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Natives in the Landscape

Growing native plants in the garden or your landscaping makes it easier on the gardener. In this course, we will learn that these plants can thrive in our climate and soil without much assistance from chemicals or fertilizers.  Less maintenance is required once established giving you more time to enjoy it than work at it.

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Growing native plants will attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife to your landscape. We benefit by seeing and enjoying the beautiful flowers and foliage, and the fauna. Natives thrive in our climate and soil without much assistance from chemicals or fertilizer, so less maintenance is required once established. They have deep root systems that allow them to find water in dry conditions and help prevent soil erosion. With some knowledge, a few tips, and the desire, you can also enjoy these native plants for years.

Availability: Most evenings, weekends (excluding mid-March thru June.) Prefer to travel maximum of 30 minutes one-way from my home in Lee's Summit.

Speaker Information

Lu Tarr

Lu Tarr became a Master Gardener in 2010. Her volunteer efforts have included Kansas City’s Flower, Lawn & Garden Show, Garden ‘n Grow, Hotline, Community Gardens, and her personal favorite, Speakers Bureau.

Lu is a lifelong gardening enthusiast; it’s in her blood, as she was raised on a Northern Iowa farm. She loves being outside as much as possible, whether it’s tending to the garden or just enjoying the sunshine with her cat. During the spring, you can find her working at a local garden center, and in the past, working at an apple orchard in the fall. Monday through Friday, she enjoys being “daycare” for her grandson.

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program