Phipps is dedicated to bringing nationally recognized speakers to our world-class facility to help enrich our region and further our mission. These special events will keep you at the forefront of your field of interest and connected to like-minded individuals. You'll be amazed at what you can learn in a day at the gardens.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards.

Schedule

9:10 – 9:40 A.M.
REGISTRATION/COFFEE

9:40 – 9:50 A.M.
WELCOME

9:50 – 10:50 A.M.
FOR US AND THEM: HOW NATIVE PLANTS CAN FEED US AND THE POLLINATORS
Dan Jaffe

Edible and pollinator gardens have become very popular recently, but these trends can be complicated. Which plants attract which pollinators? Which edibles are resistant to diseases and pests? Dan Jaffe explores how low maintenance native plants can feed both us and the pollinators.

10:50 – 11 A.M.
COFFEE BREAK

11 A.M. – NOON
THE PENN STATE INSECT ID LAB — HELPING YOU BECOME BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH BUGS
Dr. Michael Skvarla

Meet the director of the Penn State Insect Identification Lab and learn about the free services they provide. Dr. Skvarla will also discuss beneficial insects commonly found in PA gardens, including how to identify them and how to enhance gardens to attract them.

NOON – 12:50 P.M.
LUNCH AND BOOK SALE

12:50 – 1:20 P.M.
USING NATURAL BURIAL TO HELP RESTORE FOREST LAND
Pete McQuillin and Nancy Chubb

Allegheny County experienced a tree canopy loss of 10,148 acres from 2010 – 2015. One way interested individuals can help reverse this trend and add new forest lands is to choose natural or green burials. This talk profiles the 35-acre Penn Forest Natural Burial Park and how it is working to restore natural lands.

1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
DESIGNING PRACTICAL, BENEFICIAL AND MEMORABLE LANDSCAPES
Sara Madden

Explore design principles that separate naturalistic, ecologically focused landscapes from weedy and unkempt gardens. Take a look at both residential and public examples of memorable spaces in the City of Pittsburgh and beyond with an emphasis on techniques such as material selection, plant palette and various programmatic uses.

2:30 – 2:45 P.M.
COFFEE BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 P.M.
POLLINATOR INTERACTIONS WITH NATIVE CULTIVARS
Dr. Annie White

A growing demand for landscape-worthy native plants has fueled an increase in the selection, breeding and availability of native cultivars. However, are the cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the unimproved species? Dr. White will explore this question, sharing four years of field data measuring pollinator preference.

3:45 – 4 P.M.
CONCLUDING REMARKS

FEE | Registration costs $95 for Phipps members and $110 for nonmembers on or before Thurs., Sept. 27. After Sept. 27, the cost is $105 for Phipps members and $120 for nonmembers. Registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you have additional dietary requests, please contact us.

LOCATION | All programs will be held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The conservatory address is: One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS | This conference counts as a 4.5 hour elective credit for the following Phipps certificate programs: Native Plant Landscapes, Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design. CEU credits for PCH and LA CES are pending; please inquire for more information.

CANCELLATION POLICY | In order to receive a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee, you must cancel by Thurs., Oct. 11. After this date, there will be no refunds.

 

Speakers

 

DAN JAFFE is the staff photographer and propagator and stock bed grower at New England WildFlower Society’s Garden in the Woods. He holds a B.A. in botany from the University of Maine, an advanced certificate in native plant horticulture and design from New England Wild Flower Society, and has nursery management experience. Dan Jaffe’s photography has been used in numerous publications and his book Native Plants for New England Gardens was released this March.

PETE MCQUILLIN and NANCY CHUBB co-founded Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in 2011. Nancy is the president and Pete is the operations manager.

SARA MADDEN joined StormWorks, a Pittsburgh-based innovative rainwater management firm, in 2009 where she is currently the design manager. She has an undergraduate degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Chatham University. Her interests include contemporary sculpture, garden design, urban ecology, alternative transportation and environmental planning. In her free time, Sara enjoys walking her dog through Pittsburgh’s parks.

MICHAEL SKVARLA is the director of the Insect Identification Lab at Penn State. He holds a bachelor’s degree in entomology from Purdue University, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas.

ANNIE WHITE is an ecological landscape designer and the owner of Nectar Landscape Design Studio in Burlington, Vt. She is also a lecturer of landscape design at the University of Vermont. Annie earned an M.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont. She is passionate about designing cutting-edge, science-based and pollinator-friendly habitats at all scales, from urban backyards to rural agricultural landscapes.