Bees, Butterflies and Beyond Symposium III
Backyard Wildlife Habitats and Pollinators

Speakers plus make and take sessions
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
at Vincent Gardens in Douglas, Georgia

Registration fee per person: $30 BBQ lunch included


8:00 – 8:30 Early Bird Plant Sale
8:30 – 9:00 Arrive and Check In
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Address and Announcements – Donna Vincent
9:15- 9:45 Coastal Plain Chapter, GNPS meeting– Amy Heidt, President
Wildlife Habitat Walk About – Donna Vincent – Vincent Gardens
9:45 – 10:15 1st Speaker – Annette Wise – Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail
10:30 – 11:00 2nd Speaker – Noah McCoard – Backyard Wildlife – Birds
11:15 – 12:00 3rd Speaker – Katherine Melcher – Edible Landscaping with Natives
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Breakout sessions
All participants will pre-register for 2 sessions selecting a first, second and alternate third choice
1. Propagating from cuttings – Step by step instructions; each participant will leave with several starter cuttings of nectar plants – Donna Vincent
2. Cast Stone Pollinator Waterer Make and Take – Coastal Plain Chapter, GNPS– Amy Heidt and Karan Rawlins
3. How to establish a native wildflower plot – Jason Schmidt, UGA
1:45 – 2:30 Breakout sessions
1. Propagating from cuttings – Step by step instructions; each participant will leave with several starter cuttings of nectar plants – Annette Wise
2. Cast Stone Pollinator Waterer Make and Take – Coastal Plain Chapter, GNPS– Amy Heidt and Karan Rawlins
3. How to establish a native wildflower plot – Jason Schmidt, UGA
2:30 – 3:00 Door prizes and Closing – Donna Vincent
3:00 Plant Sale

2017 Presenters

Dr Jason M Schmidt PhD

Dr Jason M Schmidt PhD Originally from CO, Jason joined the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia in January of 2015. With a background in predator-prey interactions in soybean and corn systems, he studies a variety of impacts of the environment on promoting biological control. His work is focused on biological control in many cropping systems and is currently working on funded research projects to promote biological control in agricultural landscapes. One aspect of this is through the provisioning of beneficial insect populations using wildflowers to help protect biocontrol species and pollinators.

Noah McCoard

Noah McCoard is a wildlife Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Private Lands Program. Noah earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Shawnee State University in 2005 and his Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Marshall University in 2008. Noah has been working with wildlife for over ten years and with private landowners in Georgia for the past three years. Noah serves southeastern Georgia providing technical assistance to anyone seeking advice for wildlife habitat management.

Katherine Melcher

Katherine Melcher is an associate professor at the University of Georgia and a licensed landscape architect. Her research and practice interests lie in community-built places and participatory design – exploring methods for empowering people to create their own landscapes and environments.

Donna Vincent

Donna Vincent owner of Vincent Gardens in Douglas, Georgia. Donna has one of the few native plant nurseries in Georgia providing nectar and host plants for pollinators.

Annette Wise

Annette Wise founder of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Gardens on the trail span from Plains, Georgia across the United States, Canada, and Japan.

Amy Heidt

Amy Heidt is president of the Coastal Plain Chapter, GNPS and has been working with native plants and native plant habitats for 15 years.

Karan Rawlins

Karan Rawlins is Invasive Species Coordinator for the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia in Tifton. Rawlins earned a MS from University of Texas at Arlington.

“Beautifying Our World with Wildlife In Mind”
Owned and operated by Donna and Roger Vincent Vincent Gardens is a certified online mail order nursery located in Douglas Georgia and have been in operation since 2007. It is a working propagation nursery that offers true to name, healthy, well established plants for wildlife. The display habitat garden is a work in progress and is open for tours by appointment only. They specialize in providing butterfly larval host plants, native plants, over fifty plus varieties of salvias and other non-native plants that will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators and wildlife into your garden.

Vincent Gardens is also a traveling plant vendor who offers educational demonstrations, pollinator habitat workshops, plant sales, and fundraisers for clubs, schools, and any other organizations interested in pollinator habitats. Donna’s training began in 1996 when she became a certified Georgia Master Gardener. After completing the MG class she spent five years volunteering at Westside Elementary teaching students from Pre K-5 grade about pollinators and installing many pollinator habitats. During this time her passion for gardening grew by leaps and bounds.

We are having Afternoon Breakout Sessions: (put in order of preferences 1, 2, 3 on either form type)
You will be scheduled for 2 programs. We will try to assign you your first two choices. Register early to secure your spots!
Propagation demonstration and hands on project, Pollinator Waterer, Wildflower Seeds Activity

Printable registration form

Once completed you can print this to your printer and mail it to us at:
Vincent Gardens, ℅ 2017 Symposium, 1960 East Baker Hwy., Douglas, GA 31535

Online Registration

11 + 13 =

Vincent Gardens Nursery

2017 Listing of Butterfly Larval Host Plants and Butterflies 

Butterfly Larval Host 
Aristolochia tomentosa/Wooly Pipevine
Asclepias incarnata/Swamp milkweed
Asclepias perennis/Aquatic milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Asimina triloba/Pawpaw
Aster novae-angliae/New England Aster
Baptisia alba/Wild white indigo
Boehmeria cylindrica False Nettle
Cicuta Maculata Spotted Water Hemlock
Citrus x meyeri Meyer Lemon Eastern
Echinacea purpurea/Purple Coneflower
Eragrostis elliottii/Elliott’s Lovegrass
Eryngium yuccifolium/Rattlesnake Master
Fraxinus americana/White ash
Hibiscus moscheutos/Swamp rose mallow
Juniperus virginiana/Eastern redcedar
Lindera benzoin/Spicebush
Liriodendron tulipifera/Yellow poplar
Magnolia virginiana/Sweetbay Magnolia
Myrica cerifera/Waxmyrtle
Passiflora incarnata/ Maypop
Passiflora lutea/Dwarf Passionvine
Passiflora suberosa Corky Stemmed
Phyla nodiflora, Frogfruit
Prunus serotina/Wild black cherry
Ptelea trifoliata/Hoptree
Ruellia caroliniensis/Wild petunia
Senna bicapsularis, Winter Cassia
Sassafras albidum/Sassafras Spicebush
Ulmus alata/Winged elm
Vaccinium Blueberries
Vernonia gigantea/Ironweed
Viburnum dentatum/Arrowwood
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis/Toothache
Zizia/Golden Alexander

Zebra Swallowtail
Pearl Crescent
Orange Sulphur
Red Admiral, Question Mark, East Comma
Black Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail
Silvery Crescent
Fiery Skipper
Eastern Swallowtail
Eastern Swallowtail
Gray Hairstreak
Red Banded & Juniper Hairstreak
Spicebush Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Red Spotted Purple
Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary
Phaon Crescent, White Peacock
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Common Buckeye
Sulphur, White
Spicebush Swallowtail
Mourning Cloak
Eastern Tailed Blue, Spring Azure
American Lady
Spring Azure
Giant Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail