Using Native Plants in the Landscape Workshop
Location: Tackapausha Museum and Preserve- 2225 Washington Avenue Seaford, NY 11783
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $40 per person


Approved for ISA Credits: Certified Arborists-4, Municipal Specialist-4, BCMA Practice-4
Continuing education credits will be available for landscape professionals.

Kathryn D’Amico, Center Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 516-922-3200
Julie Nelsen, Education Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center; email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 516-922-3200

8:30- 9:00 a.m. :: Refreshments/ Intro/ Welcome and Announcements

9:00-10:00 a.m. :: Plants for Birds, Ecosystem Health, Biodiversity - Joy Cirgliano, Ecosystem Specialist
Due to habitat loss, climate change and other issues, our wildlife numbers are in steep decline. By using our managed landscapes, we can help our wild aerial and terrestrial neighbors increase their numbers. Becoming a good habitat steward by designing and installing sustainable eco-friendly landscapes can help restore balance and create safe harbors for wildlife in otherwise sterile environments. By blending aesthetics and ecology, with thoughtful consideration toward native plant selection, landscapes that are both very attractive and highly functional can be created. Please bring any questions, one's curiosity, and an open mind.

10:00–11:00  a.m. :: Sneaky Blinders: Bugs, Diseases and Cultural Issues That May Bother Your Natives - Tamson Yeh, Pest Management/Turf Specialist
Participants will learn how to scout, recognize and ID insects, diseases and cultural problems that may give your native plantings problems which includes issues specific to certain species of plants. Learn about certain cultural conditions that can help create ideal environments to correct and combat these problems. This includes general control tips centered on environmental manipulation and types of organic products that can have your natives up and fighting back pronto.

11:00-11:15 a.m. :: Short Break with Refreshments

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. :: Native Woody Trees – what are good native alternatives to commonly used species? - Dave Golon, Gener.a. :l Manager Wonderland Tree Care
Planting native trees have many environmental benefits over planting non-native species into local ecosystems. This talk will cover the benefits to wildlife such as birds, butterflies and animals. This presentation will also cover some of the real-world challenges of using native species including sourcing, site conditions, and invasive insects and diseases. Lastly, we will talk about some practices for getting newly planted trees established in the landscape. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: How to Create an Aesthetically Pleasing, Healthy Native Habitat - Rusty Schmidt, Landscape Ecologist
Rusty Schmidt will focus his talk on how to create an aesthetically pleasing native plant landscape to promote more habitat for Long Island wildlife, improve water quality, and be sustainable. The design requires more than just thinking about the right plant for the right place, but also the right plant for the correct habitat creation to provide multiple functioning landscape.

1:15-1:30 p.m. :: Wrap up and distribution of credits

Rusty Schmidt is a landscape ecologist employed by Nelson Pope and Voorhis in Melville, NY and is an Adjunct Professor with the Horticulture Department at Farmingdale State College. Mr. Schmidt designs and constructs alternative methods for managing storm water runoff and Sustainable landscape design. He has created hundreds of designs for habitat restorations, raingardens, sustainable landscaping, and storm water pond ranging in size from small backyards to large campus wide landscapes and parks throughout the nation.

Mr. Schmidt helps train homeowners and design professionals on the techniques of raingardens nationwide. He is a co-author for three books, two on plant selections for storm water management and a homeowner guide to raingardens. Mr. Schmidt is currently working with the Sisters of St. Joseph on the Brentwood campus and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Shelter Rock to create a sustainable landscape management plans and native plant designs.
Joyann Cirigliano is a Natural Historian and Ecosystem Specialist, She holds a certification for both Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP), and National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Landscape Professional (NWF-CWLP) She is an approved Pesticide trainer for NYS DEC, for Ornamental Horticulture, Turfgrass and Native Plants, where she teaches how not to use pesticides and still control issues. She is the Proprietor of Joy's Forever Endeavor, a Garden Design & Mentoring business specializing in native plants and ecosystem services/repair, and she also works at Atlantic Wholesale Nurseries in Dix Hills as one of their horticulturalists, the Native Plant/Habitat Specialist and Sales Lead. Her other specialties are design, water features, perennials, and tropicals. Joy is also president of her local Audubon Society's Board of Directors, where she is involved with habitat restoration and environmental issues, and she is an officer of the Board of the Audubon Council of NY State and a consultant for Audubon New York and The National Audubon Society.

Tamson Yeh
BA Wells College, biology
MS University of Rhode Island, animal and veterinary science
PhD University of Rhode Island, plant science
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, 1997-2004
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, 2004-present
Author of "Can my Petunia Be Saved"
Notable achievements: extreme silliness

Dave Golon, a second generation Certified Arborist, is the General Manager of Wonderland Tree Care based out of Oyster Bay, NY. David has been an Arborist with Wonderland Tree Care for 10 years and is a graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. David currently sits on the board of directors for the Long Island Arboricultural Association and is a Trustee of Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley. David was also the recipient of the Long Island Business News 30 under 30 award in 2019.