The Hawthorn Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society (MONPS) is made up of individuals from Columbia and the surrounding region with various levels of expertise and interest in native plants who appreciate and want to conserve our natural Missouri heritage. Together, we enjoy wildflowers in their native habitats, share knowledge about identifying and growing native plants, and sell books and native plants to finance student scholarships, plantings, and educational  material.

Hawthorn Upcoming Activities for 2023

The Hawthorn Chapter maintains a chapter website at ColumbiaNativePlants.org Please check the website for activity times, places and changes, or better yet become a member and have updated activity information emailed directly to you as there will always be schedule changes.


Our traditional meeting time is second Mondays at 6:30.

Adopted Garden Cleanup will resume on alternate Friday mornings starting at 9am: 8 and 22 Sept; 6 and 20 Oct. Location: recycle lot north of Planet Fitness on the west side of Providence. Calendar these dates now because reminders will not be sent. Contact Cindy.


9 Oct Mon 6:30: Regular member’s meeting and Pot Luck

Pot Luck in Elena’s yard: 2815 N Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia. The restrictions for food are that all ingredients must be originated from the Western Hemisphere. In other words – Native meat, fruits, roots and vegetables that grew here more than 400 years ago. You need to do some research. It will be a great learning experience. Please bring your food dish, serving spoon, personal plate and utensils, and a chair. It is not possible to cook for everyone’s dietary needs, but it would be helpful if you can provide a list of ingredients.

The only business is to decide what subjects/where/how to hold meetings thru this winter.

Sat 14 Oct, 1-3 pm: Visit Bonnie’s yard 1812 Cliff Drive. Her yard is an urban study in efforts to eradicate invasives and use native borders and a rain garden to reduce the lawn. There’s a bur oak that shades most of the back yard. We’ll talk about what has worked and what I wish I’d done differently. Open to critique and suggestions for improvement.

19 Oct Thurs 11:30: Lunch at First Watch, 421 N Stadium at Worley, with plenty of free parking on the NW side of Columbia. We use a private room away from the main dining room. Click on that link to see the location on a map. This is an opportunity to get to know us, share nature stories, swap seeds, and bring pots back to Becky for the nursery.

Hunting Season Dates

Archery season starts 15 Sept. Some counties have firearms hunting on weekends starting in early Oct. Get more information on regulation changes and other details for deer hunting from MDC’s 2023 Fall Deer & Turkey Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer.

We all enjoy walks in wild areas during the cooler fall days. Please be respectful of hunters by walking during midday hours and wear a lightweight iridescent vest [orange or yellow]. We want human hunters to take as many deer as they legally can because there are not enough natural predators to keep deer numbers at a healthy level. Too many deer spread many diseases. Too many deer eat many native plants into local extinction.

State parks are usually devoid of hunters, but check ahead at the park office to see if a managed hunt is scheduled for the dates you want to go there to explore.


13 Nov 6:30: Chapter meeting time if we need or want one.

16 Nov Thurs 11:30: Lunch at First Watch, 421 N Stadium [at Worley], Columbia


11 Dec Mon: Hawthorn zoom meeting (election of vice-president and treasurer)

21 Dec Thurs 11:30: Lunch at First Watch, 421 N Stadium [at Worley], Columbia

Contact Us

Cindy Squire

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