27th Annual Landscape Design Symposium

Zooming In/Zooming Out:  Native Design from the Intricate to the Expansive

Date and Location

Thursday, January 14 – Friday, January 15, 2016
Science Center Auditorium, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

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.

Featured Speakers

Ted Elliman
Botanist and invasive species manager at the New England Wildflower Society, will examine naturally occurring flora in forest, meadow, wetland, and coastal plant communities focusing on both common and rare species, and the effects of natural succession, disturbance, and invasive plants.

John Kett
Landscape architect with Reed Hildebrand in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will explore how his design firm works with clients and consultants to ensure that landscape management plans achieve both design and ecological goals.

Roy Diblick
Co-founder of Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin, will discuss his approach to social planting design, in which plants, rather than being isolated specimens, interact to form dynamic communities.

David Maynes
Project manager with the landscape architecture firm Richardson & Associates in Maine, explains how his firm uses a site’s plants and materials, ecological patterns and processes, and layered histories as inspiration and anchor. Learn how this deeply immersive approach achieves landscapes that strengthen and enhance the relationship between people and place.

More Information

For more information and the agenda, see Morris Arboretum website: http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ed_conferences_LDS.shtml

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, arborists, and horticulturists.

To sign up online go to online.morrisarboretum.org/LDS or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125.

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