Photo by : Max Licher

38th Annual KSB Native Plant Workshop

Over 130 people attended the 38th Annual Native Plant Workshop on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the West Sedona School.  KSB president Joanne Kendrick gave a brief summary of the various projects that KSB is involved in such as Dark Skies Designation, Litter Lifting and the monthly Speaker Series,  Preserving the Wonder™.
The committee put in over 1000 hours in preparation for this annual event which provides the community with information on native plants, water wise landscaping, pollinators, compost vs mulch and the difference between native and invasive plants.  A big thank you to all that supported this effort!

Back row:  Mary Overman, Gail Heyer, Georgia Munsell, Bill Preeg
Front row:  Gerry Snyder, Rich Spinelli, Nancy Spinelli (Chair), Michelle Snyder
Not present were Lisa Preeg and Sarah Rowley
Additional support from Linda Fortner, David & Susan Murrill, Garry Neil and Craig Swanson.

NPW Chair Nancy Spinelli, left, honors Herkenham Award recipient, Sue Smith, right. Photo by Gerry Snyder

The 11th Norman B. Herkenham Award was presented to Sue Smith, a past presenter at the NPW as well as a participant in the KSB Speaker Series, Preserving the Wonder™.  After retiring from a career in computer science, Sue Smith pursued her lifelong passion for plants. She is a member of the California and Arizona Native Plant Societies, volunteers at the Highlands Center for Natural History, for the Grand Canyon Trust, and for the Plant Atlas Project of Arizona.
Currently, her energies are focused on earning her Masters in Natural Resource Management at Utah State University. Sue’s home utilizes rainwater harvesting and demonstrates xeriscape principles through the use of native plants to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape.  Sue is also a Yavapai County Master Gardener. For ten years, she has tirelessly volunteered in the development of the University of Arizona’s Yavapai County Native and Naturalized Plant website. She is a valued and respected mentor to her fellow Master Gardeners as well as being instrumental in providing a valuable tool for the public to use to learn about the Native Plants they encounter. 

Ursula Schuch

Ursula Schuch, an Extension Specialist and Professor in the School of Plant Sciences in Tucson, shared studies that show how important it is to know what you are planting and exactly how much water is really needed for those plants to thrive.

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance in Ketchum, Idaho, tackled the topic of “What is Native? What is Invasive?” suggesting that we need to examine the good and the bad in our landscapes.


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Six other breakout sessions were offered with participants able to attend two from a variety of topics presented by Janie Agyagos, Al Cornell, Lindsey Curé, Chris Jensen, Feather Jones and Jeff Schalau.
A big thank you to Wildflower Bread Company for the sandwiches and cookies, to Weber’s IGA for the breakfast muffins and apples, to Gerry and Michelle Snyder for the assorted chips, to Kinetico for their water stations, to Sedona Recycles for their Zero Waste Station, to Paw Prints Thrift Shop for the loan of ceramic mugs, to all the donors of the 44 silent auction items, and to Jay’s Bird Barn, Verde River Growers and Verde Valley School as our vendors offering items to enrich our landscapes and our lives.

See You Next Year, April 7, 2018!