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IPPS Annual Meeting 2019 speaker profile: Wednesday, October 16th - Marc Pastorek

IPPS Annual Meeting 2019 speaker profile: Wednesday, October 16th - Marc Pastorek

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Speaker Preview

Marc Pastorek
Founder, Pastorek Habitats, LLC

BIO: Marc Pastorek and his wife Candi are the founding partners of Pastorek Habitats, a landscape and consulting firm based in Covington, LA. They are also the only source for local genetic, restoration-grade native grassland seed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Marc developed a strong passion for natural prairie restorations while working as a landscape contractor specializing in native plants and continues his work as Field Operations Expert, focusing on all aspects of coastal prairie establishment and restoration.

PROGRAM DETAILS: Meadow Gardens, Grass Landscapes from Seed

Creating native meadow habitat gardens, made up of perennials - native grasses and wildflowers - has been a very effective approach for developing sustainable landscapes in city parks and public spaces. These gardens contain numerous species and have staggered bloom times through the growing season, supporting butterflies, bees, beetles and other specialized insects. The short statured grasses produce flowers, fruit and are most prominent in late summer and fall - they carry the winter landscape. The gardens discussed are models located across the region that were constructed using local ecotype seed. They demonstrate the beauty, ecological function and ease of care of this type of garden.