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Gleanings from Headline News – March 2020

#PlantsDoThat Infographics for Education

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture offers a set of downloadable infographics that highlight the importance of landscape plants in conserving and protecting the environment. Colorful, succinct graphics let you share with clients and others the many benefits of plants. Read more and find the graphics at consumerhort.org.

New Group Connects Women in the Landscape Industry

Weston Nurseries proudly announces their collaborative effort with landscaping and architectural firms to develop a group by and for women in the industry. Monthly meetings and guests are on the agenda. Find out more at Weston Nurseries.

Collected Watershed: A Living Water Map

Visit the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University, Towson, MD to immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary eco-art adventure provided by environmental artist Stacy Levy. Find out more about the exhibit and opportunities to visit at townson.edu.

Love Your Lawn? Let It Grow

Urban Lawns make up less than 2 percent of the ground cover in the U.S., and yet the ecological impacts of that pristine green European-imported turgrass are enormous. Read more at Sierra.

‘Bee-washing’ Hurts Bees and Misleads Consumers

Amid the worry over the loss of honey bees, a far quieter but just as devastating loss is occurring among lesser known native bee populations, which are vital to plant pollination. Read more at theconversation.com.

Cornell Pesticide Decision-Making Guides

Cornell University offers a guide to help landscape managers, turf specialists, horticulturists, and others understand and compare the acute toxicity and synergistic effects of different pesticides on pollinators, helping them choose a product that is effective against target pests but poses minimal risks to bees. Download the pdf at cornell.edu.

Western Monarch Butterfly Population Still at Critical Level

The number of monarch butterflies overwintering in California remains at a critical level for the second year. Read more in Xerces.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Offers New Advanced Studies Program

CMBG offers a new certificate course, Resilient Landscapes in Built Environments, within Advanced Studies in 2020; Part 2, Plants and Practice, begins April 1. Geared toward professionals and students in the landscape industry, the course provides tools to create sustainable, healthy, and long-lived landscapes. It’s a course designed for professional landscape practitioners or those enrolled in a landscape degree who are interested in furthering their professional development and broadening their current practices, and appropriate for everyone from experienced LA, a Landscape Designer, a Landscape or Garden Contractor or a Landcare Consultant. Find out more at CMBG.

Integrated Pest Management Symposium – Calls for Presentations

Proposals are invited for the 10th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium -Implementing IPM across Borders and Disciplines to be held March 15-18, 2021 in Denver, CO). Sessions or individual presentations can address any aspect of IPM, such as research, Extension, regulatory actions, policy, and IPM in practice. Find out more at ipmsymposium.org. Proposals due by April 20, 2020.

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