Micro-Conference

This micro-conference was designed for individuals that love to learn about Florida's incredible natural environment in a more intimate-styled setting. Cuplet Fern is grateful for the opportunity to showcase these highly interesting presentations along with a guided tour of beautiful Leu Gardens with Dr. Robert Bowden himself.

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Welcome by Dr. Robert Bowden

 

Robert Bowden has been the Director of City of Orlando’s Leu Gardens for over 20 years and earlier served as Director of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Director of Horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. Robert's work in his early years was inceptive in making coonties, a Florida native plant, a mainstay in southeast landscape design. Throughout the U.S., Robert’s delightful photographs and enjoyable essays can be seen in a wide variety of gardening magazines and professional journals. He is the author of several books including The Guide to Florida's Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, Florida Gardeners Resource Guide, and Florida Top 10 Gardening Guide. Dr. Bowden will be giving micro-conference attendees a short tour of the beautifully maintained property before presentations begin.

 

Jordan Dowell 

Jordan Dowell is a Ph.D. student working at the University of Central Florida on the evolutionary-ecology of biochemical diversity across the annual clade of Helianthus. He received his M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where his research quantified changes in plant interactions over gradients of water stress in the Mojave Desert. Currently his research borders applied agriculture and basic science, leveraging resources supporting cultivated common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) to ask questions concerning our current understanding of plant chemical interactions at an evolutionary and ecological scale.

 

Presentation

Plants have evolved unique methods to harness volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to relay information, through the air, across trophic levels from pests and pathogens to pollinators and predators. Jordan's presentation will touch on examining the foundations of the field, while shedding light on work currently being done to disentangle the evolutionary and ecological impacts of communication using sunflowers native to Florida wild lands.

 

Deirdre Irwin

Deirdre Irwin is the Water Conservation Coordinator for the St. Johns River Water Management District. With over 28 years of experience at the District, she has worked with the agency’s surface water regulatory program, water resource education program, certification program development and water supply planning. Her work as the Florida Water Star Coordinator involves administering the program, and overseeing training and outreach for the program. Deirdre works closely with District staff in the development of regional water supply plans. Deirdre has served two terms as Vice Chairperson of the Board for Florida Green Building Coalition and has twice been the recipient of the Florida Green Building Coalition Volunteer of the Year award. Deirdre serves on the technical advisory committees for the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, the statewide Florida-Friendly Landscaping Advisory Committee. Deirdre is the 2016 recipient of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, Friend of the Industry award. Recently Deirdre
assumed the role as chair of the chair of the Water Use Efficiency Division for the Florida
Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

 

Presentation

Deirdre's extensive background on water conservation will touch on the current and future situation of Florida's water supply. The presentation will cover current water conservation strategies and will drill down with personal experiences on the Florida Water Star program as well as landscaping preferences in the building community and efforts to change some of their practices.

 

Dr. Don Spence

Dr. Don Spence, a native of Volusia County, is an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences
Department at Bethune-Cookman University.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of
Florida in plant pathology and has published peer-reviewed research and written articles for
magazines relating to Florida’s plants, plant communities, and trees.  Dr. Spence specializes in
the use of native plants in urban landscapes, tree biology, and tree diseases caused by fungal-
beetle interactions.  He is a Board Certified Master Arborist and is a past member of the Volusia
County Code Enforcement Board and Volusia County Green Ribbon Panel as well as a past
member of the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District. Dr. Spence has 24 years of
combined experience as an educator in middle school, high school, adult continuing education,
and at the university level.  Dr. Spence is also a veteran and spent seven years in the U.S. Coast
Guard.

 

Presentation

Dr. Spence's presentation will cover the care and management of trees. Topics that will be covered are right tree/right place, direct and indirect benefits of having and maintaining trees in the landsacape, identifying tree disease and physiology, and tips for growing healthy successful trees. 

 

Prem Subrahmanyam, Sr.

Florida native orchid expert, Prem Subrahmanyam became interested in orchids at a young age and soon located native orchid species growing in wild areas near his boyhood home in Tallahassee, Florida. This launched a journey of discovery of Florida's amazing native orchids. He has spent some thirty years tracking down species both common and rare within the wilds of Florida, including the rare and elusive Ghost Orchid.

 

Presentation

Prem's presentation will introduce the audience to orchids growing wild within our great state of Florida, which is home to over half the species of orchids found within the United States. His presentation will focus on certain orchids, notably grasspinks (Calopogon spp.), that are particularly influenced by fire.

 

Purchase your tickets here (limited capacity): 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microconference-celebrating-floridas-environment-tickets-64283978109

Published on  04.09.2019