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Sustainable Home Landscape Conference

Lehigh Valley Greenways - Sustainable Home Landscape Conference
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June 24, 2017 - Begins at 9:30 AM

Sustainable Home Landscape Conference

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm at Moravian College
Hosted by Lehigh Valley Greenways partner: Lehigh Gap Nature Center with support and speakers from many other partner organizations and funding from Lehigh Valley Community Foundation


Would you like more landscaping ideas and to learn how to use sustainable practices to landscape your property? For only $25, this full day conference includes lunch and a variety of knowledgeable presenters to help residents learn how to landscape in sustainable ways for healthier humans, wildlife, watersheds and overall environments.

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Conference Program
  • Keynote (10:00 – 11:00AM) Jeff Barg, Associate Director of Planning and External Policy Relations at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will speak about the influences of open space on the health and well being of communities.
  • Morning Session A (11:15AM – 12:15PM)
    Nate Pritchard and Caitlin Mercier, Watershed Specialists with the Northampton and Lehigh County Conservation Districts, will speak about how land use affects our watersheds, and practices to improve your backyards and neighborhoods.
  • Morning Session B (11:15AM – 12:15PM)
    Kate Brandes, Program Manager at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, will present on small-scale residential garden design using native plants.
  • Lunch (12:15PM – 1:30PM) Master Gardeners will also have plant and soil kits for sale that can be ordered for September delivery and planting. Bring your check book if you are interested.
  • Afternoon Session C (1:30PM – 2:30PM)
    Lori Metz, Master Gardener from Penn State Extension, will speak about sustainable landscaping and Integrated Pest Management practices that homeowners can implement on their own properties.
  • Afternoon Session D (1:30PM – 2:30PM)
    Jane Kruse, Master Gardener from Penn State Extension, will talk about Historical Trends in Gardening: Explore gardening style changes over time by looking at the White House lawn – changes from European influences, war and wealth, to present day ecological awareness.
  • Optional Field Trip (2:45PM-5:PM)
    The tour will feature heritage and other distinctive trees on campus, including the State Champion English Elm, as well as a rain garden, the Moravian Settlement Display Garden (organic garden) and a new wildflower garden.

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