Learn about marvelous Missouri mushrooms
Mushrooms can be beautiful to observe and with care choosing the safe ones, tasty to eat. From 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, Jay Justice, co-founder of the Arkansas Mycological Society and author of...
Fascinating MU study: Plants respond to insect vibrations
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have shown that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and...
‘Pots of Gold’ for your native garden
After the floral abundance of spring comes a steadily changing profusion of blooms. The crescendo builds as summer progresses and then, in late summer, both sun and shade gardens become punctuated by the butter...
Dr. Peter Raven will speak in Springfield
On Aug. 23, 2014, the Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Dinner will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the White River Conference Center in Springfield will feature Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical...
Indoor Garden Supply is Matt Wolfel’s dream
Matt Wolfel has had special place in his life for gardening and raising plants since he was 7 years old. Raised on a farm, he first job was in a Springfield greenhouse. “My knowledge...
It’s time you knew about Ozarks stumpwater
Nothing gets me going early in the morning more enjoyably than a cup of coffee. I’m just not a “medium mocha macchiato decaf grande skim latte” kind of guy. Perhaps because I can’t even...
A Safari on the Wild Side
Paleontologists will tell you that there was a time eons ago when tigers, bears and buffalo roamed the plains, and giant saber-toothed cats climbed in the trees. Giant sloths were slothful; huge armadillos, wooly...
A true kitchen garden supplies Ristorante Gilardi’s
On the day he moved into his new home, James Martin began to dig up the front yard. Neighbors looked at him sideways, perhaps wondering if a madman had taken ownership of Ristorante Gilardi’s...
The summer (and winter) of our discontent
Mother Nature can be so cruel. Such are the rhythms of her seasons that we cannot be sure if she has changed the rules or is simply teaching us a planetary lesson in the...
Winds of change affect the Urban Campfire
Living not far from the James River Freeway for 25 years means our venerable Parkcrest/Springfield neighborhood that once was buffered by Greene County meadows is now surrounded by a steady surge of suburban sprawl.