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 Shaw Nature Reserve booth are listed on our website. Create your dream plant list, include scientific name, and possible substitutions. Don't forget trees and shrubs! Many useful plant lists can be found at the end of Chapter Four: Landscaping with Native Plants, A Gardener’s Guide for Missouri.
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 Shaw Nature Reserve, 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.
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 severe droughts. Follow our Native Landscape Maintenance Schedule.