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.

Members Non-Members
Registration $120 $130
Student $65 $65
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.

Keynote Address

Larry Weaner
Planning for the Unplanned: Integrating Ecological Restoration Techniques and Landscape Design

Plenary Speaker

Lauren Wheeler
The Challenge of Residential Design and Rating Systems: A Case Study of the Gaddy House
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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
    Kathleen Salisbury

Track B: Soils and Plants: From the Ground Up

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
    David Hymel

Track D: Sustainable Management  of the Designed Landscape


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.

Continuing Education

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

Download the Save The Date (PDF)

Thank To Our 2015 Sponsors

  • Silver Sponsors
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Cavano’s Perennials, Inc.
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  • VA Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries and VA Habitat Partners
  • George Washington University
  • Bronze Sponsors
  • Babikow Greenhouses
  • Behnke Nurseries
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  • Chief Mountain Farms
  • Clear Ridge Nursery
  • Ernst Conservation Seeds
  • izel-plants
  • North Creek Nurseries
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  • Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
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  • Pinelands New Logo
  • Stadler Nurseries
  • Unity Landscape Design/Build, LLC
  • Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Green Sponsors
  • Adkins Arboretum
  • gunpowder valley conservancy
  • Laurens-Garden-Service
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  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
  • Sylva Native Nursery
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