Learn how a group of volunteers was able to leverage that support to create habitat gardens that bring beauty to the new building and enhance the educational initiatives of the organization. Rehabilitate your Land with Stewardship and Thoughtful Transition Stewardship is the path; enjoy the journey.

The planning process will be outlined as well as successes and challenges encountered. People have managed landscapes for thousands of years.

- WAM Annual Meeting in registration/breakfast room.

All are welcome to share ideas and comments about your organization. - Registration and refreshments - Red Cedar Room - Greetings and announcements - Big Ten A - Keynote presentation - Big Ten A CLAUDIA WEST, Co-Author, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Garden Design and Ecology Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of lifethe very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth.

- Break - Marketplace Shopping and Networking - CONCURRENT SESSIONS Concurrent Session #1 in Big Ten B LARRY CORNELIS, Horticulturalist and Habitat Specialist, Return the Landscape Sarnia, Ontario The History of Our Local Forests Larry's presentation looks at both the ecological and cultural impacts on our region's forests over the last 15,000 years, which includes climate change at both ends of that time frame, native peoples' land care, a great re-wilding and European exploitation.

He will finish up with a focus on southern Michigan and southern Ontario indigenous "Carolinian" tree species.

Discounts on room rates are available for conference attendees until February 2, 2018, or until all rooms have been booked. - Registration and refreshments - Red Cedar Room - Greetings and announcements - Big Ten A - Keynote presentation - Big Ten A CLAUDIA WEST, Co-author, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.

Planting in a Post-Wild World We live in a global city and few wild places remain in todays world.

Thus, an open, receptive mindset is crucial to informing and guiding our approaches.

- - Break - Marketplace Shopping and Networking - CONCURRENT SESSIONS Concurrent Session #1 in Big Ten B JIM MCDONALD, Owner Herbcraft Native and Naturalized Plants for Topical Use Topical applications of plants has always been a mainstay of herbalism.

Join herbalist Jim Mc Donald in an exploration of poultices, oils, salves, and soaks that can easily be prepared from the plants that surround us.

Concurrent Session #2 in Big Ten C DAN CARTER, Ecologist, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Lawn Alternatives for the Midwest Blur the separation between daily life and nature by thinking about your lawn differently, and learn how to create lawns and lawn-like spaces in your landscape that promote biodiversity.

THE 31st ANNUAL MICHIGAN WILDFLOWER CONFERENCE Sunday March 4 and Monday March 5, 2018 The Annual Michigan Wildflower Conference presents local, regional and national speakers who are experts in their fields.