Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, July 17

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Conference check-in, Harrill Hall (NEW LOCATION for 2018)
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Plant vendor set-up, Ramsey Arena Floor
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Scholarship Recipient Meet 'n' Greet, Harrill Hall Conference Room

Wednesday, July 18


7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Breakfast, Harrill Hall Conference Room
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Field Trips ($10 surcharge for canoe trip)

FT 1 Black Balsam Knob & Environs – A survey of plant communities above 5,000' Randy Burroughs
FT 2 Southern Highlands Reserve, Kelly Holdbrooks and Eric Kimbrel
FT 3 Panthertown Valley Ethnobotanical Tour, David Cozzo and Adam Bigelow
FT 4 Natural and Cultural History of the Upper Little Tennessee Valley by Canoe, Brent Martin, George Morris, and Peter Loos
FT 5 Blue Ridge Native Grasses and their plant communities, Gary Kauffman & Nancy Adamson
FT 6 Whiteside Mountain, "The Mountain at the End of the Trail", Jeff Zahner
FT 7 Highlands Botanical Garden, Larry Mellichamp
FT 8 Sam's Knob Valley and Flat Laurel Creek, Wes Burlingame and Lauri Lawson
FT 9 Buck Creek, Serpentine Barrens- Ed Schwartzman (ret. NHP)
FT 10 Mosses of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Ann Stoneburner and Robert Wyatt
FT11 Botany and Geology of Cullowhee Falls Kathy Mathews and Peter Schubert
FT 12 *NEW* Photography Workshop to Whiteside Mountain, Jonathon Jackson & John Magee

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Workshops (break for lunch at Ramsay Concourse)

    W 1 Design Workshop, Ann Spafford
    W 2 Working with Cast Stone & Botanical Imprints, Jeff Jackson

5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Field Trip/Workshop Reception (with beer and wine), Ramsey Concourse
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Conference Check-in at Harrill Hall
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner, Ramsey Concourse
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Plenary Session 1: Bill Finch Where biodiversity matters: A loud and never-ending debate between Texas and Alabama

Thursday Morning, July 19


7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Breakfast, Ramsey Concourse
8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference check-in, Ramsey Arena Entrance
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Poster Session, Ramsey Arena Floor
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Vendor Walk, Ramsey Arena Floor
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Welcome/Announcements/Introductions, Ramsey Main Stage
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Plenary Session 2: Philip Juras - Falling in Love with Southeastern Grasslands, Paintings from Prairie to Páramo
11 a.m. – 12 noon Plenary Session 3: Dwayne Estes, Southeastern Grassland Initiative
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch 'n' Learn, selected student speaker, Ramsey Concourse (node TBD)
12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch, Ramsey Concourse

Thursday Afternoon


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 1
    1A. Clematis with Dwayne Estes
    1B. In Defense of Plants, Matt Candeis
    1C. Rick Lewandowski, Shangri-La Gardens
    1D. Seat Belts, Everyone! Channeling Ms. Frizzle to Connect People with Native Plants. Steph Jeffries

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Plenary Session 4: Emily McCoy, Site Commissioning

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2
    2E. Andy Moore - In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit
    2F. John Clarke & Tom Harville, Plant Rescue 101
    2G. Tradd Cotter, Endophytes: The Dark Matter that Binds Life
    2H. Erika Galentin, Not-so-well-known Medicinal Virtues of Appalachian Native Plants

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Plant and Book Sales, Ramsey Arena Floor

Thursday Evening


5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner, Ramsey Concourse
6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. Book and Plant Sales, Ramsey Arena Floor
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Bluegrass Music, Harrill Hall Conference Room
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Lenny Lampel, Meck. Co, Night Moth Observing

Friday Morning, July 20


7 a.m. –8 a.m. Breakfast, Ramsey Concourse
7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. Conference Check-in/On-site Registration for 1-day conference attendees, Ramsay Arena Entrance
8 a.m. – 12 noon Half-day Field Trips ($35 surcharge), Depart from Ramsey Parking Lot

FT 13 Mushroom Identification and Fungal Ecology Walk with Tradd & Olga Cotter
FT 14 Birds and Botany, Dawn Sherry and Kim Brand
FT 15 *NEW* Blue Ridge Parkway Bogs, Seeps, and Rare Plants with Larry Mellichamp
FT 16 Nodding Trillium Garden midsummer and Pinnacle Park, Dan Pittillo

8 a.m. – 12 noon Half-day Walks and Workshops

W 3 - Appalachia, A short film from In Defense of Plants
W 4 - Create Your Own Moss Gardens, Annie Martin surcharge
W 5 - Campus Native Plant Walk, Vicky Heatherly
W 6 - Walking Tour of the Cullowhee Creek Stream Restoration, George Morris
W 7 - Nature Sketching Made Easy, Preston Montague
W 8 - Grasses and Sedges, Gary Kauffman and Nancy Adamson
W 9 - *NEW* Landscape Design in the Public Realm, Jesse Turner
W 10 - Plant Propagation: Herbaceous Plants, Rick Webb
W 11 - Plant Propagation: Woody Plants, Emily Driskill

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Exploring and Networking on your own, Plant and Book Sales, Ramsey Arena Floor
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch 'n' Learn, selected student speaker, Ramsey Concourse
12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch, Ramsey Concourse

Friday Afternoon


1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Announcements (poster winners, T-shirt contest winner, talent show), Ramsey Main Stage
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Tom Dodd Jr. Award, Peter Loos, Ramsey Main Stage
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Plenary Session 5:  Film: Five Seasons - The Garden of Piet Oudolf
3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Projects of Promise
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Plenary Session 6: Claudia West Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Garden Design and Ecology
5:30 – 6 p.m. Book and Plant Sales, Ramsey Arena Floor

Friday Evening


6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Picnic at WCU Picnic Area (no dinner at Ramsey)
7 p.m. –8:30 p.m. Talent Show (open invitation for entries), WCU Picnic Area
8:30 – 10 p.m. Moth Night: Discoveries in the Darkness- Lenny Lampel
8:30 p.m. –12:00 p.m. Music/Dancing, WCU Picnic Area

Saturday Morning, July 21


7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast, Ramsey Concourse
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Plant Auction Pick-up
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Plenary Session 7: Randy Burroughs – Tale of Two Meadows (meadow making)
10 a.m. –10:30 a.m. Plants of Promise, Katie Davis and Peter Loos, Ramsey Main Stage
10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Plenary Session 8: Chuck Cannon, Adapting to the Anthropocene
11:30 a.m. –12 noon Final Announcements/Conference Ends, Ramsay Main Stage
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Public Plant Sales

 

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