Landscape professionals and residential gardeners can immerse themselves in three days of native plant workshops and events at the inaugural Plan It Native conference coming to Kansas City on September 18 – 20.

Plan It Native participants will learn from national and local experts how native plants can improve their landscapes and where they can find resources. Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, is the keynote speaker on Thursday, September 19.

Native plants are critical to our natural systems, providing habitat  for butterflies, birds, bees and other insects. Their deep root systems trap significant carbon, reduce stormwater run-off and mitigate flooding.

Conference workshops include:

  • Pollinators as pest control
  • Native edibles in urban gardens
  • Regenerating suburbia one garden at a time
  • Propagating native plants
  • How to attract more birds and backyard wildlife
  • Native plant garden management

Registration is open at Plan It Native. Pre-conference nature/prairie tours and happy hour are scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 at various locations. The full conference begins Thursday, September 19 at the Intercontinental Hotel, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO.

Plan It Native is organized by Deep Roots KC, formerly the KC Native Plant Initiative. This collective impact organization of multi-sector partners is working to increase native plant landscapes and encourage the appreciation, conservation and use of native plants in Heartland landscapes.

Photo: Sarah Beier