10th Annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium

Bios, Topic and Schedule Info

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8:00am  Registration, coffee, snacks


8:45-9:45am  Don KnezickOwner, Pinelands Nursery and Supply

The Obstacles and Opportunities of Developing a Native Plant Nursery


9:45-10:45am  Jesse Hoffman, Preserve Steward & Botanist, Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Albany Pine Bush:  Seed collection at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve:  Promoting Conservation and Native Landscaping


10:45 Break


11:00-12:00pm  Andrew Hinickle, Conservation Biologist, Audubon New York

The Role of Young Forest in Supporting Healthy and Diverse Bird Populations


12:00pm Lunch on the town  

12:30-1:30pm  Optional Lunch Speaker:  Gary Ferguson, Executive Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Designing and Building the New Ithaca Commons and It's Impact on Downtown Development


1:30-2:30pm  Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Garden Curator at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (BBG)

Locally Sourced:  Brooklyn Botanic Garden Expands its Native Flora Collection 


2:30-3:30pm  Ernest WilliamsWilliam R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus at Hamilton College

Monarchs, Milkweeds and Migration


3:30pm  Coffee break


3:45-4:45pm  Laura Hansplant, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Director of Design at Roofmeadow

Frontiers in Sustainable Landscape Design:  Looking Beyond the Native Plant List


5:15 Happy Hour Reception at Lot 10, music by Nate Marshall, (walking distance from Cinemapolis)




8:30am  Registration, coffee and snacks


9:00-10:00am  Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Garden Curator at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (BBG)

Botanical Field Work Made Me A Better Gardener


10:00-11:00am  Chris McHughLong Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI)

Developing Local Native Seed and Plant Availability for a Distinct Region of NY State


11:00am  Coffee break


11:15-12:15pm  Akiva Silver, Educator and Owner of Twisted Tree Farm

Native Nut Trees:  Their Ecology and Importance in Nature, and How To Add Them To your Landscapes


12:15pm Lunch on the town


1:30-2:30pm  Laura Hansplant, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Director of Design at Roofmeadow

Pioneering the Urban Plateau:  Applying Meadow Design Principles to Green Roofs and Similar Depth-Limited Landscapes 


2:30-3:30pm  Dan SegalOwner of The Plantsmen Nursery

Traits, Regionalism and Availability of Native Plants

Dan Segal: dan@plantsmen.com - 607.533.7193
Rick Manning: rmannin4@twcny.rr.com - 607.592.4647
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