Pollinator conference in Traverse City to benefit landscapers and arborists

Landscape, garden and turfgrass professionals will hear from nationally-known experts at fun and educational Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscape Conference, Oct. 9–11, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan.

The rusty patched bumble bee is the first species of bumble bee to be put on the official endangered species list. It can be found in public gardens in the very short list of towns where it is still present. Photo by Clay Bolt.

The rusty patched bumble bee is the first species of bumble bee to be put on the official endangered species list. It can be found in public gardens in the very short list of towns where it is still present. Photo by Clay Bolt.

The second national Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference, Oct. 9–11, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan, gives Michigan-based landscape professionals a unique opportunity to hear some of the best experts in the country on this topic. Arborists, city foresters, lawn and landscape professionals, public or private garden managers and golf course superintendents will all benefit.

The program is packed with gems for landscapers and arborists, starting with an entertaining keynote address by Lawrence Packer, professor and author of “Keeping the Bees” and “Bees: A Close-up Look at Pollinators Around the World.” Several speakers will be addressing best management practices for landscapers and arborists, including one entire session.

The conference is designed to be fun as well as educational, so plan on hearing plenty of discussion following presentations and meeting lots of cool people between sessions, at meals and in the evenings.

The early bird registration discount ends Sept. 1. The price for the conference will increase to $300 from $220 after Sept. 1.The conference has a maximum registration count of 200, so don’t wait too long. Rooms are still available in the conference hotel, Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. Finally, there is no better place to be for fall color!

For the complete program, to register or download a brochure, go to Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference.

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