Native plants

Native Plants in Growing Demand

May 5, 2016
Sebastian Martinez / KBIA

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

Brooke Hamilton/Grindstone Photography

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.