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Georgia Native Plant Initiative (GNPI) Industry Symposium 2013

Successes and Challenges for Georgia’s Native Plant Industry: Wholesale Changes Required
Today’s modern nursery grower won’t get excited by selling a few 4” pots of goldenrod to a native plant enthusiast. And today’s requirements for habitat restoration cannot be satisfied by getting a few dozen native plants from a specialty grower or two. If native plants are to make it as a profitable enterprise for suppliers then production needs to stepped up and producers/users linked up.
That is the goal of the Georgia Native Plant Initiative; and the focus of our day of industry-based talks/discussions aimed at realizing the economic/ecological potential of native plants.
When: November 21, 2013
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: State Botanical Garden of Georgia,
2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, 30605
Cost: $20 to cover food and beverages
Registration: 706 542 9353 or on-line at
8.30-9.00 Registration, coffee
9.00-9.15 Welcome & Introduction (Wilf Nicholls, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
9.15-10.00 Trends in landscaping with native plants (Julie Evans, VP, Garden Designer, The Fockele Garden Company)
10.00-10.45 Needing GA ecotypes for US Forest Service Lands restoration (Joanne Baggs, Botanist/Ecologist, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Service)
10.45-11.30 Creating urban public landscapes using native plants (Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta)
11.30-12.00 GNPI Resources at your disposal (Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Coord., State Botanical Garden of Georgia)
12.00-12.45 LUNCH (please let us know any dietary restrictions)
12.45-1.30 Restoring the natural understory in longleaf pine forest (Carol Denhof, Understory Coordinator, The Longleaf Alliance)
1.30-2.15 Developing a native plant business from the ground up (J. Walter Bland, Managing Partner, Rock Spring Restorations)
2.15-3.00 Tour of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies
Jennifer Ceska
Conservation Coordinator
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
at the University of Georgia