The Cullowhee Conference -- Native Plants in the Landscape is dedicated to the advancement of research, knowledge, and sustainable practices in native plant landscaping as well as the allied fields of horticulture, propagation, public and private garden management, landscape architecture/design, and environmental and science education. The conference has been held annually since 1984 at Western Carolina University in the mountains of western North Carolina at Cullowhee. The Cullowhee Conference attracts a wide diversity of professionals, home gardeners, educators, and students. It is an informal gathering to which many return year after year for information, inspiration, networking connections, and fun.
From the beginning, the Scholarship Program has been an important part of the Cullowhee Conference. Contributions to the Scholarship Program come from conference proceeds and from organizations and individuals who share and support the mission of the conference. The Cullowhee Conference is committed to the ongoing expansion of the Scholarship Program, to engendering and enriching student, young-professional, and professional knowledge and involvement with native plants and their ecology.
Approximately 20 scholarships to the Cullowhee Conference are annually awarded to students, interns at botanical gardens, nature centers and/or parks, and to beginning professionals in a native plant-related field. Also, this year for the first time, the Scholarship Program is open to applicants with careers in environmental and science education. Any individual in these categories who can demonstrate an interest in native plants and their use in the landscape --- through horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture/design, education, or a related field --- is
encouraged to apply for a scholarship.
Two types of scholarships to the Cullowhee Conference are available:
Field Trip Scholarship---Recipients arrive for the conference Tuesday evening, July 27 and participate in an all-day field trip on Wednesday, July 28.
Non-Field Trip Scholarship--- Recipients arrive Wednesday evening, July 28, or Thursday morning July 29, 2010.
The Cullowhee Conference officially begins on Thursday, July 29 at 9:30am and closes at noon on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Scholarship applicants may apply for either type of scholarship. Both types of scholarships cover all conference expenses: registration fee, a semi-private room, and all meals during the conference. Field trip scholarships cover the additional fee for the field trip, lodging on July 27-28, and meals on July 28. Please note that the evening meal on Tuesday, July 27 is on your own.To apply for a scholarship,
go to the Cullowhee Conference website, http://nativeplantconference.wcu.edu
, and click on
Scholarships on the home page. The Scholarships page has detailed information on how to apply for a scholarship.
The Application Deadline is April 20, 2010.