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Designing with Plant Communities in Mind

Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. We won’t solve this problem if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach: a plant community based approach that evolved from the world of ecological science.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries; her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape.

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Evaluating Conservation Landscape Designs

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.

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Reawaking Large Landscapes – Activating the Space

Large landscapes pose challenges – but also opportunities. In this presentation, Sandy Vorce invites us to expand our landscape vision to more fully engage visitors. Through sights, sounds, and design options, landscapes can educate, entertain, and inspire.

Sandy Vorce is the property manager at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. Sandy tends everything from gardens to goats and enjoys working with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in caring for the property and its’ inhabitants.

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Webinar: Principles of Ecological Landscape Design

There is growing expectation and demand that designed landscapes—from public parks to backyards—should not only beautiful and functional, but also sustainable. For constructed landscapes to perform as we need them to, we must get their underlying ecology right.

Based upon his recently released Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, Travis Beck helps translate the science of ecology into design practice.

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27th Annual Landscape Design Symposium

Typically landscape designers first determine their overall design direction, and then zoom in to design the details. But in an ecology-based approach, a site’s intricate environmental characteristics can and should influence big picture decisions. This two-day conference will explore crucial aspects of the native design process, beginning at the scale of individual species, and gradually zooming out to include plant community design, ecological master planning, and methods for creating sophisticated ecological designs within the context of current as well as emerging landscape practices.

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