Native Plants Conference @Millersville

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  • Save the Date for 2016!

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    June 15-17, 2016 Our 25th conference!
  • June 15-17, 2016

    Online will open 4/1/16.  

    Save the date for the 2016 Conference!
  • Get ready for the 25th Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville

    June 15-17, 2016

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

    June 15-17, 2016

About the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference

Save the Date for the 2016Conference! See you in June!

June 15-17, 2016 

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Online Registration will open 4/1/16!

Download the 2015 Conference Brochure Here!

Have questions about registration?

Email or call 717.842.0272

Want to be on our mailing list?

Want to be a vendor at our Native Plant Sale?
Email  Plant Sale Coordinator Chris Dartley

Want to apply for an assistanceship?
Email Assistanceship Coordinator Dr. Candy DeBerry>

Want to submit a Poster to our Poster Session?
Email  Posters Coordinator Dr. Candy DeBerry

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

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 applying 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 mid March, 2016 and On-line registration will open April 1, 2016 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 2015 Conference Brochure Here!

Contact Info:

Phone: 717-842.0272 Email:

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 April 1, 2016

Want to learn more about the program? Download the 2015 Conference Brochure Here!

Read More about our Conference Mission.

View our Millersville Native Plant Conference Policy Against Harassment.

Full Audience Speakers

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Rick Darke

Rick Darke

Rick Darke is a design consultant, photographer and writer whose work is grounded in an observational ethic blending art, ecology, and cultural geography in the stewardship of living landscapes.  His many books include The American Woodland Garden:  Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Wild Garden:  Expanded Edition and The Living Landscape:  Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, was co-authored with friend and colleague Doug Tallamy.

Doug Tallamy, native plant conference, millersville, bringing nature home

Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature,Insect Ecology, and other courses for 33 years.  Chief among his research goals is to better un-derstand the many ways insects intereact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.  His book Bringing Nature Home:  How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ As-sociation.  The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014.  Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

Kirk Brown, native plant conference, millersville, bartram

Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association “Green Achiever” Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania.  Kirk serves as incoming President for Garden Writers Association, business consultant to the green industry and national lecturer on horticultural topics from the 18th to the 21st centuries.  He has served as a judge of major exhibits for the Philadlephia Flower Show.  Gardens that he has designed and in-stalled have been presented with “Outstanding Design Awards” by PLNA, Perennial Plant Association, and Association of Professional Landscape Designers.  His gardens at Asbury United Methodist Church were presented with a Pennsylvania Green Award.  He is a graduate of Cornell University.

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Dave Jacke

Dave Jacke

Dave Jacke has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm – Dynamics Ecological Design – since 1984.  An engaging, passionate and me-ticulous ecological designer and educator, Dave has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast.  He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning from Simon’s Rock

Bill Johnson, Native Plant Conference, Millersville, native plants

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson is a native Minnesota writer and photographer specializing in plant and in-sect photography.  His images have appeared in over 900 national and regional books and magazines, and he is a contributing columnist with Horticulture Magazine where he writes the monthly column “Insect ID”.  He has also written articles for Birds & Blooms magazine, Minnesota Gardening magazine and Currents magazine – the publication of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) of which he is a charter member.

Miriam Goldberger, Millersville, NAtive Plant Conference, wildflowers

Miriam Goldberger

Miriam Goldberger

Miriam Goldberger, author – Taming Wildflower, President – Wildflower Farm.  Long before “green” or “sustainable” became the powerful buzzwords they are today, Taming Wildflowers author, Miriam Goldberger began growing wild-flowers and fell madly in love with the beauty and practicality of native plants.  The founder and co-owner of Wildflower Farm, a wildflower seed production company in Ontario, Canada, Miriam is truly a woman outstanding in her field.  Her 100 acre pollinators’ paradise filled with lush wildflower gardens and meadows thrives without irrigation or pesticides.

Dale Hendricks, Millersville, NAtive Plant Conference, Native Plants, Biochar

Dale Hendricks

Dale Hendricks

Dale Hendricks co-founded North Creek Nurseries, Inc. in 1988, in order to propagate natives and garden selections of natives.  In 2008 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. to build car-bon friendly and fecund landscapes and to grow native and woodland plants renewably, organi-cally and joyfully.  He served on the founding board of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and as co-chair from 2004-2007.  Dale has been active in local and regional horticulture since 1975.  He was on the founding Steering Committee for the Millersville conference and remains active on the program committee.  He is a well-known horticulturist, communicator, grower of plants and a fellow who loves to play in the dirt in Landenberg, PA.

Look forward to more great speakers during the new Native Plants in the Landscape Conference – 2016

Workshops and Field Trips include:

Check back often for updates! We are working hard to finalize our program details!  Believe us – it’s going to be exciting!!!

Full Audience Session Highlights Include:

Check back often for updates! We are working hard to finalize our program details!  Believe us – it’s going to be exciting!!!

Concurrent Session Highlights Include:

Check back often for updates! We are working hard to finalize our program details!  Believe us – it’s going to be exciting!!!


 Download the 2015 Conference Brochure Here!



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.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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

Thursday, June 16, 4:30-7 p.m.Native Plant Sale @ Millersville

Friday, June 17, 4:30-7pm
Saturday, June 7, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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:

Wednesday, June 15    5:30-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 16       7:30-8:45 a.m.,  10:30-11 a.m. , noon-1:45 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16       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.

Chris Dartley at

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of our vendors are wholesale businesses who normally won’t sell to home owners. They are gracious enough to come and sell to our conference attendees for the duration of our conference. You would not normally be able to purchase from these vendors unless you own or work for a plant related business. Please do not expect to purchase form them outside of the conference if you are a retail customer. Use their websites for reference only and enjoy all their useful information.

Contact us

Online Registration will open 4/1/16!

Brochures will be mailed/emailed in mid March

Download the 2015 Conference Brochure Here!

Have questions about registration?
Email or call 717.842.0272

NEWS for 2016!

BRAND NEW dorms – like hotel rooms!
Simplified Registration process
More CEU’s
New program format – two full days of conference ( Thursday and Friday) with Wednesday pre-conference workshops and tours



Package #1 

Includes full conference registration from June 16-17, Thursday meals (lunch and dinner), Thursday evening lecture and social, Friday meals (breakfast and lunch), housing  is extra and will cost $45/night.

Wednesday workshops and field trips  are not included- they require an extra fee 

Package #2

Includes full conference registration for Thursday June 16, Thursday meals ( lunch and dinner)  , and Thursday evening lecture and social. Housing is extra and will cost $45/night.

Package #3

Includes full conference registration for Friday June 17, Friday meals ( lunch only).  Housing is extra and will cost $45/night.

Wednesday Pre-Conference Workshops and Field Trips -  can be A la carte

Thursday evening lecture only – $15 per person – can be A la carte
Wednesday night room- $45 per person
Extra breakfast ticket-$5 per person
Extra lunch ticket – $10 per person
Extra dinner ticket – $15 per person

Late Fee – for registrations received after May 25 – $25 per person

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

Download the 2015 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, all of our courses are approved for credit, and the number of hours correspond directly to the number of hours of each session. For example – the PropagationWorkshop on Wednesday is 4 hours long – therefore it is worth 4 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,  Applications must be received by May 1st.


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 Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.



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