“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
A Southwest Illinois Grow Native! Event
Friday, March 16, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Rd.
Godfrey, IL 62035
This native landscaping workshop at the Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL will provide information to home gardeners; landowners; landscape, landcare, and wildlife professionals; stormwater engineers; and other related professionals about the relationships between woody plants and pollinators, songbirds, and other important wildlife. The workshop will be held Friday, March 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A breakfast buffet will be provided, and exhibitors will display information as well.
3.5 CEUs available for Landscape Architects
3.25 CEUs available for ISA Arborists
CEUs also available for Illinois Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists
Who should attend?: Home gardeners and other landscape enthusiasts, wildlife habitat professionals, landscape contractors, land care professionals, growers, garden centers, forest managers, arborists, landscape architects and designers, engineers, sustainability managers, green building professionals, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners.
Deadline to register has been extended to March 11.
• 7:30 am – Registration & Breakfast
• 8:00 am – Opening Keynote Presentation: Woody Plants and Pollinators – Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum
• 9:00 am – Break
• 9:15 am – Plenary Presentations:
• 10:00 am – Break
• 10:15 am –Plenary Presentations:
• 11:00 am – Closing Keynote Presentation: The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge – Jennifer Schamber
$35 – Regular
$20 – Student with valid ID
Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Rd.
Godfrey, IL 62035
Guy Sternberg is a certified arborist and a retired landscape architect. He served on the staff of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for thirty-two years and currently is the owner and manager of Starhill Forest Arboretum, which holds one of the most extensive oak genus (Quercus) living reference collections in North America.
Guy works with the National Famous and Historic Tree Program to promote awareness and appreciation of special historic trees, and was the tree consult and propagator for a special tree nursery serving Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield Illinois, the setting of President Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb. He is the principal author of the reference books Landscaping with Native Trees and Native Trees for North American Landscapes.
Kyle Cheesborough: Before starting at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum, Kyle’s career took him through nursery production, public gardening, plant collection expeditions, and much more. He developed an affinity for horticulture as a young man in Augusta, GA, helping his grandmother in her garden. Kyle attended the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelor’s in Science of Agriculture, majoring in Horticulture while working for Goodness Grows, a wholesale/retail nursery specializing in unique, old-fashioned shrubs and perennials. He then spent a short time with an annual liner production facility in Mt. Vernon, WA, working in their Research & Development Department before accepting the position of Horticulturist I-Conservatories with the Missouri Botanical Garden. Kyle’s career with MoBot saw a quick maturation of his abilities as a public gardens horticulturist and included a plant collections trip to the Altai Mountains in Siberia. In 2013 Kyle took the position of Horticulturist with Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum, seeing the Cemetery’s arboretum as an excellent opportunity to further develop his skills as a professional. Under his care the arboretum has grown in breadth and depth. He was instrumental in the execution of Evergreen Meadow, the cemetery’s dedicated green burial section. In 2016 Kyle became BCA’s Horticulture Supervisor overseeing the arboretum collection, designing themed planting beds, consulting on sustainable burial practices, collaborating on burial lot design and care, directing horticulture staff, as well as keeping his hands in the dirt with regular horticulture maintenance.
Dr. Lyle Guyon has been with the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center (NGRREC) since 2005, where his primary focus relates to floodplain forest ecology and management in the Upper Mississippi River System. Research and monitoring activities have included ecological assessments of floodplain forests; invasive species control and management; and extensive habitat surveys conducted for federal and state agencies. Additional responsibilities include teaching summer field courses; coordinating NGRREC’s management of the Palisades Nature Preserve and other environmental research and demonstration areas; and general oversight and management of NGRREC’s terrestrial ecology program.
Charlie Pitts is an amateur naturalist and retired Air Force officer and systems engineer. He completed his BS in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1968 and re-entered the naturalist world through the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Naturalist program in 2012. Since then he has volunteered at numerous local Illinois and Missouri conservation projects. Currently he is a member of the Illinois State Master Naturalist Advisory Board and an advisor with St. Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home service. He and a team of Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners are in their second year of creating a 1000 square foot native-plant only pollinator garden located at the O’Fallon Community Garden, a project of the O’Fallon Garden Club. This native plant pollinator garden’s purpose is to showcase how natives can fit into ‘conventional’ home landscapes and provide blooming flowers every month of the year. The garden currently has 48 native species and 160 plants, with plans to add another 20 species this year.
Eleanor Schumacher is the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Resource Conservationist. A master naturalist, and a farmer herself, she concentrates her studies and professional focus on the synergy of agronomy and ecosystem services. Nearing completion of her coursework and research in Pollination Ecology and Agronomy at University of Illinois, she expects to graduate with an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences this May. Eleanor also continues to work as an Illinois Apiary Inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Jennifer Schamber is the General Manager of Greenscape Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. She currently serves on the board of the Western Nursery & Landscape Association and is a writer for the Gateway Gardener Magazine. Previously, she has served as President of the Landscape & Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis as well as Vice Present of the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis. She is a recipient of Green Profit Magazine’s Young Retailer Award and Greenscape Gardens is recognized as a 2015 Revolutionary 100 Garden Center by Today’s Garden Center Magazine. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Louis University and studied horticulture at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.