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Ohio Botanical Symposium Set for March 27 in Columbus

Posted on 3/9/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Botanists, naturalists and native plant enthusiasts encouraged to attend

The fascinating biology and ecology of ferns, Cedar Bog, edible wild plants, urban forests and goldenrods are some of the topics to be discussed on Friday, March 27, during the 13th Ohio Botanical Symposium.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy and The Ohio State University, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road in north Columbus.

Keynote speaker Dr. Robbin Moran, curator of ferns and lycophytes at The New York Botanical Garden and award-winning author, is scheduled to present on the astonishing biology of many well-known species of ferns occurring in Ohio. For instance, the bracken fern poisons organisms that eat it, including people, in several unique ways. Other speakers and topics include author Debra Knapke discussing wild edible plants and how people should bring them into their garden; award-winning author Jim McCormac talking about the diverse and ecologically important group, the goldenrods; and Dr. Cynthia Morton with the Carnegie Museum presenting a special address on the importance of genetic diversity in our urban forests.

The event will also feature a media show and displays from a number of private and public conservation organizations and vendors offering conservation-related items for purchase.

The $40 attendance fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and break refreshments. Registrations will be accepted until Tuesday, March 24, or until the conference is full. For registration forms and more details, visit our website or contact Rick Gardner at (614) 265-6419.