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.

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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Wildflower Walk Saturday June 1 at the PGT

Spring blooms have just begun but we’re already planning ahead for our annual wildflower walk in late spring. Expert botanists George and Kay Yatskievych will lead the walk on Saturday June 1, 2013. We’ll start about 9 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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Sign up for Spring Birdwalk 2013!

The PGT spring birdwalk is scheduled for Saturday April 27, 2013. Ornithologist Jim D. Wilson agreed to lead us once again starting at 7 a.m. It’s free and fun. Sign up if you’d like to join us by emailing info@prairiegardentrust.org. … Continue reading

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Seeking Horticulturist for the PGT

We’re eager to fill a new position for a horticulturist at the Prairie Garden Trust. Here’s the job announcement if you’re interested or know of someone who might be: Horticulturist Prairie Garden Trust New Bloomfield, MO Salary: Approx. $36,000/year Benefits: … Continue reading

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Fun at the PGT Wildflower Walk

About 30 people explored the Prairie Garden Trust this morning on the first Wildflower Walk. Tim Smith, former botanist and current ombudsman at the Conservation Department, led the group through prairie and savanna to Hillers Creek, then past woods and … Continue reading

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Grant Elementary Junior Girl Scouts Earn Badge at PGT

Last Sunday 6 junior girl scouts from Grant Elementary School in Columbia earned their Earth Connections badge with a visit to the Prairie Garden Trust. They ventured through the prairie and explored the edges of the lotus pond. They saw … Continue reading

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Caldwell Gravestones Come Back to Life

The Caldwell gravestones rise again to honor the founders of Caldwell pottery in Missouri. Continue reading

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New inspiration to enjoy native, wild foods

A new way to enjoy native plants (and animals) just appeared with the publication of “Cooking Wild in Missouri” by Bernadette Dryden. I made the mistake of opening to the incredible photos, tips and recipes just before lunch. Now I’m … Continue reading

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Thanks to Monsanto for Roundup

Any gardener knows that weeding is key to creating a great garden, just as any journalist knows editing is critical to a good story. At the Prairie Garden Trust, we’re in the whacking, weeding, editing phase of landscape care. Thanks … Continue reading

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The Big Melt

The water is running rapidly, the fields are turning to mush and the cardinals are singing at dawn. After being trapped by 16 or so inches of snow on top of an earlier 8 inches, we are emerging from the … Continue reading

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