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Meet national landscape experts at Plan It Native

Landscape professionals and residential gardeners can immerse themselves in two days of native plant workshops and events at the Plan It Native conference in Kansas City on February 15 – 16.

Plan It Native participants will learn from national and local experts how native plants can improve their landscapes and where they can find resources.

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.

The keynote speakers include Neil Diboll, an expert in native plant ecology and author of the Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants; Roy Diblik, an American perennial garden designer and author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden; and Dr. Desiree Narango, a conservation scientist and research ecologist.

Conference workshops will feature 18 deep-dive sessions including:

  • Native trees in a changing climate
  • Creating and maintaining landscapes for native bees
  • A case study of turf to native garden
  • Plant selection to support pollinators and songbirds
  • Creating and maintaining successful small landscapes and container gardens
  • Genetic diversity and plant preservation

It will be held at the Kauffman Conference Center and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO.

Registration is open for the event at

Plan It Native is organized by Deep Roots KC. This collective impact organization of multi-sector partners is working to increase native plant landscapes through educating, collaborating, and facilitating the planting of regenerative native landscapes that are essential for a healthy planet. Learn more at

Feature photo by Sarah Beier

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