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2021 Season’s End Summit

Wed, October 27 @ 9:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

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Save the Date – October 27, 2021

Landscapes Over Time – Lessons Learned

Early Registration Discounts Through September 15th

Designed landscapes evolve over time with changes that are sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic. For optimal results, gardens require continual monitoring and maintenance. Unfortunately, few projects include ongoing engagement with the client, and in general many designers have little involvement after the first year or two.

Have you wondered how a favorite designs has matured, or how a project has fared over the years?

This fall four expert designers will revisit landscapes that were installed five or more years ago and will share their observations at the ELA Season’s End Summit. A fifth presenter will focus on the importance of design considerations that help to ensure successful outcomes over time including the importance of a management plan.

Join us to explore what lessons can be learned by analyzing original designs and assessing the mature landscapes that resulted. Our experts’ findings will offer insights, inspiration, and a few surprises to consider for your future designs.

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Boston Parks

Are They Thriving? Three Examples from The Greenway
Presented by Darrah Cole, Senior Horticulturist and Designer
The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston is a highly artificial, created environment, even for a public park. This makes it an unlikely landscape to manage ecologically with the goal of balancing habitat creation and thriving soil biology with engaging, unique, four-season plant interest. Managed by the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy, all garden and lawn areas of The Greenway are maintained organically by our horticulture staff, with no chemical inputs. Built over a highway tunnel and barely 12 years old, the landscape is old enough to have “grown in”, yet still new enough to trace the original designs and installations. This may be the perfect time to evaluate and assess the success of these landscapes.
I will present three brief case studies, two of a similar scale and one area that is much smaller. All are confined designs and none over 1500 sq feet; making them small in contrast to most ecological restoration sites and many institutional landscapes. All three areas are planted predominantly, though not exclusively, with native Northeast American plant species.
We will look at a roadside edge, planted in 2012, designed to buffer pedestrians from roadside visuals and filled with a carefully curated plant palette of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and forbs. Second, we will examine a location that is also along a street but oriented to the interior of the landscape. This section was planted over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012 with the primary goal of creating a singular look and feel to an entrance into the park. Lastly, we will take a snapshot of a postage stamp-sized, truly urban, high traffic planting: a small triangular bed between a three-lane surface street, a highway on-ramp and a much used crosswalk.

Revisiting the Meadow Garden at Longwood

The Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, which opened in 2014, is an 84-acre meadow landscape that integrates an historic naturalized meadow with newly-designed spaces – including woodland edges, planted “hot-spots” within the meadow, and a roadbed and hay fields restored to native meadow species.  Purposefully integrated during the design process, additional features were incorporated to enhance the visitor experience in the Meadow Garden, including: interpretive signage and buildings, an expanded trail network, and visitor programming.
Tom Brightman was involved in the Meadow Garden project from the planning phase. In this presentation, Tom will  give an overview of the original design concepts, installation, maintenance, and interpretive practices. He will also revisit the Meadow Garden’s development, maintenance challenges, and its impact as a public garden space after eight years.

Speaker Bios

Tom Brightman is the Principal of Osprey Ecological Services, LLC, in Dover, New Hampshire, working with private and public landowners to create and restore wildlife habitats at the nexus of nature and culture. He has over 20 years’ experience as a land and water stewardship professional and is currently the consulting Land Stewardship Coordinator for the Town of Durham, NH, where he conducts habitat management activities in a variety of ecosystems, manages trail construction and maintenance, and oversees volunteer resources.
His previous work has included serving as a Wildlife Habitat Biologist in the NH Fish & Game’s Non-Game and Endangered Species program.  Tom also spent over a decade as the Land Stewardship Manager for Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, where he managed stewardship activities supporting ecosystem health on natural, horticultural, and agricultural landscapes – including: ecosystem restoration; trail design and construction; garden design; visitor education, interpretative programming and events; volunteer management, and community outreach. He was intimately involved in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of Longwood’s Meadow Garden.  Tom has a B.A. in American Civilization, and a Master of Environmental Studies (MES), both from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Land Conservation and Management in Penn’s MES program.

Darrah Cole joined the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in April 2011 and is responsible for the Conservancy’s horticulture design including shrubs and perennials, bulb selections, and container design. She implemented the Pollinator Ribbon concept and led the installation of The Greenway’s first urban Wildflower Meadow in 2019, and also collaborated on the recent Carolyn Lynch Garden renovation project in the North End. Darrah manages the Conservancy plant records, and contributes to the “What’s in Bloom” blog. Known for her “good eye,” Darrah’s extensive plant knowledge leads to both subtle and striking combinations. Darrah previously worked at Heronswood Nursery in the Pacific Northwest, and has managed private estate gardens in Maine, Massachusetts, and Washington State. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University, as well as AOLCP and MCH certifications.

Laura Kuhn is a landscape designer who specializes in ecological landscapes and creates custom artistic and wild spaces for private clients in the New England region and beyond. For more than twenty years she has offered landscape design strategy and restoration including installation of projects from small urban parcels to large estate gardens. Her certifications include MCH, MCLP, and NOFA AOLCP. She currently serves on MNLA’s Government Relations Committee. In the past, she enjoyed serving as Advocacy Chair for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), serving on the MCLP certification committee for Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professionals, and most of all, teaching at the Landscape Institute.

Michael Nadeau has been intrigued by and working in the landscape and tree business since the age of 12. With a great respect of Nature, Michael was an early proponent of sustainability and worked with NOFA to develop the first-ever Standards for Organic Land Care and the Organic Land Care Accreditation Course which he also teaches. Michael (and brother, Dan) co-founded Plantscapes Organics, Inc. in 1982. A few years ago, he retired from that business and went on to create Wholistic Land Care Consulting, LLC, a nature-based landscape consulting firm, where he continues to learn from Nature. With more than three decades of Nature-based landscape experience, Michael is passionate about educating land care stewards about the overdependency on synthetic chemicals, the environmental consequences of their use, and natural alternatives for land management.

Sandra Nam Cioffi is the Founding Principal of Ink Landscape Architects, PLLC, Creator of the CUT|FILL conference series for civic design practices, and Chief Operations Officer at QiqoChat Inc. Trained in human-centered design and project management, her goal is to advance the real-world impact of empathy tech. Sandra is a licensed landscape architect in New York and Virginia. She has designed and managed projects across the United States and abroad, including complex urban, institutional, and cultural projects while at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Parker Rodriguez Inc, and Margie Ruddick Landscape. Her work has been recognized by the Virginia and Potomac Chapters of ASLA, AIA|DC. Sandra is a 2012 University Olmsted Scholar, awarded by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Prior to becoming a landscape architect, Sandra was a Marketing Consultant for The Nature Conservancy, and Marketing Manager in the luxury fine fragrance industry in New York City. Sandra holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech and a BA from The University of Chicago. She is on the PDC Designing New York: Streetscapes Steering Committee and volunteers for Green Schoolyards America.

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