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Growing Native

imageNortheast Symposium on Native Plant Education, Conservation and Gardening

(Syracuse) – The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) presented the Northeast Symposium on Native Plant Education, Conservation and Gardening June 27 – 29, 2006 at Oswego County BOCES, Mexico, NY.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, associate dean of Outreach, Instructional Quality and Technology at ESF, said, “Our purpose is to promote the conservation and use of native plants through workshops, seminars and site-based field experiences for K-12 educators, professionals and master gardeners. This is the only professional opportunity of this kind in the region.”

“We are fortunate to have presenters who are highly regarded experts such as Donald Leopold, Tim Toland and Dudley Raynal from SUNY-ESF. They join forces with industry leaders like Dan Segal and Jim Engel,” continued Spuches.

The program on Tuesday, June 27th, offered participants a choice of field trips to see over 150 trees and shrubs native to New York and the Northeast, or visits to local nurseries which feature native plants, or a field trip to various sites featuring native wetland species, or a field trip featuring state-protected and invasive plant species.

The field trips included collecting and the initial steps in propagating native plant species, learning how to use ferns and other native plants in home landscaping, restoring wetlands, and identifying and controlling invasive plant species.

Day two, June 28th, offered seminars on topics that include using native plants for difficult garden settings, organizing plant communities for the home landscape, and landscaping for water quality, with tabletop vendors who will have plants for sale and exhibits.

The final day, June 29th, offered a field trip with author Don Leopold in a variety of locations to see native graminoids, wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees. Field sites include Nelson Swamp, Rand Tract, and other wetland and upland sites.


Release No. 69 May 31, 2006, updated 7/1/06