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Mt. Cuba Center Native Bee Survey

Results are in from one of the most significant studies ever completed on Delaware’s bees. From 2018-2019, Mt. Cuba Center partnered with Matthew J. Sarver of Sarver Ecological to scientifically measure which species of bees were attracted to our...

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4/29/21
Getting Started Managing your Land

Put your knowledge and plan into action to manage your forest land! This presentation will help you learn how to implement a woodland management plan that achieves your objectives.

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3/2/21
An Assessment of the Need for Native Seeds and the Capacity for Their Supply: Interim Report (2020)

This report describes the first phase of an examination of some of the nation’s needs for
native plant seeds (a shorthand term to include all forms of native propagative plant material)
and of the capacity to meet those needs. Across the...

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12/8/20
Bartlett Tree Experts Series: Boxwoods

Boxwoods: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternatives

Andrew discussed the ever evolving soap opera of the Boxwood World. Andrew will begin with a rough outline of the pests and pathogens that are plaguing this landscape staple and end with a few...

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11/19/20
Wild Plants and You in the Times of COVID19 and the Essential Journey to Sustainability

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. This report summarises what is known about the trade...

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6/19/20
Phytoremediation of Soils using Fast-Growing Trees in Vacant Lots and Landfills

Phytoremediation is a green technology that utilizes specialized trees to remediate contaminated soils across the rural to urban continuum. The trees stabilize pollutants in the soil, trap the contaminants in their biomass, and/or break down the...

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3/9/20
New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Range Shifting Invasive Plants

Join Jenica Allen and Bethany Bradley to learn about new tools for identifying and prioritizing range-shifting invasive plants coming soon to a landscape near you. Whether you’re a property owner, land manager, landscape professional, or policymaker,...

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11/25/19
Curation and Interpretation in Medicinal Plant Gardens

Medicinal plants have an immense need for intensive curation and interpretation. Many of the more powerful and important medicinal species have little aesthetic value, making medicinal collections difficult to display. Properly interpreted, medicinal...

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7/9/19
Getting the Word Out...About the Importance of Native Plants and their Habitats

As interest in native plants and their habitats grows, what roles do we play as public garden professionals, in nurturing and expanding this interest, and providing sufficient learning opportunities? Members of this panel will present several methods...

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7/9/19
Green-Wood Cemetery GIS Project

This is an example of how a historic landscape and public garden used GIS to map, track, and monitor tree health on their grounds. The presentation highlights how one might be able to use GIS at their public garden and some of the key features GIS...

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10/31/18
Planting Wildflowers for Pollinator Habitat

This presentation is for anyone who wants to create gardens or wildflower meadows to enhance pollinator habitat and provide season-long floral resources for bees. Cathy will discuss seed mixes and plant selection, site preparation, planting, and...

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10/30/18
Re-Oaking Silicon Valley: Building Vibrant Cities with Nature

In this report, we investigate how integrating components of oak woodlands into developed landscapes — “re-oaking” — can provide an array of valuable functions for both wildlife and people. Re-oaking can increase the biodiversity and ecological...

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10/9/18
Ensuring Pollinator Health and Resilience

A special pollinator symposium was held, curated by William Carromero of the USFS and Lisa Smith of the Natural Areas Association. New research, management and restoration practices, and BMPs for pollinators in specific landscape scenarios were...

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3/16/18
Monarch Butterflies: Communicating the Intersection of Plant and Insect Conservation

Public gardens occupy a key position in supporting nationwide efforts to increase monarch butterfly populations. However, numerous questions remain to be resolved in regards to how we can best support conservation of both monarch butterflies and the...

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7/9/17
The Triumphs and Tribulations of Trialing: All-America Selections and Beyond

A well-developed trialing program can benefit a public garden, its visitors, and the horticulture industry as a whole. Successful plants with proven performance create beautiful displays that engage the public and showcase the living landscape. The...

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7/9/17
GMOs 101: An Introduction to History, Science, Impact, and Educational Strategies Relating to Plant Biotechnology

GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly adopted plantbased technologies ever deployed. In the U.S. alone, hundreds of millions of people and billions of farm animals have been consuming products from these crops for more than 15 years. GMOs...

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7/8/17
New Perspectives: Changing the Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Habitat Garden to a Pollinator Garden

In 1995, Smithsonian Gardens opened the Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History. After twenty years, this popular landscape is being reinterpreted to become the Pollinator Garden....

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9/24/16
Climate is Changing Collections Management

As climate change places continued pressure upon wild-plant populations, botanical gardens and arboreta become increasingly indispensable conservation agents. Not only are collection managers faced with harder...

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9/24/16