Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Enriching the Gerald Community with Daffodils


On March 03, 2018 the MoDOT Growing Together project update took place just outside the community of Gerald, MO where we continue to plant daffodil bulbs along the highway’s right-of-way.  Our long-range goal is to fully plant the right-of-way to greet travelers with drifts of spring-flowering daffodils as they enter the community of Gerald.



The daffodil bulbs were donated by Dr. John Reed of Oakwood Daffodils of Niles, MI and the Greater St.Louis Daffodil Society.   Sponsors and support came from the Gasconade County Master Gardeners, the Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society, and Gerald’s Boy Scout troop.




In total, nine energetic volunteers planted the bulbs on a bright and sunny day, which made for a pleasant event.



The Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society’s by-laws require community outreach, and this project provided a perfect opportunity.  The Gasconade Master Gardeners, also have a yearly requirement for community outreach; those attending were able to earn some quality service hours for their effort.



Be sure to visit the site this spring, to see all of the color, and each spring thereafter.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bees - Natural Pollination

Insect pollinators are needed for the reproduction of many flowering plants and one third of human food crops. Bees are just one of the many animal pollinators found in nature, but they play in important role. Each of us depends on pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat.

Pollinators are part of the intricate web that supports the biological diversity in natural ecosystems that helps sustain our quality of life. Abundant and healthy populations of pollinators can improve fruit set and quality, and increase fruit size. In the wild, biodiversity increases and wildlife food sources increase.

Join members of the Greater St Louis Daffodil Society on February 25, at 1:30pm, when Peter McAdams will address the important role that Bees play in nature, and how you can attract bees to the flowering plants in your garden.



Peter and Jan McAdams have been Beekeeper's for a number of years and are the owners of McAdams Apiary, located in Brighton, IL. Their bees produce, and they sell local honey bottled or comb. They build and sell many styles and sizes of Observation Bee Hives, and regular hives assembled with or without bees. They are also a nationally known Apitherapy location using honey bee products and Bee Venom Therapy (BVT).

During Spring visit the McAdam's Daffodil Farm, an American Daffodil Society Display Garden, to view the thousands of daffodils throughout their property. In Summer, they specialize in vine ripened home grown tomatoes, sweet peppers, and many varities of hot peppers. They are known for the many varieties that they grow.