Native and Heritage Plant Gardens
There are two main areas that are taken care of by the North Central Master Naturalist: One is Gaston Wildflower Meadow in Lakeview at the Bull Shoals White River State Park. The other is the Ozark Folk Center Garden in Mountain View.
Gaston Wildflower Meadow. NCAMN maintains the three-acre Gaston Wildflower Meadow and Trail by planting, seeding and nurturing native varieties in the meadow and in the beds around the pergolas while working to eliminate invasive and non-native plants. The team works March through November.
Contact: Paula Caprio or Marilyn Fouts.
Ozark Folk Center State Park. Volunteers assist Park Herbalist Tina Marie Wilcox in maintaining and planting the Park’s Heritage Gardens. The gardens include native woodland plants, as well as vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers cultivated for hundreds of years in the Ozarks. While working in gardens and greenhouse, volunteers learn about traditional culinary and medicinal uses of many plants and techniques for cultivating and propagating them. There are usually two work mornings each month throughout the year. Contact: Nell Doyle.
Ozark Folk Center State Park