Marc’s Lectures, Workshops, and Field Trips

October 13, 2013  St. Francisville, Louisiana, Southern Garden Symposium

January  9, 2014  Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, New Directions in the American Landscape  “Wild-collect Seed Production on the Central Gulf Coastal Plain using a Very Low-tech Model”

January 16, 2014  Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Directions in the American Landscape   “Wild-collect Seed Production on the Central Gulf Coastal Plain using a Very Low-tech Model”

February 1, 2014  Camp Hartner, Boyce, Louisiana, Louisiana Native Plant Society annual meeting  “Native Seed Collection in Central Gulf Coastal Area”

May 17, 2014, Carriere, Mississippi, Wildflower Walk, Marc and Heather Sullivan, Botanist at the Mississippi Natural History Museum, will lead a tour through the seeded experiments at Meadowmakers Prairie Gardens and then off to the amazingly diverse Crosby Arboretum Hillside Bog property in Harrison County we will go, just fifteen minutes away. click on the link below for details


(click on photo to enlarge) photo of the group that showed up at Meadowmakers’ fields tour in May 2013
July 19, 2014, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Baton Rouge Green’s Plant Smart Seminar, speaking on the topic “Artistic Meadow Options for Urban Baton Rouge”
September 20, 2014 St. Francisville, Louisiana, Old Ouida Plantation, John Mayronne, Rick Webb, Charles Allen and Marc Pastorek will lead a field trip tour of the gardens and natural meadow plantings of David and Tracey Banowetz
October 21, 2014 Mobile, Alabama – Workshop in conjunction with the combined Eastern Native Grass conference and the Long Leaf Alliance Conference
Exploring Heterogeneity in the Ecology, Restoration, and Management of Longleaf Groundcover”   
“This workshop will bring together a diverse mix of ecologists, restoration professionals, and managers to discuss and identify the existing knowledge, key assumptions, and unanswered questions related to the high biodiversity and heterogeneity of these communities.  Our workshop will be broad in scope – including ecology, restoration, and management, as well as the links among them – while remaining focused on groundcover.  We will collectively identify key unanswered questions concerning longleaf groundcover, and chart a course to bridge gaps that we together identify between research and management.”  
November 12, 2014 U.S Green Build Council, Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans
“Native Plant Selections and Design-Management Approaches for Bio-swails, Retention Basins, and Rain Gardens in the Gulf Coastal Urban Landscape”
December 13, 2014 Second Saturday Lecture Series, New Orleans Parkway Partners
“Native Grasses, Alternative Lawns” 10:00 a.m.  1137 Baronne Street/ Central City
January 24, 2015 LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum Annual Symposium: Louisiana Garden Heritage
LSU Design Auditorium
March 12, 2015 Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte, Louisiana, lectures and Arboretum walk
April 11, 2015 New Orleans Botanical Garden Spring Show, “Designing Formal Gardens Using Native Plants”
April 12, 2015 LSU Hilltop Arboretum garden tour at Chene Vert, a privately owned early-1800’s era home relocated and restored, gardens and all. Baton Rouge, La. Marc will be identifying wildflowers for those interested
April 25, 2015 –Spring Field Trip-Silky Camellia Walk, Meadowmakers Prairie Gardens, Henleyfield, Pearl River County, Mississippi. These fields contain over 50 experimental plots with conservative native grass and wildflower plantings ranging from 1 to 15 years old. In late April, its still early for prairie plants but there should be Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa and Silphium asteriscus, Rosinweed in bloom, Coreopsis lanceolata and Coreopsis tomentosa, Leafless Cowbane, Penstemon digitalis and laevigatus, too! Coral Bean should be fully emerged. In full-blazing-glory should be five species Baptisia and a hundreds of Baptisia spherocarpa natural hybirds. We’ll demonstrate the condition of differently timed controlled burns, done in October, March to compare. We’ll take a quick look at prairie garden plantings and when we’re done, we’ll do a carpool trip just a few miles to the east to the Old River Wildlife Area, to Lipkin Hill Botanical Area, to see ancient Magnolias Pyramidata and Macrophylla and possibly (hopefully, if I’ve timed it right) the Native Camellia, Stewartia malacodendron will be in full bloom. Lipkin Hill is in the Old River Wildlife Management Area, situated on a steep west and north-facing slope that drops into a idyllic backwater Tupelo-Cypress swamp. This is the most southern population of these Appalachian remnant plants along the Pearl River, with Stewartia, Big Leaf Magnolia, Pyramid Magnolia, present and accounted for. Note: facilities at both locations of the field trip are primitive. Anyone who wants to go back to see the Prairie gardens after the Lipkin Hill trip is welcome to ask and I will gladly accompany you to see more there. Please call ahead for reservations, field trip has only a couple of slots left. call Marc- 504-296-8162 or request via email  Make sure to bring some water to drink and a little bug spray (for possible ticks and chiggers, etc., you just never know). Its really early for prairie plants in April in Louisiana so look seriously at going on the late summer trip when the fields will be completely different than that of the Spring one. see below
July 4, 2015 -Inaugural Pine Prairie Field Trip-Covington Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail Native Plant Walk The City of Covington, Louisiana, the Keep Covington Beautiful organization, John Mayronne, Landscape Architect, and Pastorek Habitats have collaborated to establish new pyrogenic plant exhibit areas at the Nature Trail. This will be the first field trip since our first-ever controlled burn was conducted this spring. The burn will no-doubt produce some beautiful Fourth of July vegetation of this ancient remnant of Pine-Bluegrass landscape. Come and join landscape architects Priscilla Floca and John Mayronne, Marc Pastorek, other folks who have been instrumental in establishing and managing this natural landscape Park, within the Covington Recreation Complex, north of town. Marc Pastorek, landscape architect John Mayronne and other designers and naturalists will lead the group on a plant+wildlife-learning tour.
July 18th, 2015 -Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, Mississippi, Mississippi State University- Aquatic and Wetland Habitat Walk 10:00 a.m.
August 1, 2015-Summer Field Trip-Meadowmakers Prairie Gardens, Henleyfield, Pearl River County, Mississippi Join us during peak summer flowering time to see this unique prairie garden in its fifteenth year of existence. In the winter of 1998, Marc began planting this ten acre field from hand collected seed. Over fifty seeded exhibits using different prairie and pine herbaceous species combinations have been established and curated for over the last fifteen years, with some particularly notable discoveries made. Come and bare the summer heat to view first-hand what can be done with prairie seed to build new natural botanical-garden areas -natural meadow landscapes. Over 100 species of native prairie wildflowers and grasses will be on display. Marc will be there to lead the tour and to answer questions. He’ll also be commenting on the different approaches used to establish, manage and conserve these precious rare plant gardens. A new feature of the field trip this year is the “crop circles” Marc designed into one area of the garden. He has mowed an angular grid into one of the prairie areas, demonstrating design through extraction.
October 23, 2015 – Conservation Awareness Day – Copiah-Lincoln Community Colllege – Wesson, Mississippi – Marc is currently implementing a small Pine prairie habitat on the college campus at Copiah-Lincoln – He will be discussing ecological herbaceous restoration via seed.
February 5,6,7th, 2016 – Louisiana Native Plant Society Conference – Marc is co-moderator and co-chair of this prairie inspired conference, which will host some of the most knowledgeable experts on prairie and natural herb gardening from Louisiana and beyond
May 13, 2016 – Louisiana Master Gardener’s Conference – Hilton Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana _ Marc will be speaking about designing and building “The Native, Alternative Lawn”.
October 13, 2016 Marc Pastorek Presentation to City Council on status of prairie garden, City of Mandeville, 6:00, at Community Center across from City Hall
October 17, 2016 – Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans – Prairie Gardening for pollinators via seed – East Bank Regional Library 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001.
November 2, 2016 – 2016 Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge Louisiana –
Session Details
When: Wednesday, November 2nd, 1:15pm-2:45pm
Where: Hartley/Vey Studio, Shaw Center for the Arts
Marc Pastorek, Founding Partner and Landscape Designer, Pastorek Habitats, LLC
Robert Seemann, Program Director, Baton Rouge Green
MODERATOR: Ryan Benton, Designer, CPEX
December 2, 2016 – Master Naturalist Urban Ecology workshop, New Orleans City Park

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