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Native plant classes to begin Feb. 19

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nadia Navarette-Tindall trims a plant during a workshop at the native plant area adjacent to Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum, 1985 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall. More sessions about native plants are scheduled to begin in February and will occur throughout the year.
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Native plants can be beautiful; provide food and cover for butterflies, native pollinators and birds; and some can even be edible, according to Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, extension service specialist in native plans.

Navarette-Tindall announced new classes on native plants will take place starting Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the prairie garden at Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum, 1985 S. Odell Ave., in Marshall. Classes will continue throughout the year.

"If you are interested in learning to identify them, to develop your own garden design and establish your own garden, these classes are for you," she said. "You may be surprised to find out that some are already growing in your yard or acreage. During these classes you will also learn to propagate and grow native plants, taste and learn to cook with some edible ones and more."

A native plant sale will be open to the public and a guided tour will be offered in a prairie near Marshall.

Classes are sponsored by the Native Plants Program from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Martin Community Center and Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum.

The first class will be an introduction to native plants and landscape design.

The cost is $5 or $10 per class or $25 for the whole series. Limited scholarships are available for students and members of the community. To register please send checks payable to Lincoln University/Native Plants Program to Wanda Latimer at 1985 S. Odell, Marshall, MO 65340 or contact Navarrete-Tindall at navarrete-tindalln@lincolnu.edu.

Classes will be offered by Lincoln University staff and other native plant specialists from Missouri. Class in February will be indoors and the rest of the classes will be outdoors. Classes will be offered rain or shine. In case of extreme weather, classes will be postponed.

Navarette-Tindall recommended participants dress comfortably and bring hat and gloves for outdoors classes and activities.

Growing media, pots and gardening tools will be provided.

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