Spring symposium on February 25

By on December 27, 2016

Spring symposium is coming up February 25 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Online registration is now open. Registration includes entrance to the gardens and a boxed lunch. Pricing will be $55 per person, or $50 for members of the Society or Wildflower Center. Check-in on the day of the event begins at 8 am and the first speaker will start at 8:45. There will be five presentations.

  • Reflections on Water. Tom Spencer, best known as the host of Central Texas Gardener, is also director of Texas Living Waters Project.
    “A general and philosophical reflection on conserving water resources and cultivating a kind of rootedness where we as humans accept our personal responsibility to heal, steward and protect our environment.”
  • Integrating Native Plants in a High Use, Urban Area. Beth Carroll, project director of the Trail Foundation will talk about using native plants on the hike and bike trails around Lady Bird Lake.
    “See how one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the U.S. is utilizing native plants in an urban, high use, naturalized setting; specifically examining the intersection of human users and the needs of a healthy native plant ecosystem in the context of a riparian environment.”
  • Local Heroes: Designing with Native Plants for Water-Saving Gardens. Pam Penick, Austin-based blogger and author of Lawn Gone! and  The Water-Saving Garden. Pam will have a book signing following her presentation.
    “A fresh look at creating water-wise home gardens that don’t sacrifice beauty. Get inspired by before-and-after photos of native-plant gardens and Pam’s creative design ideas for water-conserving gardens.”
  • Texan by Nature. Erin O’Neil Franz, executive director, will present an overview of the organization.
    Texan By Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 by former First Lady Laura Bush as a way to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations. We believe our state’s prosperity and quality of life?are strongly linked to the conservation of natural resources, so it is our mission to spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. We do this by activating new investments in conservation that are Texan-led, community-organized, and science-based; and we invite all Texans to join us in taking care of Texas.”
  • Native Edible Plants: A Taste of Place. Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Wildflower Center.
    “Research and strong public interest of wild and native edibles are timely today, as it relates to health, history and culture giving humans our sense of place and taste.”

A tour of the gardens will follow the last presentation.