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CREATING BEAUTIFUL NATIVE COMMUNITIES

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Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center

2007 North Civic Center Way

Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

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The Lake to Prairie chapter of Wild Ones presents our 6th annual Native Landscaping Conference; CREATING BEAUTIFUL NATIVE COMMUNITIES.

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Wild Ones 2019 Conference, Creating Beautiful Native Communities , presented by the Lake to Prairie Chapter. Our chapter's mission is to educate, which we do with our monthly meeting at the Fremont Public Library, covering a wide range of natural landscaping and environmental education topics. Bringing educators together in one place at this conference will provide a wealth of information for people new to the native plant idea as well as the practiced native gardener.

Gardening is a very enjoyable hobby for many. It's wonderful to look out our windows or walk down the street and see the natural beauty in our neighborhoods and communities. In this ever changing world with habitat loss a daily headline it is more important than ever to have a garden - not just any garden, but a native plant garden.

Each and everyone of us can do our share to make a difference and create a garden habitat that supports biodiversity in our yards. This conference will focus on promoting the use of natives to achieve the natural garden you desire.

Each presenter will cover a variety of simple ways to add biodiversity and beauty to your home landscape. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, you will go home with helpful hints, proven gardening practices, plenty of inspiration and many resources that will assist you in becoming a successful native plant gardener

"If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets or forests, or a combination of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar" - Lorrie Otto

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM - Registration, Exhibitor Tables, Raffle Signup

8:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Keynote Speaker - Rory Klick

BACKYARD RESTORATION ECOLOGY

Native landscapes are not part of our everyday surroundings. True native ecosystems are rare places in our world today, and most people have never set foot in a prairie or woodland that is of high ecologic quality. Even if we look to those remnants as our model, they may not translate well to the suburban landscape. Yet over 60% of Lake County land is in private ownership, so how can we as residential gardeners bring some of that native biodiversity into our landscapes, and do so in a way that addresses both the functional (how things work) and the aesthetic (how things look)? This presentation will focus on the basic tenants of ecologic restoration that every home gardener should know, and discuss the various purposes that restoration projects can have - aesthetic, functional and scientific. How can home gardeners balance functional goals for their landscape with design issues, and still respect the science? The holistic and practical process of planning, design, sourcing, implementation and maintenance will be discussed.

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM - Morning Break, Refreshments, Exhibitor Tables and Raffle Signup

10:40 AM - 11:50 AM - Kelsay Shaw

NATIVE PLANTS AS LANDSCAPING PROBLEM SOLVERS

We all have those spots in our yard that just don't look great. It may be an area where water gathers, or a hot, dry place beyond the reach of the hose. How about that area that gets no sun or under those pines that's just dirt? Is there a native ground cover? What are sedges, and where would I use them in my yard? There's a swale on my property, what can I plant there?

This is the presentation that will answer those questions and more. Choosing the right native will transform those problem areas into wonderful additons to your natural garden. Our speaker, Kelsay, believes there is a native for every situation, without exception, and he can prove it!

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM - Break, Refreshments, Exhibitors Tables and Raffle Signup

12:15PM - 1:25PM - John Mariani

NATIVE LANDSCAPES WITH VISUAL APPEAL

John Mariani is especially passionate about the natural world, always promoting a healthy environment by including native plants in his designs. With his company, Land Serve LLC - Landscape for Life, he creates landscape designs that offer a richer outdoor experience that stand the test of time.

This naturalistic landscape design is very difficult to attain successfully. The key to John Marirni's approach to a natural design is more arranged than chaotic; perhaps to the delight of those less thrilled by the "weed patch" effect most often associated with other poorly designed examples of natural gardens. Mariani will offer recommendations for creating a traditional design using native plants so you can create a healthy, sustainable landscape in your yard.

1:25 PM - Announce Winners of Raffles and Closing comments

****With each Early Bird Ticket BOUGHT, you may bring a guest for free!! **

OUR SPEAKERS

RORY KLICK

Rory has worked in nursery production, design-build, natural areas restoration and community greening for 39 years, including positions with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She holds degrees in horticulture(BS), landscape architecture (MSLA), and plant ecology (MS), and is deeply committed to sustainable landscape approaches. Rory has served on the national Board of Directors for the Americal Community Gardening Association (ACGA, 2002-2008), written artcles for ACGA and the National Gardening Association and presented at numerous gardening conferences and symposia in both the U.S. and Canada.

Locally she served on the Lake County Planning Commission (2009-2014), served as a youth mentor for the Center for Conservation Leadership with Lake Forest Openlands (2015, 2017), and is active in mentoring new community and school gardens. Married to a fellow botanist and restoration ecologist, she and her husband Ken have three children and try to live simply and have a small footprint in their home life. Now in her twelfth year as faculty at College of Lake County, Rory serves as the department chair of CLC Horticulture Program, and received the college's teaching excellence award for 2012-2013

KELSAY SHAW, POSSIBILITY PLACE NURSERY

Kelsay started early working with native plants, growing prairie perennials with his brother at age 6. He even got his sixth grade teacher to let him design and install a native garden for her while still in his class.

After years of working with native plants, he pursued a degree in botany from Eastern Illinois University and later joined his father's business, Possibility Place in Monee, IL. Their nursery specializes in growing plants native to northern Illinois, especially native trees and shrubs.

Kelsay is the botanist and sales consultant at the nursery. He has taught classes on native plants and their uses in landscaping, as well as consulting on larger projects. Throughout his life he has been espousing the benefits of using natives in all forms on landscaping and restoration. Kelsay knows at every urban/suburban site, there is a native plant that will fit it. It is just a question of putting the right plant in the right place.

JOHN MARIANI RLA, ASLA, LANDSERVE, LLC...LANDSCAPES FOR LIFE!!

Growing up working in both the landscape contruction and nursery business for his grandfather and in the maintenance field with his father earned John Mariani valuable practical experience. He later brought his design and marketing skills garnered at the University of Illinois to the table: instituting the professional image that launched Mariani Landscape from very modest beginnings as a lawn mowing service in 1958 to the top 100 powerhouse company it is today

As the company's first Landscape Architect and creator of the design department, John recruited and developed its award winning design staff and set the tone for excellence in design, construction and the special management demands of traditional gardens and varied land projects throughout the Chicago area, the Midwest and also internationally, He has received recognition from the public and private sector and has been the recipient of awards for his own projects and those produced under his guidance and direction

Mariani has hosted multiple speaking engagements and has formally addressed groups at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum and many other significant public and private nature and garden organizations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. He has authored numerous articles on landscape design for both traditional and native landscapes and is presently writing an instructional book on sustainable landscape practices, restoring his small farm in southeastern Wisconsin back to "pre-settlement" prairie/savannah condition.

Visit Our Website : https://laketoprairie.wildones.org for addional conference info, mail in registration and exhibitor registration form.

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