MDC Cape Nature Center hosts annual Native Plant Seminar March 12

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – When landscapers decide to grow native, native plants can be difficult to find. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners will host the eleventh annual Native Plant and Garden Seminar Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MDC Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. This event is designed to help well-intentioned gardeners and landscapers find what they need.
"This is a much anticipated event in our area," said Sara Turner, manager of the Cape Nature Center. "Each year we look forward to sharing ideas and connecting with fellow native plant enthusiasts."
The Native Plant and Garden Seminar traditionally features guest speakers to offer inspiration and tips, presentations on choosing native plants, wildlife damage, propagation, herbs, mushrooms and other topics, as well as a native plant sale, coordinated with the Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners.
This year's guest speakers will present on Missouri monarchs, raised bed gardening and vegetable production, plant propagation, alternative methods of seed sowing, bugs, important native tree species, gardening for monarchs and proper pruning practices.
Seminar vendors and artisans this year include the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery (native plants), Forrest Keeling Nursery (native trees), MU Extension (garden journals), The Nature's Way (herbal soaps, salves, scrubs, body products), Applecreek Metalworks (garden art), and Creative Elements (plant stakes, garden stones and more).
Native plant and garden product vendors, such as the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Forrest Keeling Nursery, and the Master Gardeners, will be available Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event is free, but seating is limited for some sessions. To register, call (573)290-5218. For more information about this and other nature programs at the Cape Nature Center, go online to The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located inside Cape Girardeau's North County Park, just east of Interstate 55 (Exit 99) and Kingshighway (State Highway 61).