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Ohio Botanical Symposium set for April 5 in Columbus

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS -- The 12th annual Ohio Botanical Symposium, scheduled for Friday, April 5, will feature the flora of the Northeastern United States, Ohio rare plant discoveries and the fascinating interactions between plants and animals.

The all-day event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy and The Ohio State University. It is being held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Villa Nova, which is located at 1630 Schrock Road in north Columbus.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert F. Naczi, curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. He will be discussing their project to revise one of the major botanical works, "The Flora of Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada."

Other speakers include: Dr. David Brandenburg of the Dawes Arboretum who will discuss a beautiful and diverse group of flowers called asters, and Dr. Eric Burkhart of Penn State University who will speak about the history, importance and complexity of the ginseng industry and its current status.

The symposium will also feature a multi-media show and displays from a variety of private and public conservation organizations and vendors.

The $40 attendance fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments during the breaks. Registrations will be accepted until April 2. To register or learn more, visit www.ohiodnr.com/dnap or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.