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SG-W:/ Native Landscape conference

I thought this would be interesting to some folks on the list. For more info, go the the Wild Ones website at: http://www.for-wild.org/annmtg00-conf.htm

Note the August 1st pre-registration deadline.

Celebrating our Native Landscape: Bringing It All Home

A One-Day Conference on Landscaping with Native Plants
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saturday, August 12, 2000

Held in conjunction with the 2000 Annual Meeting of Wild Ones - Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
Co-hosted by the Nichols Arboretum of the University of Michigan.

Program Overview

The "Celebrating our Native Landscape: Bringing It All Home" conference is intended to introduce principles associated with natural
landscaping with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes Region and southeastern Michigan.

Program and Featured Speakers

The conference will feature morning talks by:

Craig Tufts, Chief Naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation and author of The National Wildlife Federation's Guide to
Gardening for Wildlife: How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies, and Other Wildlife;
Joan Nassauer, Landscape Architecture Professor at School of Natural Resource and Environment (SNRE) and author of
Placing Nature: Culture and Landscape Ecology; and
Bob Grese, Director of Nichols Arboretum and Landscape Architecture Professor at SNRE and author of Jens Jensen:
Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens.

The afternoon program will include sessions on introducing native plants to a traditional garden, native grasses and sedges, attracting
backyard wildlife, propagating and planting native plants, water quality issues and native landscapes, and working with local
government. There will also be a series of workshops in the Arboretum on assessing your landscape (landforms, soils, habitats); plant
identification, identifying and managing invasive exotic plants, prairie wildflowers and grasses, and woodland groundcovers.

Location and Facilities

The conference and annual meeting will be held at the University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum and nearby classroom buildings in
Ann Arbor, Michigan.The Arboretum features more than 120 acres and hosts many species of native plants in woodland, meadow, and
prarie settings. It was designed in 1906 by O. C. Simonds with hill-hugging roads, broad expanses of lawn, scenic views, and 'rooms
within a landscape'.

Registration and Fees

Please register by August 1 by mailing the form from the conference brochure with your check. Cost of the conference (including
lunch) is $35 for Wild Ones members and Friends of Nichols Arboretum; $40 for non-members. A limited number of walk-in
registrations will be accepted ($50) but lunch cannot be guaranteed.

For Additional Information

For more information or special needs, please send an email (wildones-conference@ic.net) or leave a voice message for conference
co-chair Maryann Whitman at 248-601-2553.

Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)

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