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It was a beautiful day for the 36th Annual Native Plant Workshop.  Over 120 attendees enjoyed the day’s activities from breakfast savories compliments of Wildflower Bread company, water from Kinetico, lunch with wraps by Weber’s IGA (and homemade chocolate chip cookies!) as well as hearing two keynote speakers, two workshops from a choice of seven and the thrill of a “great selection” Silent Auction with 78 items donated by the local community.  We thank all our donors and ask that when we visit these businesses, we thank them for their support of Keep Sedona Beautiful.
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The day started with KSB’s president Tom O’Halleran giving a brief synopsis of all the projects that KSB is involved in such as the recently Dark Skies designation for Sedona as we work to fulfill our mission to protect and sustain the unique beauty and natural environment of the greater Sedona Area. Everyone was encouraged to join and take advantage of the free Speaker’s Series on the second Wednesday of the month.
The ninth annual Norman B Herkenham Award was presented to Chris Anderson for his outstanding contribution in Preserving the Wonder by furthering the education of people about permaculture, native plants and their use in native plant landscaping.  Originally from Ohio, Chris has been gardening in the Sedona area since 2005 and has been a speaker at the NPW three of the last six years.  Chris enjoys consulting with homeowners and sharing his experience and perspectives through public speaking and workshops.  He currently is the Garden Center Lead at the ProBuild Garden Center in West Sedona.
Our first keynote speaker, Walt Anderson, a Prescott College Professor and naturalist, entertained and educated the audience with his topic of “Plant Parenthood, or Do Violets Have Blue Genes?” using slides and narrative.  We then had breakout sessions for our “well organized, wonderful speakers” Bob Celaya, Al Cornell, Pete Cure, Steve Miller, Jeff Schalau, Anna Schrenk and Jean Searle.  We concluded the day with District Wildlife Biologist Janie Agyagos from the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest speaking on “The Effect of Climate Change on Flora and Fauna in the Southwest”. Her conclusion was that although climate change may not have caused the extirpation (local extinction) of some of our local plants and animals, it could be the final straw and we should implement some changes.  Attendees to the workshop concluded that they should plant more or replace with native or drought resistant plants, plant more blooming plants, water and inspect trees, wean plants off the drip systems to shutting off systems in the winter.  Many commented that they enjoyed the day and would return next year. 
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Jay’s Birdbarn and the Verde River Growers added some additional items and expertise to the experience.
We want to thank the NPW committee for their 1000 volunteer hours:  Co-Chairs Nancy Spinelli and Susan Murrill, Jane McGraw, Georgia Munsell, David Murrill, Bill Preeg, Lisa Preeg, Sarah Rowley, Barbara Saul, Gerry Snyder, Michelle Snyder and Rich Spinelli.  We thank David Fausch for the well written articles, David Norton for his help on the slideshow and Mark Munsell for helping with setup and parking detail.



Keynote Speakers:

Walt Anderson:  “Plant Parenthood, or Do Violets Have Blue Genes?”

Janie Agyagos:   “The Effect of Climate Change on Flora and Fauna in the Southwest”

Workshop Presenters:

1.   Bob Celaya:       Insects & Diseases of Native Trees & Shrubs  

2.   Al Cornell:         Native Plant Walkabout (Rain or Shine)

3.   Pete Cure:        Landscape Design with Drought Tolerant Plants, Water Features & Other Garden Elements

4.   Steve Miller:      Saving water beautifully: Use Native Plants in the Landscape

5.   Jeff Schalau:     Issues Facing Honeybees and Native Bees in the US

6.   Anna Schrenk:   Tackling Backyard Weeds and Beyond

7.   Jean Searle:      Native Junipers of the Sedona Area

Advance tickets were $25 for KSB members, $35 for the general public; an additional $10 at the door.

Included in the price of admission was breakfast savories by Wildflower Bread Company, coffee and tea, the two keynote speakers, a choice of two hour-long workshops from the seven offered, lunch and the Silent Auction with items donated by the community. Kinetico supplied water stations.