You don’t have to travel to distant forests to find eye-catching fall color. You don’t even have to go to the tallest, oldest neighborhood tree. A variety of native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs can add color to your yard in autumn and habitat benefits for insects and wildlife at other times in the year.
People can learn more about adding fall color around their homes at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free virtual program “Native Plants: Gardening for Fall Color.” This online program will be from 10-10:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This program is open to all ages. People can register for this event at:
At 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.
Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.
Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.