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Grow Native! Master Class: Restoring Remnant Woodlands in a Sea of Bush Honeysuckle

Many natural woodlands and shady landscapes are infested with invasive bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), one of the biggest current threats to native woodland ecosystems. When mature, these highly aggressive invasive shrubs compete with native plants for sunlight, nutrients, and moisture, and can choke them out. In this online master class with Scott Woodbury, you will learn about the history and spread of bush honeysuckle and how to control and replace it on your sliver of earth. Scott will share  how to identify bush honeysuckle  and its look-alikes, learn how to control it and what to replace it with. This persistent plant, and others like it, are here to stay, so get ready for long-term scouting and removal of shrub sprouts. The good news is that you may have remnant native plants hanging on for dear life in your existing woodland. The great news is that you can resuscitate the wooded area of your yard or property back to something similar to its former glory days.

Over the past thirty years, Scott Woodbury led development of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve and has written, lectured and consulted on many native landscape subjects, programs and projects. In 2000 Scott founded the St. Louis chapter of Wild Ones, which is now the largest chapter in the nation. In 2022 Scott started Cacalia Garden Design and Wilding; a consulting and design business in St. Louis. Scott currently teaches Native Landscape Practices, a horticulture class at St. Louis Community College. He is a regular speaker, writer and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region.

He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked at various public gardens including the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve, Tudor Place in Washington D.C., Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and Castello Di Uzzano in Florence, Italy. He currently serves as advisor to the horticulture program of St. Louis Community College, Grow Native! and Wild Ones St. Louis. Scott serves on the planning and review committees for the Partners for Native Landscaping conference and the small grants programs for The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance and MSD Project Clear.

When: April 24, 2024 at 4 p.m.

Cost: $15 for non-members / free for current MPF members or Grow Native! professional members. Non-members, please pay the master class fee with this form. Master class fees go to support Grow Native! programming and native plant education. 

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This Grow Native! Master Class is free for MPF members and GN! professional members or $15 for non-members. If you are a member, but would like to make a donation to the Grow Native! program, you may do so below.