This relatively new garden from 2003 started with 30 wildflower and six grass species with more being added regularly.
These vintage favorites include purple coneflower, rose verbena, beard tongue and butterfly-attracting milkweed.
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.
A 2016 summer concert series raised funds for projects including walkways to make the Prairie Garden more accessible to all. Additional support is needed, however, to maintain other aspects of the garden’s infrastructure.
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*All Kickapoo Edge Prairie Garden photos courtesy of Aaron J. Scott Photography