The Prairie Garden began developing in 2003 with 30 wildflower and six grass species and has grown to show over 50 native species. Favorites include purple coneflower, rose verbena, beard tongue and butterfly-attracting milkweed. The garden is maintained with controlled burns to promote prairie renewal.
More recently, new effort has gone into the garden since being adopted by the Missouri Prairie Foundation under the guidance of local member Ric Mayer. With his long involvement with Parks and Ozark Greenways, he applies his knowledge of native grasses and plants and healthy practices such as controlled burns to promote prairie renewal.
With combined proceeds from the 2016 to current Garden Concert series, sponsorship and private donations, a concrete pathway into the heart of the prairie is planned for fall 2019. This garden improvement will truly make nature more accessible for the wheelchair and stroller bound visitors.
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*All Kickapoo Edge Prairie Garden photos courtesy of Aaron J. Scott Photography