Regenerative landscapes consider the ecology of a site, draw upon the wisdom of natural systems, and enhance the surrounding environment for the benefit of humans and all other life in the ecosystem.
With guidance from natural systems, designers can create thriving landscapes that protect our waters and soil, conserve resources, and provide healthy habitat. The resulting landscapes can be resilient, whole, and beautiful.
As we reflect on the past landscape season and look for inspiration for our next designs, ELA’s Season’s End Summit invites you to take a fresh look at some design fundamentals that may surprise you – and inspire your next designs.
Karen Bussolini is a nationally known garden photographer, author, speaker, and eco-friendly garden coach. Her art background and focus on environmental topics – ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, pollinators, and other beneficial insects – inform every aspect of her work. She is a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Her email newsletter, Eco-Friendly News, Views, Clues and How-To’s is available at www.karenbussolini.com.
Dan Jaffe is currently the Horticulturist and Propagator at Norcross Wildlife Foundation. With more than ten years of experience in ecological horticulture, he brings a wealth of knowledge of native plants to his specialty, the propagation of native species. Dan is the photographer and co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens. He also teaches and lectures on numerous topics including pollinators, sustainable landscape practices, foraging, cultivation of edible species, low-maintenance horticulture, and others. Formerly, Dan was with New England Wild Flower Society where he was the head propagator, developed a native plant horticultural database, and managed the Society’s social media.
Heather McCargo, MA, is the founder and Executive Director of the Wild Seed Project. She is an educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation. A former head plant propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, Heather has also worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has contributed to research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s “Growing from Seed,” Horticulture, American Nurseryman, Ecological Landscape Alliance, and many others. Heather has a BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College and an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Toby Wolf designs regenerative landscapes that connect people to the natural world. His work includes design and planning for Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Wellesley College, the Native Plant Trust, Cornell Botanic Gardens, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the Friends of the Public Garden, and homeowners throughout the Boston area. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, he is a frequent lecturer and guest critic at the Conway School. He is the founder of Wolf Landscape Architecture and the President of the Ecological Landscape Alliance.