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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference


2021 Native Plant Conference: Growing Resilience

March 11–14, 2021

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the return of our Native Plant Conference. This hybrid conference will include virtual presentations, roundtables, and trivia, as well as regional, in-person, small group field trips designed to increase awareness of and interest in Alabama’s native plant species in the landscape. Target audience members include commercial nursery operators, educators, garden club members, landscape architects, native plant societies and enthusiasts, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, utility services, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Field trip guides, session presenters, panelists, and moderators are invited to attend all other sessions free of charge. Professionals and hobbyists alike will gain valuable knowledge and skills from tracks in conservation, design, and education.

Hot Topics from the Field

Incorporating one of the hot topics listed below for your presentation will help fill the programming needs for this conference:

  • Native plants and environmental resiliency
  • Diversity of Alabama native plants
  • Phytoremediation with native plants
  • Sustainable design with commercially available native plants Nature-inspired landscape design
  • The role of native plants in environmental education Conserving species today for tomorrow
  • Putting legislation to work for conservation
  • Funding opportunities for conservation projects
  • Building partnerships around native plants

Session Formats

30-minute presentation
Structured discussions or presentations based on a single, focused topic are welcome. Only one author (on multi-author papers) will present at the conference.

60- or 90-minute presentation
A variety of formats may be used to build 60- and 90-minute sessions. You are encouraged to contact the Program Selection Committee Chair to discuss whether interactive formats such as breakouts and debates, engaging narratives, or more formal multi-speaker panel-style presentations are the right fit for your topic. Collaboration between multiple presenters is encouraged but not required for this format.

Typically, 3-4 speakers/panelists will participate in a 90-minute long session. The sessions are designed to be interactive and lively, with time allotted for questions and answers

Submission Instructions

Please submit all items listed below for proposed sessions by Friday, October 30, 2020, to:

Brooke McMinn
Program Selection Committee Chair
[email protected]
Subject: NPC 2021 Session Proposal

Proposals Should Include:

  • Track (conservation, design, or education)
  • Format (30-, 60-, or 90-minute presentation , or 90-minute panel discussion)
  • Presenter Name(s)
  • Presenter Title(s)
  • Session Title
  • Session Description (300-500 words)

About the Conference

Launched in 1989, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Native Plant Conference seeks to celebrate the study of southeastern native flora and to further the preservation of their natural habitats across the region. Recognized as one of the premier native plant events in the Southeast, the conference is hosted every other year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama.