Fall and Spring Wildflower Markets
Shaw Wildflower Pick-Up

Pre-order your Missouri native plants from multiple vendors and pick-up in one location at Shaw Nature Reserve! The Shaw Wildflower Pick-Up (previously known as the Shaw Plant Pick-Up) will be a pre-order pick-up only event. No day-of sales will be available. Customers will enter through Shaw Nature Reserve’s main entrance and be directed to the pick-up location. Shaw Nature Reserve general admission is waived for Shaw Wildflower Pick-Up customers. Please plan to take a short hike before picking up your plants! Customers should print out or screenshot order confirmations from each vendor prior to picking up plants to refer to order details. Shaw Nature Reserve customers will receive additional pick-up logistics via email the week before May 8.  

Member Preview: New this year, we will be offering a Garden member preview sale on April 14 for Shaw Nature Reserve inventory. Your Missouri Botanical Garden membership ID number will be required to access the order form.   

𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗘: 

April 9: Shaw Nature Reserve inventory posted online 

April 14: Online orders for Shaw Nature Reserve open to Garden members; participating vendor order information posted 

April 15-27: Online orders for Shaw Nature Reserve open to general public; NOTE: check the vendor information below for order deadlines 

May 8: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-order pick-up at Shaw Nature Reserve

𝗣𝗥𝗘-𝗢𝗥𝗗𝗘𝗥 𝗟𝗢𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗦: 

Each vendor will take care of their own ordering and payment process. Please contact each vendor directly for questions on species availability.  

𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗥𝗦: (vendor attendance and final day accepting orders) 

COMING SOON! Vendor order information will be posted on April 14.  

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.