Several members of our team enjoyed attending The Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop March 29 and 30 at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Danforth has a 6 acre prairie that was seeded in 2015 and has been one of our native stewardship clients since spring 2018. The prairie is very important to the Danforth community as they are researching sustainable agriculture and view the prairie as a sustainable landscape. The prairie is coming along nicely with a high diversity of forbs, many grasses and an especially nice showing of blue sage last year. Simon Barker, Native Landscape Solutions principal, spoke about our stewardship efforts at Danforth on Friday night along with Dr. James Carrington, President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and one of the architects who designed the project. Simon also assisted with tours of the Danforth prairie, and presented on native garden installation and maintenance. Malinda Walter, Native Landscape Solutions biologist/ecological specialist, assisted with tours on Saturday as she is the point person for field operations at Danforth.
A big highlight of the workshop was hearing Larry Weaner, renowned garden author.. His perspective on landscaping with natives was refreshing. He suggested that we should think of our garden as being on a vegetative trajectory, continually changing over time, with some species waning. He advocated for reducing maintenance by creating a dense groundlayer to suppress weeds and reducing disturbance in the landscape as much as possible by cutting rather than pulling weeds.
We enjoyed the workshop and were proud to participate and highlight our work on the prairie at Danforth.