shallow soil and direction of slope produces a hot, often extremely dry environment with thin, rocky soil which will not support the rapid growth of trees. Learn more during a Spring Wildflower Walk.

Consider creating your own native landscape this spring. For those with glade-like property we suggest a short walk from the Maritz Trail House to enjoy the spectacular display of the Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) interspersed with blue false indigo (Baptisia minor) and lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) to get ideas. Later this month look for a sea of purple glade coneflower (Echinacea simulata) dotted with the 4-inch yellow flowers of the Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa). A stroll to the wetlands will reward you with patches of southern blue flag iris at the water’s edge and tuberous water lilies on the water’s surface. Learn more about gardening with natives during Native Plant School: Spring Flowering Perennials and Grasses.

While enjoying the wildflower show, don’t forget to attend the Shaw Wildflower Market! Here you will find the largest selection of native wildflowers available in the St. Louis area. Are you having trouble identifying the wildflowers? Experts will be available along with excellent field guides to assist you.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons this month (weather permitting), the Wilderness Wagon will depart the Visitor Center on the hour: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The narrated wagon ride travels the 3-mile Trail House Loop Road, with stops at the Trail House and Wetland Trail. It’s a great way to shorten the hike to the Trail House or to the wetlands if you have small children or non-hikers in your group. Get off at either stop and get picked up later!

Featured Events

Saturday, May 21–
Sunday, May 22
Shaw Photography Series: Light + Discovery Photo Workshop Overnight

Six consecutive Sundays beginning May 22
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Coming Soon

Thursday, June 9
Shaw Family Adventures: On The Water’s Edge

Wednesday, June 15
Fairy Houses for Adults