The Grow Native! Program


Grow Native! is a native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. Through collaboration with consumers, private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, Grow Native! aims to significantly increase the demand and use of native plants in the lower Midwest—Missouri, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, northern Oklahoma, and southern Nebraska.

Overarching Goals of the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! Program

  • Provide quality native plant information and educational opportunities to our stakeholders: homeowners, landowners, livestock producers, gardeners, governmental agencies, local governments, educational institutions, and partner conservation and landscaping industry organizations.
  • Increase demand for and supply of native plants and native plant landscaping and other services by marketing products and services of Grow Native! Professional Members and providing education to consumers.
  • Manage activities of Grow Native! Program in a sustainable manner in terms of funding and labor.
  • Maintain active subcommittees and full committee with good communication and respect for all involved.
  • Have fun! Involvement in planning and executing Grow Native! Program activities should energize and inspire.

2016 Grow Native! Fact Sheet

Want to know more about how the Grow Native! program is structured and how it operates? Review this one-page fact sheet.


Grow Native! Leadership and Strategic Plan

Grow Native! is governed by a committee of native plant growers, native plant landscaping professionals, and Missouri Prairie Foundation board members. Visit the Grow Native! Committee Members and Advisory Committee page for more information.

2016-2020 Grow Native! Strategic Plan



History of Grow Native!

In 2015, the Grow Native! committee recognized the 15th anniversary of Grow Native! by forming a 15th Anniversary Committee, which, among other activities, produced a written history of the program. That history provides biographical information on native plant pioneers who were honored in an awards ceremony at the Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Dinner on November 6, 2015.


AWARDS


Grow Native! Ambassador Award Recipients

The Grow Native! Program annually recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the use and promotion of native plants and native plant landscaping. This recognition is in the form of the Grow Native! Ambassador Award.

2003 Grow Native! Vision Award: Bill Ruppert, National Nursery Products, Kirkwood, MO
2004 Grow Native! Vision Award: Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling Nursery; Shoal Creek Valley Development, Kansas City, MO
2005: Steve Flick
2006: none
2007: Renee Jean, Farmington, MO
2008: Betty Grace, Grace Native Seed, Albany, MO
2009: St. Louis Wild Ones, St. Louis, MO
2010: John Alberici, Alberici Constructors, St. Louis, MO
2011: Mervin Wallace, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Jefferson City, MO
2012: Kay Johnson, Hickory Hills School and Holland Elementary School, Springfield, MO
2013: Bill Ruppert, National Nursery Products, Kirkwood, MO
2014: Terry Winkelman
2015: Bob Lee
2016: Isaac Breuer
2017: Kathy Fayant

Grow Native! Native Plant Pioneer Award Recipients

In 2015, the Grow Native! committee recognized the 15th anniversary of Grow Native! by forming a 15th Anniversary Committee, which, among other activities, produced a written history of the program. That history provides biographical information on native plant pioneers who were honored in an awards ceremony at the Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Dinner on November 6, 2015.

The Grow Native! Native Plant Pioneer award identifies and honors individuals whose work was foundational to the native landscaping movement anywhere in the lower Midwest (Missouri, eastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, southern Illinois).

2015 Recipients: Steve Clubine, Bill & Joyce Davit, Edgar Denison, Henry Oilers, Greg Hoss, Cindy Gilberg, Wayne Lovelace, Rex & Amy Hamilton, Frank Oberle, Carl Settergren, Tom Toney, Mervin Wallace, David Tylka, John Wylie, and George Yatskievych
2016: Ann Wakeman
2017: Tom and Angel Kruzen