Author Archives: Lorna Domke

About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.

Bluebells Along Spring Streams

Bluebells bloom today along the stream flowing with recent rains. It’s so welcome to see their color against the fresh April green suddenly emerging everywhere.

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New Display Helps You Explore

We just put up the new map display on the porch at the PGT Center, along with the map brochures. In a few weeks we hope to install the new wayfinding signs along the trails, too. Then it should be … Continue reading

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Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … Continue reading

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Wild Black Raspberries…for the birds?

How do you know when the wild black raspberries are ripe? A short walk at the PGT makes it obvious. I’m not sure which bird(s) perched here, but clearly we’re not the only ones who think the new benches are … Continue reading

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New Valley Overlook – Place to Pause

I could sit in this spot at the edge of the savanna bluffs at the PGT forever. Listening to the tanager and wood thrush, watching for herons, enjoying whatever flowers or trees happen to be in bloom…. If you walk … Continue reading

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Red Milk Snake Rarely Seen

Yesterday was only the second time in over 30 years of living here that I’ve seen a red milk snake in the wild. (I did keep a couple for a few months in 1986 to make a movie about Missouri … Continue reading

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New Walk along the Lilies

Thanks to the design of Jen Sieradzki, horticulturist for the PGT, a new path is in the works at the Lotus Pond area. Plants will be added in September, but last week big progress was made when David Perrey came … Continue reading

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Golden Light in the Morning

  The light in the open woods near Beaver Lake was magical this morning. Henry was out with his camera and caught it. We’re planning to put a paved trail from the visitor center to the lake and this is … Continue reading

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PGT Visitors on Magnificent Days

The past two days brought the most perfect, sunny, comfortable weather I’ve ever seen for a Missouri June. So we were incredibly fortunate to also have three groups visiting the PGT then. On Friday June 7, the Runge CAMP F.I.R.E. … Continue reading

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Turkey Nest Full of Eggs

This morning I took a walk through a valley and up a wooded hillside next to the Prairie Garden Trust. Suddenly a hen turkey walked quickly ahead and away. Sam the yellow lab followed her, but I walked back to … Continue reading

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