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Watershed Natives

Upcoming Events

Plant Sales

Saturday, September 10, 10am-2pm at Wire Road Brewing

Saturday, September 17, 10am-2pm at the Watershed Center in partnership with the GrowNative! Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, September 25, 10am-2pm at Fellows Lake in conjunction with Celebrate Springfield events

October 7, 8 & 9, 10am-2pm at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in conjunction with Farm Fest


October 1 at the Watershed Center, Paper Dyeing with Native Plants
Expand your knowledge of plants and deepen your color sense in this introduction to natural dyeing!  Participants will dye paper and work with other naturally dyed fibers to create their own color samplers while learning about plant dye potentials and processes.  Gather with us as we collaborate with nature to create color! 

maximum of 12 participants, ages 18 and up

Please make reservations by emailing Nursery Manager: Christy Wilder [email protected]

About Watershed Natives

Why Native Plants?

Native plants are integral to soil health, pollinator and wildlife habitat, erosion prevention, biodiversity, and nutrient runoff reduction.  The virtues of native plants are becoming increasingly understood and utilized in a variety of applications in agriculture, rural development, and urban development.  We think they are beautiful both physically and functionally.

How did Watershed Natives Begin?

There are some amazing native plant growers in Missouri, and in particular, we want to thank Missouri Wildflower Nursery and Forest Keeling for helping set us up for success.  We recognize that a rising tide floats all boats, and we need to increase partnerships and production locally and statewide to keep pace with demand.  We intend to build Watershed Natives into a financially sustainable program through plant sales, but the investment of the Darr Family Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks have provided the start-up capital to begin.  We are excited about the future of this program and grateful to those mentioned here for helping us get started.

Why Purchase Watershed Natives?

Choosing to purchase Watershed Natives supports watershed health and the students at Hillcrest High School. In an exciting partnership with Springfield Public Schools (SPS), the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks has helped develop a 3-year “college and career pathway” program at Hillcrest. SPS describes the pathway this way: “The Environmental and Natural Resource Management Pathway teaches students how to properly manage land, water, soil, plants, and animals. These classes have a focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations.” Learning about native plants and helping produce them will be a core element of this experience. The Pathway program will also provide industry recognized credential opportunities, and readiness for a variety of college and/or career opportunities such as agriculture, environmental restoration, the sciences, and more.

The online store will not be open. In person sales only. Below is a partial list of native plants available.


Blue and White Wild Indigo
Purple Prairie Clover
Shinning Bluestar
Purple Poppy Mallow
Prairie Blazing Star
Ohio and Woodland Spiderwort
Bradbury’s Bee Balm
Grey-Headed, Purple, Long-Headed Coneflower
Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Swamp Milkweed
Blue Grama grass


Red Chokeberry
Washington Hawthorn
River Birch
Various Dogwoods (including Flowering)
Various Oaks
Tulip Poplar
White Fridge
Bald Cypress
Ozark Witchhazel
Black Walnut
Ohio Buckeye

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