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The Ecological Plant Conference

November 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

$85 - $149

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Outstanding Plants for the Productive Urban Landscape

The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) in collaboration with Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a symposium for landscape professionals on Thursday, November 30th at Prospect Park (The Picnic House), Brooklyn, New York. 

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American Horticulture is undergoing a revolution. From native plants in plant communities, to matrix-planted xeriscapes, to new perennial grasslands with wildlife habitat, gardeners and designers are using both native and non-native plants in new and exciting ways.

But the books on how to use these methods, achieve these designs, and work with these plants are only now being written. And in order to maintain a broad geographical appeal, they often omit the specific plant details.

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In this symposium, five distinguished experts will share their knowledge of the behavior, ecological function, propagation, and cultivation of some of the plants they’ve worked with closely and find successful in plantings in our northeast region.

Speaker Sponsor: Karen Bussolini


They’ll delve into the complex interactions among individual plants, within plant communities, and within ecological environments:

  • Coping with Urban Invasives
    Presented by Teri Dunne Chace
  • Ten “Must Have” Trees for the Urban Landscape
    Presented by Chris Roddick

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  • Creating the Urban Understory
    Presented by Dan Jaffe
  • Mt. Cuba Center Plant Trials: Digging Deep into Monarda and Phlox
    Presented by George Coombs
  • Double Duty: Garden Beauty with Plenty for Pollinators
    Presented by Karen Bussolini

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This symposium is for professional gardeners, horticulturists, landscape architects, designers, and land managers wishing to dig deeper into ecological plant cultivation. Guided by these knowledgeable speakers, we’ll advance the ways we create and manage healthy, dynamic, and beautiful plant communities.


Morning coffee and catered lunch are included with registration.

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Continuing Education Credits have been approved:

Landscape Architect Continuing Education System 5 LA CES credits
International Society of Arboriculture ISA Certified Arborist: 5 BCMA – Science: 2.5 BCMA – Practice: 2.5
Association of Professional Landscape Designers  5 APLD credits
Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional  5 CNLP credits
NOFA -Organic Land Care Professional 5 AOLCP credits

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Karen Bussolini has been a gardener all her life. She trained as a painter and was an architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography, writing, speaking and eco-friendly garden coaching/design. Karen is a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. In addition to garden design and coaching, Karen has taught numerous classes and workshops across the country. Her garden photography has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers, websites, and garden books and her publications have won several Garden Writers Association awards. Although she travels far and wide, her roots are sunk deeply into the soil of a deer-infested mountainside in Connecticut.



Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 30 titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, Seeing Trees, and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers. She’s also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Teri has been managing editor for a variety of gardening manuals, guides, and articles. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Teri has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner-city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She now lives and landscapes in upstate New York.


George Coombs is the Horticultural Research Manager at the trial gardens at Mt. Cuba Center native plant garden and research facility in Delaware. During recent trials, George and the team tested 40 different selections of Monarda over a three-year period, including plants from seven Eastern U.S. native species. Mt. Cuba Center’s Phlox trials evaluated over 140 varieties to compare ornamental value, disease resistance, and ecological value.



Dan Jaffe is the Propagator and Stock Bed Manager at the New England Wild Flower Society. Dan was recently one of six horticulturists featured in Organic Gardening’s article on The New Generation who are helping to shape how America gardens. Dan earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, ME as well as the advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and design through New England Wild Flower Society. Dan’s roles at the Garden in the Woods are many and varied and include responsibility for the native seed collection program, plant research, and teaching.


chris-roddickChris Roddick is an Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a NOFA-Organic land care Professional. In the past 20 years Mr. Roddick and his team developed the botanic garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. He also helped lead the Garden’s move from a chemically-based IPM program to a more organic approach. Though the process of trial and error (much error) he has experimented with many different organic, cultural, and environmentally responsible methods and products to improve the garden’s soil and plant health.


November 30, 2017
9:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
$85 - $149
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Prospect Park Picnic House
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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