Kress Farm Garden Preserve

Kress Farm Garden Preserve

5137 Glade Chapel Road
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 01/12/2024

Birds rely on native plants for winter food. As food gets scarce, native plants will provide for their survival. Here are just a few of the food sources we found on a winter walk around Kress Farm. Plant names are noted in the pic descriptions.


Unfortunately, the weather is not going to cooperate for our Kress Potluck lunch and Speaker this weekend. Therefore, WE ARE CANCELLING THIS EVENT! With all the precipitation and extremely cold temperatures forecast, our Kress driveway will be a slippery, icy mess.

Please join us on February 11th for our potluck lunch/speaker. "Milkweed" is the topic.


We follow Hillsboro school district closures for inclement weather.


First Bluebird sighting of the year!


Our native plant winter sowing effort is well underway. Here we have Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Tube Beardtongue (Penstemon tubaeflorus) seedlings. These guys will be ready to pot up in a few weeks.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 01/01/2024

American Cranberry Viburnum (Viburnum opulus var. americanum) This native viburnum offers ornamental interest throughout the seasons; flowers in spring, red fruit in late summer, and red fall color. It's also known as Highbush Cranberry. Robins, Bluebirds, Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, grouse and many more birds eat American Cranberrybush fruit.


Mark your calendars...
Our Guest Speaker Lineup for 2024

• January 14 - Joe Corio, Kress Farm Member, Jefferson County Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, "But It's So Pretty" – Missouri’s Invasives.
• February 11 - Don Lebaige, Master Naturalist, "Milkweed".
• March 10 - Ed Spevak, St. Louis Zoo, "Insects".
• April 14 - Karen Leslie, Master Naturalist, Franklin County Master Gardener, "Landscaping with Native and Non-Native Plants to Support Wildlife and Pollinators".
• June 9 - Kerry Wright, Member American Conifer Society, "Conifers".
• July 14 - Ralph Olliges, President, Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society, "Cactus and Succulents".
• August 11 - Tom Terrific, Gardening Enthusiast, "The Ten Commandments of Butterfly Gardening".
• September 8 - Mary Pendergrass, St. Louis Herb Society, "Get Up and Grow".
• October 13 - Mark Glenshaw, Naturalist, "How to Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood".
• November 10 - Harlee Scherrer, Missouri Department of Conservation, Southeast Region, "Missouri Fire Ecology".


We will be closed for the Holidays until January 3rd, 2024.


Plant a tree!

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 12/14/2023

This Silver-Haired Bat was found tucked in a crevice under the Farmhouse porch roof.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 12/08/2023

Gift ideas for your Holiday gift giving. Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm and on Sundays from Noon to 3pm. Can't get to Kress Farm? We have e-gift cards. Get yours at:

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 12/01/2023

Ducks and geese enjoying the Kress Farm pond.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 11/27/2023

Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa) - Cactus and their fruits are a large part of Mexican cuisine. The wide, flat cactus pads ("nopales") are used in many Mexican main dishes such as salads, eggs and other dishes. The cactus fruit, called a "Prickly Pear", are very sweet and can be eaten raw, right off of the plant. Depending on the level of ripeness, they can range from slightly sweet to syrupy sweet. Prickly pear candy is made in the desert southwest, and canned, sliced nopales (the pads) can be bought in the Hispanic section in grocery stores. Prickly pears are highly nutritious and provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, plus powerful plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Caution should be taken with both harvesting and preparation. While the pads may or may not have spines, both the pads and fruit have tiny hair-like barbed thorns that are referred to as thorns or “glochids.” These easily detach and will lodge in skin or other tender membranes. These Kress Farm fruits are a little beyond their prime ripeness.


Starting Sunday, November 26th we will move to our winter schedule. Our new open hours are:

Open Sundays, Noon-3pm
Open - Mondays, 9am-3pm
Closed Tuesdays
Open Wednesdays, 9am -3pm
Closed Thursdays
Closed Fridays
Closed Saturdays

We plan to resume our regular hours in April 2024.


We will be closed Wednesday, Nov 22nd thru Friday, Nov 24th. We will be open regular hours on Saturday, Nov 25th. Our winter schedule starts Sunday, Nov 26th, with a Noon opening time.


Students from Mizzou helped Kress Farm volunteers remove invasive plants along our restored prairie. The students spent the weekend at Kress Farm participating in the MIZZOU ALTERNATE BREAKS program.


Beautiful Sunset at Kress tonight.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 10/30/2023

Making BIOCHAR... Biochar is the lightweight black residue, made of carbon and ashes, remaining after the pyrolysis of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment, and is a form of charcoal.

Biochar is mainly used in agriculture to enhance soil fertility, improve plant growth, and provide crop nutrition. As a result, it improves the overall farming productivity.


Many-Rayed Woodland Aster (Symphyotrichum anomalum) is mostly found in the Ozarks and eastern half of northern Missouri, especially in glades, upland prairies and woodlands, and other dry, rocky areas.
The word aster means "star." It is used in the words astronomy (the study of stars) and astrology (the metaphysical study of how star positions, as seen from Earth, might affect people's lives). But here's a new one for you: asterology is the branch of botany dealing with asters!
Missouri has 24 species of New World asters. They can be difficult to identify to species. Most bloom in late summer and fall. Our native asters and other late-season wildflowers provide important nectar and pollen for insects, including many pollinators.


Wild Grapes (Vitis species) Eight species of grapes in the genus Vitis are native or naturalized in Missouri. All bear edible fruits. Like their relatives elsewhere, they have important connections to humans and to nature. All of Missouri’s wild grapes reportedly make a decent grape jelly; look online for recipe ideas for jelly, pies, juice, sherbet, and wine.
Sweet, juicy grapes are relished by many species of birds and mammals. Several mammals eat the leaves, stems, and tendrils as well. Insects eat the leaves, including the larvae of some species of sphinx moths, which require grape-family plants as a food source. Several bird species use the shreddy bark of grapevines as nesting material.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 10/14/2023

Southern Wild Senna (Senna marilandica)
Southern wild senna is sometimes cultivated in gardens as a low-maintenance ornamental for its attractive foliage and flowers and its interesting fruits. Bumblebees pollinate wild sennas. A wide variety of moth and butterfly larvae eat the leaves, but grazing mammals tend to avoid eating this toxic plant. A small gland at the base of the leaf stalks provides nectar to ants, which apparently protect the leaves from herbivorous insects.


We will be closed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this week for private events.


Closed gentian, or bottle gentian, (Gentiana andrewsii) never opens — it stays closed and budlike throughout the pollination process. How is it pollinated? Bumblebees push their way into the flowers!
The unique flowers of closed gentian permit access only to bumblebees, and the plant and its bees benefit each other. Bumblebees are the principal pollinators, for they alone are large and strong enough to push their way through the tiny opening at the tip. The bees gain exclusive access to a trove of nectar, and the flower, with a pollinator focusing on just its species, has better chances for cross-pollination, and smaller, less-efficient pollinators don't take up its nectar and pollen.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 10/04/2023

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a species of conservation concern in Missouri. Missouri is at the northwestern extreme of American beautyberry’s overall range, and it was probably never abundant in the state. The damming of the White River destroyed most of the Missouri habitat for this shrub. Many species of birds eat the fruit, later distributing the seed. These include northern bobwhite, American robin, northern cardinal, mockingbird, brown thrasher, eastern towhee, purple finch, and wood thrush. The fruits are also eaten by raccoon, opossum, squirrels, gray fox, and deer. Deer also browse the foliage. The fruit is edible with a spicy flavor.


Starts tomorrow! It's not too late to join us. Just show up! Hope to see you there.

Photos from Kress Farm Garden Preserve's post 09/28/2023

Junior Master Gardener classes start this Sunday. This program is for Children ages 8-13. See flyer for more details.

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5137 Glade Chapel Road
Hillsboro, MO

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Sunday 12pm - 3pm

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