Deep Roots Hosts Virtual Plan It Native Conference

Deep Roots and its partners present the annual Plan It Native Landscapes Conference. This year’s event features live online content that can be accessed from anywhere, plus in-person Kansas City field trips for the best of both worlds! The conference takes place September 22-24, three half-days packed with interactive sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with the native plant community.

About Deep Roots

Deep Roots is a not-for-profit organization comprised of multi-sector partners working to increase native plant landscapes. Our mission is to encourage the appreciation, conservation, and use of native plants in the heartland. Following in Olmsted’s footsteps, Deep Roots is an organization that focuses on the benefits of native landscape design and conservation while emphasizing the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Native landscapes contribute to improving public health, smart urban planning, and much more!
Deep Roots’ partners consist of small and large businesses, municipalities, state government agencies, parks departments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Partners collaborate to share resources, opportunities, and create synergy to plant more native species and provide education that results in more native landscapes.
In 2019, Deep Roots created the Plan It Native Landscapes Conference to help increase the collective native plant expertise of the region. In 2020, more than 560 people from 40 states and 4 countries attended online.

Plan It Native 2021

Plan It Native provides education relevant to professionals (a minimum of 9 CEUs are available for landscape architects), native plant enthusiasts, and home gardeners. Whatever your experience with native plants, you will find resources to grow your knowledge. You’ll learn from speakers who understand your challenges and provide expert advice to help you advance.

Plan It Native is organized into three tracks:
• Design & Business – From formal to naturalistic, from the greenhouse to the retail counter to your front yard, these sessions will help you create more beautiful and beneficial projects.
• Land Stewardship & Management – Sessions on the establishment, restoration, and management of native woodland, wetland, riparian, and prairie.
• Policy & Communications – A new track for this year, these sessions will help you build awareness and action for native plants within your community.

With daily keynote speakers, and a wealth of virtual networking opportunities, Plan It Native is far more than just a webinar! Along with 18 concurrent sessions in the three tracks, attendees will also enjoy keynote sessions from these notable experts:

Nancy R. Lee, founder Social Marketing, Inc.
Nancy Lee has more than 30 years of professional marketing experience, with special expertise in Social Marketing, the proven discipline for behavior change for social good.

Wambui Ippolito, Horticulturist and Landscape Designer
She is the 2021 Best in Show award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She is the first Black woman ever to win and first solo female Major Exhibitor to do so.

Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Gardens
Author of numerous leading textbooks and several hundred scholarly articles, Dr. Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity, earning him the plaudit of “Hero for the Planet” from Time.