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Adapting and Resiliency

November 4, 2020

Adapting It is not news to say that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. We have all needed to adapt and re-strategize to keep up with the changing tides this year has brought us. The annual California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium was not exempt, adapting by taking the symposium online for the…Read more

In Memoriam: Travis Bean

June 9, 2020

With sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. Travis Bean. Dr. Bean worked for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) as an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist focusing on weed science. According to a statement from UC ANR, Dr. Bean passed away during the last week of May 2020. Dr. Bean joined the PlantRight Steering, Plant List, and…Read more

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California’s Nurseries Stay Open Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

March 20, 2020

In a press release  published on Friday, March 20, 2020,  Plant California Alliance, PlantRight’s parent organization, reassures the horticultural industry and its patrons that California’s nurseries are to remain operational during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Retail nurseries and garden centers are a critical part of PlantRight’s work, and they are partners in creating awareness around invasive…Read more

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Plant List Committee Welcomes New Member: Taylor Lewis

January 6, 2020

PlantRight is pleased to welcome the newest member of our Plant List Committee, Taylor Lewis, Nursery Manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. Taylor will be taking the place of Ellen Zagory, former Director of Public Horticulture at the UC Davis Arboretum, who served on the Plant List Committee for many years. PlantRight…Read more

Cal-IPC leads the way in Planting Right in California

October 23, 2019

The 2019 California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) symposium in Riverside, CA was four days of showcasing the latest research, land management strategies, and technologies being used to track, deter, and remove invasive plants throughout California. The first day included a statewide meeting of the Weed Management Areas (WMAs) which have recently secured new state funding…Read more

A New Home for PlantRight

July 29, 2019

We’re pleased to announce that Plant California Alliance will be PlantRight’s new home and lead its future growth. With major support from the state’s horticultural industry, including plant growers and retailers, Sustainable Conservation launched PlantRight over a decade ago to stop the sale of invasive plants in California and prevent new introductions. Before we launched PlantRight,…Read more

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Interview with Kathy Kramer, creator of the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

March 30, 2018

A lot has changed since Kathy Kramer started the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour in 2005. In those days, native plants were much more difficult to find in nurseries, and there wasn’t as much information readily available for people who want to plant them in their gardens. Resources like Calscape didn’t exist to provide people with information about which California native…Read more

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Project Puts Collaboration First in Answering, “What’s Invasive?”

February 20, 2018

                  11 minute read | by J. Merryweather & C. Kohler Introduction The “invasive” status of some widely produced plants has become a serious marketing barrier to nurseries nationwide. At the same time, the horticultural industry has a key role to play in preventing new invasive plants from…Read more

Interview with Emily Russell, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Assistant Curator of Woody Ornamental Plants

February 20, 2018

We sat down with Emily Russell, PRE screener and Chicago Botanic Garden’s Assistant Curator of Woody Ornamental Plants, to talk about her work with PRE and the 2017 Farm Bill. PlantRight: What would you like the regional horticulture community to know about your PRE work, and why is this important? Emily Russell: After using PRE in beta for…Read more

Interview with Kim Taylor, Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ Research Botanist 

February 20, 2018

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas paired up with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to evaluate 50 contentious landscape plants as part of a Farm Bill project. We sat down with Kim Taylor, PRE screener and Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ Research Botanist , to talk about her work with PRE and the 2017 Farm Bill….Read more

Interview with Kylie Bucalo, Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Research Assistant 

February 20, 2018

We sat down with Kylie Bucalo, PRE screener and Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Research Assistant, to talk about her work with PRE and the 2017 Farm Bill. PlantRight: What would you like the regional horticulture community to know about your PRE work, and why is this important? Kylie Bucalo: That PRE can be a tool to…Read more

Mini Interview with Mike Monterusso, Former Minnesota Landscape Arboretum PRE Screener

February 20, 2018

During the time of our interviews, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Mike Monterusso was in the process of assuming the Executive Director role at the Alaska Botanical Garden. For this reason, our interview with Mike is brief, though we are pleased to share. PlantRight: What would you like the regional horticulture community to know about your PRE…Read more