Blooms on a midsummer prairie at Powell Gardens


9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 4, 2016

Join us to celebrate National Prairie Day, which was established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and learn more about the importance of prairies!

Prairie Plant Giveaway 

Prairie plants are critical for pollinators and the environment in general. Stop by the Gardens today to learn more about them and for a chance to take one home (arrive early; quantities are limited). The plants include: 

  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca): Mid- to late-summer bloomer with fragrant, popcorn ball-shaped pink flowers. It does run and spread, so it's best in a wild meadow or among established grasses. 
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides): Brilliant golden yellow sunflower-like flowers cover this plant summer into fall, and it's heat and drought impervious! 
  • Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium): This tall, sturdy sunflower-like plant, which doesn't spread or flop, is a great nectar and seed source. 
  • Gray-Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata): This yellow coneflower has a brown cone-like seedhead that turns gray and lasts into winter. 
  • Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium/Eupatorium purpureum): This tall (5-6 feet) plant is from the savanna where the prairie met the woodland, so it tolerates some shade. Butterflies and other pollinators visit its large domes of silvery-pink flowers.
  • Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum): A very long lived perennial that stays in a clump with a towering (4-6 feet) flowering stem in late summer—somewhat like a sunflower. The plant's basal leaves are beautifully divided and line up north to south.

Prairie Hike with Alan Branhagen 
10:30 a.m.-noon (included with Garden admission; registration required) 

Tour prairie plantings at Powell Gardens, including the back side of the Island Garden in the meadow and the Prairie Border in the Perennial Garden. Learn about the native prairie remnants along the Byron Shutz Nature Trail, which you can explore on your own (the nature trail isn't included on this hike). Also learn about prairie plants you can grow and the importance of the prairie. To register, contact Linda by email or by calling 816.697.2600 x209.  

About National Prairie Day

Established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, National Prairie Day takes place on the first Saturday of June. The purpose of this special day is to enhance public awareness of what prairie is and why it is so important, and inspire people to support prairie conservation, restoration and enjoyment. 



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