July 2011: Successful Native Plant Landscapes

What is a successful native plant landscape? Native plants are used for a number of reasons that can be quantitatively measured like gallons of runoff reduced, number of species increased, hours saved on maintenance, and more. Despite this, native plantings fail every year because designs often fail to address human needs for space and simplicity, or physical needs like circulation and drainage. A successful native plant design begins long before a trowel hits the ground, and continues many years after establishment. Join Mike Appel, of Appel Environmental Design LLC; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, for this informative upcoming webcast!


Mike Appel - Mike is the owner of Appel Environmental Design LLC and has been designing and installing native landscapes in and around Ann Arbor Michigan since 1998. He began his career in the early 1990s as an environmental educator, and continues to believe that a heightened connection between people and environment is the pinnacle of successful design.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 12:00pm
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