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Presenters: Mike Saxton, Larry Weaner, & Scott Woodbury 

Shaw Nature Reserve sits on the ecologically rich dividing line between the rolling prairies of northern Missouri and the Ozark Plateau. That, and the innovative work long-performed by Shaw’s horticulturists and ecologists, make it an ideal place to study the intersection of ecology, horticulture, and design. 

Our day will center around the 20-acre Whitmire Wildflower Garden which contains a 10-acre seeded prairie and a woodland garden where plants have been selected and arranged as designed plant communities. Elsewhere on the Reserve we will observe the results and practical application of vegetative experimentation, including the long-term overseeding of existing hay fields, comparison plantings installed with and without mycorrhizal fungi, and forest floor responses to light manipulations.   

Date & Time: Monday, August 8th, 2022, 9 AM - 4:30 PM CT* 

Location: 307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039

Fee: $235

Event Category: Professional

CEUs: APLD (3), ASLA/LACES (6), ISA (BCMA Science: 3; Certified Arborist: 6; Practice: 3; Municipal Specialist: 6) NOFA (4)
See here for CEU instructions.

Register by: Monday, August 1st, 2022, 9 AM CT (1 week prior)  

*Time listed above includes instructional time & breaks. There will be 6 session hours.
Light breakfast, lunch, and drinks are included in the registration fee.
Check-in & breakfast begin at 8:30 AM CT.

This session will be held entirely outdoors, limited attendance.



Mike Saxton is the Manager of Ecological Restoration and Land Stewardship and has been with Shaw Nature Reserve since 2016. Mike has a master of science degree in biological geography from Northern Illinois University and conducted his thesis research on herbaceous plant recovery and seed bank dynamics in oak savanna restorations. At the Nature Reserve, Mike manages prescribed fire, administers the ecological restoration volunteer program, and oversees invasive species control and native seed collection over SNR’s 2,400 acres.”

Larry Weaner, FAPLD, founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982 and established NDAL in 1990. He is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration. His design and restoration work spans more than twenty U.S. states and the U.K., and has been profiled in numerous national publications. His book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) received an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2017, and in 2021 he received American Horticultural Society’s Landscape Design Award.

Scott Woodbury is an ecology-driven horticulturist, and led the development of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve for 30 years. He has also worked at Tudor Place in Washington D.C., Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and Castello Di Uzzano in Florence, Italy. Scott currently teaches and advises on native landscape practices for Native Plant School, Grow Native!, St. Louis Master Gardeners, St. Louis Community College, and Wild Ones St. Louis. He is a regular speaker, writer, and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region, and serves on the planning and review committees for the Partners for Native Landscaping conference.