The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 17, 2013

Carver monument to be location for native plant workshops

Sessions offered for professionals, home gardeners

By Roger McKinney
Globe Staff Writer

DIAMOND, Mo. — The Grow Native! program will offer native landscaping workshops on Friday and Saturday at George Washington Carver National Monument.

The daylong informative workshops will help participants prepare for the approaching growing season.

The Friday workshop is geared to professionals in the landscaping industry, and the Saturday workshop is for homeowners and other landscaping enthusiasts.

Both workshops will provide in-depth information on many aspects of native landscaping, including design, water management, native plants and trees, and pollinators.

The presenters include Matt Bunch, from Powell Gardens in Kansas City; Mike Arduster, Jon Skinner, Ronda Headland and Mike Leahy, with the Missouri Department of Conservation; and DeDe Vest, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Bunch, a horticulturist at Powell Gardens, said he has significant experience with native plants.

“We have a lot of very useful and beautiful native plants,” Bunch said. He said he will talk about native plants that can replace some exotic plants in landscaping.

“I want to bring to the floor some underutilized native trees and shrubs,” Bunch said.

He said he’s never been to George Washington Carver National Monument, and that he’s looking forward to the visit.


The cost for each workshop is $40 for those who aren’t members of the Missouri Prairie Foundation or Grow Native!, and $35 for members. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Registration forms are available online at