Shaw Nature Reserve will hold its annual Shaw Wildflower Market Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. The annual sale offers the widest array of native plants available in the metro St. Louis area, selected by the Reserve’s horticulture staff and several local nurseries.
The Shaw Wildflower Market offers hundreds of varieties of Missouri native annuals, perennials, ferns, trees and shrubs that are beneficial in attracting native species of birds and butterflies. Select from the showiest top-performing native plants for sun or shade, including purple coneflower, butterfly milkweed, rose turtlehead, copper iris, cardinal flower, palm sedge, maidenhair fern, red buckeye, fringe tree and white oak.
“We had a record-breaking crowd in 2013 with many plants selling out quickly,” said Scott Woodbury, horticulturalist at the Shaw Nature Reserve. “The Shaw Nature Reserve will offer hundreds of Missouri species of native plants that are great for home gardens, rain gardens, prairies, wetlands and woodland gardens.”
Along with the Shaw Nature Reserve, native plant nurseries include Forrest Keeling Nursery, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Pan’s Garden, Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ozark Berry Farm, St. Francis Natives, DJM Ecological Services and Andy’s Native Plants.
In addition to plants, people also can shop for wine, honey, meat, bread, toffee, soap, birdhouses, artwork, photography, jams and jellies, books and much more while enjoying live acoustic music by Rosewood on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
After shopping, people can take time to explore the 2,400-acre Shaw Nature Reserve, where the Whitmire Wildflower Garden offers an example of home landscaping with Missouri native flowers and plants. Explore the tallgrass prairie, walk the boardwalk in the wetland or visit the historic Bascom House.
Admission to the Shaw Wildflower Market is included with Reserve admission.
Cash or checks only will be accepted at the sale. For more information, people can visit www.shawnature.org/nativeland/plantsale.aspx or call 636-451-3512.
The Shaw Nature Reserve is a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden.