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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Oak Grove Native Planting in Wichita

There is a native planting going into Grove Park in Wichita (about
2 miles west of the GPNC). The site already has artwork in place with native plant themes. There is also a unique play area adjacent to it with equipment that has local historical (both Native American and pioneer) features as well as emphasis on the prairie.
The planting of the area in the focal feature that will be right next to
North Hillside is to happen this spring. There will be semi-formal planting beds with native wildflowers and the spaces in between will be put into a short/midgrass mix. The Park Dept. is interested in working with qualified volunteers to enable the establishment of this special planting.
If interested, contact Jim Mason - or 316-683-5499 x103.

Coffey County Wildflower tour

KNPS is continuing to help organize County wide wildflower tour events in 2008. This year KNPS is working for the first time with Coffey County on their their wildflower tour scheduled for May 31st. The tour area will be near New Strawn north of Burlington and will be followed by a free cookout lunch.
The county wide wildflower tours are an excellent opportunity to view and learn about wildflowers in the company of other wildflower enthusiasts and educators. Each county provides an opportunity to see different types of wildflowers in different soil types and regional growing characteristics. KNPS is working to gather information on other amenities each county has to offer in terms of lodging, dining, shopping and area attractions you may enjoy in conjunction with a wildflower tour.
Please check our the KNPS events calendar: for County wide wildflower tours currently scheduled for Barber, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Neosho and Wilson Counties. We will be adding links on our calendar web page to more information you can use to plan an enjoyable day with wildflowers. June is always a very busy month so check the online calendar for updates and deadlines for registering for wildflower tour events. Make a day of it!

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Kansas City EarthFest 2008

Kansas Native Plant Society will be present at this event. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Shawnee Mission Park, The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee, KS. This event will feature live entertainment, games, crafts, and activities for all ages. They would like KNPS to share our “planet-friendly” message with all of Kansas City. There is an exhibitor application that must be submitted before 3/19/08. Tables, chairs and a canopy are available to rent or you may bring your own. If anyone is interested, please contact me for the exhibitor application or contact Stacia Stelk at or 816-561-1087.