Gardening in the Ozarks


Big Fun, and Beautiful Hostas
The Hosta above is 'June', one of the most popular Hostas in the world, and it signals one of the best, most fun gardening events in southwest Missouri. It happens tomorrow, Saturday, August 30. the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society Plant Auction and Sweets Table. What makes it great? 1) It's a chance for all of us to buy some of the most beautiful Hostas and other perennials at very good prices; 2) It raises funds for the National Hosta Display Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens; 3) Society members bring an enormous selection of homemade desserts, all free to visitors; and 4) It's a party with some of the nicest people to be found anywhere. It happens from 3-6 p.m. at the Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Avenue in Springfield.

Welcome to OzarksGardens.com, a website about gardeners, gardening, and nature in the Ozarks region of the United States, especially in the towns and countryside around Springfield, Missouri.

Our goal? Simply to share gardening news, tips, wit, and wisdom, and help everyone in the Ozarks and similar climates find the best plants for our gardens.

QUESTION: What's the best way to use this website?

      It's easy. OzarksGardens.com has three simple goals:

      1) to help folks find plants for their gardens that really thrive in the Ozarks and to provide some tips on how to grow them. Every plant that appears here does beautifully in our region and all similar climates.

      2) to give a richer, broader, clearer picture of gardening in our region;

      3) to have some fun.

      You can browse here at your leisure or do searches--a search for "hosta," for example, will turn up a great many varieties, and you can search for plant characteristics such as colors or types. The search engine isn't perfect; like gardening, it can return some odd results, but most will be useful.

      The best approach to the website is to relax, take your time, and enjoy whatever you find here. And you don't have to see everything in one visit; you can always come back when you have more time. We'll still be here.


That said, the links at left lead to lots of discoveries. And don't miss Today's Notes.

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