SoKY Native Landscaping Exhibit wins Educational Award

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Our chapter was invited to create an educational display for the Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs’ Flower Show in June. The theme was “Preserving Our SOKY Environment.” Our focus was “Healing the Earth, One Yard at a Time” with tips and techniques for landscaping with native plants in your own yard, thus making your land a haven for wildlife and contributing to the effort to create a Homegrown National Park. We used books, handouts, posters, and of course some native plants to create a tiered display.

There were three educational exhibits at the flower show, and our table won first prize! Nine people asked to be added to our mailing list. We’ll be using the yard-sign and table covers at more of our events, and the posters can be reused, too.

Rain Garden Attracts People and Pollinators

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More than a dozen people came to the tour of the Morgeson Rain Garden in Bowling Green in June, taking the opportunity to see the gorgeous sanctuary that chapter members Kathee and Mike Morgeson have created for themselves and for wildlife.

The Morgesons are using Tallamy’s 10 steps as guiding principles for how to maintain their 1/3 acre lot in an HOA neighborhood. The site has 42 trees, many native shrubs, and forbs that all play a role in attracting butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

See the list of Plants in the Morgeson Garden

2021 Board of Directors

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Thank you for voting in the chapter elections!  We’re happy to announce our Board Members and Officers for 2021.

  • President: Janeen Grohsmeyer
  • Vice President: Annie Holt
  • Secretary: Alicia Bosela
  • Treasurer: Barbara DeGraves
  • Programs Director: Trina Hayes



Join the KY Roadside Native Plant Project

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Kentucky Nature Preserves is seeking to document native plants, and their habitats, along roadside right-of-ways in Kentucky. Because they are typically maintained in an open state, roadsides can be important for sun-loving prairie species. Prairies and open woodlands were once much more common in Kentucky, and our roadsides can provide important refugia for species that depend on that habitat.

Our hope is that with your help, we can increase our understanding of native plants that occur on our roadsides and identify botanically important roads for conservation efforts. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

If you participate and make observations, please include multiple photographs of the plant that include flowers, fruits, arrangement of leaves (including basal leaves), and other features such as hairs. These extra photos can be helpful for species identification.