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FRIDAY MORNING SEMINAR

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday, March 16, 2018

Why and How America’s Cities Are Becoming PC (Pollinator Conscious)
with Phyllis Stiles
Landscapes should be attractive and easy to maintain, right? Yes, but can they also sustain at-risk essential pollinator species? Why have more than 100 American counties, municipalities and institutions of higher education joined the Bee City USA or Bee Campus USA network in the last few years? How are city leaders and staff leading the way as pollinator advocates in urban and suburban settings? Is it expensive or time-consuming to become a certified affiliate of Bee City USA and to maintain the program indefinitely? How is the general public engaged in the program? Get answers to these questions and more in an interactive two-hour workshop.

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON SEMINAR
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Friday, March 16, 2018
Designing & Managing Landscapes for Native Bees
with Heather Holm

While the most recognized bee is the European honey bee, native bees have very different needs where providing them with an adequate amount of food and places to nest in our managed landscapes is critical for their survival. Heather will discuss design considerations, plant selection, and landscape maintenance strategies to support and attract native bee populations. She will also provide specific examples of habitat needs for several genera of bees. Research demonstrating the importance of connectivity and the role that urban and suburban landscapes can play in supporting diverse native bee populations will also be covered.

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SATURDAY SYMPOSIUM
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 17, 2018

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The Pollination of Native Plants
with Heather Holm

Each interaction between a flower and a flower-visiting insect is unique and not always mutually beneficial. Illustrating many types of interactions with stunning photographs and videos, Heather will take you on a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. The presentation will explore the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, including many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and what pollinator is most effective and why.

Heather Holm, a nationally sought-after speaker, spends her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, helped establish her as a knowledgeable resource on the subject.

 

Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA: Celebrating Plant-Pollinator Collaboration
with Phyllis Stiles

Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 90% of the world’s wild plant species and the production of 75% of crops, but according to the United Nations, 40% of pollinators are at risk of extinction. This presentation will celebrate the more than 100 cities and campuses that are taking action to reverse pollinator declines through the Bee City USA programs. Learn how America’s landscaping paradigm is gradually shifting from just pretty and neat to life-sustaining.

Phyllis Stiles is the Founder and Executive Director of Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA.

 

A Botanical Version of Peyton Place: Sex in the Garden
with Carol Reese

Your outdoor walks will never be the same. Carol’s talk will indelibly remind you that flowers are sex organs, and will illuminate some of the stranger versions, such as transexual flowers. Beyond the blooms are details of the sex lives of frogs, dragonflies, and bees. Yes, Carol does make it funny, but it is actually a wonderful trip through the intimate interactions just outside the window, and the only frontal nudity is of flower parts and possibly garden statuary. You will get some fabulous ideas on garden design from Carol’s slides of gorgeous plants and imaginative structures.

Carol Reese is a Research Horticulture Specialist at UT’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. She is a nationally-known speaker, blending equal parts gardening knowledge, homespun wisdom and humor.