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Native Plants Symposium 2019

Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the first annual Native Plants Symposium will take place at Huntsville Botanical Garden September 12-14. This three-day event promises to have programs and activities for all horticultural interest levels, and professional development CEU’s for educators and green industry providers.

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The symposium will open Thursday, September 12 with a casual wine and cheese reception giving all attendees the opportunity to meet the speakers and mingle with fellow participants and vendors too. Friday’s program will showcase four plenary presentations by regional native plant experts giving everyone an overview of the importance that native plants provide to our environment. Included in Friday’s activities will be guided tours of the new Native Plants Teaching Garden, perusing the exhibit hall, and mini talks by local college students during the Poster Session.

SAVE Money! Tickets are now available at a reduced price if you select the Reception + Symposium option!

The Native Plants Symposium on Saturday will provide two tour options and two workshop options all reasonably priced at $5/non-Garden member and as a Garden Member benefit! Join today and SAVE!!! Class sizes are limited.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:

Thursday, September 12

Reception and Book Signing
Carriage House
6:00-8:00 p.m.

It’s going to be a fun kick-off that you don’t want to miss!!! Early registration check-in will be available while you munch and mingle with symposium attendees, exhibitors and native plant vendors from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Native plants for sale throughout the evening! Door prizes and yummy refreshments!

Register Here

Garden Member: $20
Non-member: $25

A bundled ticket is also available for both Garden members and Non-members giving you a free ticket to the Reception when you purchase
the Reception + Symposium option!

Speaker/Exhibitor-Complimentary: FREE

*Registration includes: exhibits, book signing, wine & cheese, live music

Vendors, you can expect to see:
Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance, Hurricane Valley Ornamentals, Greg Haynes Botanical Artist, Sequatchie Valley Pottery, Garden Clubs of Alabama, Alabama Wildflower Society, Night Song Native Plant Nursery, Garden Tower & more!


Friday, September 13

Symposium 
Grand Hall
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Alan Weakley will open the symposium with a presentation about the amazing biodiversity found in the Great State of Alabama! JoVonn Hill’s focus will be on our native pollinators and their symbiotic relationships with native plants. We will break for lunch giving everyone the opportunity to take a guided tour of the newly developed Native Plants Teaching Garden, walk the Garden on your own, or shop some more! Dwayne Estes will open the afternoon with a talk about native grasslands and Mike Berkley will close out the day speaking on the practical and unique uses of native plants.

Register Here

Garden Member: $80
Non-member: $100

Please pick from the four boxed lunch choices available:
turkey, roast beef, gluten free, vegetarian

A bundled ticket is also available for both Garden members and Non-members giving you a free ticket to the Reception when you purchase the Reception + Symposium option!

Speaker/Exhibitor-Complimentary: FREE

*Registration includes speakers, exhibits, book signing, beverages, snacks, lunch, tours, and poster competition

All participants will receive a copy of the book Wildflowers of North Alabama in their registration packet!

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in
9:30-9:40 a.m. Welcome
9:40-10:40 a.m. Alan Weakley (speaker)
10:40-11:10 a.m. Break for Expo, Book Signing
11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Jo Vonn Hill (speaker)
12:10-1:30 p.m. Break for Lunch, Garden Tours, Expo
1:30-2:30 p.m. Dwayne Estes (speaker)
2:30-3 p.m. Break for Expo, Book Signing
3:00-4:00 p.m. Mike Berkley (speaker)
4:00 p.m. Conclusion, Suggestions for dinner “out”


Saturday, September 14

Workshops/Field Trips 
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Four workshops are available:

7:00-9:00 a.m. Birding Walk at HBG led by Herb Lewis (tour)
Participants will meet near the Native Plants Teaching Garden at 7:00 a.m. for a guided tour through the Garden’s Lewis Birding Trail led by Herb & Terry Lewis. Bring your own binoculars and/or camera!

9:00-11:00 a.m. Harold Holmes (speaker) in Murray Hall
Learn about the Garden’s accredited Trillium collection from the creator of the Garden’s collections that include 32 species and over 10,000 plants!

9:00-11:00 a.m. Field Trip at Wade Mountain led by Lynne Weninegar
All participants will meet near the Native Plants Teaching Garden at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the Wade Mountain Preserve. Wonderful opportunity to see native plants in their natural environment!

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own!

12:00-2:00 p.m. Dawn Lemke (speaker)
Bring your smart phone and/or tablet to this workshop where Dawn will guide you through hands-on educational apps that can easily be used in your yard, the Garden, or while you are on a nature walk.

Register Here for Trillium Workshop

Register Here for iNaturalist Workshop

Register Here for Wade Mountain Field Trip

Register here for Birding Walk with Herb Lewis

Garden Member: FREE
Non-member: $5
Speaker/Exhibitor-Complimentary: FREE

7:00-9:00 a.m. Birding Walk at HBG led by Herb Lewis
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Harold Holmes (speaker) in Murray Hall
9:00-11:00 a.m. Field Trip at Wade Mountain led by Lynne Weninegar
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00-2:00 p.m. Dawn Lemke (speaker)


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