Native plants

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about why you should let native plants stay where they are all winter long. In short, it's because the dried stalks act as an environment for hibernating bugs. Nadia is teaching a class on native plants next month at the Columbia Public Library - watch for details! October 17, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL, a native plants specialist, about best practices for establishing diverse native plants in your own yard, including, for example, the purple coneflower Nadia brought with her to the show! August 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARETTE-TINDALL about the many native plants that can also act as "host plants" for caterpillars. One of the plants in the studio, for example, is wafer ash (ptelea trifoliata); Nadia says it's the perfect home for the giant swallowtail caterpillar. If you'd like to plant this or any of her other suggestions in your own yard, watch for details! At [4:26] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, tells us about a new program (in conjunction with Heart of Missouri United Way) that creates a 24 hour "crisis bed" for those with opioid addiction issues in need of treatment beyond just a "beating heart." July 26, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about the importance of milkweed in the life of the monarch butterfly. If you're thinking about planting milkweed in your yard, Nadia's advice is a good first step in successfully adapting all kinds of milkweed to your garden. At [4:44] KELLY LANCEY and JACKIE VERDUN talk about what it's like being a "host family" to an exchange student who's taking part in the Rotary Youth Exchange. If it's something you'd like to do, too, we tell you how - watch! July 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about edible plants here in Missouri. The Lincoln University Native Plants program is hosting a free food tasting event this week featuring recipes that include (edible) native plants. Watch for details! At [4:25] MAKENZIE MABRY and JESS KANSMAN invite everyone to the next Science on Tap CoMo event tomorrow night at Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Jess is one of two featured speakers; she'll be talking about how plants defend themselves against insect attacks. (Did you know that plants can call for help?!) May 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Society, about next month's "Piano Student Showcase"; plus, there's a new program for 3rd graders enrolled in Columbia Public Schools to see music up close - watch for details! At [4:00] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL returns with information about the 3rd annual "Dining Wild" benefit dinner. There are just a few seats left to experience an entire meal featuring tastes from a variety of native plants - don't miss out! October 27, 2016

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Converting lawn grasses and turf into native plantings that attract pollinators and desirable wildlife is a process. An upcoming workshop at Powell Gardens is for landowners seeking to convert turf grass.


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Native plants are having a a boom year, thanks in large part to a butterfly.

The sharp decline in monarch butterfly numbers in the winter of 2014 led to headlines about the destruction of their habitat in the U.S.

It sparked a national movement to plant milkweeds: the family of plants monarchs rely on to lay their eggs and feed upon as caterpillars. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about "In Touch with Nature." Lincoln University's upcoming 'field day' aims to promote, educate and introduce everyone to native plants you can grow and eat. Tours, food samples, a petting zoo and more! At [4:48] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invites everyone to the Boone County Government Center TONIGHT for a conversation about amending the Constitution. The University of Missouri's Dr. Justin Dyer will be there to talk both pros and cons. Don't miss it! September 16, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUE BARTELETTE about "Dining Wild," which is hosted by the Native Plants Program at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. Join them for a tours, exhibits and a dinner featuring locally grown native edible plants! At [5:14] actors LAURA KITCHEL and NEIL CATHRO tell us about "Into the Woods," the latest production from Capital City Players! Thursday is opening night! August 3, 2015

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Establishing a landscape rich in native plant species is a different process from putting in an annual planting of tomatoes and beans. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the work that goes in to building a native landscape for yard or pasture.