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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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Keeping Invasive Plants Out of Landscaping

Invasive plants can cause significant damage to native ecosystems, and horticulture has been a top pathway for introducing invasive plants. Knowing that we know more about the environmental risk, how can we make sure landscaping does not cause problems in the future?

Doug Johnson is Executive Director of the nonprofit California Invasive Plant Council. Along with overseeing Cal-IPC’s programs, he currently serves on the executive board for the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, and was the first chairperson of California’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

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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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Field Day: Sustainable Landscaping at the Arboretum

Join CCLC for a field day at the US National Arboretum! Visit the Grass Roots exhibit with Coordinator, Geoff Rinehart, and landscape designer, Jenny Wienckowski. Learn about the Springhouse Run stream restoration and tour the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection with Curator, Joan Feely.

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