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Thinking Outside The Lawn: Fostering Native Habitats, Caring For Natural World Right In The Backyard

Milkweed (at left), serviceberry (upper right) and buttonbush are just a few of the native plants that help St. Louis-area birds, butterflies and other wildlife thrive.
Shaw Nature Reserve and St. Louis Audubon Society
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Milkweed (at left), serviceberry (upper right) and buttonbush are just a few of the native plants that help St. Louis-area birds, butterflies and other wildlife thrive.

Even as an especially wintry winter continues to make itself known across the St. Louis region, spring is more and more on residents’ minds – and will finally be here, at least officially, in less than two weeks.

Joining Monday's talk show were (from left) Scott Woodbury, Mitch Leachman and Josh Ward.
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Joining Monday's talk show were (from left) Scott Woodbury, Mitch Leachman and Josh Ward.

Along with warmer temperatures the new season brings renewed focus on gardening and yardwork, and on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh led a discussion about fostering native habitats and incorporating native plants as part of those efforts.

Joining the discussion were Mitch Leachman, director of programs for the St. Louis Audubon Society; Josh Ward, community conservation planner with the Missouri Department of Conservation; and Scott Woodbury, manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve.

Listen to the conversation:

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What: Lecture And Book Signing With Larry Weaner, Author Of “Gardening Revolution
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019
Where: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (975 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132)

What: The Partners For Native Landscaping Workshop
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Evie is a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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