UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
Pollination Networking for Your Garden
May 19th at 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Description: Join the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) and guest speakers to learn about how you can support plant-pollinator relationships in your garden. CSISS will be speaking about the PlantWise program, which encourages gardeners to choose non-invasive and native plants for their gardens. Brenda Beckwith and Valerie Huff will be presenting Pollination Networking for Your Garden.
In the BC interior, our landscapes are a mix of wild natural areas, residential, agricultural, and urban spaces. Current ‘conventional choices’ of what we plant in our home spaces are very different than what was here prior to western settlement. This webinar is an invitation to reconnect our home spaces to the surrounding landscape, support plant-pollinator relationships, and give back some of what we have taken away. You will meet some of our native plants and native pollinators. Lessons that we have learned about rewilding for pollinators will be shared and we’ll highlight a couple of projects from the Revelstoke area. We will offer tips and strategies for enhancing gardens to build habitat and connectivity with the greater pollination network that surrounds, and could include, you.
Brenda Beckwith PhD, Principal, KinSeed Ecologies. Brenda, a plant ecologist and ethnobotanist, has helped people discover and incorporate native plants into home gardens and restoration sites in both BC and California. KinSeed Ecologies offers native plant seeds, consulting, and native plant propagation services in the BC Interior.
Valerie Huff MSc, Restoration Botanist, Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS) and Director, Native Bee Society of BC. Valerie has been a professional botanist in the West Kootenay for over 25 years. Co-founder of KNPS, her love of plants and extensive training and knowledge in restoration ecology, plant propagation, and agronomy informs and enlivens both her work and her life.
Description: Participants will learn to identify key invasive plants in the Columbia Shuswap region and implement best management practices in the field to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Identification portion of this workshop will focus on high priority invasive plants with yellow flowers- such as leafy spurge, wild parsnip, yellow flag iris and others.This workshop is applicable to stewardship groups industry, forestry, Indigenous Peoples, municipal and regional staff, landscapers, gardeners, recreationists and other interested individuals. Topics that will be covered include invasive plant identification, best management practices for reducing the spread of invasive species, control options and reporting.