May Yard Tour – From Lawn to Pollinator Paradise

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By Eric Fuselier.

The Ozark Chapter of Wild Ones continued its series of yard tours last Saturday, May 25. A total of 18 people came out to tour Sarah Guertz’s property in Fayetteville. Mrs. Guertz is the President of the POA for her neighborhood and a landscape architect. She showed attendees the work she’s been doing to replace her lawn with native species that benefit pollinators.

Of particular interest to passersby in the neighborhood is a long strip along her fence that is filled with a lush variety of species which improves the aesthetics of her neighborhood. Mrs. Guertz regularly receives compliments from her neighbors on this feature.

Among the species in bloom during the yard tour were foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Indian pinks (Spigelia marilandica), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida), common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), yellow coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa), lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), fame flower (Phemeranthus calycinus), and poppy mallow (Callirhoe sp.).