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April 8, 2010 Volume 31, No. 26

The wild bunch

Mizzou’s Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold its fourth annual native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Four Missouri vendors will be selling a wide variety of plants native to the state, including spring flowers like Virginia blue bells and wild columbine, or summer perennials like coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.

The event also includes seminars on how best to plant, grow and maintain shrubs, trees and other landscaping plants, says Tim Reinbott, superintendent at Bradford. There will be native-plant-themed books and items made by local artists for sale.

“Once established, native plants require less water and fertilizers than non-native plants,” Reinbott says. “These plants are very well-adapted to our climate and can survive extreme conditions. They can easily be incorporated into existing landscapes.”

There will be a bird-watching tour from 7 to 10 a.m. Advanced registration is requested for the tour by calling 884-7945 or e-mailing Bradford is several miles east of Columbia at 4968 Rangeline Road. A map and driving instructions are available at