2017 Turning A New Leaf Conference

Photo courtesy of Cam Miller/flickr

The 2017 conference was held November 3rd at Hilton Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, VA.

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.

The 2017 Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award winner was Adele Ashkar, FASLA. Ms. Ashkar, of The George Washington University, was be recognized for her many contributions to educating professionals and promoting sustainable landscaping in the Chesapeake Bay region.


Speakers & Tracks

Keynote Address

Rick Darke
The Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes

Closing Plenary

Beth Ginter & Shereen Hughes
The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification: Preparing Professionals to Effect Change

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Track A: Putting the Practical in Sustainable Landscape Practice

  • Implementing Sustainable Landscape Maintenance in Private, Public, and Institutional Settings
    Cheryl Corson, Kate Austin, Dave Hirschman, Paul Tukey
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  • Early Detection and Rapid Response to Invasive Plant Infestations
    Kevin Heffernan
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  • Preserving Trees in Development Projects
    Bill Elmendorf
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    *Bill Elmendorf’s presentation may not be used or copied without his permission.

  • Infiltration Testing For Stormwater BMPs: What Would Mickey Mouse Do?
    Dave Hirschman
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Track B: Plants, Wildlife, & Biodiversity: Understanding Pieces of the Puzzle

Track C: Communication: What We Talk About When We Talk About Sustainability

  • Talking About Sustainable Landscape Design: Tools and Resources to Help You Connect with Clients
    Steve Raabe

  • The Multiplier Effect of Non-traditional Partnerships: Successes with the Faith Community
    Erin Bennett
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  • Getting it Right: Rain Garden Retrofits in Public Spaces
    Kate Austin, Ruth Hocker
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  • Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact
    Barbara Deutsch
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Continuing Education

CEUs are available from a number of industry organizations.  See this link for the most recent list of awarded credits.  The list will be updated periodically as new credits are awarded.

Thank You To Our 2017 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Cavanos Perinnals Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries sunshine farm & gardens ernst seeds



Bronze Sponsors


babikow the behnke nurseries co izel plants North Creek Nurseries
the perennial farm Stadler native plants Virginia Nursery & landscape Association Chief Mountain Farm
VSLD Clear Ridge Nursery George Washington University octoraro native plant nursery
Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association unity landscape Chesapeake Bay Program Chesapeake Natives



Green Sponsors

Adkins Arboretum laurens garden service raemelton farm maryland nursery, landscape and greenhouse association