MDC hosts native plant sale at Runge Nature Center March 25

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites gardeners and landscapers of all skill levels to the annual native plant sale at Runge Conservation Nature Center. MDC and the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! program will host the annual event on March 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Runge Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.

Vendors will offer hardy trees, shrubs, and flowers native to Missouri, and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species.

“The native plant sale is a favorite event each year at Runge,” said Nature Center Manager Kathy Cavender. “The event gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the value of planting native species in different types of landscapes, and to bring some plants home with them where they can enjoy the benefits of Missouri natives every day.”

The native plant sale provides an opportunity to support local businesses and conservation partnerships, as well as a chance to get outside, discover nature, and bring home some of the beauty to enjoy in home landscapes for years to come.

Native plant and garden product vendors will include Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Forrest Keeling Nursery, Longfellow’s Garden Center, Gaylena’s Garden, Papillon Perennials, Prairie Hill Farm, and SunRise Gardens. Greener Gardens owner Dennis Figg will be available to “Ask the Native Plant Expert,” and local artist Ann Grotjan will bring pottery and garden sculptures. 

The native plant sale at Runge Nature Center is free and no registration is necessary. Some vendors will accept preorders. For information on placing a preorder, or to learn more about this popular springtime event, call Runge Nature Center at (573) 526-5544, or visit