Aug 1

August 1, 2017: Grow Native! Workshop in the Field – Columbia, MO

MU South Farm
Columbia Missouri,

Grow Native! Workshop in the Field

A Concurrent Education Track at the
MU Turf and Landscape Field Day

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri South Farm Research Center, Columbia, MO
Produced by University of Missouri Plant Sciences Division and supported by MoGIA

6 CEUs available for Landscape Architects.

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Grow Native! Supported Session Topic:

 10:20 – 11:40am/Stop 9 ‐ Native Landscapes Within a Golf Course Setting ‐ supporting butterfly, native pollinator and bird habitat

  • Case study UPDATE: A.L. Gustin Golf Course: Isaac Breuer, Superintendent, A. L. Gustin
  • Grow Native! as a resource for butterfly, pollinator, bird habitat information: Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation/Grow Native!

A Grow Native! Workshop in the Field – A Concurrent Field Day Education Track

Produced by Grow Native! in association with University of Missouri Plant Sciences Division and MoGIA

 9:00am ‐ Native Landscapes Within a Golf Course Setting ‐ supporting butterfly, native pollinator and bird habitat

  •  Case study UPDATE: A.L. Gustin Golf Course: Isaac Breuer, Superintendent, A. L. Gustin
  • Grow Native! as a resource for butterfly, pollinator, bird habitat information: Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation/Grow Native!
  • SESSION HOST: Bill Ruppert in association with Pete Millier, Mizzou Botanic Garden

 10:00am ‐ Plant an OAK, but NOT a Pin Oak! – alternative native oak choices for the urban landscape

  • Introduction: Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling Nursery (via Eric Lovelace)
  • Oak selection and landscape applications – right oak/right place: Mike Garrett, Trees, Forests and Landscapes
  • SESSION HOST: Bill Ruppert

 11:00am ‐ Agroforestry Applications for Urban Landscapes – opportunities for native edibles in the landscape: elderberry, aronia, paw paw and more

  • Introduction to Agroforestry: Gregory Ormsby Mori, MU Center for Agroforestry
  • Student project overview: Bo Young, MU SNR student
  • Elderberry and other new developments: Andy Thomas, MU Southwest Center
  • SESSION HOST: Bill Ruppert

12:00 noon ‐ LUNCH

1:00pm ‐ Seeded Native Landscapes – installation, establishment and care strategies

  • Introduction and overview: Scott Woodbury, MBG Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Management evaluation of existing on‐site seeded landscapes: Simon Barker, Native Landscape Solutions
  • SESSION HOST: Bill Ruppert

12:00pm ‐ Prairie Strips – an agricultural practice with application for urban built landscapes

  • Rural application/urban solution: Becky McMahon, DJM Ecological
  • SESSION HOST: Carol Davit

3:00pm ‐ The Native Landscape Care Calendar – what and when to engage care practices

  • Case study/model project – Daniel Boone Regional Library/Ashland Branch: Bill Ruppert, Bohn’s Farm and Greenhouses and Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries
  • Highlights of a care plan: Scott Woodbury, MBG Shaw Nature Reserve
  • SESSION HOST: Bill Ruppert

About the Speakers:

Isaac Breuer: Isaac Breuer has been the golf course superintendent at Gustin Golf Course for over 20 years.   In that time he has developed a program focused on enhancing natural communities on the course by taking out of play areas and turning them into plantings focused on pollinators and butterfly habitats.  He and his staff have restored over 15 acres reducing the need to mow, irrigate and fertilize these areas and saving money in the process.  They also monitor 26 Bluebird houses through the nesting season and to date have helped fledge over 2400 bluebirds.


Carol Davit: Executive Director Carol Davit works with the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) board of directors and committees and oversees all operations of MPF – including fundraising, strategic planning, communications, advocacy, the Grow Native! program, and administration, and has edited the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1996.

Davit has worked for 20 years in the conservation and environmental fields in communications, development, administration, and leadership capacities. She has worked for private, nonprofit conservation groups and at the municipal and state government levels. Davit serves on the Missouri Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Steering Committee, the Conservation Federation of Missouri Grasslands Committee, OAKS (Missouri Outdoor Action Committee), and on MELAB—the Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board. She has been the editor of field guides and written on a wide variety of natural history and conservation topics for the Missouri Prairie Journal, the Missouri Conservationist, and other publications. Davit has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the recipient of the Erna Eisendrath Memorial Education Award and the Plant Stewardship Award from the Missouri Native Plant Society.

Wayne Lovelace: Wayne Lovelace has always loved and been loyal to the land and his community.   Wayne grew up working on his family’s Lincoln County farm. Rather than depart from his personal roots, Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Agriculture with a major in Horticulture. He returned to the Elsberry area to begin a family, his work for local, state and regional affairs, and a career with Forrest Keeling Nursery that spans six decades and culminated in serving as the Nursery’s owner and CEO.

Wayne has shared his rich and diverse knowledge and experience through his generous service to dozens of professional organizations and government committees. His numerous awards reflect this tireless service and the measure of respect Wayne’s colleagues hold for him.

Wayne’s dedicated research in and passion for improved plant propagation and production led to the patented, RPM-Root Production Method (RPM)®. The RPM technology and Nursery’s emphasis on native species grew out of his observations following the devastating fall freeze of 1991 and the historic 1993 flood, and has now branched into international markets.  The advanced growth rate of RPM-produced plants continues to provide answers for global questions in food production, soil regeneration, conservation remediation and other applications.  Wayne’s scientific work in propagation, soil improvement and conservation remediation continues and has been published in numerous professional and trade journals and magazines.

When others would be thinking of slowing down or retiring, Wayne finds renewed energy and opportunity, and with his focus on Forrest Keeling’s growth.

Bo Young: My name is Bo Young. I’m a technology specialist at the Center for Agroforestry at MU, and I’m also a grain farmer in Hallsville, Missouri. I’m originally from Elsberry, Missouri, and started my career in plant science at Forrest Keeling Nursery- our family business. After graduating high school in 2014, I attended the University of Missouri in Columbia to receive a major in Agriculture with an emphasis in forestry, soils, and agronomy. I started working for the Center in July/August of 2014 before my freshman year of college as a lab assistant for a graduate assistant. My responsibilities involved recording data, making field observations, and providing assistance to a graduate student and their project involving medicinal herbs in a forest farming practice. I gradually became involved in more projects, and eventually began planning a few small projects of my own, including a hardwood silvopasture project (which incorporates livestock intensive grazing and tree systems) and a new outreach module involving Missouri State University, and a precision ag management project with USDA- ARS in Boonville, AR. I started farming for my future father-in-law in April 2016, and I learn whatever I can through my career as a student and field technician, and what I learn through farming, and use principles of both to make my experience with the Center, and with farming, as meaningful as possible.

My goal is to create a hub of information and resources accessible to farmers, landowners, and regular people, to learn more about where their food comes from, and how agroforestry can be a sustainable land management practice.

Andrew Thomas: Andrew Thomas is Research Assistant Professor in Horticulture / Agroforestry at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center at Mt. Vernon.  He received his B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Missouri, and his M.S. in Agronomy from Iowa State University.  Before coming to the Southwest Center in 1996, Andy held a variety of jobs, working for two agricultural “biotech” companies in California and Wisconsin, the Center for Plant Conservation at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Andy enjoys working with a wide variety of horticultural crops and crop production techniques.  His research projects at the Southwest Center have included black walnuts, pecans, elderberries, grapes, apples, asparagus, wildflowers, medicinal herbs, persimmons, pawpaws, prairie restoration, and a solar-heated greenhouse, resulting in more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Andy continues to consult internationally on a variety of horticultural projects. He also farms 70 acres, tending a variety of fruit and nut trees, and is co-owner of Rising Creek Nursery.  Andy, his wife Diann, and sons Donovan and Avery live near the southwest Missouri town of Monett.

Scott Woodbury: Scott Woodbury is the Manager of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve, where he has been developing the garden for 25 years. Scott spends much time speaking, writing and consulting throughout the region on native landscape planning. He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked at various public gardens including Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Castello Di Uzzano in Italy, and Tudor Place in Washington D.C. He currently serves as advisor to the horticulture program of St. Louis Community College, Grow Native! and Wild Ones St. Louis. Scott also volunteers for the Ozark Regional Land Trust and serves on the planning committees of the Partners for Native Landscaping annual conference and the Shaw Professional Landscaping Series held at Alberici.

Simon Barker: Co-owner of Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. and Barker Horticultural Services LLC, Simon pursues thoughtful approaches to landscaping and always strives for innovation. There are many approaches to design, execution and stewardship for landscapes. Using different techniques, gleaned from a lifetime of experiences, Simon melds beautiful and functional landscapes from clients’ ideas and by reading the site.

Native plants and ecosystems have become a major palette that Simon draws from in the past 20, or more, years. Their resilience, beauty and ecosystem function as well as their great diversity provides inspiration and a vast repertoire to draw from.

The work of the two companies ranges from small residential landscapes to large corporate campuses and public spaces. Design, execution and long term stewardship carry ideas and vision from a first discussion to mature and long lived, beautiful landscapes.

Becky McMahon: Becky McMahon is a Project Ecologist and Vice President of DJM Ecological Services, Inc.   With a degree in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University, she specializes in habitat assessment, installation, and stewardship of wetlands, prairies, savannahs, woodlands, and glades.  She has directly impacted the pollinator movement within the Saint Louis metropolitan and surrounding states by working on over 70+ projects spanning private, municipal, state, and federal contracts.

Becky serves on the Board for the Open Space Council, is a certified arborist, a licensed pesticide applicator, and is OSHA 30 certified.  In her spare time she can be found climbing a tree with her daughter or hanging out with her duck and chickens.  Dirt under her nails is a sign of a day well spent.

Bill Ruppert: William (Bill) Ruppert received his B.S. in Agriculture with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from the University of Missouri‐Columbia in 1980. Upon graduation, he began his horticulture career at the University coordinating the landscape redevelopment and enhancement of the University of Missouri – Columbia campus which was a significant portion of (then) Chancellor Barbara S. Uehling’s campus beautification initiative. In 1990, Bill assumed the management and ownership of the St. Louis office of National Nursery Products (NNP), a horticultural sales, marketing and consulting company representing regional and national wholesale growers of ornamental and environmental landscape plants.

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