While traveling to distant forests can be enjoyable to find eye-catching fall colors, a variety of native herbs, wildflowers, and shrubs can add color to an owner’s own backyard in the fall. In addition, these plants are now habitats that benefit insects and wildlife at other times of the year.
People can learn more about adding fall color around their homes through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s free virtual program “Native Plants: Gardening for Fall Color”. This online program will run from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and is put together by staff at the MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, according to a press release.
During this program, MDC naturalist Jordi Raos will share information on plants that can add beauty and habitat benefits to yards, flower gardens and other spaces around the house.
Although this program is free, registration is required to participate. Registrants must provide an email so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state run virtual programs. A list of these programs is available at mdc.mo.gov/events.