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Ithaca Native Plant Symposium 2010: registration starts today!

January 19, 2010

The word is out about Ithaca’s 2nd Annual Designing with Native Plants Symposium. Since the 2009 event sold out fast, they’ve split it into two days, with Friday topics geared for landscape and green industry professionals, and Saturday “focused on the residential landscape more accessible to homeowners and gardeners.” Both days are open for anyone to register, and eligible landscape professionals can receive up to 11 CEUs (6 on Friday, 5 on Saturday).
Dan Segal, one of the organizers, is a champion of locally-sourced plants and sustainably-managed gardens, which he promotes as owner of The Plantsmen Nursery, one of my favorite places to browse, dream about, and buy great plants for this area.
It’s $100 for Saturday alone, but benefits the Cayuga Watefront Trail, and promises to promote interesting discussion.

We believe many issues of overall sustainability find an elegant intersection in native horticulture, ecology and the use of native plants. Many discussions of sustainability, including those locally here in Ithaca, often overlook the very relevant role of horticulture and landscaping, and the fundamental use of native plants in clean, green practices. Our goal is to connect local horticulture, and the local use of native plants, to a larger movement.

Held at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology.

Friday, March 5, 2010: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
Saturday, March 6, 2010: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Click for the full brochure and registration info.
The first 50 people to register will get a free copy of “Native Plants for Native Birds” book, written by speaker Joel Baines.

Who’s Speaking This Year:

Peter Marks: Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Dep’t. of Ecology and Evolutionary Systematics
Larry Weaner: Principal of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Don Knezick: Owner, Pinelands Nursery,Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control
Don Ferlow: Stormwater Engineer
Marguerite Wells: Owner, Motherplants Nursery, Green Roof Guru
Mark Whitmore: Ecologist and Forest Entomologist

Joy Kuebler: CEO, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects
Joel Baines: Cayuga Bird Club, Author of Native Plants for Native Birds
Krissy Faust: Native Plant Gardener, Cornell Plantations Natural Areas
David Weinstein: Forest Ecologist and Founder of Project Budbreak
Dan Segal: Owner, The Plantsmen Nursery

Conference Organizers:

Rick Manning and Dan Segal will include some comments and brief presentations on current issues or projects in the field of sustainable landscapes, beyond what is listed above.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kylie permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:36 pm

    Cool! Wish I was there. I’m actually in a class where we’re learning to ID trees and birds! There will be lots of field trips. The theme is to look at plants and birds as monitors of environmental change. I should send you some of the readings.
    big kisses,

    • January 20, 2010 10:42 pm

      I would L-O-V-E love to see some of the readings. Do tell! & have fun in that course! xoxo

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