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Native Planting Identification Project Completed at Wildwood

November 05, 2010

phto of plant identification marker in front of bush  

This newly installed plant identification marker
was designed and produced by the
Missouri 
Botanical Garden for STLCC-Wildwood.

The Wildwood Environmental Club recently completed a native planting identification project funded by a grant from the St. Louis Community College Foundation.

Club members worked with master gardeners from the University of Missouri Extension to identify plants on the campus that are native to Missouri. The project was designed to promote the use of native plantings in landscaping, build on the partnership between Wildwood and the University of Missouri Extension master gardeners and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and emphasize the campus as a model of sustainability.

The markers were designed and produced by the Missouri Botanical Garden and provide the common name, scientific name, family and the geographic area where the plant can be found. Students, faculty and staff will all have the opportunity to learn from markers about the native plants and how they are used in landscaping.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project was held during the Family Eco-festival held at the campus this fall. Patrick Vaughn, vice president for academic affairs, and Andy Bates, student services assistant and writers of the grant proposal, attended the ceremony. Pam McIntyre, campus president, and many of the volunteers who worked to complete the project also were present.