Trends in Native Plant Production: Reflections on the past, present and future use of native plants in the landscape

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Date(s) - 02/18/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Calvin College Bunker Interpretive Center


Presenter: Bill Schneider, Wildtype Native Plant Nursery

Description: Join us for this special backstage pass into the dynamic world of native plant nursery production from an expert changing the landscaping culture here in Michigan. Part nursery-man, part philosopher, you won’t want to miss Bill Schneider’s unique perspective and observations collected from over two decades of growing the right plants, the right way.

Bio: Bill Schneider

Bill is founder and owner of Wildtype, received his MLA in ’94 from the University of Michigan, SNRE-Landscape Architecture Program and his BS in ’80 from Michigan State University – College of Agriculture.

Wildtype Native Plants • Ecological services LTD., was established in 1996, and provides ecological design & consulting services for public, commercial and residential projects focusing on restoration and preservation of native landscape. Wildtype also operates a nursery growing over 250 species of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and emergent wetland plants.

“Several years ago I was discussing this with a friend and he asked me a simple question, ‘what will a native plant nursery look like in 50 years?’ I have been pondering the gravity of this question ever since. The question not only challenges the meaning of what is native but more importantly, the significance of being native.”

—From “Restoration in a changing landscape—what’s a native plant nursery to do?” 
by Bill Schneider


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