Register today for Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Native Plant Conference on May 30-June 2

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Do you have an interest in the native flora of the Southeast and their preservation? Then the Native Plant Conference is just the thing for you.

This celebration of Alabama’s biodiversity is being hosted by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on May 30 – June 2. This conference is held every other year and is one of the premier native plant events in the Southeast.

Spaces are limited, so secure your spot now!

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The conference includes full-day workshops, half-day workshops, presentations, field trips and more. From a concurrent session on 12 excellent herbs to a workshop about at-home mushroom cultivation, the conference schedule is packed full of different opportunities for each person to enjoy.

Registration is open now for members, non-members and students.

Schedule

May 30: Pre-conference workshops

  • Full-day Workshops
    • All About Pawpaws: America’s Legendary Fruit (Sheri Crabtree and Jeremy Lowe)
    • From Lifeless Lawns to Living Landscapes: A Day of Design (Caleb Melchior)
  • Half-day Workshops
    • Home Cultivation of Mushrooms (Mark Hainds)
    • Pollinators in Action: Catch and Release (Heather Holm)

May 31: Plenary Presentations & Concurrents

  • Plenary Presentations
    • Nature’s Pharmacy: The Medicinal Potential of Native Plants of the Southeastern USA (Cassandra Quave)
    • Romancing the Lily: The Natural History of Hymenocallis coronaria (Larry Davenport)
    • Hip Hop and the Environmental Sciences—Strange Bedfellows … or Not? (Thomas Easley)
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • 12 Excellent Herbs (Phyllis Light)
    • Controlling Invasive Plants for Habitat Restoration (Nancy Loewenstein)
    • Demystifying Design: Building a Conceptual Foundation for Planting Decisions (Molly Hendry)
    • Mushroom Cultivation: From Back Yard to Laboratory (Allen Carroll)
    • Ancient Forests of Alabama (Brian Axsmith)
    • Peppertree: Hated Weed or Promising Medicine? (Cassandra Quave)
    • The Fascinating Black Belt Prairie of Mississippi and Alabama (JoVonn Hill)
    • The Pollination of Native Plants (Heather Holm)
    • Alabama’s Amazing Oak Diversity (Nancy Loewenstein)
    • American Ginseng: Create, Care, and Conserve (Phyllis Light)
    • New Pests and Pathogens: Threats to Natural Landscapes and Forests in Alabama (Jim Jacobi)
    • The Shady Crowd: Choosing Plant Communities for Woodland and Shade Gardens (Caleb Melchior)

Friday, May 31: Friday Evening Pig Roast

Saturday, June 1: Plenary Presentations & Concurrents

  • Plenary Presentations
    • Restoring Ecosystem Functionality and Biodiversity (Heather Holm)
    • Native Annuals: An Underutilized Resource (Ethan Dropkin)
    • Listen to the Land … and Embrace the Natives (Louise Wrinkle)
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • Ancient Forests of Alabama (Brian Axsmith)
    • Carolina Allspice: Ecology, History, and Cultivation (Katie Horton)
    • Glade Ecosystems: Islands of Biodiversity (Owen Carson)
    • New Pests and Pathogens: Threats to Natural Landscapes and Forests in Alabama (Jim Jacobi)
    • Grasshoppers of our Southeastern Grasslands (JoVonn Hill)
    • Mushroom Cultivation: From Back Yard to Laboratory (Allen Carroll)
    • The Shady Crowd: Choosing Plant Communities for Woodland and Shade Gardens (Caleb Melchior)
    • What’s the Buzz About Native Bees? (Heather Holm)
    • Demystifying Design: Building a Conceptual Foundation for Planting Decisions (Molly Hendry)
    • Twenty Tasty Mushrooms of the Southeast (Anthoni Goodman)

Sunday, June 2: Post-Conference Field Trips

  • Moss Rock Preserve (Patrick Thompson)
  • The Botanical Lost World and Cahaba Lilies (Tom Diggs)
  • Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (Charles Yeager)
  • Kaul Wildflower Garden (John Manion)

Check out this link for a detailed schedule and information about each event.

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The event’s vendors include Carolina Wild, Cohn Flowers, Linda Frasier, Naturescapes, Petals from the Past, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, and Wood Thrush Nursery.

Click HERE for more information about the 2019 vendors.

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