Adirondack Pollinator Symposium
June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$40
Adirondack Pollinator Symposium will take place on Wednesday, June 5th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, NY. The registration fee is $40 and coffee and lunch will be provided. Benjamin Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic, will be our keynote speaker. Additional speakers from Audubon International, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, and the Pollinator Conservation Association will be included in the program. Breakout sessions geared specifically toward farmers, home and club gardeners, groundkeepers, and government agencies will be included.
The Adirondack Pollinator Project is a project of AdkAction in collaboration with The Wild Center, Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Paul Smith’s College. Our mission is to build an understanding of the local and global importance of pollinators and inspiring individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive.
Keynote Speaker Bio:
Benjamin Vogt has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, an MFA from The Ohio State University, and a BFA from the University of Evansville. He owns Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden design firm that works with clients in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest. His 5,000 foot home garden has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Nebraska Life, the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and on several television and radio programs. For over 5 years Benjamin wrote an award-winning garden column for Houzz (nearly 3 million reads) and has contributed words and photographs to several books including: Lawn Gone!, Pollinator Friendly Gardening, and Gardening for Butterflies (The Xerces Society). He is a sought after speaker for his humor and lyrical passion, presenting at national conferences, botanic gardens, and symposiums.
Benjamin is a former board member of the Wachiska Audubon Society, a prairie conservation and wildlife organization overseeing 1,000 acres in southeast Nebraska. He also runs the Facebook page Milk the Weed, a lively space where some 10,000 folks share the joys of milkweed, native plants, and helping native pollinators through sustainable design. You’ll find his essays in anthologies like The Tallgrass Prairie Reader, Natural Treasures of the Great Plains, and Prairie Gold. He is also the author of three poetry collections and an unpublished memoir, Turkey Red, which unearths the ecological and cultural history of Oklahoma as Benjamin confronts his Mennonite family who homesteaded the region in the 1800s. His writing and photography have appeared in such publications as Orion, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, ISLE, and the syndicated column American Life in Poetry. Benjamin and his wife dream of restoring 40 acres to tallgrass prairie, hosting an artist residency program, and creating a large destination garden using 100% native plants. They are on the lookout for suitable land.