Bradford Native Plant Sale Set For April 8

Sale includes presentations, informative booths and demonstrations

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Bradford Research Center will host its annual Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

The sale will include a handful of presentations, informative booths and demonstrations, and Missouri native plant and shrub vendors. The sale will be free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

“Native plants are a critical part of the ecosystem that we all live in. Not only can attendees buy plants for their home garden during our plant sale, we have several presentations lined up with very interesting and timely topics.”
―Andrew Biggs, Bradford Superintendent

Native plants require less water and fertilizers than non-natives once the native plants are established. The plant sale offers all of the native plants for a home garden. While the event is free, there is a cost to buy the native plants.

“Native plants are a critical part of the ecosystem that we all live in,” Bradford Superintendent Andrew Biggs said. “Not only can attendees buy plants for their home garden during our plant sale, we have several presentations lined up with very interesting and timely topics.”

Gregory Ormsby Mori, with the MU Center for Agroforestry, will present on growing edible mushrooms at 10 a.m. Mori will focus on how individuals can grow their own mushrooms in their yards or gardens. Following his presentation, Kelly Srigley-Werner, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will talk about pollinators, birds and bees, and their importance in the ecosystem. Srigley-Werner’s presentation will begin at 11 a.m.

At noon, Terry Woods, MU field operations, will showcase soil organisms in different environments. His presentation will include hands-on demonstrations as well.

“Each presentation will showcase different parts of the ecosystem and their importance,” Biggs said. “Growing your own mushrooms can bring extra income to your operation, and Gregory will show how easy it is to grow those mushrooms. Kelly has a great presentation on how pollinators play a big role in the production of many popular fruits and vegetables. And Terry has a great talk lined up about soil organisms that will include a lot of hands-on participation.”

The sale will also include an opportunity to support Missouri businesses.

“By placing the plant vendors and experts in the same place – at the same time – we really hope to give interested individuals the best opportunity possible to learn the how and why all of these things work together,” Biggs said.

The Bradford Research Center is located at 4968 Rangeline Road. For more information, contact Biggs or Thresa Chism at (573) 884-7945 or visit bradford.cafnr.org.