Date(s) - 09/17/2017
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Landscape Invaders: Ornamental Problem Plants and Native Alternatives
Presented by Clair Ryan, Midwest Invasive Plant Network Coordinator
How well do you know your invasive plants? We’ll take a look at how to identify several species from the ubiquitous (for any beginners) to some of the more recent and still not widely distributed invasive species. We’ll talk a little about how distribution status impacts control strategies and the likelihood of success. Finally, we’ll take a look at several attractive and ecologically beneficial native plants that you can use in your own yards and/or suggest to your neighbors in place of invaders.
The presentation will include a demonstration of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network’s Landscape Alternatives App. If you have a smartphone or tablet, it would be a great idea to download the app beforehand. It is free for iOS and Android (just google “Landscape Alternatives” in either app store). If you have it already downloaded, you do not need to be connected to the internet to use it and can follow along.
Clair Ryan started her position as the Midwest Invasive Plant Network Coordinator in December of 2016. She is the first MIPN Coordinator since the organization relocated from Indiana to Illinois – we are currently hosted by The Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Clair’s background is in environmental science and policy. She is most familiar with wetland plants, and her favorite Illinois native flower is blue vervain (Verbena hastata).