Turning A New Leaf Conference
This year’s conference will be held on November 13th, 2015 in Towson, MD and will bring together professionals from landscape design, contracting, horticulture, planning and education to learn about the latest trends, issues and technologies in the field of conservation landscaping.
The conference consists of various presentations from industry leaders, innovators and experts; includes an EcoMarketplace where businesses can market their products and services; and multiple networking opportunities for attendees to discuss current projects and new ideas.
Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the Welcome Dinner on Thursday or on Friday morning before the conference.
|Thursday Night Dinner*||$55||$55|
*Join us for Pre-Conference Dinner on Thursday, November 12 at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, Maryland from 5:30 – 9:00PM. We’ll be showing parts of the upcoming Hometown Habitat film, announcing this year’s Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award winner and more.
Sheraton Hotel- Baltimore North, Towson, MD
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We have several sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Conference. Visit our Sponsorship Page to learn more!
By supporting the conference with a sponsorship, you are helping promote the advancement of conservation landscaping to improve the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, your organization is provided a unique opportunity to promote itself to the local businesses, contractors and educators that the conference attracts.
Speakers & Tracks
Download the Conference Program (.pdf)
See the schedule and speaker bios in the registration brochure.
Planning for the Unplanned: Integrating Ecological Restoration Techniques and Landscape Design
Track A: Landscape Design Perspectives
- Work & Play Around Chesapeake Bay: Case Studies In Sustainability
Julie Dieguez, Sandi Olek, and Kelly Petrey (Wetland Studies and Solutions)
- Climate Change Impacts and Landscape Adaptation Strategies
David Tuch (Equinox)
- Landscaping with Deer
Track B: Soils and Plants: From the Ground Up
- Soil Is Not Just a Dirty Word: Exploring the Mysteries of Managing Soil Biology
Steve Zien (EcoLandscape California, Our Water – Our World, IPM Advocates Program, Biological Urban Gardening Services)
- Restoration and Maintaining Native Ecosystems by Control of Non-native Invasive Plants
- Successful Rain Gardens: Inspired by Wild Plant Communities
Track C: New Paradigms in Stormwater Management
- Creative Collaboration and Restoration in Baltimore
Ashley Traut (Blue Water Baltimore)
- Regenerative Design: RSC’s, Sand Seepage, and Re-evaluating Stormwater as an Important Resource
Joe Berg (Biohabitats)
- Innovation in Industrial Site Stormwater Management
Track D: Sustainable Management of the Designed Landscape
- Use of Compost and Microclover to Reduce Runoff and Lawn Fertilizer Use
Mark Carroll (University of Maryland)
- Picking Your Battles: Invasive Plant Control
- An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Landscape Management
Cheryl Corson, Janet Weston, Doug Delano and Joe Mudd
Hotel reservations at the Sheraton Baltimore North can be made by calling the hotel directly at 410-321-7400 or 1-888-627-7147.
The guaranteed CCLC room block at the Sheraton closed on October 22, however, it is possible that participants may be able to secure a reduced rate for lodging. Please contact Quercus Inc staff below to inquire.
The following organizations have approved CEUs for the Turning A New Leaf Conference:
- National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
- Society of American Foresters (SAF)
- International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA)
- Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
- Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA)
- Delaware State Board of Landscape Architecture
- Master Gardeners
- Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA)
- Maryland Department of Agriculture
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
- Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
- Virginia Horticultural Foundation
- Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (VNLA)
- West Virginia Department of Agriculture