Helenium Salsa

Helenium Salsa is a fall-blooming plant that's also native.

Adding native plants to your garden attracts butterflies, bees, birds and more.

A conference this week at Millersville University has more than three days of field trips, lectures about native plants plus a native plant sale. The Native Plants in the Landscape conference starts Wednesday, June 5 and continues through Saturday.

The conference opens with field trips Wednesday about green infrastructure, propagation, rain gardens and measuring native trees. Thursday, there are sessions on topics like grasses and sedges, hazelnut production and public park aesthetics. Friday will have talks on pollination, genetic diversity, native bees and more. Saturday, the conference will end with a talk from Doug Tallamy: “A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World.”

To register for the full conference, visit millersvillenativeplants.org. One day registration is $178 and the full conference is $305.

There’s also an a la carte option to sign up for the Wednesday field trips, "The American Garden: A Life or Death Situation" by Prairie Nursery owner Neil Diboll, Friday at 7 p.m. ($15) and "A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World" by Doug Tallamy, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ($15).

The native plant sale is open to the public Friday, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.