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Learn more about native at Saturday plant sale

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Butterfly milkweed is a great example of a native plant that can be used to beautify your yard as you help native Monarch butterflies. Ozarkers can get information about how to use native plants around their homes at the 2017 Native Plant Sale and Workshops from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, (this is no joke, dear readers) at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Many homeowners are discovering the benefits of landscaping with native plants. Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses and they provide better habitat for butterflies, songbirds and other local wildlife.

Homeowners can learn more about using native plants at the Native Plant Sale and Workshops event that will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Springfield Conservation Nature Center. In addition to featuring a number of regional businesses that will be selling native plants, this event will also feature several guest speakers that will discuss benefits of incorporating native plants into landscaping strategies.

The event is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. For more information about the event, call the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 417-888-4237. The Nature Center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

More information about native plants can also be found at grownative.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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