Welcome to The Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

This is the conference everyone talks about!

Mark your calendars… for the 25th Annual Conference

June 15-17 for the 2016

NPLlogo_black bowmansSave the Date! See you in June! Online Registration is Now open.  Click here: https://www.regonline.com/npilc2016



Open to the Public

Friday, June 17, 4pm-8pm

Saturday, June 18, 8am-12pm

Lower Level of the Student Memorial Center

  • Pre-conference tours and workshops Wednesday, June 15
  • Two full days of conference, books and plant sales Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17
  • Half day additional plant sale Saturday, June 18th

We are so happy to share some terrific news!

Last June, our fate was uncertain. We didn’t know if we would be able to continue to hold the conference at Millersville University due to changing state laws governing outside groups. We were also uncertain of future conference leadership as no one was willing to step in and help direct and plan the conference.

Much to our surprise, at the last minute, when we were so ready to give up and end this great conference forever… Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (BHWP) and their Director, Miles Arnott, stepped up and said they would like to provide the leadership and oversight that are needed to keep the conference alive.

We are working in 2016 to transition the conference over to BHWP management. Wendy Brister, Brandy Leininger and I will continue to run the conference this year as we train the staff at BHWP on the ins and outs of our wonderful conference. BHWP believes in the mission of the conference and they would like it to continue at Millersville University. Millersville University also believes in the conference and they would like to maintain their close relationship with us and help us keep the costs down and continue to host the conference on their beautiful, accommodating campus.

These are exciting and challenging times for conference planners. We ask ourselves many questions, like; How do we attract younger people? How do we make the conference relevant for design and planning professionals? How do we keep the costs down so everyone can afford to come? And How do we top last year’s speaker line-up?

We believe we have answered all of these questions and we will continue, with the help of the staff at BHWP, to make the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference one of the top learning experiences in the country and a great value.

We did need to make some changes, so new this year are:

1. The dorms. We have a BRAND NEW building for sleeping accommodations. This new building is so nice; you’ll forget we ever had the “hotel” Reighard in the past. Brand new beds, lots of room configurations, and the rooms seriously are as nice as any three-star hotel. Brandy and I toured them last summer and we were so impressed. We know you will be very comfortable in these new digs. Here’s a tour of the new dorms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCVAydFCkeM#action=sharehttps://youtu.be/vCVAydFCkeM

2. We changed the format of the conference to two full days (Thursday and Friday) and a full/half day option for pre-conference field trips and workshops on Wednesday. This way, people who can not come on the weekends will be able to attend the entire conference.

3. We have extended the plant sale hours. The plant sale will be open Wednesday after dinner, Thursday and Friday between sessions, and as time allows in the evenings, and then Saturday from 8-12 for people who want to stay over and shop till they drop.

We hope you like the changes! Our speaker line-up is amazing and we can’t wait to share it with you. As soon as we have all of the speaker contracts in, we will divulge the entire program and send out our brochures, but for now, we can tell you we have the following folks lined up, ready to amaze you with their forward thinking, progressive knowledge of native plants, their habitats and ways to protect, enhance and repair our beautiful planet Earth through adding native plants to every possible planting.

Headlining the 2016 Conference are:

Claudia West and Thomas Rainer – who will be sharing and speak about their Top-Selling new book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.

Patrick Cullina, horticulturist and landscape designer behind the plantings on the Highline in NYC, and the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem – and many other amazing projects. Pat will lead a design workshop and speak about the importance of native plant communities in public landscape design.

Tradd Cotter on the importance of mushrooms and how we should never be without them.

Ruth Rogers-Clausen on Deer Resistant Natives

Brienne Gluvna-Arthur will be teaching us how to make homemade Bloody Mary’s from self sown and grown heirloom tomato plantings – in your own back yard.

We will also have a Progressive Garden Tour on Wednesday evening. There’ll be a bus to take us around to Lancaster Pubs and Restaurants with progressive, native plant inspired landscapes. While we tour the gardens, we will also taste some appetizers made from locally sourced foods, and sip some festive, local libations.

2016 stands to be one of our best conferences yet! We hope you will join us and welcome our new partners from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. And while you’re at it – THANK them for saving our beloved Native Plants in the Landscape Conference. For without them, it would be no more.

Like our Facebook Page for up-to-date info on programming and conference announcements. https://www.facebook.com/Millersvillenativeplants/

And visit our website, www.Millersvillenativeplants.org, for brochure downloads and other important information.

Brochures will be emailed/mailed in early March.
Thanks so much for your continued love and support.

Want to learn more about the program?

Download the 2016 Conference Brochure NPILC Brochure 2016 

Contact Info:
Phone: 717-842.0272 Email: nativeplantconference@gmail.com

Financial Aid is available for persons of all ages Continuing Education Credits are available for multiple professions from many states, to those who qualify.

On-line Registration is NOW OPEN! Click here to start:  https://www.regonline.com/npilc2016

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