Landscapes are a delightful blending of form and function. An ecological landscape is that and more. Join us for the 6th annual ELA Season’s End Summit to explore the many layers of the landscape with our distinguished lineup of presenters. On November 5th, we will reconnect with colleagues, reflect on the past growing season, and get inspired for the next.
Reviving the Naturalistic Garden
Presented by: Mark Richardson
Will Curtis, founder of Garden in the Woods, entrusted New England Wild Flower Society with his life’s work in 1965. Today, thanks to the generosity of the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation, the Society is working with W. Gary Smith to revive the historic core of the Garden by redesigning the planting plan for the Curtis Woodland Garden. Although they often appear effortless, the layers in naturalistic gardens are challenging to envision and among the most challenging to maintain. Learn about the exciting layers in this project and see the progress to date from Mark Richardson, Horticulture Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.
Photos courtesy of Linden L.A.N.D Group
Exploring the Rich Layers in the Meadow
Presented by: Rebecca Lindenmeyr
There is no such thing as a native meadow in our area (it’s a stage of succession) but Rebecca Lindenmeyr plants meadows that contain native plants in residential landscapes in an effort to capture a feeling of openness and freedom, and to replace traditional lawns. Meadows remind us of the great migration west through the Plains, through vast oceans of grasses and flowers that moved in rhythm with the wind. Meadows are romanticized, but they are also practical – a meadow can replace the time-consuming and input-dependent lawn with a low-maintenance, rich tapestry that is beneficial to all life. Meadows can be beautiful, aesthetic features of a landscape and can also provide breeding habitat and critical sources of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and moths as well as habitat for birds and mammals. Rebecca has been taking a close look at the complex layers in her meadows and shares her findings through fascinating descriptions and stunning photographs.
Optimizing Ecological Value in the Layered Landscape
Presented by: Lauren Chase Rowell
Ecological principles inherent in natural systems serve as both a framework and a justification for mimicking nature in our landscaping practices. These integrated principles and processes are interdependent and by supporting one, you support the other. Through the understanding and use of a shared strategic check-list, landscape integrity and beauty are not only possible, but essential. Lauren designs landscapes that optimize ecological value and creates gardens that bring beauty and quietude to the lives of her clients while enriching the land. In this presentation, Lauren will share techniques for replicating this process.
Creating Beauty in Every Layer
Presented by: Julie Moir Messervy
In this inspiring presentation, award-winning landscape designer and author Julie Moir Messervy demystifies the art and practice of landscape design. Emphasizing sustainable projects and using beautiful images, together with helpful tips, case studies, before-and-after photos, diagrams, and plans, Julie will discuss the process of turning any property into the “home outside” your clients have always dreamed of. Focusing on key design concepts, Julie presents breathtaking plans for the various landscape layers including captivating gardens, entertainment areas, contemplative retreats, as well as innovative ways to create a better flow between the landscape and house. Julie highlights many of the ideas introduced in her book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love.
Rebecca Lindenmeyr is co-Principal of Linden L.A.N.D. Group, an ecological landscape design/build firm servicing the Burlington area of VT. Rebecca spent nine years working as a consultant to the EPA and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources before transitioning into her career as a landscape designer. She is a VT Certified Horticulturalist and has served as President of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association. Linden L.A.N.D. Group specializes in Northeastern native plants, meadows, green roofs and green walls, invasive species removal, and the creation of outdoor living spaces that pair beauty with function. Combining Science + Beautiful Design + Passion for a Better World = Landscape Designer, Farmer, and Writer.
Julie Moir Messervy is a distinguished author and award-winning landscape designer.
Julie’s vision for composing landscapes of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. Julie is the principal designer of JMMDS, a landscape architecture and design firm in Saxtons River, Vermont, creators of parks and residential gardens around the country. Her best-known work, the three-acre Toronto Music Garden, was designed in collaboration with noted cellist Yo-Yo Ma and received the Leonardo da Vinci Award for innovation and creativity. She is the author of eight books on landscape design, including Landscaping Ideas That Work; Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love; and Outside the Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka. She has written numerous articles, including the long-running “Inspired Design” column for Fine Gardening magazine. Julie has a mission to use digital technologies to bring great design to anyone, anywhere and has created landscape design apps for that purpose.
Mark Richardson is the Director of Horticulture at the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and oversees its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island and helped run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. In 2013, Mr. Richardson assisted with the development of the first comprehensive master plan for Garden in the Woods. He holds a MS from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.
Lauren Chase Rowell is a 30-year steward a permaculture ‘farmstead’ in Nottingham, NH. She is a certified NH Landscape Professional (NHCLP), and a certified permaculture designer and educator. Owner of Outdoor Rooms Permaculture Landscape Design Services, Lauren has been designing landscapes and teaching ecological landscape design and horticulture at the University of New Hampshire and NH community colleges for over 25 years. She holds degrees in Entomology, Landscape Horticulture Technology, and a Masters in Education, Integrating the Arts through the Lens of Ecology. As an educator, her classroom teaching is informed by 35 years of experience in regenerative food growing trials and tribulations, as well as the importance of biodiversity in local, resilient landscape settings. Lauren embraces the ethical and practical application of permaculture as a leader in earth-centered living and design, while integrating contemplative practices into her holistic teaching-style. She is the co-author of four publications on ecological landscape design and practice, has been featured twice on NH’s Chronicle for her ecological approach to earth-friendly, life-style choices with the careful use of resources, and was filmed by Orchard Revolution for the importance of growing healthy food.