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Native Plant Market


Event Host: Friends of the Garden
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Place: Springfield Botanical Gardens Roof-top, Close Memorial Park ( 2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65807 )

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Admission: FREE
Pre-Registration: None



Purchase native plants from Ozark Soul and Smiling Sun, southwest Missouri's local native plant nurseries. Then plant your natives using newly acquired garden tools made by Homestead Iron (the most durable hand tool you will ever encounter). You will even have an opportunity to purchase original botanical illustrations by Linda Ellis. This event will offer opportunity to learn from a variety of educational organizations about how you can preserve and restore our natural resources all while celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Roston Native Butterfly House. Come and enjoy the Springfield Botanical Gardens' 2nd ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT MARKET!



9:00 am    Planting for Pollinator by Katie Keith 

10:00 am  Caterpillar Rearing by Dr. Chris Barnhart

11:00 am  Landscaping with Natives by Paul Armstrong


Homestead Iron
Ozark Soul Native Plants and Landscaping
Smiling Sun Gardens

Educational Booths

Audubon Society
Bees Alive Club
Butterfly House
James River Basin Partnership
Master Naturalist
Mayor's Monarch Pledge
Missouri Native Plant Society
Missouri Prairie Foundation


Latin Name Pronunciation: nar-sis'-us

Bulb size: 12-16 cm; miniature varieties 8-12 cm

Harbingers of a new season, these spring-flowering bulbs light up the landscape. Glorious gold, lemon-yellow, and snowy white blooms are often accented with contrasting trumpets or centers and vary in height from two inches to two feet with flowers in elegant proportion. Easily grown, the majority of these bulbs are very tolerant of cold winters. Paperwhite Narcissus are hardy only to Zone 8, but are forced indoors in pots in cold climates during the winter months for their fragrant blooms. Many of the hardy varieties can also be successfully forced indoors. Many Daffodils can be grown throughout the South, except in regions that are frost-free, since cold temperatures are necessary for the formation of the flower buds.

Color: Narcissus color can vary based on the age of the flowers as well as environmental conditions, such as temperature and light intensity.

Light/Watering: While Daffodils prefer full sun they will usually tolerate half-day shade, especially Cyclamineus hybrids such as 'Jack Snipe' and the Poeticus variety 'Actaea'. Those cultivars with orange, red, or pink cups generally retain deeper color when planted in a location that receives protection from the hot afternoon sun. Watering during the fall is essential for good root growth before the ground freezes in cold regions. Try not to water excessively in the summer months when bulbs are dormant.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Daffodil bulbs will not survive in soils that are wet, especially during the winter. Avoid low-lying areas where water gathers or where the snow is late to melt in spring. Plant each bulb at a depth 3 times the height of the bulb. Daffodil bulbs appreciate deep planting in light soil. If your soil is heavy, try planting less deeply than we recommend, making up the difference with a layer of mulch on top. Plant larger or bedding-size bulbs 5–6″ apart (4–5 bulbs per sq ft), smaller or landscape-size bulbs 3–4″ apart (5 bulbs per sq. ft.), and the miniatures 3–4″ apart (5 bulbs per sq ft). When planting, keep in mind that the blooms tend to face the prevailing direction of the sun; in a border viewed from the north, they will look away from you. Do not separate bulbs that are attached at the base; the smaller bulb (known as an off-set or a "daughter" bulb) should not be detached from the parent bulb before planting. The best time to fertilize is in the autumn, when the bulbs are sending out new roots. To make clumps of Daffodils easy to find, plant a few Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) amongst them; the Grape Hyacinths send up a bit of leaf growth in the fall. The next best time to fertilize is in early spring, just as the Daffodil foliage begins to push through the soil. We recommend using a granular slow-release fertilizer formulated especially for bulbs.

Naturalizing with Daffodils: In naturalizing with Daffodils, begin with the idea that they look best in groups of individual varieties. Mother Nature does it this way, and she is a reliable guide. Plant your bulbs in sweeps or drifts, or scatter them in clumps or clusters. Scatter Daffodil fertilizer over the top of the soil after planting, with repeat applications every fall. Once bloom is complete, allow the leaves to remain in place until they yellow (8-10 weeks). Do not cut back or mow the foliage. This ensures the following year’s display, and they'll reward you with larger clumps each year.

Pests/Diseases: Few if any pests bother Daffodils. The bulbs and foliage are poisonous to most insects and animals, including deer and voles. If you see vertical streaks in the Daffodil leaves, dig up the bulb and put it in the trash as it may be infected with a virus. Watch any surrounding Daffodils for symptoms as the virus is spread by contact.

Companions: Narcissus reach dormancy 6 to 12 weeks after flowering depending on weather and variety. The period between the end of flowering and the withering of the foliage is crucial to the future vigor of the plant. If you cut, fold, or braid the leaves before they have yellowed and collapsed, you may prevent the bulb from storing the energy required to bloom the following year. You can hide curing foliage by interplanting bulbs with leafy perennials such as Hostas, Daylilies, and Ferns or with annuals or ground covers like Brunnera or Vinca. If you plant the bulbs in a lawn, do not mow the grass until the bulb foliage begins to yellow. Daffodils do well under deciduous trees, but avoid planting under evergreens and in areas where large roots are close to the surface.

Dividing/Transplanting: The best time to move or divide bulbs is when their foliage has withered, signaling the end of active growth. Lift them with a digging fork or a spade, taking care to avoid injuring the bulbs, and replant them immediately at the same depth and about three times their diameter apart. Water well.

End of Season Care: Remove dried up foliage after it has died down completely. A mulch of evergreen boughs after the ground freezes may help plants stay dormant if warm periods occur during the winter months.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Fertilize now if you missed the fall opportunity.

Late Spring: Water if the season has been dry, and deadhead as needed. Watch for vertical lines in the foliage and remove and destroy any bulbs showing signs of viral infection.

Summer: Try not to overwater in areas where Daffodils are planted. Allow foliage to cure naturally without intervention.

Fall: Use a granular slow-release fertilizer to feed Daffodil bulbs now. Gently lift and divide clumps of bulbs now. Plant new bulbs and include a few Grape Hyacinths to mark the planting spot. Remove dead foliage, and mulch with evergreen boughs after the ground has frozen. Water bulb plantings thoroughly through the fall if rain is scarce.

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Wildflower Pickup

It’s almost here! Can’t you feel the excitement in the air? It’s almost like Christmas in May! On Saturday, May 29, 2021, we are hosting a wildflower pickup here at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.  You won’t even have to get out of your vehicle. Contact one of the following vendors to check what they have available for purchase for your landscaping project.  Purchase your plants, and they will deliver them here for you to pick up.

  • Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Jefferson City, MO, 573-496-3492,
  • Ozark Soul Native Plants, Thornfield, MO, 816 809-4062,     
  • Smiling Sun Gardens, Forsythe, MO, 417-300-5055,

Now is the time to get you pencils out to design your newest wildflower garden. Then get your plants ordered so they will be available for pick-up. You will need to purchase plants from the above vendors by Tuesday, May 25, 2021 for delivery on May 29. 


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Plant sale to highlight native plants

The Runge Conservation Nature Center, in partnership with the Missouri Prairie Foundation�s Grow Native! program, will host a native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the nature center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City.

Eight vendors will sell a selection of plants that are especially well-suited to the region, meaning they require less effort in terms of watering, fertilizing and pest control. Native plants also are beneficial to beloved fauna such as butterflies, birds, bees and other pollinators, and other wildlife.

Additionally, experts will be on hand to perform demonstrations, answer questions and offer samples of edible native plants.

Vendors scheduled to be there include Gaylena�s Garden of Fulton, SunRise Gardens of Columbia, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery of Brazito, Smiling Sun Gardens of Springfield, Pure Air Natives of Wentzville, Longfellow�s Nursery of Centertown, Forrest Keeling Nursery of Elsberry and Prairie Hill Farm of Auxvasse.

All vendors will donate a portion of their sale proceeds to the Grow Native! program.

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