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Ruppert to Present Garden Lecture on Sustainable Perennials

PARK HILLS— Imagine planting your flower beds one year, and then not having to plant in the same bed for years to come, only pausing to weed, dead-head, water and fertilize to enjoy year-round blooms.
National Nursery Products’ William Ruppert will offer “Sustainable Perennials for the Sustainable Landscape” in a free presentation at Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Theatre at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16. Prior to the presentation, 5:30 and 6 o’clock tours of the community college’s greenhouse will be offered. The evening is sponsored by Nancy Weber Garden Club and MAC Horticulture, in cooperation with Farmington Garden Council.
Horticulture Instructor Chad Follis said a couple of hours spent learning about sustainable perennials could save gardeners and home landscapers time, effort and money.
"The mixing of native and non-native/non-invasive plants in a landscape allows gardeners to reduce environmental inputs, have maximum aesthetic impact and locate plants in their local purchasing area," he said.
Since 1990, Ruppert has owned and managed the St. Louis office of National Nursery Products, a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting company representing wholesale growers of a wide variety of ornamental and environmental landscape plants.
He maintains leadership roles in a variety of professional green industry and community service organizations including Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis, Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis, Gateway Greening and Kirkwood in BLOOM.
The Oct. 16 presentation at MAC will include:
An overview of sustainable perennials, both native and non-invasive/non-native, for the lower Midwest, including recently introduced landscape-worthy selections.
Examples of successful perennial application in a variety of landscape settings, both residential and commercial.
Examples of how non-native perennials can be associated with native selections of the lower Midwest in a variety of landscape settings.
Opportunities showcased in the St. Louis Gateway region concerning means for managing stormwater with rain gardens.
Perennial resources available to the home gardener.
Ruppert is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in ornamental horticulture and landscape design. Upon graduation, he began his horticulture career working at the university, coordinating the landscape redevelopment and enhancement of the University of Missouri-Columbia campus which was a large part of (then) Chancellor Barbara S. Uehling’s campus beautification initiative.

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