DATE: February 29, 2020

TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Livermore Pavilion

COST: $75 general, $60 student

Includes lunch from Panera Bread, and a wine & cheese reception from 4-6 pm

As the climate warms and the weather gets less predictable, Bay Area home gardeners find themselves facing contradictory directives from public agencies that are each trying to address one part of the looming problem. It seems as though we may be facing a lot of hard choices. Or can we find a way to work with nature to have home landscapes that are resilient to fire and drought, yet still thrive and offer beauty and habitat both for us and other creatures?

We are putting on this symposium because we believe we can have it all. Taking an integrated and diversified approach simplifies maintenance, produces healthier living spaces and creates natural resilience to temperature swings. Come hear a gathering of experts tell of methods to manage water, enrich soil, and build fire-wise landscapes with thriving plants that encourage biodiversity. Go home reenergized, full of nature-affirming ideas you can apply to your own land. Renewal can happen anywhere. Why not start with your favorite place?

Co-sponsored by the Marin Art & Garden Center, Bee Audacious, California Native Plant Society & Marin Conservation League

Speaker Co-sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:


Doors open for registration check-in and continental breakfast, 8:00 am

Opening Remarks, Katie Rice, Marin County Board of Supervisors

“The Worst Is Yet to Come But So Is The Best: Pollinator Gardening, Biodiversity, and Our Role in Building 21st Century California,” Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director, California Native Plant Society

“The Soil Sponge,” Diana Donlon, Director, Soil Centric

Biodiversity and Climate Change: The Missing Links,” Paul da Silva, Professor, Life and Earth Sciences, College of Marin

“Creating Healthy Habitat in the Urban Environment: Low Input, High Impact,” Patricia Algara, ASLA, BASE Landscape Architecture and Co-founder, With Honey in the Heart

“Watershed Approach to Landscaping,” Keith Bancroft, Water Conservation Supervisor, Marin Municipal Water District

“A Less Toxic Approach to Gardening,” Suzanne Bontempo, IPM Educator, Our Water Our World

Lunch (You will contacted after registration for your selection)

Defensible Space, Vegetation Management, and Home Hardening to Reduce Wildfire Impacts,” Todd Lando, Executive Coordinator, FIRESafe MARIN

“Using Native Plants for Fire Resistant Landscapes,” Greg Rubin, Founder, California’s Own Native Landscape Design

Panel discussion and Q&A on topics related to balancing the sometimes conflicting messages of fire prevention, preservation of biodiversity and conservation of resources

Wine and cheese reception 4 – 6pm