Brought to you by the Southwest Illinois Grow Native! Event Committee:
This panel webinar will feature regional native plant experts and enthusiasts fielding your questions about early season garden preparation. Get tips on when and how to clean out your garden, how to amend the soil, how to tell the difference between your native plants and undesirables, how to treat for pests and disease, and more!
Moderator: Nate Keener.
Speakers: Scott Moss, Christine Favilla, Charlie Pitts, and Trevor Bennett
Nate Keener – Director of Sustainability at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.
Nate works with the Restoration Ecology program on campus to implement native planted bioswales and prairie installations. He is part of the Grow Native! Southwestern Illinois Committee tasked with bringing Grow Native! to Illinois. He is an avid naturalist who enjoys gardening and hiking.
Scott Moss – Coordinator of Restoration Ecology at Lewis and Clark Community College.
MS in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Experience with restoration, management, and native plant landscaping / sustainable landscapes.
Charlie Pitts – B.S. University of Kansas
Master Naturalist; volunteers with multiple organizations in Illinois and Missouri. Advisor to St Louis Audubon’s Bring Conservation Home service, and team member on the development of O’Fallon Garden Club’s Pollinator garden used to showcase how native plants fit into home landscapes.
Christine Favilla – Sierra Club; Three River Project Coordinator
Co-founder of Community Cultivators; involved in many native planting projects including Hellrung Park Alton YWCA, Alton Middle School, and the butterfly garden at LA Vista park in Godfrey. Designed, planted, and maintains a certified Monarch Waystation at her home in Alton. Focused on educating the community on native plants for pollinators and food, sustainable landscapes, and integrating edibles into the landscape.
Trevor Bennett – A project ecologist for DJM Ecological and the inventory manager for Pure Air Natives out of St. Louis, MO. During the summer months he is involved timber inventory and FQA’s as an ISA certified arborist and cruiser for the USFS. During the winter he assumes the role with Pure Air, planning and executing the harvest of their native crops from wild sources and production areas. Trevor facilitate the creation of finished products as the head of seed cleaning and testing. Trevor currently serving as the Vice President of the Missouri Native Seed Association.Register Here