8 Days and Counting!

We’re only 8 days away from the start of the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival!

We’re hoping for beautiful weather!

We now have 4 speakers on our schedule. Chris Wilson, Director of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program and Jake Davis of Prairiebird Pastures and owner of The Root Cellar, will give a joint talk about their partnership to preserve and improve grasslands and conserve grassland birds. Their efforts give local farmers and ranchers a market-based incentive to provide delicious Audubon Certified Grass-fed Beef. If you are a beef producer, be sure to catch their talk at 9 am. As an added bonus, they will be grilling burgers made from this delicious antibiotic- and hormone-free beef.

Doolittle Gardens and Prairie Hill Farms will be selling a wide variety of native plants. Hummingbird banding will commence at 11 am and kids’ activities will run all day. Four different guided walks will be offered.

Check our festival website at http://festivaleducation.com for more information.

We’re Excited…

about this year’s Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival! Our list of participating organizations has grown considerably and we now have three speakers and two food vendors. Four different guided walks will be offered during the festival: birding, wildflowers, nature photography and Missouri medicinal plants. As an added bonus, John and Nancy Cable will offer a tour of their 30 acre remnant tall grass prairie at 3:00 pm on September 7th.

Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of St. Louis Audubon, will give a talk entitled “How to Build Your Own Bird Sanctuary”. Sarah Havens of the Phelps County University of Missouri Extension will talk about invasive plants and will have samples to examine. Colleen Smith of Turtle Earth Healing and Arts will give a presentation on Missouri Medicinal Plants.

The Root Cellar will be grilling Audubon Certified Grass Fed Beef burgers and Chris Wilson, Director of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program, will be available to talk about how to improve your forage and beef production. The Rolla Breakfast Rotary Club will have coffee, water and morning snacks to keep you hydrated and energized as you visit the booths and hike the trails.

Admission and parking are free. Take advantage of our two shuttle vans that will run from the I-44 and Hwy E commuter lot to Audubon Trails Nature Center. There will be a loading and unloading zone where you can store your purchases while enjoying the festival activities.

Check in often for further updates. We’ll post the schedule of events and a festival map in the next few weeks.

Festival Update

If you have already looked at the festival website, you might like to know that we have added some more organizations and an additional speaker.

The Rolla Bee Club will be present to answer questions about beekeeping and will be able to give you information about starting a hive of your own. Terry Osbourne, of Eagle Lake Organics, will set up a worm composting display and give a demonstration. There will be a booth with pollinator hotels on display, courtesy of the Phelps County Master Gardeners. Information about Stream Teams United and the Stream Team Program will be at the “Native Plants Protect Watersheds” booth. The Stream Teams participate in a lot of really neat and fun activities and always welcome new members. Be sure to check them out!

Sarah Havens will give a talk about invasive plants and will have plants for you to examine and get familiar with. Sarah is with our local University of Missouri Extension Office and I understand that her talk is very informative and helpful for native plant gardeners. Our schedule of events will be posted closer to the festival date.

Have a great summer and remember to check in often!


Plan on attending the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival at Audubon Trails Nature Center, 550 Meriweather Ct., Rolla, MO on September 7th, 2019! There will be lots of educational booths from nature and outdoors related organizations, birding, wildflower and nature photography walks, hummingbird banding, vendors and kids’ activities. Buy native plants from Doolittle Gardens!


After several revisions, it is time to release the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival website. There will be further additions and no doubt subtractions from the content over the next few weeks, but I’ll do my best to keep you informed as to what this event will have to offer to you, our visitor. Share this information with your family and friends. We will distribute green postcards around town with the title “Buy Plants from Doolittle Gardens” and a QR code that links to this website.

Hummingbird visiting a flower
Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival