Midwest Native Plant Conference.
This is the third year for the conference, and if you have any interest in natural history and plants, you'll probably get a lot out of this event. The dates are July 8th thru 10th, and the location is the beautiful Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio, on the richly diverse grounds of the Mt. St. John Nature Preserve.
There are about 1,850 native plant species in Ohio, and many more if one takes the entire Midwest into account. Many of our natives are more showy and of greater interest than typical cookie-cutter non-native species commonly utilized in landscaping. Natives also have an enormous advantage in that our native insects are co-evolved with them, and that means much greater animal diversity, even if you live on a small suburban lot.
The conference features a fine cast of speakers, covering a broad range of topics. Some of this year's subjects include the aster family, controlling weeds, butterflies, dragonflies, prairies, hummingbirds, orchids, and trees. We emphasize animals a lot, as native plants = animal diversity.
Another conference fixture are field trips. Groups will visit some of the most interesting natural areas in west-central Ohio, including prairies and fens. The flora of these habitats is peak in mid July, and you'll be sure to see lots of interesting things. Expert guides lead every expedition, so little will be missed.
I really encourage you to attend the Midwest Native Plant Conference. Encouraging the use of native plants in the landscape is one of the most important things that we can do to help the environment, and this conference makes learning about plants - and acquiring them - easy.
The complete lowdown on the conference is RIGHT HERE, and click HERE for the registration page.
Hope to see you there!