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Advanced Ecological Design Workshop with Larry Weaner

Wed, December 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EST - 4:30 pm EST

Two Session Workshop: 12/1/21 and 12/15/21 – 1:00-4:30pm EST

Tickets: Member $190 for both sessions, Non-Member $230 for both sessions

Ecology-Based Design for New England Gardens and Restoration:
An Intensive Course Developed & Instructed by Larry Weaner

Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed for practitioners to achieve them. This intensive course will be comprised of two sessions that are three hours each. This design workshop will provide concrete, real-world guidance for selecting and arranging native plants in the landscape (gardens and restoration projects), as well as provide attendees with the opportunity to employ these techniques through an assignment between the first and second sessions.

Participants will receive login-protected access to an extensive digital manual that documents all aspects of the program, including plant selection criteria, plant recommendations, ecological process-based management specifications, and guidance for maximizing the aesthetic and experiential appeal these landscapes can provide.

This program is geared toward landscape professionals, including but not limited to landscape designers, landscape architects, and horticulturists.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Examine and translate into design the ecological patterns of native plant communities.
  2. Understand the ecological processes that are relevant to native landscape design including, but not limited to, ecological processes such as disturbance, succession, and competition, and plant proliferation strategies.
  3. Understand how to arrange and select native plants to foster ecology-based landscapes that are aesthetically embraced by clients in a variety of landscape settings including gardens and restoration projects.

Note: Each session will have 3 session hours plus two 15-minute breaks.

Session 1 | Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 1 – 4:30 PM ET

Foundations of Ecology-Based Design | 3 hours
Larry Weaner’s opening presentation will examine the vegetative patterns and ecological processes of spontaneous plant communities. Each characteristic will be followed by an example of its direct incorporation into a landscape project. Processes described will include disturbance, competition, vegetative pattern, ecological succession, and ecological stability. Ecological plant traits will include habitat fidelity, growth pattern, spatial and temporal niche, and proliferation strategies.

Session 2 | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 1 – 4:30 PM ET
Assignment Reviews | 2 hours
Larry will review and provide recommendations for a select number of attendees’ assignments.
Please note that not all attendees’ assignments will be reviewed in the session.

The Artistic Overlay: Making “Wild” Legible | 1 hour
Ecological design need not be a bitter aesthetic pill that our clients must swallow to do the right thing. The order inherent in our wild native landscapes is widely considered beautiful. By translating that ecology-based order into the aesthetically based language of fine garden design, the results can be much more universally embraced by our clients. In addition, Larry will illustrate how highly gardenesque – and even formal – elements can gracefully interact and intermingle with wilder woodland, shrubland and meadow compositions. This approach can result in landscapes that are both ecologically productive and visually pleasing to clients with a variety of aesthetic preferences.

ATTENDEE ASSIGNMENT: Attendees will complete assignment between the first and second sessions and submit on NDAL Events Portal. Assignment details will be provided in the confirmation email distributed after registration for this design workshop.

Please note that only a sampling of attendee assignments will be reviewed by Larry Weaner.

CEUs have been granted by APLD, ASLA (6 LA CES credits), MLP/MCLP (2 credits), NOFA OLCP, SER (6 credits), and MNLA/MCH (2 credits).

About the Instructor
LARRY WEANER founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982, combining expertise in horticulture, environmental science, and the traditions of garden design.

His award-winning design and restoration work spans more than twenty states as well as the U.K., and has been profiled in many national publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalLandscape Architecture Magazine, and more.

Larry’s approach to creating and managing native landscapes appeals to audiences nationwide.  He has presented at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual and state chapter meetings, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) events, Cultural Landscape Foundation tours, and the Garden Writers Association National Conference.  He has also spoken at the New York Botanical Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, and the National Wildlife Federation, among many other venues.  He is a founding member of Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), a former member of APLD’s Environmental Committee, and an Affiliate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

In 1990, Larry developed New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), a conference and workshop series dedicated to advancing the art and science of natural landscape design. Co-sponsors of NDAL programs include the Atlanta Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Connecticut College Arboretum, and the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, among others.  This influential series has a loyal following in the landscape field and in 2016 received the New England Wildflower Society’s first annual Regional Impact Award.

Larry authored Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change with Tom Christopher (Timber Press, 2016).  Their book received a 2017 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Student discount available – requires full-time student ID
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Wed, December 1, 2021
1:00 pm EST - 4:30 pm EST
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