Spring Native Plant Workshops

Mark your calendars and save the date for native plant workshops in March!  Cosponsored by Kansas City Native Plant Initiative, the Missouri Department of Conservation and GrowNative!, the following free workshops take place at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.

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Native Garden Maintenance

Tuesday May 1, 2018
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 
4750 Troost Avenue

Free, tickets required.  Reserve your spot today.

So now that you have a great native landscape how do you keep it looking nice? How is native landscape maintenance different from other gardening? Learn about all of the does and don’ts for maintaining your native garden.  Topics covered include: How will the landscape change over time? When to cut back dead heads?  Which plants can get an early trim to grow shorter? We’ll also discuss how easier maintenance begins with good design.  Presented in partnership with GrowNative!


William Roth Gibson |  Owner, Down to Earth Services & Green Thumb Gardens

William Gibson is the owner of Down To Earth a design / build company specializing in sustainable solutions and the owner of Green Thumb Gardens a nursery operation specializing in native plants. Will and his team focus on Landscape Ecology / Stormwater Management / Native Plant Maintenance.

Courtney Masterson |  Prairie Ecologist, Native Lands LLC

Courtney Masterson is an ecologist and botanist, specializing in native plants of this region and their relationships with animals (like pollinators). She earned her Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from KU. Currently employed as a researcher at the Kansas Biological Survey, she also owns and operate a business growing native plants, designing and installing native landscaping, and managing prairies and woodlands for landowners (Native Lands, LLC).  She is the Co-Chair of the Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition and on the board for the Grassland Heritage Foundation.

Stephen Van Rhein | Community Conservation Planner, Missouri Department of Conservation

Stephen Van Rhein has been a Community Conservationist working for the Department of Conservation since 2003.  He works with cities and counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area to incorporate conservation friendly practices as the area grows.  Prior to that Mr. Van Rhein worked for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks for three years on a large 319 grant focusing on rural water quality issues.  He has a MS in Ecology from Illinois State University and a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri.  He spent 2 plus years in Cameroon working for the Peace Corps as an aquaculture extensionist.  He is a board member of Little Blue River Watershed Coalition, the South Grand River Watershed Alliance and part of the Core Group for Kansas City Native Plant Initiative.



Slides from Recent Programs:

March 20 Introduction to Native Plants

Stephen Van Rhein

William Roth Gibson

March 6 Native Plant Rain Gardens

Stephen Van Rhein

David Dods




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