Evaluating Conservation Landscape Designs

Presented by Ann English

This presentation will focus on evaluation of landscape design which includes environmental as well as aesthetic assessment.  A Conservation Landscape can take many forms and can conform to standard aesthetic assessment while providing valuable ecosystem services, such as runoff reduction and pollinator support.  The webinar will cover the key components of a conservation landscape, and how to create aesthetically pleasing landscape solutions that require fewer synthetic inputs while applying typical form, color, texture, concept analysis aspects of evaluation.

Ann English, RLA, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C is the Program Manager for the RainScapes Program in the Watershed Management Division of the Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection. The RainScapes program promotes and implements projects which reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality on properties within Montgomery County, MD. The County offers technical and financial assistance (in the form of RainScapes Rewards Rebates) to encourage property owners to implement eligible RainScapes techniques on their property and has developed a training program for professionals that has been used as a model for other jurisdictions and colleges.  Her career spans private, non-profit and governmental sectors as well as several years teaching at two universities, with focus on plants, designing with plants and how they perform in the environment and she is the designer of the LID Center’s rain garden templates,(2007).  She earned her BA in American History from U. Penn, a Master’s of Regional Planning from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.