Native plants will be front and center at the 2016 Western with the education including Creating Living Landscapes Keynote by Doug Tallamy, a panel discussion, roundtable discussions and an education track in partnership with Grow Native. The 2016 Western will be January 21-22 in Kansas City, MO.

Creating Living Landscapes
With financial support from Forrest Keeling Nursery, Bohn’s Farm & Greenhouse and Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery

  • Keynote address by Doug Tallamy, Professor at University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home
    • About the keynote: To save local biodiversity, we must increase the amount and diversity productive of native plants in our neighborhood and corporate landscapes. But how can we create socially acceptable landscapes using native plants? Tallamy will dispel these misconceptions and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem.

Using Natives in Your Horticulture Business

  • A panel discussion on how horticulture companies can take Doug Tallamy’s message home.
    • Heather Byers, Horticulturist, NE Certified Nursery Professional, Great Plains Nursery
    • Bryan Kinghorn, President, Kinghorn Gardens
    • Kim Lovelace-Young, General Manager, Forrest Keeling Nursery
    • Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home
    • Jennifer Schamber, General Manager, Greenscape Gardens, Moderator

Roundtable Discussions

  • Native Plants for Pollinators(this discussion will be in Spanish)
    • Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
  • Pollinator Powwow: A Checklist for Merchandising / Selling Natives
    • Jennifer Schamber, General Manager, Greenscape Gardens

GrowNative! education track (in partnership with GrowNative!)

  • Embracing Horticultural Ecology: Must-Have Plants for Your Palette & the Pollinator Buffet
    • Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, Powell Gardens
  • Plants with Purpose: Native Edibles for the Landscape
    • Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
  • The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge: Building it Into Your Business Plan
    • Jennifer Schamber & Tammy Behm, Greenscape Gardens
    • Mervin Wallace, Missouri Wildflower Nursery