Pollinator Summit
Planting Solutions

Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
 - MacMillan Auditorium


$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 

Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch
and coffee breaks.

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Pollinators and other beneficial insects
are in trouble, with multiple stressors such as habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, and disease all contributing to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. This has serious implications for the health of our landscapes, our food systems, and our communities. The 2016 Pollinator Summit will focus on plants and plant choices as an important solution to protecting pollinators on our urban landscapes, including current research and best practices that can be applied in your own work or community.

Presentations and case studies with a focus on current research and best practicices in planting design, plant selection, plant materials and supply, and plant management on both public and private lands. The Summit will feature: 

  • Current research information focusing on bee nutrition, and the connection between healthy pollinators and plants, including native and non-native plant species.

  • Projects with a goal of protecting pollinators, and that demonstrate best practices in planting design, plant selection, and plant management, including lessons learned on both private and public lands.

  • Local and regional policies affecting landscape development and management that address pollinators, to inform future needs and work.

  • Wild Bee Safaris - get up close and personal with native bees and other pollinators in the garden.

Landscape designers • landscape architects • land managers • state and local agency staff • parks and public works staff • community planners • non-profit staff • urban gardeners • elected and appointed officials • commercial growers • builders and developers • educators • concerned citizens • nurseries/garden centers/plant production staff • others inspired to protect pollinators


This Summit will feature Pigeonhole Live, an interactive platform for audience participation. Bring any web-capable device such as a phone, laptop, or tablet. No apps, sign-up or downloads reguired, and wi-fi is available, but data usage may apply if using cell service.

View Pigeonhole Results
Attendee Survey  •  Keynote Speaker Emma Marris •  Production Panel •   Planting Soluctions, Success Stories Case Studies

Emma Marris, author of "Rambunctious Garden"

Pollination in the Anthropocene view presentation
The world is changing, and quickly. How will pollinators - and those working to preserve pollination- adapt? This talk will situate the Earth in its current moment in time, when every inch of the planet has been influenced by humans. It will then explore these implications for pollination. We will consider wild pollinators in urban spaces, the use of non-native hosts and food resources for pollinators and non-native pollinator for native plants, along with even more novel scenarios and techniques. Finally, we will take a moment to consider how we frame the changes and how our own framing may affect how future generations perceive and value nature.

TED Talk, June 2016 Emma Marris Watch Emma Marris's TED Talk in Banff, Alberta

Ms. Marris is a writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she writes about nature, people, food, language, books and film. Her goal is to find and tell stories that help us understand the past; take meaningful action in the present; and move towards a greener, wilder, happier and more equal future. Her stories have appeared in the New York TimesSlateOrionDiscoverGrist and Nature, where she worked as a staffer for several years. She has a Master’s in Science Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Her first book came out in 2011. Rambunctious Garden is an important read for anyone who cares about the environment. As humans influence every centimeter of Earth, from where species live to its very climate, our strategies for saving nature must change. This book explains why, and more importantly, how. And it is an exciting journey.


Native Pollinators and the Science of Pollination view presentation
Native wild bees are a fascinating, diverse, and important group of animals. With over 20,000 species of bees globally and at least 3,600 in the US, they are critical for pollination of numerous crops as well as wild plants. This talk will cover their basic biology, roles as pollinators and status globally as well as in Minnesota. Further, potential unknowns and hopeful solutions for conserving their abundance and diversity will be discussed. Much of this talk will focus on the exciting new research taking place at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.
DR. DANIEL CARIVEAU - Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Lightning Round view presentations
Join experts from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab address questions about issues and solutions which impact the health of bees.
MARLA SPIVAK, - PH.D., MacArthur Fellow, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Extension Entomologist, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
JAMES WOLFIN- University of Minnesota
COLLEEN SATYSHUR - University of Minnesota
REBECCA MASTERMAN - University of Minnesota


Beyond the Prairie: Trees & Shrubs as Pollinator Forage
View the videos
In this presentation, we will examine the efforts of blueberry growers to establish stable resident populations of native bees critical to their pollination needs. The two main groups of native pollinators of blueberry are andrenid mining bees and bumblebees. Both mining bees and bumblebees emerge before blueberry flowering and exist after flowering. Mining bees are adults for only four to five weeks, and bumblebees have an annual hive that exists until frost. Thus determination of forage needs will be significantly different for these two groups. It should be noted that trees and shrubs are critical components of the forage plant lists for these two bee groups. As more data comes in on the protein and amino acid qualities of pollen, it is clear that pollinator health is contingent on the presence of diverse sources of pollen.
- Extension Educator & Professor, University of Minnesota Extension

Updates in Plant Production and Plant Supply
What plants are in demand for pollinators? How can designers utilize more of our native plant palette? What's used too much and more importantly, not being planted enough? On this panel, we will hear from four local growers and buyers who are responsible for getting these plants in the hands of homeowners and contractors. We will hear about their methods, what trends they see, and what to look for in years to come.

- Production Manager, Minnesota Native Landscapes
view presentation
JACOB ANDERSON - Product Manager, Prairie Restorations, Inc.
view presentation
KAITLYN O'CONNOR - Prairie Moon Nursery
view presentation
MATT KUMKA - Landscape Architect, Barr Engineering

Planting Solutions - Success Stories!
Multiple case studies will discuss project purposes, partners, funding and goals. The session will cover motivating factors, communication, and engagement of stakeholders during the planning and execution. These projects will emphasize the policy barriers and challenges as well as management and maintenance needs and plans to establish successful results. Don't miss the top three Do's and Don'ts!

BARRY WATERS- St. Paul Capitol District  view presentation
- Environmental Project Manager, Metro Blooms, Blooming Alleys for Clean Water
view presentation
RICK FREDRICKSON - Woodhill Country Club Golf Course
MARSHA PARLOW - Great River Energy
view presentation


Box lunch includes Petite Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Apple and Red Onion Jam served on a Focaccia Roll, Mixed Greens with Apples, Goat Cheesse Crumbles and served wtih Honey Thyme Vinaigrette, and for dessert a Maple Granola Cookie.


Please join us for a special sneak peek of the new Tashjian Bee and Discovery Pollinator Center before its official opening and happy hour, networking, and BEE SAFARIS in the Garden!

This state-of-the-art venue will showcase the vital importance of bees to agriculture and humanity on the planet. Reflecting University of Minnesota environmental and agricultural research, the center will feature exhibit areas on the social behavior of bees, their vital role as key pollinators of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers, the human health benefits derived from bees and bee products and the way to promote bee health.



Thank you sponsors,
endorsing organizations
and participants for making the
2016 Pollinator Summit a success!


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Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association
Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc
MSR Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design
Xcel Energy


Become an Endorsing Organization

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
Barr Engineering Company

Clean Energy Resource Teams
Damon Farber Landscape Architects

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary

LandSculpt, Inc.
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association

Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association
Monarch Joint Venture
Naturally WILD
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Prairie Moon Nursery
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
Shooting Star Native Seeds
Terrace Horticulture Books

Three Rivers Park District
U.S. Green Building Council- Minnesota
University of MN Extension Master Gardener State Office
University of MN Monarch Lab
University of MN Extension

Preferred Conference Hotel
Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen
591 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 area map