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Workshop features native plant choices for the home landscape

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David Middleton, landscaper designer and staff horticulturalist at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, adjusts piping near the Winter Garden.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Native plants are not only a beautiful addition to any home landscape, but they also provide benefits for wildlife and pollinators and can be a low maintenance choice for gardeners.

Homeowners are invited to join Master Gardeners of Greene County Greene County MU Extension from 10 a.m. to Noon on Friday, June 9, for a presentation by David Middleton, horticulturist, gardener, and native plant expert, at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield.

Middleton will talk about great native plant choices for home gardeners followed by a guided wildflower walk in the gardens.

For information, contact Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, University of Missouri Extension, at mcgowank@missouri.edu for more information.

The class is $10 per person and registration can be done on the Greene County Extension website at Extension.Missouri.edu/Greene.

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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