October 5, 2015

Perennial Plant Association: Southern Region Sustainability Symposium - Dallas

Oct 5 2015 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
Embassy Suites, Dallas Market Center
2727 N Stemmons Hwy Magnolia Ballroom
Dallas , TX

Green Industry Sustainability 

PPA Southern Region Symposium

Designers, landscapers, growers, and retailers in the South face growing challenges when it comes to navigating the impact of extreme weather conditions. Intense heat, drought and flooding are impacting both how we do business, what we sell and the landscapes we create.

We’ve brought together an inspiring and knowledgeable group of speakers to address sustainability challenges and solutions across each area of our industry. With a focus on perennials, speakers will cover plant trialing resources, heat and drought tolerant plant selections, landscape restoration, sustainability and bio-controls for growers, supply chain issues and solutions for landscapers and retailers, plus using native plants for color.

Join us to learn some important information to help your business adapt to sustainability concerns. It’s been 20 years since the PPA hosted a Southern Region Symposium. So, let’s show some southern hospitality and support for these great speakers!


Lloyd Traven, Owner, Peace Tree Farm
3:30PM - 4:45PM From Sow to Sell: A Systems Approach to Chemical-free Growing; a Bio-controls Saga 

Peace Tree Farm is a 25-acre Certified Organic farm in Pennsylvania that includes greenhouse propagation and production. Lloyd will discuss his successful environmentally friendly sustainable techniques. He’ll also share greenhouse bio-control opportunities and challenges to provide profit-boosting information for greenhouse production all the way through retail operations.

Dr. Jared Barnes, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, SFA State University
2:15 PM - 3:15PM  “Thrivable” Perennials for the South

In the south we want perennials that are not only sustainable, but also thrive in a variety of environments. In this talk, Jared will share stellar perennials he has grown and seen in his travels across the southern states. 

Dr. Cynthia B. Mckenney, Professor of Horticulture, Texas Tech University
1:00PM - 2:10PM Sustainable Color Using Natives

Maintaining an attractive landscape in demanding environments requires good soil preparation, excellent plant selection, and a dash of creativity. Frequently, native plants are employed for these difficult situations; however, native plants and wildflowers are not a one size fits all option. In this presentation, tried and true natives along with some new and upcoming plants will be discussed with the cultural management to facilitate sustainable color. 

Leslie F. Halleck, CPH, Halleck Horticultural, LLC
10:35AM - 11:45AM Landscape Restoration One Backyard at a Time

Concerns about water conservation and wildlife preservation are driving a growing demand for native and wildlife friendly plants. Leslie talks about how shifts in consumer trends are evolving the concept of restoration ecology in an urban setting; and impacting greenhouse and nursery plant production, retail sales and landscape design. She will also touch on marketing strategies that apply to these sustainability trends.

J. Zac Tolbert, RLA, LEED AP, President & Founder, Local Plant Source, Inc.
9:45AM - 10:30AM Sustainability and the Supply Chain

How resource scarcity, sustainability, and new buyer demographics are shifting plant demand in the landscape industry supply chain. Zac will offer up solutions and opportunities based on how his unique company is tackling the issue.

Jenny Wegley, Director of Horticulture, Dallas Arboretum

8:45AM - 9:30AM Perennial Trials and the Future

Plant trialing and industry involvement in plant trials helps drive the market and stimulate customer demand. Jenny will introduce the brand new AAS/PPA Perennial Trials program; outline its goals and how the plant breeding industry can participate. Plus, a quick highlight about DABS trials and what you need to see!


October 5, 2015

October 7, 2015

City of Plano: Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve - Plano

Oct 7 2015 - 10:30am
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
5901 Los Rios Blvd.
Plano , TX

Celebrate the opening of the new nature education center at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. Includes a PowerPoint presentation of the colorful flora of Oak Point, and a nature walk following the slideshow.

Info: carol@r-d-clark.com

October 7, 2015

October 8, 2015

Dallas Vegan Drinks: Sixth Year Anniversary - Dallas

Oct 8 2015 -
6:30pm to 10:30pm
Anvil Pub
2638 Elm St
Dallas , TX

Join Dallas Vegan Drinks October at Anvil Pub for the group’s six year anniversary! Meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and get more involved with DFW’s thriving veg community!

October 8, 2015

October 10, 2015

City of Mansfield: Fall BioBlitz at Oliver Nature Park - Mansfield

Oct 10 2015 -
9:00am to 11:00am
Oliver Nature Park Mansfield , TX

Catching bugs, watching birds, netting fish and frogs, taking pictures of wildflowers... Do you like these things? If so, please come to the Fall BioBlitz at Oliver Nature Park! We're going to document EVERY living organism at the park and add this to our ongoing list of species of the park. For this activity, please bring a camera (if you have one) and your sense of exploration! Snacks and water provided.

Info: Sam Kieschnick, 817-804-5789 or sam.kieschnick@mansfieldtexas.gov

October 10, 2015

Lake Highlands UMC: Recycling & Shredding Event - Dallas

Oct 10 2015 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Lake Highlands UMC
9015 Plano Rd
Dallas , TX

Get rid of unwanted items in your home. Accepted items include electronics, sporting goods, toys, multimedia, books and clothing. For a complete list, visit bubbfundraising.com.  Sorry, no old TVs or old computer monitors (CRTs). Electronics and household items drop off is free.

In addition, a shred truck will provide on-site destruction of your documents. $5/per box of documents to help send our Youth on their next mission trip. 

Info: Cindy Engel at 214-348-6835 or cindita_e@yahoo.com.

October 10, 2015

Kaufman County Environmental Co-op: Electronics Recycling - Kaufman

Oct 10 2015 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Kaufman South Campus
3003 S Washington St
Kaufman , TX

Fall has arrived and with it our annual cleanup events, electronic recycling, paper shredding events and more. Our cleanup and recycling events are all excellent opportunities to earn volunteer service hours for helping your community! Scouts or any other organizational groups are most welcome. All electronic recycling and paper shredding events are free to the public with no geographic restrictions. Info: 972-524-0007 or eco@trashbusters.org.

October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Oncor Field Trip - Dallas

Oct 10 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Midway Hills Christian Church
11001 Midway Rd
Dallas , TX

NTREG has been invited to take a tour of the new ONCOR "micro-grid" facility. This systgem is the first of its kind in the Metroplex! The system includes solar panels and other hardware - but also adds a unique aspect: batteries! In the event of a failure of the utility power, this micro-grid system will continue to provide electricity to a select group of homes that are serving as test sites. Come see the future of solar energy today!

Free. Preregistration required. See website for details.

October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

City of Coppell: Design Your Own Smartscape - Coppell

Oct 10 2015 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Biodiversity Education Center
367 Freeport Pkwy
Coppell , TX

Create a landscape that conserves water and saves money on your water bills, beautifies your home and local environment, attracts native butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife, and prevents/helps reduce storm water pollution! Class taught by landscape expert, Janna Tidwell.  Free. 


October 10, 2015

October 13, 2015

Dallas Sierra Club: Fracking & Hadrian's Wall - Farmers Branch

Oct 13 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln Building H
Farmers Branch , TX

Learn about the relationship between fracking and environmental quality. Dr. Zac Hildenbrand will present the results of recent studies about fracking and its effect on water, air, and soil quality.

Learn about the Hadrian's Wall Path. Following the route of the 84-mile wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian to separate England from Scotland is a great way to experience English country walking. Get a flavor for walking the hills, moors, farms, river valleys, estuaries, cities, and villages of Northumberland and Cumbria with a bit of ancient history along the way. The logistics of doing a hike like this are quite different as well, and will be discussed. Presentation by Mike Rawlins, former chair of the Dallas Sierra Club, former Conservation Chair and occasional outings leader.

Free. Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687, KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting

October 13, 2015

October 14, 2015

Green Drinks Dallas: Monte Anderson - 10 Years of Urbanism - Dallas

Oct 14 2015 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Grove
501 Elm St, Ste 450
Dallas , TX

Green leaning real estate developer Monte Anderson presents 10 Years of Urbanism and Social Impact Business. What is Monte Anderson thinking these days after 10 years of urban development and ownership in south Dallas? What about urban density? Gentrification or 'gentle-fication'? What does a for-profit business with a social-impact vision look like? Join the conversation!

October 14, 2015

October 15, 2015

Earth Day Texas: Earth Day Monthlies - Smart Energy - Dallas

Oct 15 2015 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Deep Ellum Brewing Co - Deep Ellum
2823 St Louse St
Dallas , TX

Monthly series hosted by Earth Day Texas and the Westwood School, featuring a panel experts talking around a theme. This month, the topic is Smart Energy. Free.

October 15, 2015

October 17, 2015

City of Coppell: Food Day for Kids - Coppell

Oct 17 2015 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
Coppell Farmers Market
793 S. Coppell Rd
Coppell , TX

Join in a nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, sustainable food.  It is a time to eat real, and what better place to start is to let the children experience the tastes of the many colors of whole food! This year will be even more fun with a petting zoo. Free.

October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: 5th Year Anniversary Celebration - Seagoville

Oct 17 2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
John Bunker Sands Wetland Centerh
655 Martin Ln
Seagoville , TX

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center hosts this celebration of its 5th year. The day will be full of free events such as live bald eagle and bird presentations, a 4-H education area with live animals, vendor and craft booths, education and research booths, bluegrass music, face painting and a bounce house and more. There will also be a free self-guided 5K run/walk. Walk or run at your own pace and experience wetland activities & wildlife along a beautiful course. Food trucks will be onsite to purchase food. Visit website for details. Free.

October 17, 2015

City of Coppell: Annual Wildflower Seeding - Coppell

Oct 17 2015 -
9:00am to 9:30pm
Moore Road Park Coppell , TX

 Gather your friends, family, scout troop, and neighbors and do the “buffalo stomp” with the herd of seeders!  Enhance the beauty of the trail system by participating in the annual seeding. This is a short event, so please arrive on time to share in the experience. Free.

October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

Texas Veggie Fair - Dallas

Oct 17 2015 -
11:00am to 6:00pm
Reverchon Park
3505 Maple Ave
Dallas , TX

All vegetarian fest featuring food, products, live music, speakers, games, activities + information which promote healthier, kinder, more sustainable choices which lessen pain and destruction to people, animals and planet.  

The event is organized by an all-volunteer team, passionate about this message.

This is the largest VegFest in Texas.

October 17, 2015