Gardening in the Ozarks


Betsy's Ladybug
We have a friend in Kansas who we think takes photos for the ages, and we especially loved this one.  The lady is Betsy Betros and we know you'll be hearing more of her in the future. Note: Betsy's also the author of the outstanding, widely praised reference book, "A Photographic Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Area."

Welcome to OzarksGardens.com, a website about gardeners, gardening, and nature in the Ozarks region of the United States, especially in the towns and countryside around Springfield, Missouri.

Our purpose? To share gardening news, tips, wit, and wisdom, and help everyone in the Ozarks and similar climates find the best plants for our gardens.

QUESTION: What's the best way to use this website?

      It's easy. OzarksGardens.com has three simple goals:

      1) The first goal--to help folks find plants for their gardens that really thrive in the Ozarks and to provide some tips on how to grow them. Every plant that appears here does beautifully in our region and all similar climates.

      2) to give a richer, broader, clearer picture of gardening in our region;

      3) to have some fun.

      You can browse here at your leisure or do searches--a search for "hosta," for example, will turn up a great many varieties, and you can search for plant characteristics such as colors or types. The search engine isn't perfect; like gardening, it can return some odd results, but most will be useful.

      The best approach to the website is to relax, take your time, and enjoy whatever you find here. And you don't have to see everything in one visit; you can always come back when you have more time. We'll still be here.


That said, the links at left lead to lots of discoveries. And don't miss Today's Notes.

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