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Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville
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Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville

6/15/2016 to 6/17/2016

When: June 15 - 17, 2016
8 am - 5 pm
Where: Millersville University, Student Memorial Center
United States

Phone: 717-871-2189


Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 
7:00am - 8:00pm Registration

Pre-Conference Sessions
Field Trips and Workshops leave from the Student Memorial Center (SMC).
Transportation, drinks/snack and lunch(where noted) are included in the
additional fee for the field trips. Field Trips go rain or shine, so bring comfortable
clothes, shoes, hat, sunscreen and protection against ticks. For the workshops, bring gloves and hand pruners. Please arrive at the SMC at least 15 minutes before start time - check in at the registration table.

8:30am - 4:30pm field trip #1 -

Climbers Run Workshop
Lydia Martin - Lancaster County Conservancy, Greg Wilson & Bob Kutz - Donegal Trout Unlimited
Limited to 30 people - $60 per person
Join the Conservancy for a workshop at their new Susquehanna Riverlands Research & Education Center, Climbers Run Preserve. Tour the center, learn about water quality initiatives and wildlife habitat improvements on the 82-acre preserve, then hike a recent stream restoration project in partnership with Donegal Trout Unlimited. Come prepared to identify native wildlife and learn about stream restoration. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a pair of hand pruners. Tour will be held rain or shine and includes a bagged lunch.

8:30am - 4:30pm field trip #2 -

Tour of Natural Landscape & Ecological Restoration Projects in Northern Lancaster Co. Region
Kelly Gutshall and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Limited to 40 people - $60 per person
The CCLC is sponsoring a tour of natural landscape and ecological restoration projects in the northern Lancaster County region. The tour will highlight the award winning Lititz Run watershed restoration efforts focusing on natural landscapes, green infrastructure, economic development, and stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMPs). Stops include Landis Homes, a LEED certified retirement community centered on a 7 acre restored floodplain and wetland; Rock Lititz, a thriving entertainment industry hub being built around a restored 17 acre floodplain that functions as a regional BMP; the Wilson Farm, an ecological restoration of a farm by a private landowner; Butterfly Acres, a critical aquifer recharge area restoration; New Street Ecological Park and the Warwick Township Municipal Campus, showcasing multiple SWM BMPs. Experts with intimate knowledge of each project will be available to discuss lessons learned and answer questions at each tour stop. Tour will be held rain or shine and includes a bagged lunch stop at Lititz Springs Park.

9:00am - 4:00pm Workshop #1 -

Mycoremediation Workshop, Tradd Cotter
Limited to 24 people - $210 per person
This workshop explores and delivers the toolsets needed to allow attendees to build fungal biomass, design and build a filtration system given a site survey and theoretical pollutant situation to solve. Using a combination of classroom and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to approach biological and chemical mycoremediation strategies to incorporate into landscape design. Templates for bacterial and chemical remediation will be discussed and constructed. Sample dilutions, bean and worm assays will be performed; and example data will be given for statistical reporting and experimental analysis for publication standards.
Cost for this workshop is $210 per person (this includes all supplies, lots of handout information and lunch).
This is a tremendous savings! Typical registration for Tradd’s workshop is $500 per person.

10:30am - 2:30pm workshop #2 -

Out of Boundaries: An Examination of Effective Strategies for Creating Dynamic, Diverse, Plant Driven Landscapes, Pat Cullina
Limited to 50 People - $60 per person
- In the first session, we will examine native environments as inspiration for plant selection in landscape design and explore the nature and character of landscape dynamism. We will also explore the state of native plants in the marketplace and will review strategies for effective installation and maintenance. What does native really mean? Which plants are being used
and how - and which are not but should be? How are native plants being grown, selected and marketed? And how can the best plants be incorporated into landscapes successfully? These are a few of the questions we will ask and answer during the morning session.

- We will break for lunch and continue discussions over a meal in the Galley Restaurant.

- In the second session, we will look at a series of specific native woody and herbaceous plant selections for use in dynamic landscapes and will track their selection, acquisition, installation and maintenance through the examples of a series of successful large-scale landscape projects. How will the landscape change throughout the seasons and over time? How can you convey the value of these exuberant, tactile, kinetic designs to the client? How should the work be documented? What are the best strategies for incorporating native plants into systems-based landscapes like green roofs, plantings in containers and platforms, etc. These are a few of the questions we will ask and answer during the afternoon session.

12:30pm - 4:30pm workshop #3 - Alienweeds: Extracting Art Materials from Invasive Vegetation
Patterson Clark
limited to 20 people - $60 per person
An introduction to identifying, prospecting, harvesting and processing exotic weeds into useful materials, which include paper, pigments and lumber.

12:30pm - 4:30pm workshop #4 - The Joy of Propagation, James Brown
limited to 24 people - $60 per person
We will take an in-depth and hands on look at the various methods utilized in plant propagation. We will learn how these techniques can be used in the home landscape and commercial settings. The following topics will be addressed: seed collection, cleaning, storage, pre-germination requirements, sowing, transplanting and aftercare. We will also address propagation via cuttings and divisions.

5:30pm - 9:00pm Field trip #3 - Progressive Garden Tour/Dinner, fritz schroeder - guide
limited to 40 people, if we get enough we can run a second bus of 40 - $65 per person
There will be a bus to take us around to Lancaster pubs/restaurants with progressive, plant inspired landscapes. While we tour the gardens, we will also enjoy food and drink at each establishment. Price includes transportation, food and 2 drinks. (Additional drinks may be purchased on a cash basis.) Dinner will be on your own Wednesday night if you do not participate in the tour.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:00am - 8:00pm Registration
7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am Opening Remarks

9:15am - 10:45am Full Audience 1 -

Planting in a Post-Wild World. Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
Native plants are the foundation of healthy ecosystems and they bring beauty and joy to our lives. But great plants alone don’t automatically create lasting ecological benefits and beauty in our gardens. Planting of the future requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we talk about spectacular native perennials and grasses and explore how to use them in stable, layered, natural combinations that increase the ornamental, functional, and ecological value of your landscape.

Plant and Book Sale Thursday, June 16: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, 2:30pm - 3:45pm, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
hours open to conference attendees Friday, June 17: 8:00am - 9:00am, 11:30am - 1:00pm, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

11:00am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions A

A-1 Essential Native Perennials, Ruth Rogers Clausen
Natives are a critically important section of the ornamental perennial palette. This is especially true
today when many are concerned about providing habitat and food for pollinators, as well as beneficial
mammals, reptiles, and birds. This illustrated talk highlights familiar native perennials along with some
that heretofore were considered roadside wildflowers or weeds. However today their ornamental
credentials are recognized. Learn how to decide exactly which plants will bring the beauty you want,
thrive in the conditions you can provide, attract beneficial wildlife, and contribute significantly to complex
food chains.

A-2 Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms, Tradd Cotter
Are you wondering how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills? Join Tradd Cotter to learn how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes and more into fresh mushrooms, and then add your leftover “fungus farm” to your garden to attract worms and enrich the soil. Create a circular system that will create beautiful worm casting while enhancing the microbial diversity of your compost and gardens.

A-3 Healing Under the Trees: Restoring the Land (and Ourselves) with Forest Herbs, Jared Rosenbaum
Can we restore the forest, our cultural ties to it, and our health at the same time? Jared integrates restoration ecology with traditional herbalism, discussing native medicinal and edible herbs. Many are declining due to overharvest, deer browse, and habitat loss. These species inhabit rich, mature forests, experiencing primarily natural disturbances. How can we become healers of these deeply complex places? Jared draws correspondences between our inner human ecology and the outer ecology of natural habitats, and introduces a holistic health perspective to landscape restoration.

A-4 Raising Lepidoptera, Deb Carman
This presentation is geared to the individual who is interested in raising caterpillars for non-commercial purposes. You will learn about the life cycle of Lepidoptera. We will discuss how to find caterpillars, identify them, house them, feed and care for them. The importance of specific larval host plants will be stressed.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch and Plant Sale

1:30pm - 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions B

B-1 Flora with a Southern Flair, Jared Barnes
The South is being hailed as a rising cultural epicenter for great crafts, music, and food; and we’ve also got some great native plants, y’all. Join Jared as he shares his memorable excursions looking for natives in situ, some of his favorite southern plants that you can add to your garden, and his efforts to propagate regional flora at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.

B-2 Pollinator Perspective: The Ecological Value of Cultivars, Owen Cass
Are all cultivars created equal? To investigate this question we compared pollinator visitation to wild types and cultivars of Monarda and Coreopsis in the Mt. Cuba Center Trial Garden. Learn about the findings from this current research, as well as pollinator behavior and floral rewards.

B-3 Pest Walk, Tim Abbey
Join Tim Abbey for a campus walk to identify ornamental plant pest problems - the causes, the damage symptoms. We will also discuss chemical and non-chemical management options. Horticultural issues will also be discussed based on what is encountered.

B-4 The Puddle Garden - A Rain Garden for Children, Jared Rosenbaum
Learn about native rain garden species, involving children in habitat creation, and the new children’s book The Puddle Garden. In a
presentation filled with colorful photos, plant profiles, and step-by-step instructions, Jared will discuss native plant ecology, wildlife associations, plant species selection, and garden creation.

2:30pm - 3:45pm Plant Sale/Book Signing/Posters/Break
3:45pm - 4:45pm Full Audience 2 - An Overview of the Ecosystem Services that Insects Provide, Dan Duran
Simply put: all life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize. This talk will explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning. Nutrient recycling, pollination services, and trophic interations will be reviewed. Lastly, there will be a discussion on the ways in which we can conserve our much needed insect diversity.

5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
6:30pm - 7:30pm Full Audience 3 - Heirloom tomatoes, Brie Arthur
America’s great native fruit, heirloom tomatoes are the ultimate taste of summer! Brie shares expert tips for a successful and organic growing season. Variety selection, cultural information and alternative growing systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics are discussed. Learn time saving strategies for how to harvest, process and preserve with ease and watch as Brie demonstrates how to make her favorite Heirloom Bloody Mary.

7:30pm - 9:30pm Social/Plant Sale/Book Signing

Friday, June 17, 2016
7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am Plant Sale
9:00am - 9:15am Opening Remarks

9:15am - 10:15am Full Audience 4 - Propagating Horticulturists: A Cultural Guide for Our Craft, Culture, and Industry
Jared Barnes, Ph.D.
We are incredible propagators of native plants, but a challenge we face is how do we make more horticulturists? In this enthusiastic presentation, Jared will discuss the great similarities between how we sow seeds and how we expose youth to horticulture, how we take cuttings and how we help amateur horticulturists continue growing, and how we graft two different species together and how we bridge a connection between plants and people’s other passions.

10:30am - 11:30am Concurrent Sessions C

C-1 Deer Resistant Natives, Ruth Rogers Clausen
Deer have become the bane of countless gardeners across the country. Is it possible to have a lovely garden of native plants without expensive fencing to keep the deer out - or is that fencing the gardener in? This illustrated talk addresses this question and focuses on native plants that deer find mostly unpalatable, as well as tips for gardening in deer country.

C-2 Mycoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water, Tradd Cotter
Many species of edible fungi sweat powerful enzymes into the environment capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. Mushrooms native to your area of the U.S. are also well adapted to filter, stun and destroy pathogenic bacteria that accompany failing septic systems, manure holding ponds, and even pet waste runoff. Learn how these mushrooms perform these miraculous tasks and how to develop a living barrier or filtration system that is customized to fit your needs. Talk will focus on biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of mushrooms that can be used for mycoremediation projects.

C-3 A Frog’s Eye View, John Courtney
No matter how large or small a body of water may be, plants play an essential role in maintaining healthy water quality and a balanced aquatic habitat. When choosing the “right” native plant palette for a water garden there are a few factors to consider. We will dive deep into environmental limits such as sun exposure, water depth, and bottom substrate that dictate where aquatic plants thrive. From the soft boggy shore to the open water, we will explore plant groupings that perform and “play well” together to increase biological diversity, create visual impact and provide critical habitat.

C-4 National Seed Strategy, Peggy Olwell
The National Seed Strategy for Rahabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 provides a coordinated approach for stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration treatments on lands across the nation. The strategy provides a framework for actively working between land managers and private industry to respond appropriately to disturbances and other stressors that threaten important plant communities and ecosystem services.

11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch and plant sale

1:15pm - 2:15pm Full Audience 5 - Getting to the Source of Our Native Plants: Does Provenance Matter?, Dan Duran
As native plants gain popularity in the horticultural trade there are important issues and challenges that need to be considered. The potential for genetic exchange between cultivated native plants and wild plant populations means that our landscaping decisions have impacts beyond the boundaries of our yards. Does the geographic source of a plant matter as long as it’s a native species? Are cultivars of native species equivalent to naturally occurring populations? These topics are discussed and recommendations given to help native plant enthusiasts make better-informed decisions for long-term survival of native species.

2:30pm - 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions D
D-1 Native plant production: working through challenges and finding solutions
Panelists: Laura Wagner, Christopher Puttock, Dale Hendricks Moderator: Brigitte Crawford
Native plants can present unique production and distribution challenges not faced with other horticultural species. Join us in a panel discussion as we discuss topics such as the cultural requirements, timeline intricasies, ethical implications, customer and grower relations and the need for continuing reserach, partnerships and education on native plants. We will hear the varying approaches of three native plant oriented companies and organizations in facing these challenges while still fulfilling their missions and discuss how customers can best work with nurseries that provide native plant species.

D-2 Woodland Wonders from the Wild, Barry Glick
An enlightening, entertaining and educational look at some of the plants that we overlook on our woodland hikes. Some of the most interesting and unusual wildflowers are growing in our own backyards right under our noses. Join native plant geek Barry Glick for a fascinating wild wander into the wonderful world of woodland wildflowers.

D-3 Foodscaping, Brie Arthur
Foodscaping is a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility. Encouraging everyone to “think outside the box,” Brie explains how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity, encourages organic maintenance practices and adds purpose to everyday spaces. She will discuss strategies to create and maintain large scale edible meadows and high impact seasonal foodscape displays. The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. Working with public school systems, retirement communities and suburban developments, Brie is changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized.

D-4 Pollinators and Pollination Strategies, Mary Anne Borge
Many plants need the assistance of a third party, usually an animal, to help them achieve pollination. How do plants entice unsuspecting partners to their flowers? How can plants ensure their pollen will be placed advantageously on another plant of the same species? We’ll learn about some of the many potential pollinators of native plants, and the strategies plants have evolved to successfully reproduce by taking advantage of their flower visitors.

3:45pm - 4:45pm Full Audience 6 - Soul Mates for Life - Native Plants and their Fungal Partners, Tradd Cotter
In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance. Our very existence relies on the bonds between them. Plants and fungi have merged and performed sacred vows, and continue to unveil their brilliance and benefits of collaborating with nature. We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology; they can help us speak their language. Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet. 

4:45pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm - 6:30pm dinner
4:00pm - 8:00pm Plant Sale
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm Plant Sale

We prefer that everyone register online. Conference registration payments may be made by check or credit card online. If you choose to pay by check, make checks payable to “BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE” and mail to

Native Plants in the Landscape Conference,
P.O. Box 105, Ephrata, PA 17522-0105.

If you choose not to register online, registrations by credit card may be mailed or faxed to (215) 862-2924. Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail or mail if no e-mail address is provided. If the conference is full, all payments will be refunded in total. Requests for cancellations must be made online or in writing by close of business on May 25, 2016; a $25 processing fee will be retained. Cancellations received after May 25 will not be refunded.
A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations postmarked after May 25, 2016.

The conference is designed for adults. Casual attire is encouraged for both participants and speakers. 

Registration and most sessions are held in Student Memorial Center (SMC) on the Millersville Campus. You will receive a marked map with your registration confirmation.

This conference and the Workshops, Fieldtrips are eligible for PCH CEUs.

For more information or to register for this conference, please click here: NATIVE PLANTS IN THE LANDSCAPE CONFERENCE


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