MDC virtual program to focus on native plants for landscaping

JOPLIN, Mon. – Many people discover that plants native to this region have a number of advantages over exotic species from other parts of the world when it comes to flowers and shrubs in their environment.

If you want to add native beauty to the flower beds and gardens around your home, enroll in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program, Top 10 Series: Natives for Landscaping. This free program, which runs from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on May 5th, is part of a year-long “Top 10” series of programs run by staff at MDC Shoal Creek Conservation in Joplin. In this program, MDC Administrative Assistant Tim Smith will discuss some of the native plants that are popular for flower beds and landscaping strategies. He will explain how native plants not only provide habitat needs for insects and other animals, but are also helpful for homeowners as they require less labor to care for. This program is open to all ages. People can register for this program at:

Although this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an email address in order to be sent a program link. This program includes a chat-based question-and-answer phase where attendees can interact with the moderators.

MDC facility staff across the state hold virtual programs. A list of these programs can be found at

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