Invasive Ornamental Plants: What Home Gardeners and Professionals Need to Know

Invasive Ornamental Plants:
What Home Gardeners and Professionals Need to Know
Panel Presentation and Q&A
When: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 12:30-3:00 pm
Where: Canadian Mennonite University, South Campus Lecture Hall D30
Host: Manitoba Master Gardener Association
Cost: $5.00 (cash only please), free to MMGA members

Gardeners are often surprised to learn that the global trade in ornamental nursery stock is a major pathway for the introduction of invasive plants worldwide. These invasive plants do harm to the economy, the environment, and public health. Come and learn about ornamental invasive plants, gaps in the current regulatory process, and models for change.

1. Invasive Ornamental Plants: Prevention is Key
Cathy Kavassalis, Ontario Master Gardeners and co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Invasive Plant Regulation (CCIPR)
2. What You Can Do to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Plants
Andrea Eastham, Professional Agrologist (retired) and plant science consultant, Calgary
3. Strategies for Management and Control of Invasive Plants in Manitoba
Kristin Pingatore, Weed Control Supervisor, Selkirk Area Weed Control District

Speakers:
Cathy Kavassalis is co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Invasive Plant Regulation (CCIPR.ca), which evolved from her work with Master Gardeners of Ontario (MGOI). With a background in science education, she has worked with horticultural societies, other nonprofit groups, local governments, and the Royal Botanical Gardens to increase public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the need to safeguard native flora from invasive species.

Andrea Eastham is a Professional Agrologist, Retired Status, who moved to Calgary in 2017. She continues to work on plant science projects including initiatives for the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS), the Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC), and the BC Provincial Government.

Kristin Pingatore is a Manitoban with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba. She worked as a mapping assistant for two years for the Invasive Species Council of Manitoba. Kristin is currently the Weed Control Supervisor for the Selkirk Area Weed Control District, running the IPM program for the district and responding to residents’ concerns about weeds.