The Southeast Wisconsin InvasiveSpecies Consortium, Inc. (SEWISC) and Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ are pleased to present a ground-breaking day of educational sessions that bring together Green Industry Professionals (nurseries, landscape architects, arborists, contractors) and Land Management Professionals (restorationists, natural area managers, environmental educators, conservationists).
The purpose of the meeting is to create personal dialog between the two groups that have not traditionally shared their experiences. The hope is that the meeting will initiate the development of working relationships to create business opportunities and help improve the state of our ecological communities.
Jerry Ziegler (SEWISC President) & Chad Johnson (Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.™ President)
8:40-9:40am: The Land Ethic: From Wisconsin to the World
Curt Meine, Senior Fellow—Center for Humans and Nature & Aldo Leopold Foundation
The human connection to the natural world is not an optional feature. Our lives are intricately
intertwined with Nature, and our very survival depends upon maintaining the integrity of
functioning ecosystems. Clean air water, and food all depend upon a healthy planet. Our personal
relationships with the earth start at home, and our landscapes should reflect a reverence for the
diversity of all life. Native plants provide a wonderful way to invite the natural world into our living
spaces, for both their benefit and ours.
10:10-11:00am: Origins of Land Ethic—Where Does It Come From?
Three individuals each share the story of how their personal strong land ethic was developed—
Because of the diverse nature of their professions, it will be interesting to compare and contrast their
land ethic origins.
Darrel Apps—Professional Horticulturist, Daylily Breeder, Restorationist
Kelly Kearns—Invasive Plant Coordinator, WI DNR. A key person in the development of NR40
Invasive Species regulation in Wisconsin
Matt Millen—Roofing Contractor, Millen Roofing Co. Leopold award winning restorationist on 680
acre property near Spring Green, WI.
11:00-11:50: Perennial Plant Communities “The Know Maintenance Approach”
Roy Diblik, Co-Owner—Northwind Perennial Farm
Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant
diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. By using a selection of regionally
dependable perennials and native plants, endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each
relating to time and cost to maintain. He will discuss the developing partnership between the
gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.
12:55-2:10pm: Panel Discussion
Moderator - Kristin Krokowski, Commercial Horticulture Educator—UW-Extension Waukesha County
Panel Members - All 5 Presenters, joined by Christa Wollenzien.
Panel Discussion Topics or Questions - To be submitted in advance by attendees on the registration
form and/or in person directly to the panel during the event. Topics may include: Ways to improve
restoration project success. Plant availability solutions. Can we control or eliminate invasive plant
species without negatively impacting Nurseries? Are things improving or getting worse from your
perspective? What do you think can be done to improve the situation? What do you see as the
biggest advantages to land managers and the Green Industry to work together to fight invasives?
What are the disadvantages? How do you see Southeastern Wisconsin’s landscape looking 50 years
from now? What changes do you expect?
Educational tours led by Johnson’s Nursery staff and a SEWISC Board Member with specific topics of
Click here for more information and to register online.