Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Midwest Native Plant Conference

Another reminder is in order about this July's Midwest Native Plant Conference, to be held July 24 - 26 in fabulous Dayton, Ohio. A variety of speakers will talk on a range of subjects, from prairie restoration to the butterfly/native plant connection to wetlands and rain gardens, and much more. The big picture focus of the conference is to get more people interested in, and educated about, the native plants that make our world go 'round. And have a lot of fun in the process.

There will also be a number of vendors of native plants, so you can leave with armloads of cool vegetable matter for your own yard if you choose. Many natives are far more beautiful than their non-native counterparts, and infinitely more valuable in attracting wildlife - everything from butterflies to birds.

People are welcome to attend any part of the conference, or better yet, the whole thing. GO RIGHT HERE for the complete low-down and registration information.

The Hope Hotel and Conference Center is located smack in the middle of a former prairie region, and as an added bonus there will be Sunday field trips to some of Ohio's best fens and prairies. They'll be at the peak of their midsummer flowering glory. All are within a short distance of the conference center. The above photo is of Possum Creek Metropark, a stunning prairie restoration by Five Rivers Metroparks and one of the field trip destinations. You could do this in your yard, at least on a small scale!

Just go here for the complete scoop, and hope to see you there!

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