Native Plants @Millersville

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  • June 3-6, 2015

    On-line Registration will Open 3/15/15!

    Brochures will be mailed/emailed in March 2015
  • Mark your calendars… for the 24th Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville

    June 3-6, 2015

    This is the conference everyone talks about!
  • More registration options. More choices. More CEUs.

    June 3-6, 2015

About the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

Save the Date for the 2015 Conference! See you in June!

June 3-6, 2015 

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Online registration will open March 16, 2015! 

Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

Have questions about registration?

Email nativeplantsatMU@gmail.com or call 717.871.2189

Want to be on our mailing list?
Email npilc@yahoo.com

Want to be a vendor at our Native Plant Sale?
Email  Plant Sale Coordinator Chris Dartley chrisdartley@gmail.com

Want to apply for an assistanceship?
Email Assistanceship Coordinator Dr. Candy DeBerry cdeberry@washjeff.edu/a>

Want to submit a Poster to our Poster Session?
Email  Posters Coordinator Dr. Candy DeBerry cdeberry@washjeff.edu

Think you would be a good speaker or have a good idea for the next conference?
Email Program Chair: Wendy Brister wbbrister@comcast.net

NEW!
We NOW offer partial registrations. Although FM Mooberry, the conference founder, wanted the conference to be a native plants community for the 2 days during the conference. We have re-evaluated the conference mission and would like to be able to reach as many people as possible with our message.  People are busy and budgets for education have been cut.  We have now fully adapted to meet the needs of our attendees, especially the professionals and the home gardeners.  Look for one and two day registrations or attend the entire conference.  We will also have full and partial day workshops on the first day that are additional and optional.  These are very exciting times for people working with native plants.  We don’t want our conference mission to stand in the way of anyone learning more and aplying what the’ve learned in their field.

The Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville is held on the beautiful campus of Millersville University in scenic Lancaster County, this conference provides essential information and networking for gardeners, teachers, and students, as well as landscape, nursery, botanic garden, and environmental professionals.

Brochures will be mailed/emailed  in early March, 2015  and On-line registration will open March 16, 2015! Please help us conserve resources and be as sustainable as possible by registering online. Paper brochures have been mailed, so be sure to have your brochure in hand when you register on line.

Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

Contact Info:

Phone: 717-871-2189 Email: npilc@yahoo.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 will be open March 16, 2015!

Want to learn more about the program? Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

Read More about our Conference Mission.

View our Millersville Native Plant Conference Policy Against Harassment.

Full Audience Speakers

Kevin Staso

Kevin Staso

Kevin Staso

Kevin Staso is Sales Director at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA. Kevin drives sales and marketing efforts for the horticulture and ecological mar- kets. He develops regional and national native plant programs for wholesale growers and independent and national retailers. Kevin is a board member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, the Perennial Plant Association’s Environ- mental Committee, and contributing member of Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Technical Review Council’s Vegetation Advisory Committee.

Candy DeBerry

Candy DeBerry

Candy DeBerry

Candy DeBerry, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biology at Washington and Jefferson College, where she teaches cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Dr. DeBerry is passionate about ecological gardening for biodiver- sity, and regularly speaks to community organizations about native plants, environmentally-friendly gardening, and creating habitats for wildlife. Her 1/3 acre suburban property has been certified as an NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat, an Audubon PA Bird Habitat, a Monarch Waystation, and a Wild Ones Native Plant Butterfly Garden.

Claudia West

Claudia West

Claudia West

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale grower in Landenberg, PA specializing in the production of Eastern US native plants. Claudia holds a Mas- ter’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Techni- cal University of Munich, Germany. In her current role, Claudia works closely with design and restoration profes- sionals, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion.

Marcus de la fleur

Marcus de La Fleur

Marcus de La Fleur

Marcus de la fleur is a vanguard in the application of green technologies to the commercial, public, and private landscape. He earned his Horticultural Diploma from the Royal Botanic Gar- dens, Kew and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Shef- field, U.K. Marcus has contributed to multiple sustainable projects, some of them LEED certified, and has extensive field experience in sustainable technologies through his past work in Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain.

Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier is the author of Para- dise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. His current work relates to farming practices and crops that sequester carbon to fight climate change. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University. Eric’s home garden features over 200 useful species on an urban tenth of an acre lot.

Benjamin Vogt

Benjamin Vogt

Benjamin Vogt

Benjamin Vogt owns Monarch Gar- dens, a prairie garden consulting service in Nebraska. He writes on native plants and wildlife landscape design for Houzz, contributes to the website Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, and his Great Plains plant choices were featured in the book Lawn Gone. Benjamin runs the Facebook group Milk the Weed and blogs at The Deep Middle.

Look forward to more great speakers during the new Native Plants in the Landscape Conference – 2015

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Workshops and Field Trips include:

Check back in December for more info…we are working on it : )

Full Audience Session Highlights Include:

Check back in December for more info.

Concurrent Session Highlights Include:

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FAQ

WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS?

Native Plants in the Landscape logoThe EPA’s Green Landscaping Home Page defines native plants (also called indigenous plants) as the plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. Native plants occur in communities — that is, they have evolved together with other plants, animals, and microorganisms. As a result, a community of native plants in the landscape provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as songbirds and butterflies.

BUT I SEE THE SAME PLANTS ALMOST EVERYWHERE I GO. DON’T MOST PLANTS GROW EVERYWHERE IN THE U.S.?

Many plants can indeed be grown in a variety of places around the nation — indeed, around the globe. But ideas about “proper” gardening and landscape design differ among human cultures. In the U.S., the prevailing ideas have English and European origins, giving rise to a tradition in which a high degree of regularity and homogeneity in landscape design has been considered desirable. And so you will see hostas growing in every garden from New York to Georgia, green lawns next to houses in the Arizona desert, and Norway maples shading playgrounds in the Great Plains. On the other hand, there have always been people who celebrate the environment that they live in by growing plants native to their area. Many use native plants in less formal, more natural designs.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO HAVE NATIVE PLANTS IN MY LANDSCAPE?

There are many good reasons for growing native plants in the landscape, or even in containers on your porch. You can save time and money on maintenance while enjoying the year-round beauty and variety of native plants. Moreover, native plants attract native wildlife such as butterflies and other insects, songbirds, and turtles. (The particular species of wildlife will depend on where you live and which plants you grow.)

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST REASONS TO GROW NATIVE PLANTS IN THE LANDSCAPE?

Because native species are adapted to a particular local climate, they are generally hearty plants that require little (if any) maintenance.
Save on the time, money, and effort that it takes to support a traditional garden or yard. For example, a patch of native meadow may require mowing only once or twice a year, in comparison to a traditional lawn which must be mowed every week.
Enjoy year-round variety in color and texture provided by the natives in your yard. Leaves, flowers, branches, and bark provide contrasts and interesting patterns in all seasons.
Native plants provide a source of food, cover, or shelter for wildlife. For example, the Viburnum species that are native to Eastern Pennsylvania produce berries in the autumn that are a popular food for a variety of birds – berries that are just the right size for consumption by the native birds of the region. And the berries provide a beautiful contrast to the foliage in your yard or in a vase on your table.

WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE NATIVE PLANTS IN OTHER AREAS?

Industrial campuses, schoolyards, and parks are all good places to grow native plants. A patch of native meadow, forest, or stream can provide a small but fascinating world to explore for children and adults alike. A significant savings in maintenance costs can be the motivation for replacing acres of lawn with sub-regions of meadows, forests, or ponds.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SPECIES OF PLANTS ARE NATIVE TO MY AREA?

This can be a challenge, because many landscapes in America have been altered through human intervention for hundreds or thousands of years (by Native Americans and, later, by European settlers). Even scientists may not be certain about the natural geographic range of many plant species. But help is out there! You can call or visit local nurseries that specialize in native plants. Another resource is your state or regional Native Plants Society. Many libraries and bookstores carry publications on native plants. You can search for “native plants” on the Internet, with a focus on your local area or region (for example, Middle Atlantic states, piedmont region). Once you begin to look, you will find a lot of information *and* people who are willing to discuss it and assist you with projects ranging from your own back yard to state and federal initiatives.

We have compiled a listing of several Native Plant Societies and Like-minded organizations for your perusal. Feel free to visit these websites and use their rescources to help you add Native Plants to your landscape.

Maryland Native Plants Society
Pennsylvania Native Plants Society
Virginia Native Plant Society
Delaware Native Plant Society
Eastern Panhandle (West Virginia) Native Plant Society
Society for Ecological Restoration

 

We would like to thank our vendors and sponsors for helping bring native plants to our attendees and making our conference a perennial success. Above is a list of some of our vendors.

CAN’T ATTEND THE CONFERENCE BUT WANT TO PICK UP SOME NATIVE PLANTS?

Come to the public plant sale on Friday and Saturday.
The Plant Sale will be OPEN to the GENERAL PUBLIC during the following times:

Friday, June 6, 4:30-7 p.m.Native Plant Sale @ Millersville

Saturday, June 7, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

NATIVE PLANT AND BOOK SALES
A popular display and plant sales area featuring native plants and information is open at select times during the conference.

The Millersville University Bookstore will have a selection of books related to the conference, available for sale, including recent books written by many of the conference speakers.

The PLANT & BOOK SALE will be open to conference attendees on:

Thursday, June 5    5:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday, June 6         7:30-8:45 a.m.,  10:30-11 a.m. , noon-1:45 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7     8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

TO RESERVE SPACE IN OUR VENDOR SALES AREA PLEASE CONTACT
Chris Dartley at chrisdartley@comcast.net

Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

Contact us

Online registration will open March 16, 2015 

Brochures will be mailed/emailed in early March

Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

 

Have questions about registration?
Email nativeplantsatMU@gmail.com or call 717.871.2189

NEW for 2014!
We NOW offer partial registrations. Although FM Mooberry, the conference founder, wanted the conference to be a native plants community for the 2 days during the conference. We have re-evaluated the conference mission and would like to be able to reach as many people as possible with our message. People are busy and budgets for education have been cut.  We have now fully adapted to meet the needs of our attendees, especially the professionals and the home gardeners.  Look for one and two day registrations or attend the entire conference.  We will also have full and partial day workshops on the first day that are additional and optional.  These are very exciting times for people working with native plants.  We don’t want our conference mission to stand in the way of anyone learning more and aplying what the’ve learned in their field.

2014 REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

Package #1

Includes full conference registration from June 5-7, housing for Thursday and Friday nights, all meals from Thursday lunch through Saturday breakfast and one pre-conference workshop on Thursday.  If the Rain Gardens workshop is chosen, there will be an additional $35 fee to cover the cost.

Commuter Only (no housing) for Package #1 - $205 per person
Rain Garden workshop extra fee - $35

Package #2

Includes full conference registration from June 5-6, housing for Thursday night, all meals from Thursday lunch through Friday dinner and one pre-conference workshop on Thursday.  If the Rain Gardens workshop is chosen, there will be an additional $35 fee to cover the cost.

Commuter Only (no housing) for package #2 - $155 per person
Rain Garden workshop extra fee – $35

Package #4
Friday Only –  includes all lectures and meals on Friday with a Thursday night housing option

Commuter Only (no housing) for package #4- $105 per person

Package #5

Friday and Saturday Only – includes all lectures and workshops, plus meals on Friday and Saturday – with a Friday night housing option

Commuter Only (No housing) for package #5 – $185 per person

Rooming Options: (#1, #2, #4, #5 refer to the Package numbers)

Single Room (Room to yourself)

Reighard Hall (upgraded rom)- $390 per person #1, $330 per person #2, $235 per person #4, $315 per person #5
MU Dorm – $325 per person #1, $265 per person #2, $170 per person #4, $250 per person #5

Double Room (Sharing with one other person)

Reighard Hall (upgraded dorm) – $310 per person #1, $265 per person #2, $170 per person #4, $250 per person #5
MU Dorm – $275 per person #1, $220 per person #2, $125 per person #4, $205 per person #5

Shenk’s Hall Suites (up to 4 people per room)

Suite A (4 single rooms, 2 bathrooms, common area) -$285 per person #1, $225 per person #2, $140 per person #4, $220 per person #5
Suite B (2 private/1 double room, 2 bathrooms, common area) – $285 per person #1, $225 per person #2,  $140 per person #4, $220 per person #5

Package #3

Saturday workshops and lectures Only- $60 per person

 

Extras

Thursday workshops and lunch only- $60 per person for all except Rain Gardens, which is $95 per person
Saturday child workshops – $45 per child
Thursday evening lecture only – $15 per person
Friday evening lecture only - $15 per person
Both Thursday & Friday evening lectures - $25 per person
Wednesday night room- Reighard Hall single – $90, Double $49; Shenk’s Suite-$43, MU Dorm single -$50, MU Dorm double – $42

Extra breakfast ticket-$5 per person
Extra lunch ticket – $9 per person
Extra dinner ticket – $13 per person
Continuing Education Certificate from MU – $20 per person
Late Fee – for registrations received after May 25 – $25 per person

Extra night dorm room for June 3rd is an additional $29 for double dorm, $40 for single dorm, $45 for a room in Shenks Hall, $98 for a single room in Reighard and $49 for a double room in Reighard.

Continuing Education Certificate – including LACES registrations -$25 per person

After May 24, add $25 for late registration

Download the 2014 Conference Brochure Here!

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) -available to all qualifying attendees.

We are now certified for LACES, APDL, MDPCH, NJPCH, PAPCH, DEPCH and several other states with Certified Horticulturist programs, as well as several Master Gardener CEUs  from various state programs.  Millersville University will also grant 1.0 CEUs for College Credit and will issue a certificate of completion for and extra fee of $20 per person.

If you are looking for Landscape Architecture CEUs’ LACES approved courses, our list is here  from the 2014 conference, and the number of hours correspond directly to the number of hours of each session. For example – the Rain Garden Workshop on Thursday is 7 hours long – therefore it is worth 7 CEU’s. 

 

ASSISTANCESHIPS (working scholarships)

 

Ten full conference registrations will be offered to anyone who has not received aid in the past and will be awarded to qualifying recipients in honor of our conference founder, FM Mooberry. The grants cover double dorm room accommodations, all meals and a full conference registration. To apply, submit the following: a cover page with name, address, affiliation (if any), telephone, and email, along with a statement of financial need, a statement on how the conference will be of value to you or your career, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or associate. Decisions will be based on interest in native plants and on financial need. Recipients will be expected to serve as conference assistants for a few hours during the conference. Send applications to Candy De Berry, cdeberry@washjeff.edu.  Applications must be received by May 1st.

CALL FOR POSTERS

We invite submission of abstracts/summaries for poster presentations at the 2014 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference. Posters may address any aspect of native plants and their use in the landscape. (Examples include: research on wildlife utilization of native plants vs. exotics; results of native plant trials; documentation of projects including residential landscape installation, schoolyard gardens, ecological restoration; educational outreach or innovative curricula.) For more information about posters or to submit an abstract/summary, contact Candy DeBerry at cdeberry@washjeff.edu. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.

 


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