Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Learn all about landscaping with native plants, pollinators and monarch butterflies plus green street rain gardens and more at this year’s on-site and virtual Plan It Native conference on September 12 – 16.
Native plants are critical to our natural system, supporting the butterflies, birds, bees and other insects that pollinate our food system. Their extensive root systems retain more water than traditional lawns, reduce stormwater run-off, mitigate flooding and trap significant amounts of CO2.
This fourth annual event will kick off in Kansas City, MO with an exhibit hall and native plant field trips in both Kansas City and St. Louis, MO on Sept. 12-13. The virtual conference begins Sept. 14 with these keynote speakers:
- Rick Darke will present What is Wild and Why it Matters: The resiliency of living landscapes. He is a Pennsylvania-based consultant, author and photographer who blends ecology, horticulture and cultural geography into the design ad stewardship of living landscapes.
- Dr. Jennifer Roberts will speak on the Secret Life of Plants: A celebration of nature’s gift to Humankind. She is founder and director of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment Laboratory and co-founder and co-director of NatureRx@UMD.
- Nina-Marie Lister is a professor and graduate director in the School of Urban & Regional Panning at Ryerson university and a visiting professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
The conference features presentations by an additional 17 native plant experts through interactive, virtual sessions. It is hosted by Deep Roots KC and is designed for municipalities, parks departments, landscape architects, conservation agencies, nurseries, educators, students, naturalists and home gardeners.
Photo: Sarah Beier