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Welcome to the ninth Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. In a time that has felt anything but normal we dedicate the 2021 conference to "Planting a New Normal" , with the goal of highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

We believe that landscape professionals have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in the Chesapeake Bay region- a task best achieved when we work together. Join us as we work together to create a healthier, and more equitable, watershed. 

Featured Speakers

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Suzanne Etgen

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy
Executive Director


avatar for Rod Barnes

Rod Barnes

Town of Edmonston
Town Administrator

Antonia Bookbinder

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County
Conservation Outreach Specialist Special Programs Division
avatar for Aileen Craig

Aileen Craig

The Nature Conservancy

Larry Davis

Green Mechanics Benefit LLC
Lead Consultant & Green Infrastructure Specialist
avatar for Anahí Espíndola

Anahí Espíndola

University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor
avatar for Erin Garnaas-Holmes

Erin Garnaas-Holmes

Prince George's County Planning Department
Senior Planner
avatar for Beth Ginter

Beth Ginter

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Executive Director
avatar for David J. Hirschman

David J. Hirschman

Hirschman Water & Environment, LLC
avatar for Fushcia Ann Hoover

Fushcia Ann Hoover

UNC Charlotte, Assistant Professor; EcoGreenQueen, Founder
avatar for Adele Kuo

Adele Kuo

Deco Footprint
Owner & Principal Designer
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Esi Langston

City of Norfolk
Environmental Sustainability Manager

Jeff Lapp

Branch Chief
avatar for Scott McGill

Scott McGill

Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Steve Miller

Steve Miller

President, Deep Creek Village POA
avatar for Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Welspryng LLC
avatar for Kelley Oklesson

Kelley Oklesson

Groundsmith Collective
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Harland Patch

Penn State University
avatar for Kim Patten

Kim Patten

The Wilderness Greenhouse - Diakon Youth Services -
avatar for Alison Pearce

Alison Pearce

Audubon Naturalist Society
Deputy Director for Programs
avatar for Darlene Robbins

Darlene Robbins

Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection
RainScapes Program, Planner
avatar for Connie Schmotzer

Connie Schmotzer

Retired, Penn State Extension
Consumer Horticulture Educator
avatar for Lincoln Smith

Lincoln Smith

avatar for Ashley Traut

Ashley Traut

Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
Senior Advisor
avatar for Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler

Natural Resources Design
avatar for Virginia Witmer

Virginia Witmer

VA Dept of Environmental Quality
Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
avatar for David Wood

David Wood

Chesapeake Stormwater Network
Stormwater Coordinator