Native Plants at Noon
Third Thursdays in 2022
Live on Zoom and Facebook

Join Deep Roots and the Missouri Department of Conservation for a virtual garden walk on your lunch break!

Every third Thursday at noon (Central Time), we’ll tour the native landscapes of treasured Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) landmarks throughout Missouri. We will continue our tradition of exploring MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross every other month. This monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year and throughout Missouri. You will learn helpful tips for your native garden, but you will also learn about unique spaces to explore throughout Missouri!

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Featured Speakers


Cydney Ross

Cydney has always had a naturalist spirit, with her earliest memories hiking, camping, and gardening with her family. Her endless curiosity for wildlife, stewardship for the earth, and professional background in fine arts has led her to merge these passions to inspire others to get outdoors.


Alix Daniel

Alix Daniel is a Native Landscape Specialist at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City. In her position she combines her decade of landscaping experience with her love of nature. Her favorite flower (this year) is closed bottle gentian.

2022 Dates & Descriptions:

January 20
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

February 17

March 17
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

April 21
Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri’s unsung habitats. This month we explore the spring ephemerals at Big Buffalo Conservation Area. Natural history biologist Krista Noel will explore the hidden gems that bloom in the forest each spring.

May 19
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

June 16
Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri’s unsung habitats. This month we explore the chert glades of southwest Missouri. Natural history biologist Rhonda Rimer will explore these unique glades that are found nowhere else on earth.

July 21
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

August 18
Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri’s unsung habitats. This month we explore Sand Prairie Conservation Area in southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau nature center staff will explore these rare prairies that were formed from river channels that once flowed through the area.

September 8 (note the 2nd Thursday this month)
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

October 20
Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri’s unsung habitats. This month we explore the cypress swamps of Missouri’s bootheel. Cape Girardeau nature center staff will explore the plants that make up our cypress swamps.

November 17
Tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks.

December 15
Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri’s unsung habitats. This month we explore the wetlands of northwest Missouri. District supervisor Sean Cleary will explore wetland plants and how they are a valuable food source for millions of birds.

Previously, on Native Plants at Noon…

This free series includes helpful tips on native plant identification, wildlife value, and management for your native garden as well as discovering treasured and rare conservation areas throughout Missouri.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode One
Explore native plants for winter interest and wildlife benefit.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Two
Native garden design, winter seed sowing, and some sweet dance moves.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Three
Winter “weeds” and what you should do with them.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Four
Spring blooms and garden tips with Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Five
Native Plants at Noon presents an Earth Day Celebration!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Six
More spring blooms, three kinds of native iris, and advice on aphids.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Seven
Coneflowers galore, plus tips on enjoying nature safely in the heat.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Eight
Coneflowers and compass plants on a rainy afternoon at the Discovery Center.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Nine
“Darn Yellow Composites” and why we love them!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Ten
Celebrating monarchs and the nectar-rich plants they love!

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Eleven
SpoOoOoOoky October–Autumn Trees and Shrubs

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Twelve
Dealing With Invasive Species and Supporting Overwintering Insects

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Thirteen
Using native plants for holiday and indoor arrangements.

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Fourteen
Native garden design

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Fifteen
Gardening Challenges

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Q & A

Native Plants at Noon – Episode Sixteen
Native Plants & Edibles

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Native Plants at Noon – Episode Seventeen
On the Road: Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

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