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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. 
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Wednesday, December 8 • 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Session 3:B. Plant It Forward: Helping Others Help Wildlife Through Conservation Landscaping

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The Audubon Naturalist Society has been working to transform its headquarters - Woodend Nature Sanctuary - into an oasis of sustainable, healthy, natural habitats that inspires people to learn about and protect our shared environment. With the Plant It Forward program, we are leveraging the expertise of our staff and the green infrastructure of Woodend Nature Sanctuary to equip more people to steward land for wildlife benefit and ecosystem services. We are using demonstration gardens to train home gardeners, as well as landscape professionals, in the specific skills required to install high performing conservation landscapes. In particular, we are reaching out to Spanish-speaking owners and employees of small landscaping companies to add conservation landscaping to their toolkits. In this talk I'll discuss the lesson learned during our gardening classes, in-home garden consultations, and trainings for landscape professionals. Handouts will include garden templates and a "Garden Ecosystems" guide.

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Alison Pearce

Deputy Director for Programs, Audubon Naturalist Society
As the Deputy Director for the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS), Alison Pearce supervises the program managers of the organization’s many educational efforts for people of all ages. She also oversees the restoration and management of Woodend Nature Sanctuary, working to improve... Read More →

Wednesday December 8, 2021 12:20pm - 1:10pm EST