Date: September 22, 2021 - September 24, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Get expert advice on landscaping with native plants, the benefits of biodiversity and planting prairies at this year’s virtual Plan It Native conference on September 22 – 24.

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 third annual event will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Wambui Ippolito is a horticulturist and landscape designer who was the 2021 Best in Show award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She is the first Black woman and the first solo female exhibitor to ever win.
  • Dr. Peter Raven is president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and author of numerous textbooks and several hundred articles on sustainability and biodiversity. Time named him a “Hero for the Planet”.
  • Nancy Lee is founder of Social Marketing, Inc., a social media company that works toward behavioral change for social good.

The conference offers 20 live, interactive sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Transformation of a superfund site to a suburban demonstration garden
  • Communicating the value of native plants
  • Sourcing native plants for diverse landscapes
  • Establishing and maintaining prairie plantings

For Kansas City attendees, there are several local field trip options to native plant landscapes and prairie restorations on Tuesday, September 21. Virtual events are scheduled from 1 – 5 p.m. (CDT) on September 22 and 23 and 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on September 24.

The conference is hosted by Deep Roots KC and is designed for municipalities, parks departments, landscape architects, conservation agencies, nurseries, educators, students, naturalists and home gardeners. For more conference information and registration, visit Plan It Native. To learn about additional native plant resources, visit Deep Roots KC.

Photo: Tom Schroeder

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