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GreenScapes (formerly Green Matters) Symposium

February 19 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

$45 – $55
Back to Our Roots: Leveraging Native Plants to Restore the Environment *Live virtual event

Years of rapid urbanization have fragmented natural habitats with manicured lawns and barren over-development leading to significant declines in biodiversity. How can you reverse this alarming trend? Join us for a fascinating day of innovative presentations that dig deep into how native plants can restore natural ecosystems in a range of landscapes, from backyards and public gardens to urban and commercial projects.

Experts will tackle the native vs. non-native plant debate: Is a native plant-only prescription necessary? Under what conditions should non-native plants be incorporated, and what are the risks of using cultivars? Join the conversation as experts assess the scope of environmental benefits that native ecosystems create, such as decreasing pollution and fighting climate change.

We’ll explore the latest strategies to combat pollinator population collapse, considering key factors like pollination syndromes, specialist pollinators, plant genetics and floral balance. Speakers will demonstrate the latest tools to assess the sustainability of sites, including best practices for evidence-based designs that maximize the ecological, social and economic benefits of native landscapes.

Doug Tallamy is the keynote speaker.

CBLP CEUs are available

 

Details

Date:
February 19
Time:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$45 – $55
Website:
https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/greenscapes/

Organizer

Montgomery Parks