old 2016 Program

9:00 am                  
Registration    Morning Refreshment       
Exhibitor Showroom     Wild Ones Book Store     Silent Auction 
9:45 am                  
Opening Comments
10:00 am   Heather Holm
Native Bees: Their Role as Pollinators of Native Plants and Cultivated Blueberries
Contrary to regular reports in the media, honey bees are a globally stable bee species and not at risk of extinction. Native bees, on the other hand, are in serious peril due to the lack of adequate nesting habitat and forage plants. Native bees and native plants share a close coevolutionary relationship and it is native bees that make the most significant contribution to the pollination of native plants, and many cultivated plants including blueberries. By increasing the diversity of native plants in farms, public landscapes, and our own backyards, we can help native bee populations thrive and ultimately help support wildlife that are dependent upon the fruits (and seeds) of their labors.
11:20 am   
Announcements & A Bit of Minnesota History            
11:40 am   
Exhibitor Showroom     Wild Ones Book Store     Silent Auction 
12:30 - 1:30 pm                
Lunch in Anderson Student Center cafeteria with organic options on center island (one floor down from auditorium)
1:40 pm  Benjamin Vogt
Gardening for Winter
The season doesn't end in November! In fact, the garden is just beginning to show its deeper side. We'll look at native plants that add pizzazz in fall, from herbaceous perennials with fantastic autumn color and ornamental seed heads, to structural perennials, shrubs, and grasses that look outstanding amid blizzards. Designing a garden for winter has many benefits, from creating beauty for humans in the colder months, to wildlife value and plant / soil health. Fall and winter gardens are the best!
2:50 pm                  
Afternoon Break
Exhibitor Showroom     Wild Ones Book Store     Silent Auction 
3:00 pm                  
Silent Auction bids close
3:10 pm  Chris Behringer and Arlys Freeman
BioHavens - A Tale of Beauty and Biology 
Natural floating islands are composed of vegetation growing on a buoyant mat of plant roots and other organic materials. Manmade floating islands are created to mimic nature. These island biohavens offer a wonderful opportunity to study what actually happens during restoration both above and below ground. Case studies illuminate the use and type of native plants selected for their ability to survive, improvements in water quality without the use of chemical treatments, and results of creating habitat for birds, reptiles, pollinators, fish and other wildlife.
4:20 pm                  
Closing Remarks     Silent Auction Winners posted on screen
4:30 pm                  
Conference Ends