Want to get started using adaptable native plants that require less maintenance? Prefer to see tons of butterflies, bees, moths, and birds instead of bland lawn? Like the idea of our landscapes being wildlife preserves? Learn more at Monarch Gardens.
I'm also available to speak on a whole host of topics, from the importance of sustainable design and native plants to the ethical reasons to rethink 21st century gardens, both public and private.
"I liked how he connected what we do in our gardens to the overall health of our ecosystem. He provided facts I hadn't heard before and I walked away from the presentation inspired to make changes." "Vogt did an outstanding job bridging practical gardening with the philosophy behind why we need native plants in our landscapes. He had great photos, statistics, and personal stories." "He was knowledgeable, honest, unafraid of conflict, and used a very conversational tone."
-- Millersville Native Plants in the Landscape Conference attendees
2015 Speaking Schedule
1/6 -- Native Plants and a New Garden Ethic -- Earth2Lincoln -- 6:30-7:00pm -- KZUM radio.
1/8 -- Native Plants, Climate Change, Extinction, and a New Garden Ethic -- Union College, Lincoln, NE -- 7pm -- Wachiska Audubon Society
1/29 -- Class: Wildflower Gardening for Butterflies and Bees -- 6:30-7:30pm -- Southeast Community College -- learn what native plants are best for pollinators and how to grow a low-maintenance garden for year-round benefit
2/15 -- Carefree Butterfly Gardening With Prairie Plants -- 2-3pm -- Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City, IA.
3/9 -- Class: Wildflower Gardening for Butterflies and Bees -- 6:30-7:30pm -- Southeast Community College -- learn what native plants are best for pollinators and how to grow a low-maintenance garden for year-round benefit
4/18 -- Lincoln Earth Day
4/23 -- Celebrate Spring Gardening -- Central Community College, Columbus, NE -- time tbd -- two talks: Gardening with Native Plants for Beneficial Pollinators; Making a Low Maintenance Prairie Garden From Lawn
4/25 -- Spring Affair plant sale -- Lancaster Event Center
5/15-5/17 -- Spring Into Spring -- Lauritzen Gardens plant sale, Omaha, NE -- Under the guise of Milk the Weed, we'll have a booth on gardening for butterflies, raising monarchs, native bee house examples, native plant guides, and more. Booth will be staffed for the members only sale on 5/15 4:30-7pm. The sale continues for the public from 9am-5pm on 5/16 and 5/17, but our booth won't be staffed again until Sunday afternoon.
5/17 -- Ethical Gardening with Native Plants for Pollinators -- 10:30am -- Bethany Christian Church, Lincoln.
7/17 -- Reading / discussion from The Tallgrass Prairie Reader -- 1-3pm -- 2015 Iowa Prairie Conference, Cedar Falls, IA. Join anthology editor John Price -- and contributors Lisa Knopp, Mary Swander, and myself -- as we read our own writing and the writing of prairie writers we admire, while discussing how to write for the nearly-vanished tallgrass prairie.
9/18/-9/21 -- 67th Annual Garden Writers Association Symposium -- Pasadena, CA -- speaking on 9/20 about making social media work for your personal brand.
2014 Speaking Schedule
11/8 -- 10am (cst) -- The Master Gardener Hour with Kate Copsey on America's Web Radio -- An hour discussing fall gardening, winter interest, native plants, wildlife gardening in the "off" season, what to do and what not to do in autumn, and a few good stories.
10/26 -- 10am hour -- The Mike Nowak Show on WCPT Chicago, discussing climate change, species loss, native plants, and gardening ethics.
2/15 -- 3pm -- Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society conference, Kearney, NE -- Native prairie plant choices for beneficial insects as a way to increase small and large farm crop yields.
4/5 -- 1pm -- Bluebirds Across Nebraska conference, Beatrice, NE -- Learn about gardening with native plants for birds.
4/25 -- Noon-1pm -- Nebraska Book Festival, UNO, Omaha, NE -- Reading from my prairie poetry collection Afterimage.
5/15 -- Noon -- Fremont Kiwanis Club, Fremont Golf Club, Fremont, NE -- Butterfly gardening with native plants.
5/21 -- 11am-Noon -- How's It Growin' on KZUM 89.3 -- We'll talk about something good. The radio program will be live streamed and a podcast will be available.
5/30 -- 6:15pm -- Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, Onawa, IA -- How prairie plants connect us to place making a better world, and some of my top tallgrass native wildflower choices for wildlife.
6/5-6/7 -- 6/6 9:15-10:30am & 6/7 10:15-11:15am -- Millersville Native Plants in the Landscape conference, Millersville, PA -- I'll be speaking on the moral / ethical imperative of using native plants, as well as on monarch butterfly gardening. The event will be live streamed online.
6/18 -- Private event.
6/19 -- Hosting the Elkhorn Garden Club at my home garden, complete with tour and short presentation.
6/21 -- 11:30am (event is 10am-2pm) -- Community Crops Garden Gala at Peter Pan Park, Lincoln, NE -- a 30 minute presentation on organic native plant gardening, low maintenance and sustainable practices, as well as plant suggestions.
7/13 -- 1-3pm -- Sheldon Museum of Art Family Day, Lincoln, NE -- art-inspired writing workshop for kids aged preschool through 5th grade.
2013 Speaking Schedule
1/16 -- 11am-Noon -- How's It Growin' -- I'll return to the program to talk prairie plants in the home landscape. Podcast here.
2/12 -- Southeast Community College, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska wildflowers. Free seeds for all!
3/14 -- Catch me talking about raising monarch butterflies at 8:55am on Lincoln's channel 11.
3/16 -- 11am -- Husker Lawn and Leisure Show, Lincoln -- Butterfly Gardening 101.
3/23 -- 10am -- Finke Gardens, Lincoln -- Presentation on native wildflowers, part of the Friends of Wilderness Park annual fundraising plant sale.
4/6 -- Nebraska Book Festival, Omaha (UNO campus) -- Reading from my poetry collection, Afterimage, which has many a nature poem in it.
4/21 -- 12-5pm -- Earth Day, Lincoln -- Come stop by Monarch Gardens and talk about native plants and wildlife. We'll be selling plants, seeds, books, bee houses, pictures, and having a drawing for a free garden consultation.
4/27 -- 9am-4pm -- Spring Affair Plant Sale, Lincoln -- The largest plant sale in the Midwest. Come stop by Monarch Gardens and talk about native plants and wildlife. We'll be selling plants, seeds, books, bee houses, pictures, and having a drawing for a free garden consultation. I'd be happy to walk the aisles with you and pick out a few choice native plants.
5/3 -- 3pm -- Rolling Hills Ranch Senior Living Community, Omaha -- A presentation on some of the prettiest Nebraska wildflowers and butterflies we have to offer.
5/6 -- 6-8pm -- Gardening With Nebraska Wildflowers -- Southeast Community College Continuing Education, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska flowers. Free seeds for all!
5/15 -- 12-1pm -- Wildflower Gardening -- Ralston Library Lunch & Learn program. Omaha, NE.
6/8 -- 9am-1pm -- Garden Club of Lincoln Garden Tour -- Come see my home garden and talk plants. I'll have seeds and seedlings, with refreshments, available for you.
7/15 -- 6:30pm -- Plattsmouth, NE Garden Club -- Presentation on native wildflowers for wildlife.
7/21 -- 10am-2pm -- Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market -- Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
8/8 -- 4:30-8pm -- Fallbrook Farmer's Market Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
8/28 -- 11am-Noon -- How's it Growin' on KZUM -- Talking about Ignite Lincoln with Christine Hunt from EcoStores Nebraska, Jeff Lindstrom with Nature Explore, and Ellen Wright an environmental health educator for the city of Lincoln.
8/29 -- 7:30pm -- Ignite Lincoln! -- I have 5 minutes and 20 slides to convince you to re-prairie Lincoln. 15 others will make you laugh and cry. All proceeds go to a local nonprofit. See you at the Rococo Theater. See a video of my talk here.
9/21 -- 1-4pm -- Garden open house and short native plant presentation at my home garden.
9/29 -- 10am - 2pm -- Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market -- Caterpillars to hold, native flowers to be inspired by, games and prizes for kids, learn about monarchs and butterfly gardening.
10/21 -- Southeast Community College, Lincoln -- Teaching a class on organic wildlife gardening with native Nebraska wildflowers. Free seeds for all!