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Summit 2021: Landscapes Over Time – Lessons Learned

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

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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 one of your favorite designs have 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. 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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Speaker Bios

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