Bill Ruppert, on behalf of Grow Native!, a program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, will speak on Monarch Butterfly Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities.
Bill writes: "The life cycle of the Monarch butterfly requires an amazing and unique journey, spanning North America from southern Mexico to the provinces of Canada. Extreme weather conditions, land development and modern agricultural practices have significantly impacted this journey which is vital for the sustaining the life of the Monarch butterfly. Learn about the work of Monarch Watch and how we can make a difference in our backyards by planting milkweed to accommodate the nutrition and life cycle requirements of the iconic Monarch butterfly."
William (Bill) Ruppert, since 1990, owns and manages 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. Bill is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Agriculture with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and landscape design. Upon graduation, he began his horticulture career 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. Bill 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.
SEEK (Sunday Ethical Education for Kids): During our program, Suzie will lead a discussion of the Amish.