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April 2021


Member's yard tour, Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, Hillcreek Fiber Studio,

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Saturday, April 24th, 2021
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We will tour Carol Leigh's yard, seeing spring ephemerals in bloom, and other native plants, in this well established site.

Located at 7001 So Hill Creek Road.  To get there take Providence Rd. south past Nifong and past Rock Bridge Elementary School where Providence becomes S. Rte K. Continue approximately 1.3 mi to S Hill Creek Rd., turn left onto S Hill Creek Rd. Go .5 mile to house on right hand side of road. Sign for Hillcreek Fiber Studio is there.

This will be a walking tour, outdoors. Hope to see you there.

June 2021


Forum Nature Area Native Garden Work Party

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Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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Forum Nature Area, Off Forum Blvd., south of Katy Lane, Columbia, MO, 65203 Map

We will meet at the Forum Nature Area Trailhead and work on the shady gardens there and the sunny triangle nearby, mostly weeding.  Join us to learn more about native plants and their needs and/or to share what you know with other.

Enter the parking lot off of Forum, south of Katy Lane, and drive to the lower level.  We will be working at the far end of the parking lot.


Member Lesa Beamer's Yard and Restored Prairie Tour

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Saturday, June 12th, 2021
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Lesa Beamer's property, 8400 South Route N, Columbia, MO Map

We will tour Lesa Beamer's native yard, where she has been working for 20 years.  This includes a 1/2 acre restored prairie, a new rain garden, and a wooded area that has been burned to reveal more native plants.

Note: Don't rely on GPS
Directions from Providence and Nifong:  Take Providence south to 163 (by Rock Bridge Elementary School) and turn left.  Take 163 through Rock Bridge park.  At the first stop sign (by Pierpont Store) turn right onto Route N.  Go 1 mile to my house (mailbox on left).  Park on grass to right of driveway.  If that fills up, easiest place to park is on Pierpont Meadows Road, which is just before my driveway, also on the left.
New note:  Lesa's mailbox was part of original directions, but it was recently destroyed.   The post with the house #  is still standing and will have red tape around it so it is more visible.


Plant Rescue at Capen Park Mulch Demo Site

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
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Capen Park Compost Demo Site, Capen Park Drive, Columbia, MO, 65201 Map

We will be rescuing plants that have grown out of the garden beds, to prepare for mulching the following day.

You are welcome to come take plants home (bring containers and water, and perhaps potting soil), or help rescue them for other public sites, like schoolyards (Lea will help with their planting later).


Capen Mulch Site Demo Garden Work Party

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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
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Capen Park Compost Demo Site, Capen Park Drive, Columbia, MO, 65201 Map

We will be working with a group of youth volunteers to mulch around the edges of the gardens between the mulch site and the western trail.  Mulch will be delivered and we will put down newspaper first and then mulch, helping supervise the youth and physically helping as well.

July 2021


Louise Flenner's Yard Tour

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Saturday, July 17th, 2021
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Louise Flenner's Home, 5203 South Cowan Road, Columbia, MO Map

We will tour the Flenner's approximately 1 acre property, at 5203 South Cowan Road, south of Columbia.

Highlights of this tour are two native plant meadows planted in 2012, a native plant garden with numerous varieties of plants, a rain garden, and a frog-scaping garden alongside a frog pond and moss garden (in progress), and a vegetable garden. The meadows are maintained with mowing instead of burning. There will be mowed paths for walking.

August 2021


Native Plant Tour of Laura Hillman's property

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Saturday, August 14th, 2021
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Laura Hillman's House, 7900 Cave Creek Road, Columbia, MO Map

Laura has native plants in a natural setting that will be very enjoyable to see. Laura has been an involved member of Wild Ones for many years and is the president of Mid-Missouri Chapter. The current weather prediction is for a beautiful day, high of 86, low of 63. Be prepared to walk down the hill and across the creek (dry) to the field. She has a planted wildflower garden there and also natural habitat. There are other garden spots to see by the house.

Directions to Laura Hillman: Address is 7900 Cave Creek Rd. (GPS works well). From Columbia take Providence Rd. South past Rockbridge Elementary School where it becomes South Rt. K.  At approximately 1.3 miles turn left onto S Hill Creek Rd., Go .8 mile and continue straight onto Cave Creek Road.  Her house is the last one on the road and has a big boat in the yard - can't miss that!   Park off to the side of the road. Laura's cell phone # is 573-397-1010.

September 2021


Tour of Rock Bridge High School Rain Garden

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Saturday, September 11th, 2021
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Rock Bridge High School, 4303 So Providence Rd., Columbia, MO Map

Tour the large rain garden created by students and teacher, Glenn Pickett, starting in 2006.  This detention basin captures water from a large parking lot at the northeast side of the school.  Glenn and Lea and other volunteers have been caring for this garden since it's creation, for use by students and teachers.  Glenn (and Lea) will be there to give us the history of this lovely and useful garden.

Directions:  Rockbridge High School is located at 4303 S. Providence Rd. (GPS works well). It is on South Providence just north Southampton. The rain garden is in the front of the school on the north side.  Park in the lot on the North side. Lea is the contact person for this one.  573-864-7647