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WNLA Presents Presents Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home

The horticulture industry and the gardening public are invited to attend a showing of Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas.  The screening is presented by Western Nursery & Landscape Association, in partnership with Suburban Lawn & Garden and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.
 
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and the gardening public and invite them to the screening.
 
November 1, 2017 at 7 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater: www.fineartsgroup.com
(3707 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS)
Tickets available: $8 industry and public; $4 students ($10 / $5 at the door)
Coupons for a small drink and popcorn available onsite compliments of Suburban Lawn & Garden.
Register at: Hometown Habitat (http://bit.ly/2y3bhWn)
The horticulture industry and the gardening public are invited to attend a showing of Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas.  The screening is presented by Western Nursery & Landscape Association, in partnership with Suburban Lawn & Garden and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.
 
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and the gardening public and invite them to the screening.
 
November 1, 2017 at 7 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater: www.fineartsgroup.com
(3707 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS)
Tickets available: $8 industry and public; $4 students ($10 / $5 at the door)
Coupons for a small drink and popcorn available onsite compliments of Suburban Lawn & Garden.
Register at: Hometown Habitat (http://bit.ly/2y3bhWn)
 
Through its profile of 7 hometown habitat heroes, Hometown Habitat helps to answer questions about native plants, how they support pollinators and birds, and how they can reduce the use of chemicals and save water.
 
Renowned entomologist Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. narrates the film.  Tallamy's research, books and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Tallamy says, “It doesn't have to and shouldn't be that way.”
 
For two years, producer/director Catherine Zimmerman and film crew traveled around the country to visit hometown habitat heroes and film their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these success stories and works in-progress that re-awaken and re-define our relationship with nature. The message will inspire you – all of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the Earth. The goal will energize you – to build a new army of habitat heroes and make natural landscaping the new landscaping norm.
 
The vision behind Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is to inspire conservation landscaping, making native plants the default choice instead of non-native plants and lawn. We don't have to eliminate nonnative plants and lawns, but we need to, as Doug Tallamy suggests in the film, to flip the current landscaping paradigm, which favors massive lawns and non-native shrubs and perennials to one which favors native plants, ecosystem health, and co-existence with nature. 
 
A panel discussion will follow the screening. The panel includes:
 

Jeffrey Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC). Mr. Bruce's accomplishments, commitment, and vision are well documented. He has received over 80 separate design and leadership awards. The award-winning projects of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, have been published 150 times. He has has served as an invited lecturer, visiting critic, and speaker at over 200 conferences and trade shows. Mr. Bruce is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

 
Bob Berkebile, BNIM.  Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals, Bob focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm's work. In 2009, Bob received a Heinz Award from Theresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his role in promoting green building design and for his commitment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America's communities through sustainable architecture and planning. Among his contributions to his industry, Bob is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects' National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.
 
Elliott Duemler, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries. Mr. Duemler provides native-plant industry leadership in the Great Plains Region as Nursery Manager for Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries. His responsibilities include public education, native-plant propagation and maintenance, and custom seed collection. He has previous experience as a Prairie Restoration Intern for the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, and as a wilderness surveyor for the USFS.
 
Matt Bunch, The Giving Grove.  As the horticulturist for the Giving Grove Mr. Bunch selects the fruit and nut varieties, consults with new sites, and advises Giving Grove site stewards on the best practices for growing fruits and nuts biologically in the Kansas City area.   Schooled as a history major, Matt has worked with Powell Gardens, first as a Native Plant Landscape Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center, and later as the Horticulturist for The Heartland Harvest Garden, a 12 acre edible landscape featuring over 2000 distinct edible plant varieties; fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables and herbs.
 
 
 
Since 1890, the Western Nursery & Landscape Association has been the trade association for horticulture professionals in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.  WNLA continues its long-standing tradition as a regional, value oriented and interactive platform. WNLA's purpose is to provide a social and educational networking event creating, engaging and building sustainable relationships for all members.  Visit wnla.org for more information.
 

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