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Weldon Springs Native Plant Education Center

Category: Institutional

Location: Weldon Springs, Missouri
Designed By:
Austin Tao Associates,
Landscape Design Overview:
The Weldon Springs Site is the former location of a large manufacturing plant that produced conventional munitions and nuclear materials for the U.S. government.

After a long and costly cleanup process by the U.S. Department of Energy, the site was opened to the public as an educational and recreational resource. In addition to learning about the site's former uses and subsequent cleanup, visitors will also be able to learn about the native plants and landscapes of the area.

Austin Tao & Associates prepared construction documents, specifications and cost estimates for planting, grading and for the native plant education component of the site. Visitors will have a chance to learn about individual plants as well as landscape types such as prairie, savanna, and wetland, which are represented in the design.

The related document shows the overall project design.
Plants featured in this design:
Partridge Pea (Cassia fasciculata), Gray-head Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum), Downy Phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. Ozarkana), Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Ox-eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Fire Pink (Silene virginica), Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)