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2017 Land Ethics Symposium
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2017 Land Ethics Symposium


When: Thursday, March 9th
8 am - 4 pm
Where: Delaware Valley University
700 E. Butler Ave.
Doylestown, Pennsylvania  18901-5529
United States
Kelly Joslin, M.S.Ed.

Phone: 215-862-2924

Underused and Under-rated Native Perennials – James Brown
As awareness and use of native plants increases, many species historically unavailable are now being offered as choices for the garden. Join us, as we take a look beyond commonly grown wildflowers and delve deeper into the richness of our native flora. We will explore the beauty, benefits, and use of these exciting plants and their cultivars.
Getting to the Source of our Native Plants: Does Provenance Matter? - Daniel 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.
Dealing with Climate Change in Your Landscape – Kim Eierman
Climate change is here and it is impacting our landscapes – increased flooding, more frequent droughts, more extreme weather events and increasing temperatures. The war on invasives just got harder and biodiversity has never been more important. Want to help fight climate change in any landscape? Learn how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the environment.
Measurable Sustainability: An Introduction to the Sustainable SITES Initiative – Megan Gonzalez
The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive rating system for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES is based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES offers a systematic way to define sustainable sites, measure their performance and, ultimately, evaluate the value of landscapes. Learn the basics of SITES and how to get involved.
Dealing with the Dirty Dozen – Educating your client about 12 common woody invasive plants and recommending suitable alternatives. – Kathleen V. Salisbury
Many plants now considered invasive are still readily available in the trade, making it difficult to convince clients that there are more appropriate plants for a landscape. During this session examine compelling arguments against the invasive plants and for native alternatives that you can use during client conversations.
James Brown owns and operates New Moon Nursery, a wholesale perennial liner company with a focus on native plants. It has been his pleasure to work in the horticulture industry for over 25 years. He started propagating plants at 14, dividing Hosta, and taking cuttings of Pachysandra and English ivy for a local mom and pop garden center. That
ignited his interest in horticulture and it was his love of the natural world that lead him to his passion for native plants. When not propagating plants, James is probably out kayaking.
Daniel Duran, Ph.D. -– is an assistant professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Sciences at Drexel University, where he has taught 17 different courses, including Biodiversity, Entomology, and Native Plants & Sustainability. His research is focused on 1) the discovery of new species and advancing the fields of taxonomy and systematics, and 2) examining the important roles of insects and plants in functioning ecosystems. He is a co-author of the book A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada(2nd Ed). Recently he co-founded The Mid-Atlantic Native & Threatened Insect Zoo (MANTIZ).
Kim Eierman is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Based in New York, she teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. Kim is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics and provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients.
In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center and a member of the Garden Writers Association.
Megan Gonzales RLA, LEED AP brings over ten years of design & community-based expertise for sustainability strategies to the technical customer service team at GBCI. She works with individuals, project teams and organizations on certification, education and credentialing. Prior to joining GBCI, Megan worked for a landscape architecture firm in Boston dedicated to high performance landscape design. Megan earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Environmental Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire.
Kathleen V. Salisbury is the Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension – Bucks County. Her role is to offer practical how-to education and problem-solving assistance based on university research. Kathy strives to help green-industry and agriculture professionals make informed decisions to better their lives, businesses, and communities. Kathy graduated Delaware Valley University with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and The University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Graduate Fellow earning an MS in Public Horticulture Administration.

This symposium is eligible for 6 PCH CEUs.

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