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2016 Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
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2016 Native Plant and Sustainability Conference


When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
9 am - 3:20 pm
Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, PA  
United States
Sarah Bertovich

Phone: 412.441.4442 ext 3925

2016 Native Plant and Sustainability Conference at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards.

8:30 – 9 am Registration /coffee
9 – 9:20 am Welcome

9:20 – 10:20 am Design with Natives | Travis Beck
Landscape professionals and home gardeners are increasingly using native plants. And why wouldn’t they? Native plants can connect our designed landscapes to
the larger natural world, provide high-quality habitat and dazzle us with their beauty. Still, anxieties abound. Won’t a garden of native plants be messy? Will it deliver on all the hype? And what’s wrong with roses?
Travis will show examples of beautiful native plantings in a variety of styles from Mt. Cuba and beyond. He’ll share strategies for design success and discuss how to
deal with some of the challenges that natives bring. He’ll talk about defining native, the role of cultivars, and picking the right plants for a project. He might even present a few of his current favorite native plants.

10:20 – 11 am Update from the Audubon Center for Native Plants and Coffee Break

11 am – NOON Deer and the Invaded Woodland Dr. Susan Kalisz
Why are exotic plant invaders becoming increasingly common in forested ecosystems and backyard woodlands? Dr. Kalisz will present data on how humans have altered the environment and species interactions in ways that favor a dramatic increase in mammalian herbivores. In western Pa., overabundant deer have tipped the balance of species interactions in favor of certain exotic plant invaders and
created shifts in the growth of the understory native plant community. Implications for maintaining regional biodiversity will be discussed.

Noon – 1 pm Lunch and book sale

1 – 1:20 pm Update from Powdermill Nature Reserve

1:20 – 2:20 pm Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes Connie Schmotzer
Our pollinators are currently threatened by diseases, pesticides and lack of nesting habitat and floral resources. But there is a lot gardeners can do to help. Learn more
about pollinators and the programs and materials that Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have developed to help gardeners improve their pollinator habitat.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Question & Answer SESSION

3:15 – 3:30 pm Concluding Remarks

This conference is eligible for 5 PCH CEUs.

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