Technological advancements, including databases, websites, and intuitive parametric design apps, show great promise to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners alike with simplifying the planting design process. However, information gaps need to be addressed in order to optimize the emerging data tools, particularly when it comes to selecting the most useful and available plants to enhance ecosystem services and sustainable design. Much great work has already been achieved through development of the national databases of the Biota of North America Project (BONAP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) PLANTS, NatureServe, and the Ecoregional Revegetation Application (ERA). This panel discussion will address the current plant databases available to algorithms and applications and what efforts are needed to ensure consistent and vetted data on ecologically beneficial plants is readily accessible to emerging technologies and the general public.

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Meeting ID: 503 296 443

 **Panelist bios**

Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home, and with Rick Darke coauthored The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

Mary Phillips has led the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ program since 2014, helping people create habitat where they live, work, play, learn and worship. Mary also coordinates the National Wildlife Federation’s pollinator and monarch strategy which includes co-founding the National Pollinator Garden Network and co-launching the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge with over 50 national conservation, garden trade, and federal and voluntary civics organizations. Additionally, Mary launched and manages NWF’s Butterfly Heroes® campaign funded by the Disney Conservation Fund, managed NWF’s 3 year MOU with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to “Save the Monarch”, and is a member of the Monarch Joint Venture steering committee.

John Rowden, is Director of Community Conservation for the National Audubon Society and led the team that developed Audubon’s “Plants for Birds” database. John joined Audubon in 2009 when he was hired by New York City Audubon to direct citizen science and outreach for the chapter throughout the city. In 2013 he transitioned to the National Audubon Society, first working on the Toyota TogetherGreen program before becoming Audubon’s Director of Community Conservation in 2016. His work at Audubon has focused on engaging new audiences in Audubon’s conservation efforts, personally and through Audubon’s extensive national network. He earned his PhD in Zoology from Duke University.

Judy Venonsky, RLA, ASLA, is Living Systems Specialist at OLIN, where she has worked since 2007 and spearheads Living Systems Design research and practice at OLIN working closely with horticultural academics and professionals to marry design excellence with ecology. Judy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design from Moore College of Art and Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Judith has also served as a guest critic for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Portfolio Reviews with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, taught a studio on civic landscapes, and received a Student Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Narenja Juneja Award for Commitment to Ecological and Social Issues in Landscape Architecture.