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Pennsylvania-based consultant, author, and photographer Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends ecology, horticulture, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes.

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Dr. Roberts is the Founder and Director of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment (PHOEBE) Laboratory as well as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of NatureRx@UMD

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Nina-Marie Lister is Professor and Graduate Director in the School of Urban & Regional Planning at Ryerson University and Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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The virtual Plan It Native Conference offers concurrent sessions in the four tracks shown below; Beginning with Native Plants, Design & Fundamentals, Gardens & Community Spaces and Large Landscapes.

Day 1
14 Sep 2022
Day 2
15 Sep 2022
Day 3
16 Sep 2022

Landscape Maintenance Practices that Support Pollinators and Keep Your Neighbors Happy

September 14, 1:30pm • Supporting pollinators in a neighborhood can be a tricky proposition. HOAs, social norms, and neighbor relationships all play a role. The traditional landscaping norms of neighborhoods are...
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Paul Brown

Creating Eco-conscious Neighborhoods: A Developer’s Experience

September 14, 1:30pm • We will be discussing the “green” history of our Lee’s Summit-based residential developments and their utilization of sustainable practices – everything from land planning to native...
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Cutter Gale
Hunter Gale

The Joys and Challenges of Working with Wild Spaces: Part 1 – Ecological Restoration

September 14, 1:30pm • Restoring ecological systems, especially when starting from bare ground, comes with a lot of challenges.  Those challenges are magnified when working in landscapes that are fragmented...
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Chris Helzer

The Incredible Editable Native Garden

September 14, 3:00pm • The “incredible editable native garden” is an accessible approach to urban native landscaping that starts with simple DIY design and develops over time with thoughtful maintenance...
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Cydney Ross
Alix Daniel

Not in My Front Yard: Green Street Rain Gardens, Aesthetics, and Social Values

September 14, 3:00pm • Rain gardens seem like a benign way to treat stormwater runoff. Yet, there can be public resistance when this type of green stormwater infrastructure is installed...
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Eliza Pennypacker
Kate Cholakis

The Joys and Challenges of Working with Wild Spaces: Part 2 — Land Stewardship

September 14, 3:00 pm • Land stewardship has been a role filled by humans for as long as humanity has existed.  We face some new and daunting challenges these days,...
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Chris Helzer

Beginning with Native Plants, Ask the Experts

September 14, 10am • Description of session to come!
Lydia Gibson
Sarah Beier
Roberta Vogel-Leutung
Matt Bunch

The Soil Resource as the Basis for Life

September 15, 1:30pm • Soil is the living terrestrial matrix of Earth. Atmospheric gases are biologically cycled, waters are filtered and stored, and a large, dynamic reservoir of carbon and...
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Robert L. Kremer

Hope in Collaboration: Landscape Level Engagement for Monarchs and Pollinators

September 15, 1:30pm • Monarch butterflies, which many view as a symbol of hope and renewal, are also on the verge of being listed on the US Endangered Species Act....
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Christine Sanderson

Pathway to a Joyous Landscape: Plant Native Plants!

September 15, 1:30pm • Locally and regionally native plants are sustainable as they thrive in the soils and climate their place and don’t require added resources. They provide ecosystem services...
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Alan Branhagen

Soil Health and Sustainable Soil Management

September 15, 3:00pm • Soil health has several definitions but all emphasize soil’s functional capacity to sustain biological activity, maintain air and water quality, and promote plant, animal and human...
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Robert L. Kremer

Greening Vacant Land with Native Plants as Bee Habitat

September 15, 3:00pm • Description to Come
Dr. Mary Gardiner

Roundtable: Meeting the Increased Demand for Native Plants

Find out what the supply chain looks like when native plants are in demand and used on large-scale projects. Get your questions answered regarding the role that inventory planning and...
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Natasha Thomas-North
Claudio Vazquez

Rooftops – The Next Frontier For Native Planting; Lessons From Chicago

September 16, 8am • Chicago has long been a leader in the green roof movement, from glitzy amenity decks to native prairies 10 stories in the sky. Join Chicago-based Landscape...
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Matthew Strange

Ask a Land Manager Roundtable

September 16, 8:00 am • Ask this expert panel your questions about managing large and small landscapes, anything from prescribed burns, dealing with invasives, to best seed mix combinations. This...
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Aimee Coy

Supporting Keystones- Providing Sanctuary

September 16, 8:00 am • Description to come
Paula Diaz

Garden Maintenance for Wildlife: A New Way to Garden

September 16, 9:30am • How do you maximize plant and wildlife diversity in your yard and still have time to enjoy it? Learn about different landscape styles and the latest...
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Scott Woodbury

Wisdom of the Wilds

September 16, 9:30 am • Wild edible and medicinal plants of the heartland, their connection to indigenous people and the importance of reconnecting to our roots.
Kelly Daniels

Field Trips

2022 Field Trips

O’Fallon Park Field Trip

Explore the historic O’Fallon Park: a municipal park in St. Louis, Missouri, that opened in 1908. This treasured park, for more than 100 years, has stood as a beacon to the neighborhoods it...
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Aisha Muhammad

(SMSD) Native Prairie & Revitalized Entry Garden Field Trip

Tour this school district site in Overland Park containing three distinct ecological treasures on a relatively small footprint: a planted prairie, bioswales for stormwater filtration and run-off, and a large...
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Judd Remmers
Dr. Leigh Anne Neal

Urban Gardens Tour Field Trip

Tour three stunning and remarkable urban native gardens in the heart of Kansas City. Meet the homeowners who took on native landscapes with gusto, and created amazing native gardens teeming...
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Kenn Boyle
Steve Oakes
Roberta Vogel-Leutung

Prairie Birthday Farm Field Trip

Tours of the Farm are an educational experience and include much more than a walk around the property.  There is a generous hour of visiting multiple production areas with detailed discussions...
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Linda F. Hezel

Habitat Architects Private Lands Field Trip

Visit an approximately 250-acre private land restoration that includes numerous habitat types in different stages of restoration.  Participants will get a firsthand look at what restoration efforts look like over time...
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Shannon Tyree