Celebrate the beginning of spring with three dynamic speakers who will discuss the state of New England's plants and the many roles northern native perennials, trees, and shrubs can play in traditional, formal, and managed landscapes and gardens. Speakers State of the Plants: Challenges and Opportunities for Conserving the Northern New England Flora Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society New England Wild Flower Society is releasing a comprehensive, peer-reviewed report that, for the first time, presents and analyzes the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape. From these data, we can discern increases and declines in both rare and common species across all six states. We articulate a research agenda to bridge gaps in our knowledge of plant species and ecological communities and develop a framework for protecting the viability of thousands of species that together comprise our diverse and vibrant flora. Native Perennials for the Designed Garden Thomas Christopher, horticulturist and writer Despite the boom in popularity of native North American plants, too often natives are still not considered for the designed, more formal, areas of the garden. Thomas Christopher, co-author of Essential Perennials, will describe the many roles that natives can play in the designed garden, detailing how to integrate them with traditional garden flowers to make beds and borders bold, beautiful, and pollinator and wildlife friendly. Native Trees and Shrubs in a Managed Landscape Dr. Mark C. Starrett, Associate Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, The University of Vermont Many woody plants native to New England are overlooked but are ideal for use in the home landscape. Trees and shrubs found in the Northern region are often better adapted to the local environment and may also provide food and shelter for the indigenous wildlife. In this presentation, we will discover some of these trees and shrubs and how they can best be used in a managed landscape. Note: Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.