2020 Urban Natural Areas Seminar:
Let’s Talk About Plants

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
8:30am – 3:00pm

Cost (lunch included): $95 general admission
$45 full-time students and corps members

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105

PNW forest plants


Agenda (PDF)

Sponsorship opportunities available

This interdisciplinary program is a gathering for all those involved in the various phases of urban restoration projects, providing an opportunity to discuss some of the unique challenges and strategies involved in the planning, design, construction and care of restoration projects within high density urban areas. Presenters will focus on challenges and opportunities that arise when managed natural areas are located in densely populated areas with many built environment interfaces, broadly varied stakeholders and multiple land uses.

This year’s program focuses on native plant selection, use and stewardship; Traditional Ecological Knowledge and management practices; and fine tuning native plant care practices to better meet the functions and challenges of urban natural area plantings. Attendees will learn about new findings and approaches and hear about case studies with actionable takeaways that can be implemented in their own work. Join us for this rare opportunity to exchange information across the mix of professions responsible for creating and maintaining urban natural areas.

Who should attend? Landscape architects, garden designers, landscape contractors, restoration companies and organizations, volunteer stewards, project managers and landscape maintenance staff from institutions and agencies.

Presentations include:

  • Cultivating a Long-term View
    Clayton Antieau, Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting, Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle
  • Indigenous Lands Before Urban Parks: Indigenizing Restoration in Discovery Park
    Jessica Hernandez (Binnizá-Zapotec & Ch’orti’), MS, MMA, Ph.C., National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow , Ph.D. Student, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, College of the Environment
  • Taking the Edge Off: Best Practices and Practicalities
    Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Consultant & Educator, and Consultant at Urban Forestry Services | Bartlett Consulting
  • Devils in Disguise; Know what’s Lurking in your Landscape
    Karen Peterson, King County Noxious Weed Specialist
  • Barriers and Bridges to Adopting Different/New Practices
    • Amy Boucher, Volunteer Coordinator | Parks & Recreation Department, Tacoma (Chipinforparks.com)
    • Charlie Vogelheim, Green Cities Project Manager | Forterra
    • Michael Yadrick Jr., Plant Ecologist | Green Seattle Partnership, Seattle Parks & Recreation
  •  Diseases of Northwest Native Plants
    Clayton Antieau, Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting, Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle
  • Native Plants are Our Greatest Teachers
    Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot), Regional Director of Native Food and Knowledge Systems at the Native American Agriculture Fund


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