said – come learn why we need native plants to survive and everything
you ever wanted to know about choosing them, designing with them,
conservation efforts and teaching about them at The Native Plants in
The Landscape Conference, held each June on the campus of Millersville
University near historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We'll be celebrating
the conference's 20th anniversary this year.
This is the conference everyone talks about!
is a one of a kind conference. The conference was started by my
wonderful friend FM Mooberry. FM is a tireless advocate for
landscaping with natives. She started the native plant program at the
Brandywine River Museum. She has taught many the benefit of planting
with natives and her progeny, this conference, will teach 400 people a
year how to embrace native plants.
the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference will recharge you and
have you dreaming of ways to incorporate natives into every space and
garden you see. From composting to basic plant identification:
landscape design and ecological restoration, there’s something for
is my baby. I have been involved with this conference in since 1992.
I took over as director in 2003 and this will be my seventh year as
director. I love it and I volunteer a lot of my time to make this
Native Plants in the Landscape conference is orchestrated by volunteers
who donate a lot of love and time to make this one of the best
educational values offered. We all do it for the love of educating.
The three-day event held on the campus of Millersville University
blossoms into one massive native plant community full of networking and
learning opportunities year after year.
come from near and far (as far away as OR and CA) to attend this
conference each year. This is no local event. The speakers are
amazing, the food and housing are really great considering it’s a
college campus and we have one heck of a great bluegrass band that
entertains us each year.
this year is William (Bill) Cullina, Director of Horticulture at the
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. Bill's first lecture, called Raveling and Unraveling the Web of Life, will
open your eyes to the concept that land has a life span and how this
life span can bring some perspective to terms like "extinction" and
also have Neil Diboll from Prairie Nursery, Roy Diblik from Northwind
Perennials and Richard Bir, former NC State professor coming to speak
on all things native. There are talks on stewartias, woodland
wildflowers, ferns and green roofs. Designers will learn how to shake
up foundation plantings with natives and how to design with mosses.
Beginners will love the plant ID classes and nursery professionals will
learn lots about the good and bad of invasive plants and insects.
even a lecture on short native plants by our favorite vertically
challenged friend. The first person (who is not this person) who
guesses the name of this speaker can have an Echinacea 'Marmalade' for their garden.
truly is something for everyone at this conference! The native plant
and book sale that surpass any garden center I’ve ever visited. Locals
come to shop even if they aren’t attending the conference. You can too!
consider attending this awesome event and pass this along to anyone you
think might be interested in learning about native plants.
Professional designers, educators, nursery professionals and novices
will learn plenty.
Come learn the real truth and beauty of using natives. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!