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Planting a Prairie Garden

Traditional garden design typically involves mass plantings of only a handful of species.  These types of gardens often offer no forage for the types of insects we like to see in our gardens. Instead, learn how you can design your garden to become more dynamic and create an emotional connection to it and its visitors.

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Learn how to create ecological plant communities in your garden through intermingling and repeating plant selections. Design a lower maintenance garden with functional beauty inspired by the prairie in your own garden and learn about some great native plants you should try in your garden.


Speaker Information

Jeanette Hartshorn

Jeanette became a Master Gardener in 2013 and received Advanced Master Gardener certification in 2017. Her gardening focus at home is on gardening for pollinators with the use of regional natives and heirloom plants, in addition to vegetable gardening.  While spending time in her garden, she enjoys connecting with nature and searching for interesting insects and other critters including pollinators.

She is also active with other organizations including The Nature Conservancy; Deep Roots KC; a Tree Keeper with Heartland Tree Alliance and a member of the Osage Trails MO Master Naturalist Chapter. 

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program