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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm EDT 


An In-Depth Look at
the Arthropod Community on Native Flowering Plants
Presented by Bodie Pennisi, PhD

  • Overview of arthropod diversity, abundance, and communities  
  • Insects and flowering plants 
    • Bees, wasps, butterflies and moths, flies, and beetles 
    • Natural enemies (assassin bugs, spiders and parasitoids) 
    • Native bee families and genera, diet and nesting requirements 
    • Plant-pollinator interactions 


Best Practices for Maintenance of Pollinator Habitats
Presented by Bodie Pennisi, PhD

  • Methods for establishing pollinator habitats
  • Methods for maintaining pollinator habitats
  • Case studies: wildflower mixes and transplants 


Selection and Culture of Native Flowers and Shrubs for Urban and Peri-urban Habitats 
Presented by Bodie Pennisi, PhD

  • Selecting herbaceous species for sun, shade, wet, or dry conditions
  • Selecting shrub species for sun, shade, wet, or dry conditions 


Native Plants for Supporting the Life Cycle of Birds
Presented by Heather Alley 

  • How the scarcity of native plants in suburban and urban landscapes contributes to bird decline
  • How native plants help support birds throughout their life cycles
  • Why are native better for birds than exotic plants?
  • Which native trees, perennials and groundcover are the most beneficial for birds? 


Native Plant Gardening Myths: Why We Need Native Plants 
Presented by Trecia E. Neal

  • Our love affair with lawns 
  • Environmental issues with lawns 
  • Why native plants are critical for a healthy environment 
  • Common myths regarding the use of native plants in the landscape 
  • Suggestions to counter each myth 
  • Top 5 native plant recommendations 


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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 HSW PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES. 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

On-Demand Credits 
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 

6.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES) 


Heather Alley

Conservation horticulturist at the University of Georgia, State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Heather Alley serves as the conservation horticulturist and manager of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Heather has over 20 years of experience identifying and propagating hundreds of Georgia native plants from every region of the state including over fifty rare species for conservation purposes. Heather specializes in piedmont grassland plant species for restoration and rare species conservation. 

Trecia E. Neal

Owner of Green Gardens Education and Designs LLC

Ms. Neal is the owner of Green Gardens Education and Designs. Prior to that, she was a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for over 30 years. She retired in 2017. Ms. Neal areas of expertise are composting, vermicomposting, ornithology, environmental education, establishing outdoor classrooms and wildlife gardens and educating the public about the wonders of monarchs. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in science education with an emphasis in animal behavior. In 2015 Ms. Neal received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Georgia from the National Association of Biology Teacher in recognition of her career’s work in environmental education.
Ms. Neal was also the project director for the School Master Gardener program that trained over 300 Master Gardeners from 50 different schools across DeKalb County. Since 2003 these participants have volunteered over 50,000 hours at their local schoolhouses with over 35,000 students. Numerous Junior Master Gardener Clubs were formed in the local schoolhouses. This program also brought in over $63,461 in grant money at the local schools to support these school outdoor classrooms.
Upon retirement, she realized that her depth of knowledge offered an opportunity to help homeowners transition from a traditional lawn yard to a landscape that welcomes wildlife and pollinators with native plants. This type of landscape is critical in protecting threatened species and establishing a healthy ecosystem for humans and wildlife. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, says “Gardening is a way of showing you believe in tomorrow”. Based on this belief, Ms. Neal formed an LLC called Green Gardens Education and Designs (GGED) and works with homeowners to make their residence a part of the solution, instead of it being part of the problem. When a customer works with GGED, they can expect a design that uses over thirty years of knowledge and experience and takes into consideration how a space is utilized by both humans and wildlife. This design will transform the landscape into both an aesthetically pleasing space and a space that is a part of the solution to the problems our earth is currently facing. By connecting yards and habitats, homeowners can actively work to offset their carbon footprints and support species that are struggling.

Bodie Pennisi, PhD

Professor and statewide Extension landscape specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia

Bodie Pennisi, received her Master of Science in 1996 and Doctoral degrees in 1999 from Environmental Horticulture Dept. of University of Florida in Gainesville. She joined the Horticulture Department at UGA in 2000. Dr. Pennisi is responsible for planning and coordinating a statewide Extension program to support the professional landscape industry and conducting applied research with emphasis on sustainable landscape practices such as biodegradable containers and microbial inoculants. Dr. Pennisi also conducts research on quantifying and qualifying floral provisioning resources for pollinators, biological enemies, and ecosystem services in urban and agricultural landscape contexts.

Dr. Pennisi’s publication record includes 25 journal articles, 58 published abstracts, 75 extension publications (manuals, bulletins, circulars), and 10 book chapters. She has 67 presentations at professional conferences as author or co-author, and over 500 presentations for stakeholder audiences (industry, civic groups, master gardeners, garden clubs, etc.). Dr. Pennisi assists county Extension agents with landscape troubleshooting, landscape planning, and local programming. She teaches Master Gardener training classes on landscape installation and maintenance, WaterSmart landscapes, interiorscapes, herbaceous and woody ornamental plant selection, plant propagation and plant physiology.

Dr. Pennisi serves on the boards of the statewide industry groups, Georgia Green Industry Association and the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council. She also serves as a scientific advisor to the board of the national non-profit organization Green Plants for Green Buildings (GPGB). Since 2014, she’s been serving as Co-Editor-in- Chief of Scientia Horticulturae (Elsevier Publ.) Dr. Pennisi has received numerous publication awards from the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (ASHS), Southern Region ASHS, National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NAACA), and Southern Regional Extension Forester. Her past awards include Senior Extension Specialist (Georgia Association of County Agriculture Agents), Henry Covington Extension Award, NACTA Award of Merit, John Hutchison Young Extension Educator, Georgia Green Industry Educator of the Year, Georgia Society of Association of Executives, and Georgia Flower Grower Association Outstanding Educator.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Southeast U.S. Native Plant Workshop: Native Plants in the Managed Landscape

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course for design professionals focuses on the science, benefits and applications of native plants in the managed landscape. The primary goal of this course is to be able to create a robust landscape with native plants that also supports pollinators. The course discusses best practices for creating and maintaining pollinator habitats, selecting the appropriate native flowers and shrubs for urban and peri-urban habitats, using native plants to support birds, and the importance and benefits of native plants.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review and adopt best practices for establishing and maintaining pollinator habitats and select herbaceous species and/or shrub species based on the conditions (sun, shade, wet, dry, etc.).

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain how native plants help support birds and identify the native trees, perennials, and groundcovers that are the most beneficial to birds.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the environmental issues with traditional lawns, why native plants are critical for a healthy environment, and five important native plant recommendations.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss native bee nesting requirements and their interactions with flowering plants and explain why native plants are critical for a healthy environment.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with landscaping fundamentals

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/27/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.