Jim Locklear: Jewels of the Plains Revised

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
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Jim Locklear
Jim Locklear

Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Come learn about native plants of the Great Plains and listen to the story of a South Dakota cattle rancher who attained international acclaim as an eminent plantsman of the plains during a free program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Jim Locklear, conservation director of Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center, will present a program titled “Jewels of the Plains Revised.”

The program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the auditorium of the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost. The free program, open to everybody, is presented by Gardeners Connect.

Coffee and refreshments are planned to be presented before the program at 10 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room down the west hall from the lobby and auditorium entrance.

Jewels of the Plains Book Cover“Jewels of the Plains” is the title of a book written by Barr that was published posthumously.

Locklear has updated the plant names for the classic book. Long out of print, the book is now available again and is a great reference for native plants of the plains. This talk includes information about native plants but also much more, says Jan Riggenbach, a garden journalist who has presented programs for Gardeners Connect herself.

“Jim’s program was both informative and entertaining. It would appeal to anyone who likes native plants and to those interested in unusual rock garden plants, as well as to those who just like to be entertained. I was inspired by hearing more about Claude Barr’s unusual life and his success under very difficult circumstances,” Jan says. “Jim is an excellent speaker.”

Through his Prairie Gem Ranch, Barr supplied Great Plains seeds, plants, and information to the scientific and gardening world for many years. His achievements inspired formation of the Great Plains Native Plant Society in 1984.

Locklear has been director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens since 2010. He has conducted conservation assessments of imperiled plants in the Great Plains for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Colorado Natural Areas Program, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Among Locklear’s published works is the 2011 Timber Press book “Phlox: A Natural History and Gardeners Guide.”

Locklear is the former director of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, a 13-acre botanical garden at Hesston College in Hesston, KS, and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Lincoln, NE.