“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
University of Missouri – Columbia, General Services Building (Stadium Blvd. and Monk Dr.), Room 194 A & B. Park at General Services parking lot. View the parking map here.
8:30 a.m. – Exhibitor Registration and Set Up
9:00 a.m. – Conference Begins; Attendee Registration; Visit Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. – Welcome from host Pete Millier, Director of MU Landscaping Services and Mizzou Botanic Garden, and Betty Grace, Grow Native! Committee Chair
9:45 a.m. – Opportunities for Native Plant Engagement through MU University Extension, Marshall Stewart, MU Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement
10:15 a.m. – The changing American lifestyle and the challenges & opportunities it presents for ornamental horticulture – John Martens of MasterTag
Martens will discuss the impact of space, time, and place on American gardening, with a look at how we live, competition for our time, the places we are growing plants, and the challenges and opportunities this creates for ornamental horticulture.
11:00 a.m. – Marketing Case Study: Native Plant Success Story: Mission-Based Merchandise, Laura Tetley, Greenscape Gardens
A native plant marketing success story from the Grow Native! service area
11:15 a.m. – Break and Visit Exhibitors
11:30 a.m. – New Projects and Ideas for Uses of Natives: A quick tour of new initiatives and collaborations that are driving demand for natives.
Audubon’s Bird-friendly Beef Program – Chris Wilson
Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative – Missourians for Monarchs Habitat Working Group Chair Bill White, Missouri Department of Conservation Private Land Services Chief
Invasives Control/Natives Initiative with MDC/MPF/MoDOT – Jason Jensen, Missouri Department of Conservation’s Private Land Services Ozark Field Management Chief, and Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation Executive Director
12:15 p.m. – Presentation of the 2017 Grow Native! Ambassador Award – Betty Grace
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and Visit Exhibitors
1:30 p.m. – Overview of 2016 Grow Native! Activities – Betty Grace and Carol Davit
1:50 p.m. – Native tree and shrub alternatives to non-native trees and shrubs – Charlotte Adelman (via Skype), author of Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species, An Illustrated Guide
Offering consumers more native alternatives can help curb use of invasive, non-native trees and shrubs
2:20 p.m. – Break and Visit Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. – Start to Finish: Creating a traditional landscape design using native plants – Alan Branhagen, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3:30 p.m. – Evaluations, Conference and Exhibits End
$15 per person, includes lunch and breaks
Marshall Stewart: Marshall Stewart has served as vice chancellor for extension and engagement at the University of Missouri since August 2016. Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Stewart has been recognized in a variety of roles for his expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, legislative affairs, educational, youth and agricultural education and advocacy.
John Martens: John Martens, North Central Territory Account Manager of MasterTag, will take a look at how we live, competition for our time, the places we are growing plants and the challenges and opportunities this creates for ornamental horticulture – the impact of Space, Time and Place on American Gardening.
Laura Tetley: Laura Tetley is the Perennials and Native Plants Manager at Greenscape Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. Laura’s background is in sustainability education and social science. Prior to Greenscape, Laura developed elementary and youth gardening programs in the St. Louis area. Laura’s responsibilities at Greenscape include maintaining perennial and native plants, and creating an approachable and shoppable experience for guests.
Chris Wilson: Chris Wilson is Director of Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program. In this capacity he oversees the strategic direction and administration of the program nationally, including working directly with staff and partners in participating states to coordinate local implementation, ranch-to-retail supply chain development, and marketing support.
Bill White: Bill White is Chief of the Private Land Services Division of the Missouri Department of Conservation and serves as the Chair of the Habitat Working Group for the Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative Steering Committee. A 30-year veteran of the Department he has worked alongside GrowNative! since its inception in 2000. Besides promoting native plants for pollinators and monarchs, he enjoys eradicating invasive species, long walks behind slow bird dogs and spending time with his 6 grandchildren in the out-of-doors.
Jason Jensen: Jason Jensen is the Ozark Field Management Chief for the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Private Land Services Division. Jenson oversees conservation services from his agency to private landowners in the Missouri Ozarks.
Alan Branhagen: Alan J. Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where he supervises capital improvements, horticulture and natural resources, plant curation, facilities, and information technology. For over 20 years he was Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden, and prior to that he had a nearly decade-long duty as Deputy Director of Resource Development for the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in Rockford, Illinois.
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