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‘Naturescaping’ workshop includes free native trees, shrubs

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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 a naturescaping event on April 23 in Joplin.

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 a naturescaping event on April 23 in Joplin.

JOPLIN, 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, at the same time, friendlier to butterflies, songbirds and other local wildlife.

Homeowners can learn more about using native plants at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Naturescaping for Wildlife and You” program 9 a.m. to noon on April 23 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. This free event will include information about plant selection and how various plant species benefit wildlife. Homeowners can learn how to use plants to beautify their yards and, at the same time, attract butterflies, songbirds and other wildlife. MDC will also give attendees native trees and shrubs to add to their home landscapes.

The event is free and open to ages 18-up. Registration is required. For more information, call 417-629-3423. The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center is located at 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin. Information about using native plants in home landscapes can also be found at your nearest MDC office or at mdc.mo.gov.

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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