Design With Nature Conference 2018 Natural Landscape as the New Norm!

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Date(s) - Feb 17, 2018
All Day


University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center


Join us as we look at ways pollinator and wildlife awareness is resulting in a national groundswell of people realizing the benefit of native plants, and hear from practitioners who are actively building that awareness.

Conference keynote speaker Jared Rosenbaum explores the greater role native plants may play in home landscapes, permaculture farming and food gardens. How might we change our food ways of growing and our eating habits, to favor the diversity of native plants needed for natural land restoration and stewardship? Jared is a field botanist, co-owner of native plant nursery Wild Ridge Plants , and a SER-certified ecological restoration practitioner; see his blog at

Inspired by Bringing Nature Home, and working with Dr. Douglas Tallamy, filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman produced Hometown Habitat, stories told by people looking to reduce lawn in exchange for the beauty and abundance of meadows. Catherine explores approaches to connect with schools, organizations and agencies to create healthy habitats for humans and wildlife. Catherine is a certified horticulturist and landscape designer and instructor, award-winning director of photography and documentary filmmaker with emphasis on education and environmental issues. She is an honorary Wild Ones National Director.

Rachel Mackow – Elixirs, Nutrition and Spices from the Native Garden

Can native plants be restored into our culture by using them for food and medicine? Professional native plant grower Rachel Mackow offers portraits of her favorite sustaining species – delicious, nutritive, and healing wildflowers, fruits, and roots. Rachel will talk about their suitability for native gardens and landscapes of all sizes, and how native plant communities sustain both people and wildlife. Rachel serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team. She also participates in a project that seeks to heal local watersheds; the program’s guiding vision is “Restoring Paradise: One Watershed at a Time”. Rachel can be read on her humorous and thoughtful blog, The Shagbark Speaks.