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Pollinator Summit

Begins: Aug 18th, 2016 at 9:00 am
Ends: Aug 18th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Venue: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Location: 3675 Arboretum Dr | Chaska

More information and registration on the Arboretum Website


Pollinators and other beneficial insects are in trouble, with multiple stressors such as habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, and disease all contributing to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. This has serious implications for the health of our landscapes, our food systems, and our communities. The 2016 Pollinator Summit will focus on plants and plant choices as an important solution to protecting pollinators on our urban landscapes, including current research and best practices that can be applied in your own work or community. 

Presentations and case studies with a focus on current research and best practicices in planting design, plant selection, plant materials and supply, and plant management on both public and private lands. The Summit will feature: 

  • Current research information focusing on bee nutrition, and the connection between healthy pollinators and plants, including native and non-native plant species.

  • Projects with a goal of protecting pollinators, and that demonstrate best practices in planting design, plant selection, and plant management, including lessons learned on both private and public lands.

  • Local and regional policies affecting landscape development and management that address pollinators, to inform future needs and work.

  • Wild Bee Safaris - get up close and personal with native bees and other pollinators in the garden.

Landscape designers • landscape architects • land managers • state and local agency staff • parks and public works staff • community planners • non-profit staff • urban gardeners • elected and appointed officials • commercial growers • builders and developers • educators • concerned citizens • nurseries/garden centers/plant production staff • others inspired to protect pollinators


This Summit will feature Pigeonhole Live, an interactive platform for audience participation. Bring any web-capable device such as a phone, laptop, or tablet. No apps, sign-up or downloads reguired, and wi-fi is available, but data usage may apply if using cell service.


Tentative...be sure to check regularly for updates!


Emma Marris, author of "Rambunctious Gardens"
Ms. Marris is a writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she writes about nature, people, food, language, books and film. Her goal is to find and tell stories that help us understand the past; take meaningful action in the present; and move towards a greener, wilder, happier and more equal future. Her stories have appeared in the New York TimesSlateOrionDiscoverGrist and Nature, where she worked as a staffer for several years. She has a Master’s in Science Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Her first book came out in 2011. Rambunctious Garden is an important read for anyone who cares about the environment. As humans influence every centimeter of Earth, from where species live to its very climate, our strategies for saving nature must change. This book explains why, and more importantly, how. And it is an exciting journey. 


Native Pollinators and the Science of Pollination
Dr. Daniel Cariveau - Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Plant Selection - More than Just Wildflowers
Karl Foord - Regional Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Updates in Plant Production and Plant Supply
Presenters TBD

Planting Solutions - Succes Stories!
Multiple case studies featuring:

  −  Project purpose, partners, funding, and goals
  −  Motivating factors, communication, and engagement of stakeholders
  −  Policy barriers and challenges
  −  Management and maintenance needs and plans
  −  Lessons learned - Top Three Do's and Don'ts!

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