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Speaker's Bureau

Available Presentations

The NCNPS only provides a listing service and interested parties who want to see a presentation should contact the presenter directly. The listing of a presentation does not constitute an NCNPS endorsement of all of the material presented.

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Wild Orchids Across Scenic North Carolina
We Garden For Wildlife
Native Plants for Your Backyard, or Not
Native Plants of NC
Wild Orchids of NC
Native Plant Lore
Native Plants for Seasoning
Composting - Let it Rot!
Landscaping for Wildlife
Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants in the Piedmont
Piedmont Plants on the NC Heritage Program Watch List
Rare Plants of the Piedmont
Threatened and Endangered Plants of the Piedmont
Watch List Plants of the Piedmont
Native Plant Landscape Design
Invasive Species management
Gardening and Climate Change
Endangered Species
Using native plants to create butterfly and bird habitats
Customized presentations to meet your needs

Wild Orchids Across Scenic North Carolina

Description:
When and how to find native orchids and and conservation issues with orchids
Length:
30-45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Kelvin Taylor
Email: plantsman @ scenicnc.com
Equipment needed:
Digital slide projector
Travel requirements/restrictions:
Will travel any where in North Carolina and parts of VA and SC.
Charges:
Speaker fee varies from size of the group/chapter, but ranges from $75 to $100. Travel expenses: standard $0.50 per mile. Lodges expenses for overnight stays.

We Garden for Wildlife

Description:
Dale Batchelor shares the transformation of Swiftbrook Gardens from a conventional suburban backyard to a native plant and wildlife habitat with this slide presentation and workshop. Discussion includes her own evolution as a gardener, as well as advice and resources for those seeking to enhance their property's value to wildlife. Additional details are at our website: http://www.gardenerbynature.com/habitatsteward.html
Length:
1+00
Name & contact information:
Dale Batchelor
Email: dale @ gardenerbynature.com
919-828-2015
Equipment needed:
Video projector and power hook up
Travel requirements/restrictions:
none
Charges:
For native plant and habitat gardening presentations outside the Triangle, I request travel expenses and accommodations. Within the Triangle, I am available at no charge, although I request groups make a contribution (of any amount) to the N. C. Native Plant Society.

Doing Less & Getting More: Creating a Sustainable Landscape

Description:
When it comes to creating a sustainable home landscape, much can be accomplished by doing less. In this presentation, Landscape Designer Dale Batchelor covers some basic conservation principles with examples from our own and clients? gardens. Discussion includes how eliminating pesticides, increasing the number and variety of native plants, and managing rainwater responsibly can create a healthy, functioning ecosystem that benefits its inhabitants and the surrounding community. Additional details are at our website: http://www.gardenerbynature.com/habitatsteward.html
Length:
1+00
Name & contact information:
Dale Batchelor
Email: dale @ gardenerbynature.com
919-828-2015
Equipment needed:
Video projector and power hook up
Travel requirements/restrictions:
none
Charges:
For native plant and habitat gardening presentations outside the Triangle, I request travel expenses and accommodations. Within the Triangle, I am available at no charge, although I request groups make a contribution (of any amount) to the N. C. Native Plant Society.

Native Plants for Your Backyard, or Not

Description:
This presentation shows how one gardener has made his urban lot into a native plant haven and it shows some of the favorite plants used.
Length:
1+00
Name & contact information:
Tom Harville
Email: tom @ ncwildflower.org
919-851-5369
Equipment needed:
Video projector and power hook up
Travel requirements/restrictions:
none
Charges:
I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

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Native Plants of North Carolina

Description:
Talk about the wealth and vareity of native plants in North Carolina and takes the audience on a tour from the mountains to the coast.
Length:
40 minutes and then time for questions
Name & contact information:
Jean Woods
Email: jeanw @ ncwildflower . org
Equipment needed:
Digital projector ( I can supply one if necessary.)
Travel requirements/restrictions:
Within 3 hours is okay. If greater than 1 hour, require mileage reimbursement.
Charges:
Donation to the NCNPS. I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

Color Pallet of Native Plants

Description:
The uses of native plants in the home garden with several color suggestions for spring, summer, and fall.
Length:
40 minutes and then time for questions
Name & contact information:
Jean Woods
Email: jeanw @ ncwildflower . org
Equipment needed:
Digital projector ( I can supply one if necessary.)
Travel requirements/restrictions:
Within 3 hours is okay. If greater than 1 hour, require mileage reimbursement.
Charges:
Donation to the NCNPS. I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

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Wild Orchids of NC

Description:
This is a slide program (with a handout) covering the orchids that grow wild in our state.
Length:
The program length can be varied, but I would prefer to have at least one hour for the presentation
Name & contact information:
David McAdoo
Kernersville, NC
Home phone: (336) 996 - 2324
Email: ncorchid @ yahoo.com
Equipment needed:
I would appreciate a room that can be darkened & a large projection screen. If it is a small meeting room, I can bring a portable screen. I will bring the projector and a table.
Travel requirements/restrictions:
none
Charges:
I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

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Native Plant Lore

Description:
The magic, mystery, and legends of native American plants.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Native Plants for Seasoning

Description:
Plants used by Native Americans for seasoning foods and beverages. Many of these plants were adopted by European colonists, and are still being used today. Recipes and, with arrangements, a tasting of a few foods.
Length:
45 minutes, with tasting 60 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Charges:
In Guilford County, $50.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Composting - Let it Rot!

Description:
Covers the importances of composting, how to do it, how to use it, and how to build a compost bin. Depending of the site, there can be a hands on demonstration of setting up a bin.
Length:
40 minutes (1.5 -2 hour if a composting demo)
Name & contact information:
Jean Woods
Email: jeanw @ ncwildflower . org
Equipment needed:
Digital projector ( I can supply one if necessary.)
Travel requirements/restrictions:
Within 3 hours is okay. If greater than 1 hour, require mileage reimbursement.
Charges:
Donation to the NCNPS. I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

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Landscaping for Wildlife

Description:
Using native plants to attract birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your garden. Yes, you can have color, structure, and texture in your garden as you provide an safe place for wildlife.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Landscaping with Native Plants

Description:
Native plant selections based on garden conditions (sun, shade, moist, dry), color and design requirements.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Landscaping with Native Plants in the Peidmont

Description:
Covers the uses of native plants for use in the home garden in the piedmont, possible choices, the importance of native plants, and the problems with invasives.
Length:
30-40 minutes and then time for questions
Name & contact information:
Jean Woods
Email: jeanw @ ncwildflower . org
Equipment needed:
Digital projector ( I can supply one if necessary.)
Travel requirements/restrictions:
Within 3 hours is okay. If greater than 1 hour, require mileage reimbursement.
Charges:
Donation to the NCNPS. I would like to get mileage reimbursement. If it is a night program more than a couple hours from home, I would appreciate being put up in a member's house or getting motel expenses for the night.

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Piedmont Plants on the NC Heritage Program Watch List

Description:
A PowerPoint presentation on the regionally rare plants in the Piedmont that are listed on the NC Heritage Program list of rare, endangered and threatened plants. Photos and descriptions of each of the plants, along with information on where to find them. Handouts available.
Program length:
One hour
Name & contact information:
Kathy Schlosser
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
a PowerPoint projector
Travel requirements
Within a day's drive is okay. Otherwise, am willing to negotiate.

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Rare Plants of the Piedmont

Description:
A look at some of the rare native plants found in the Piedmont of North Carolina. What has caused their demise, and what the homeowner can do to help.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Threatened and Endangered Plants of the Piedmont

Description:
Native plants that are under stress from the changing climate and development. Where to look for them, what to do when you find them.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Watch List Plants of the Piedmont

Description:
These native plants are neither threatened nor rare, but unusual around the Piedmont. Where to look for them, where to find seeds or plants.
Length:
45 minutes
Name & contact information:
Katherine Schlosser
(336) 855 - 8022
Email: kathyschlosser at triad.rr.com (replace the "at" with @)
Equipment needed:
Digital projector required
Charges:
In Guilford County, $25.00 minimum. Outside Guilford County, fees vary by distance and time.

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Native Plant Landscape Design

Description:
This presentation focuses on designing/building landscapes using exclusively native species. Highlights include designing for ecological restoration, for wildlife interest, for biodiversity, and for year-round interest, among others.
Length:
Approximately 1 hr.
Name and Contact Info:
Stefan Bloodworth, Curator- Blomquist Garden of Southeastern Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Email: sbloodwo @ duke.edu
919 730-3141
Equipment Needed:
I have a laptop and portable hard drive- I can bring a projector and screen if needed, but prefer those two to be provided.
Travel Needs/Limits/Charges:
I will travel 75 miles from Durham during the week for $100 fee during the weekend for $150 fee. If an overnight stay is required, (depending on schedule and availability) I require an additional $100 for food and lodging

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Invasive Species management

Description:
This presentation introduces the attendee to the ecological and economic ramifications of having our forests filled with invasive exotic plant species. Invasive species identification and eradication methods are also included.
Length:
Approximately 1 hr.
Name and Contact Info:
Stefan Bloodworth, Curator- Blomquist Garden of Southeastern Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
email:sbloodwo @ duke.edu
919 730-3141
Equipment Needed:
I have a laptop and portable hard drive- I can bring a projector and screen if needed, but prefer those two to be provided.
Travel Needs/Limits/Charges:
I will travel 75 miles from Durham during the week for $100 fee during the weekend for $150 fee. If an overnight stay is required, (depending on schedule and availability) I require an additional $100 for food and lodging

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Gardening and Climate Change

Description:
This presentation deals with the challenges facing gardeners during this time of rapid climate change. A brief history of climate change issues will be followed by environmental impacts of climate change/global warming and how gardeners can adjust to these impacts.
Length:
Approximately 1 hr.
Name and Contact Info:
Stefan Bloodworth, Curator- Blomquist Garden of Southeastern Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Email: sbloodwo @ duke.edu
919 730-3141
Equipment Needed:
I have a laptop and portable hard drive- I can bring a projector and screen if needed, but prefer those two to be provided.
Travel Needs/Limits/Charges:
I will travel 75 miles from Durham during the week for $100 fee during the weekend for $150 fee. If an overnight stay is required, (depending on schedule and availability) I require an additional $100 for food and lodging

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Endangered Species

Description:
This presentation focuses on the history of the Endangered Species Act, how it has affected rare plant conservation efforts, and what is being done across the southeastern US today to stop the decline of many endangered plants. Attention will also be given to the Endangered Species collection at the Duke Gardens, its design and construction, and how it functions today.
Length:
Approximately 1 hr.
Name and Contact Info:
Stefan Bloodworth, Curator- Blomquist Garden of Southeastern Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Email: sbloodwo @ duke.edu
919 730-3141
Equipment Needed:
I have a laptop and portable hard drive- I can bring a projector and screen if needed, but prefer those two to be provided.
Travel Needs/Limits/Charges:
I will travel 75 miles from Durham during the week for $100 fee during the weekend for $150 fee. If an overnight stay is required, (depending on schedule and availability) I require an additional $100 for food and lodging

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Using native plants to create butterfly and bird habitats

Description of Program:
Learn how to get started using your yard as a home for birds and butterflies.
Name and Contact Information:
Angela Haigler, Charlotte NC
Home phone: (704) 953 - 0939
Email: silverscrybe @ gmail.com
Equipment needed:
For a "high tech" powerpoint presentation I'll need a projection screen or large space to project a picture and I'll also need a powerpoint style projector. I've got a standard laptop and a table that I can bring. I can also do a simple "talk" for small audiences without a powerpoint.
Travel requirements/restrictions:
none
Charges:
Donation to NCNPS and mileage reimbursement. For overnight programs, lodging expenses or "being put up in a member's home" would be appreciated.

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Customized presentations to meet your needs.

Description:
Requests should relate in some way to native plant gardening and ecology and/or environmental issues relating to native plants.
Length:
Approximately 1 hr.
Name and Contact Info:
Stefan Bloodworth, Curator- Blomquist Garden of Southeastern Native Plants, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Email: sbloodwo @ duke.edu
919 730-3141
Equipment Needed:
I have a laptop and portable hard drive- I can bring a projector and screen if needed, but prefer those two to be provided.
Travel Needs/Limits/Charges:
Costs for custom presentations vary from set costs as described below. Call for more info. I will travel 75 miles from Durham during the week for $100 fee during the weekend for $150 fee. If an overnight stay is required, (depending on schedule and availability) I require an additional $100 for food and lodging

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