The Blooming Prairie

The Midwestern tall grass prairie was once the greatest grassland complex on the planet. It blanketed millions of acres of the North American continent. Less than 1% of the original prairie remains. Remnants have been preserved and other areas restored. The program follows the seasonal evolution of prairie plants from spring emergence at soil level, through growth often to a height of 10 feet, bloom, seed set and senescence. The talk takes you through the succession of seasons of this carpet of grasses and colorful blooms.


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Carol Gravens

Carol Gravens retired from a professional career as a microbiologist and is an Advanced Level St. Louis Master Gardener. She became a Master Naturalist in 2007 and has an AAS in Horticulture from STLCC, Meramec.
Carol gives talks and teaches classes on orchids to various groups in the community and at Missouri Botanical Garden as part of the Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau. She volunteers one day a week in the orchid greenhouses at the Garden and grows orchids in her home in Glendale, Missouri. She also is a Kemper Center Plant Doctor volunteer.
She loves everything about horticulture and has a passion for orchids.