22nd Annual Symposium I Registration Open
JOIN US for our 22nd NATIVE PLANT SYMPOSIUM:
WORKING with NATURE – Rather Than Against
Saturday, February 4th, 2017.
NEW LOCATION: Middle Georgia State University Conference Center in Macon, GA. Registration and GNPS Market opens at 8:00 AM I Good Morning and Welcome Messages begin at 8:45 AM.
The Symposium has an exciting line-up of five distinguished speakers who will demonstrate the importance of landscaping with native plantings rooted in the geology and ecology of Georgia’s diverse native plant communities. REGISTER NOW for this informative lecture series to learn how you can best incorporate Georgia’s native plants in your garden or landscape project.
- Meet with wildlife and environmental organizations
- Purchase native plants from nurseries for all of Georgia’s diverse regions
- Learn about our Habitat Certification Program
- Take advantage of planting advice from skilled botanists and Master Gardeners
- Buy signed books authored by our speakers
- Check out crafts and gifts from local artist
CLAUDIA WEST I Planting in a Post-Wild World
BIO: Claudia West is a landscape designer and consultant based in Whitehall, MD who speaks regularly on her plant community-based strategies of design, management and functional planting for green infrastructure, and natural color theories.
9:00 AM PRESENTATION: We live in a global city where few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscapes. Join us as we explore how native plants will fit into our future landscape and how plant community-based design strategies that can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project.
LESLIE EDWARDS I Plant Communities: Rooted in Geology
BIO: Dr. Leslie Edwards is lead author of “The Natural Communities of Georgia” and a retired GSU Geosciences professor. She now teaches and leads walks highlighting Georgia’s diverse natural communities.
10:45 AM PRESENTATION: Why does a plant community with rhododendron and pipsissewa flourish in one place, while a community with sugar maple and columbine grows in another? Because rock types vary in terms of the nutrients, acidity, and the moisture of the soils that develop from them. Learn how Georgia’s geology affects which plant communities grow where, and how you can apply that knowledge to help choose the right plants for your own garden or preserve.
THOMAS RAINER I Creating and Managing a Plant Community – Creative Approaches to Site Preparation, Installation, and Maintenance
BIO: Thomas Rainer is a registered Landscape Architect, teacher, and writer, and associate principal at Rhodeside & Hartwell. He specializes in applying innovative planting concepts to create low-input, dynamic, colorful and ecologically functional designed landscapes.
1:00 PM PRESENTATION: The tried and true axioms that guide preparation, installation, and management arise from a belief that we should be able to place any kind of plant anywhere. Unique characteristics of soil like high pH or infertility are eradicated in favor of creating a generic, potting-soil-like medium. Many of these widely accepted and blindly applied techniques actually undermine plant establishment and the long-term health of a planting. Learn how to use a plant’s natural growing cycle to speed up establishment, minimize plant loss, and reduce unnecessary maintenance.
SUSAN MEYERS I Monarchs and Milkweeds Across Georgia
BIO: Susan is a Trainer for the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), a Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch based at the University of Kansas, and routinely raises, tags and tests Monarchs for Project Monarch Health, a citizen science program based at the University of Georgia.
2:15 PM PRESENTATION: With the possible listing of the Monarch under the Endangered Species Act, a closer look at this iconic species’ annual cycle (breeding, migration, and overwintering) is warranted. What are the reasons for the decline in its population? What remediation can be accomplished? Although much of the national focus is on habitat restoration in the Midwest migration corridor, Georgia and the Southeast have the potential to boost the population by increasing public awareness and the availability of our native milkweeds, habitat restoration and citizen science data collection efforts.
KARAN RAWLINS I How You Can Make A Difference: Invasive Species, Native Plantings, Citizen Science
BIO: Karan Rawlins is the Invasive Species Coordinator and the Bugwood Images Coordinator at the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
3:00 PM PRESENTATION: We can make a difference to the ecosystems, which sustain us and our families, today and into the future. No single person can do everything, but every single person can do something. There are many conservation projects across our state. Look at current and potential projects dealing with both invasive and native species around our beautiful state. Find the project that speaks to you and you will make a difference.