Southeast Hosting Spring Wildflower Walk May 2


Southeast Missouri State University’s Fifth Annual Spring Wildflower Walk will be held at the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden on Thursday, May 2.

The Spring Wildflower Walk is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This event was rescheduled from April 18.

The walk is an opportunity for the Southeast and local community to see native plants blooming and learn about their life cycle and history. The Spring Wildflower Walk is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the Southeast Horticulture Club to promote local gardening and address garden visitors’ plant questions.

“The walk provides an opportunity for the campus and local community to learn about our native spring wildflowers,” said Dr. Sven Svenson, professor of agriculture at Southeast. “During the Spring Wildflower Walk, we identify the many plant species that naturally grow here in southeast Missouri and include information about the plant’s care and contribution to the environment. There are usually several native plant and spring flower experts present to answer questions and share information about the plants.”

Additionally, visitors will learn about the Nemanick Garden and the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse.

“Aside from providing information about the native spring wildflowers that grow in the area, we also hope to raise awareness of the existence of the Nemanick Garden and the Hutson Greenhouse, and to share some of our future goals for the location,” Svenson said.

The Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden was founded in 2010. Though much of the space is still under development, the site currently features growing areas for fruits and vegetables, facilities for nurseries and composting, turf plots and student-installed plots.

The Horticulture Club purchased and installed the plants for the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden in August 2014. Every year, club student members continue to help maintain the garden’s foliage.

“The Nemanick Garden is student-built, maintained by students and funded by donors. Nearly all of the horticulture courses taught at Southeast make use of the Nemanick Garden and the Hutson Horticulture greenhouses,” said Svenson.

The Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden is located at 1039 Bertling Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.