Presented by the Arvin L. Gottlieb foundation. Join the partners of Kansas City Native Plant Initiative for a half-day workshop focused on learning how to integrate long-lasting, good-looking, in-demand native plants into your landscaping business. You will hear from local native plant growers and landscapers about how using sustainable species makes smart business sense.
Paula Diaz | GardeNerd Consultations
Paula Diaz is the principal of GardeNerd Consultations, which provides designs incorporating native plants into traditional home and business landscapes. Paula was a University of Missouri Advanced Master Gardener who actively promoted native plant gardening through the Master Gardeners Speaker’s Bureau. Paula was awarded the University of Missouri’s highest volunteer honor in 2013 by being named to the MU Extension’s Leaders Honor Roll. She is a past member of the Cass County MU Extension Council. She is a founding and current member of Raymore Tree Board, a professional GrowNative! Member serving on the GrowNative! Education committee, as well as a member of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, the Missouri Native Plant Society, and a partner of KCNPI. Paula has had several articles and tips appear in general gardening and native plant specific publications. Her passion is to create spaces which are ecologically beneficial and to share with others the joy of incorporating nature in our human spaces.
William Roth Gibson | Green Thumb Gardens & Down To Earth Services
Hilary Noonan | Syntax Land Design & Mad Hatter Compost Tea
Stephen Van Rhein | Missouri Department of Conservation
Stephen Van Rhein has been a Community Conservationist working for the Department of Conservation since 2003. He works with cities and counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area to incorporate conservation friendly practices as the area grows, promoting watershed management, native landscaping, green infrastructure, preservation of green space, and other practices. Prior to that Mr. Van Rhein worked for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks for three years on a large 319 grant focusing on rural water quality issues. He has a MS in Ecology from Illinois State University and a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri. He spent 2 years in Cameroon working for the Peace Corps as an aquaculture extensionist. He is a board member of Little Blue River Watershed Coalition, South Grand River Watershed Alliance, Kansas City Native Plant Initiative, and Clement Waters. He serves on the steering committee for Heartland Conservation Alliance and the Green Infrastructure Advisory Committee for MARC.
Photo credit: Tom Schroeder