First national conference on how to protect pollinators in ornamental landscapes

Twenty-two speakers, a poster session and an optional tour to Biltmore Estates and Gardens will be offered at the Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference Oct. 12-14, 2015.

Pollinators are important to ornamental landscapes. Photo credit: Kristin Getter, MSU

Pollinators are important to ornamental landscapes. Photo credit: Kristin Getter, MSU

The first national Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference is being hosted by Michigan State University Extension and North Carolina State University in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Oct. 12-14, 2015. This conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with ornamental plant production or maintenance. Twenty-two speakers from 11 universities, two organizations and three countries will cover the function of and threats to pollinators, effects of pesticides on pollinators, current efforts to protect pollinators and how to educate the public. Read more about the seven keynote speakers.

The conference will also offer a poster session for attendees to share their research, outreach and achievements with their colleagues. The posters must demonstrate conservation, education, extension/outreach, regulatory perspectives or research about protecting pollinators. The posters must be submitted for review by Sept. 1 and authors will be notified of their acceptance by Sept. 15.

The conference will also offer an optional tour to Biltmore, the 8,000 acre estate of George Vanderbilt. Attendees will have a special one-hour horticultural tour to learn how Biltmore Gardens addresses pest management and protects and encourages pollinators. Participants will then have a two-hour, self-guided visit inside the Biltmore house, gardens and conservatory, as well as the village, farm, winery and legacy exhibit at Antler Hill. The cost for the tour is $60. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants (minimum of 30 attendees, maximum of 40).

If you register for the conference before August 1, the cost is $180. After August 1, the cost is $250. Registration for the conference closes Oct. 1 and is limited to the first 170 participants. Go to the conference registration website to register online.

Lodging is not included with registration. Participants will need to reserve their rooms as soon as possible as space is limited. The rates are $115 per person per night for a double room and $150 per person per night for single room, plus a $5 registration fee). Reserve your hotel room online.

Agenda of the first national Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference

October 12, 2015

6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner

6:45 - 7:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Opening Keynote. Stresses Faced by Bumblebees in Urban Landscapes. Keynote: Dave Goulson, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Mixer

October 13, 2015

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. - Function of Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. - Understanding Wild Bee Biology to Guide Bee Conservation Strategies. Keynote: Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Humans, Gardens, and Bees in the City. Emily Minor, University of Illinois

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Pollination Services to Native Plants in Urban Landscapes. Rebecca Irwin, North Carolina State University

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Break

10:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Threats to Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - The Urban Pollinators Project. Keynote: Jane Memmott, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Honey Bee Health: The Complex Web of Colony Decline. Keynote: Kirsten Traynor, University of Maryland

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - Beekeeping in the City: What Urban Living Means to Honey Bees. David Tarpy, North Carolina State University

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Pathogens and Immune Function of Native Bees in Urban Areas. Margarita Lopez-Uribe, North Carolina State University

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Discussion

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch

12:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Pesticides and Pollinators

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. - Pesticide Impacts on Pollinators in Complex Landscapes. Keynote: Nigel Raine, University of Guelph, Canada

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Pesticides in the Landscape and Their Impacts on Honey Bee Colony Health. James Frazier, Penn State University

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Valuing Neonicotinoids in the Turf and Ornamental Industry. Pete Nowak, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. - How Safe are Garden Center Plants for Pollinators in the Yard and Garden? Dave Smitley, Michigan State University

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Break

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Bees, Pesticides & Politics: Challenges & Opportunities for the Green Industry. Keynote: Dan Potter, University of Kentucky

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. - Non-Apis Bees and Pesticides: Are They Different From Honey Bees? Cynthia Scott Dupree, University of Guelph, Canada

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. - Unravelling Direct and Indirect Effects of Insecticides on Pollinators and Natural Enemies in Managed Landscapes. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. - Discussion

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Break

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Industry Perspectives from our Sponsors

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Break/Poster set-up

6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Poster Session

October 14, 2015

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Boots on the Ground: Efforts, Challenges, and Opportunities for Protecting Pollinators

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. - The Michigan Pollinator Initiative - Coordinating Growers, Beekeepers, Researchers, and Landowners for Michigan Pollinators. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. - American Floral Endowment: Laser-Focused on the Floriculture Industry’s Research Needs. Terril Nell, American Floral Endowment

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Engaging the Public in Pollinator Conservation. Dave Goulson, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Keep Off of the Stamen and Don’t Tread on our Hives: Public Gardens Protect Pollinators. Casey Sclar, American Public Gardens Association

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Discussion

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Break

10:15 - 11:45 a.m. - Educating the Public

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Consumer Perceptions of Insect Management Strategies during Ornamental Flower Production. Keynote: Heidi Wollaeger, Michigan State University Extension

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Reaching the Public – Master Gardener Citizen Science and Outreach. Connie Schmotzer, Penn State University

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - If You Plant It, They Will Come: A Multi-faceted Extension Program Enhances Pollinator Conservation and Economic Development. Debbie Roos, North Carolina State University

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Attracting and Preserving Pollinators through Sustainable Gardening. Susan Varlamoff, University of Georgia

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Discussion

11:45 - 12:00 p.m. - Break

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch

1:00- 5:30 p.m. - Optional: Biltmore Gardens Horticultural Tour (Limited to 40 participants!)
Participants will have the opportunity to visit the nationally renowned Biltmore Gardens. Attendees will first have a one-hour horticultural tour to learn about how the Gardens addresses pest management and protects pollinators. Participants will then have a two-hour, self-guided visit inside the Biltmore house, gardens, conservatory, Antler Hill Village & Farm, the legacy exhibit and the winery. The bus will depart at 5:00 p.m. and return back to the Kanuga Conference Center.

6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner (for those staying overnight)

Download the conference agenda.

For other details about the conference and the most up-to-date information, visit the Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference website.

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