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Plant Talks 2024

Winter 2024 Plant Talks 

Each Plant Talk is free and open to the public and will be held on Zoom. Registration is required. Click on the links below each Plant Talk to register (no worries if you can't make the Zoom talk in real time; we'll record the sessions and email the recordings to all registrants).  

Plant Talk: Winter Tree Appreciation
January 5 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

Though winter can seem drab and uninteresting at first glance, it’s actually a great time to appreciate trees on a different level. In fact, the low sun angle can dramatically reveal bark colors and textures that went unnoticed during the summer. In this presentation, NSA Green Infrastructure Coordinator Justin Evertson will take a closer look at some of the unique aspects of trees revealed in winter and offer some basic tips for winter tree identification.
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Plant Talk: Waterwise Landscapes
January 11 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

NSA Sustainable Landscape Specialist Sarah Buckley and NSA Green Infrastructure Coordinator Justin Evertson will talk about the value of incorporating waterwise landscaping practices into larger scale spaces such as parks, commercial properties and acreages. Topics will include the differences between a raingarden and a bioswale, low-impact-development and best management practices. 
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Plant Talk: A Conversation with Jeff Carstens
January 18 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

Jeff Carstens is a horticulturalist with the USDA North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames, Iowa, where he works with a team of scientists to expand the diversity of plant genetic resources collections in order to facilitate their conservation and utilization in research. What does that mean? It means Jeff is the quintessential plant guy and has lots of interesting details and information to share with us about his unique career and why what he does is important for the future (plus, fun fact: Jeff got his start at UNL, where he was an intern with Justin Evertson!).
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Plant Talk: Let's Talk about Lawn Alternatives 
February 1 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

Speakers: NSA Sustainable Landscape Specialist Brad Kindler and Steven Schafer, Affiliate Curator of Aldersgate Gardens
As more and more homeowners begin to investigate non-traditional options to turf grass, we'll chat with Steven Schafer and Brad Kindler for advice and tips on how to get started with transforming your traditional lawn to something that's more environmentally sustainable and beneficial for pollinators and other wildlife. Steven is conducting 12 alternative lawn experiments at Aldersgate and has already garnered some insights on what works best for particular conditions. Join us for this informative discussion!!
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Waterwise Plant Talk: How to Care for Your Trees, Garden & Yard in Drought
February 15 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

Speakers: NSA Green Infrastructure Coordinator Justin Evertson and NSA Horticulture Program Coordinator Bob Henrickson 
Drought has thankfully receded in the western part of the state, but here in eastern Nebraska, we are still contending with extremely dry conditions. NSA tree and plant experts Justin Evertson and Bob Henrickson will offer advice and tips for how to best care for your trees, garden and yard during these tough times. There will also be time for participants to ask specific questions about challenges they are facing in their own yards.
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Waterwise Practices for the Home Landscape
March 21 at 12 noon CT on Zoom

Speakers: NSA Sustainable Landscape Specialist Sarah Buckley and NSA Green Infrastructure Coordinator Justin Evertson 
Geared especially toward homeowners, this Plant Talk will dispel myths and misconceptions about waterwise landscapes. Sarah Buckley and Justin Evertson will cover a variety of related topics, including how to adjust your mindset and manage existing landscapes and how to change the landscape via design and implementation of waterwise features such as raingardens, bioswales, meadows and waterwise lawns.
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