Broaden your knowledge and gain a greater awareness of issues related to plants and planting design including horticulture, soil management, and ecological concerns. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:
Examining the art, science, theory, and practicality of the new planting design revolution, this session demonstrates how low-input, high-impact planting design creates beautiful, dynamic, and sustainable urban public landscapes, full of visual delight and biodiversity, using the Plant Community-based approach. This session will be illustrated with case studies from Europe and North America.
Provide a cross-cultural perspective of the challenges of public realm planting and explore new opportunities for design.
Understand how plants in the wild form resilient, adaptive communities and how this knowledge can inform design.
Examine scientific research about creating and managing rich naturalistic herbaceous plant communities for use in urban greenspace.
Explore a range of high-profile public projects where this research has been successfully implemented, and extract practical principles for designers to create low-input, high-impact public planting.
Landscape architects have much to consider when developing, implementing, and managing a planting installation. This panel explores nursery practices, plant root structures, the interface between an imported plant and the site, construction oversight, and post-completion management.
Examine nursery practices and the seven common issues to consider when selecting plant materials.
Discuss the resilience of root systems and how to set a path to longer-term plant health.
Review the challenges of construction oversight and how to minimize problems and misunderstandings.
Explore the challenges of post-completion management and maintenance, and how to improve institutional memory.
The SITES® Rating System is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premiere organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. The material on which the SITES Rating System is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects Fund, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.
This SITES® AP exam series was developed based off of the information found in the SITES Reference Guide. It is a study tool only and not to be solely utilized for exam preparation. It was not developed based off the actual exam. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), who is preparing and administering the SITES AP exam, has recommended that all test takers study the Reference Guide and all references to prepare for the SITES AP exam. This webinar reviews Section 4: Site Design - Soil + Vegetation.
Innovators look towards natural ecology as a source for inspiration in the urban environment. As designers, we are attempting to identify connections between biomimicry, inspiration from nature, ecological design principles and biophilia, human beneficial connection, and love of nature. The aim is to establish a relationship between ecological principles of landscape configuration and biophilic patterns currently existing in urban areas.
Focusing on existing public parks and plazas within five European cities, patterns of biophilia were correlated against landscape configuration characteristics and principal components were extracted. Statistical analysis attempts to explain the identified relationships between public spaces and natural patterns, as well as conditions which are conducive to both human and biological life, biophilic patterns, and cultural appreciation for nature. The comparison: 1) illustrate how natural features are visually, physically, and spatially portrayed in the current built environment and 2) promote integration of natural ecosystems into urban culture.
Learn how existing urban landscapes utilize ecological patterns, including biophilia and landscape configuration in their designs.
Learn about the potential benefits of integrating biophilia, biomimicry and landscape configuration into the built environment.
Learn a method to distinguish existing and design complex spatial landscape dynamics into the urban environment (for human and ecological benefit, through the development of biophilic patterns).
We’ve seen the headlines. Bee communities, both wild and managed, are struggling. Habitat loss has been identified as one of the main factors attributing to their decline, making the restoration of pollinator habitat a nation-wide priority. Landscape architects have the opportunity to play an important role in bringing back our pollinators—choosing the best plants for pollinators and designing with them effectively. Scientist and Landscape Designer Annie White will share her experiences studying the fascinating ways in which plants and pollinators interact in designed landscapes. She’ll discuss the best types of plants for pollinators and tips for designing with them. Annie will also discuss her groundbreaking research on pollinator preferences for native plant species versus native cultivars.
Become familiar with the fundamentals of how plants and pollinators interact in the landscape.
Understand some of the benefits and trade-offs of using native, near-native, native cultivar, and non-native plants in pollinator-friendly planting designs.
Understand basic approaches for designing landscapes that balance aesthetics with maximizing habitat for pollinators.
Public/private partnerships have come to define the creation of the urban realm and will likely continue to be the template by which these spaces are created. The High Line in Manhattan and Houston’s Memorial Park offer two examples that have led to the creation of successful civic space.
Offer two contrasting models for the creation of urban parks.
Showcase the importance of communication and civic engagement in the creation of quality urban spaces.
Illustrate long-view approaches to the creation and maintenance of public space.
Bring together park advocates and lead designers to decode the process by which parks are created today.
More than half the world’s population now live in cities. Planting design needs to respond to a range of urban environmental challenges. Join some of the country’s leading practitioners to explore strategies inspired by wild plant communities that result in more robust, diverse, and resilient plantings.
Analyze differences between the way plants grow in the wild and the way they grow in designed landscapes.
Explore the competitive strategies of plants in naturally occurring communities to understand how these can be used to inform plant selection and arrangement.
Examine strategies for creating aesthetic frames around mixed planting to make them attractive and appealing to the public.
Understand how to creatively manage mixed plantings by looking at ten years of experience at The Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Native meadow and grassland restorations are increasingly popular yet often misunderstood, with failures frequently resulting from inadequate planning. Using case studies from projects throughout the U.S., this session explores exciting new economic, environmental, and social applications for these dynamic landscapes and ways to design, install, and manage them successfully.
Become familiar with how local geology, soils, flora, fauna, hydrology, climate, and cultural factors have shaped North American grassland systems.
Gain insight into how native meadow/grassland restoration is being used to develop new paradigms in agriculture, ecological restoration, and sustainable community development.
Learn how to design and specify a native meadow/grassland using seed and live plants.
Understand how to manage and guide native meadows/grasslands at all stages of their evolution.
City-soil compaction is a major problem for landscape architects. New research shows exactly how to amend physical, chemical, and biological soil properties to achieve high infiltration rates so that entire landscapes becomes a stormwater system that prevents runoff by absorbing water from impervious areas.
Learn how to amend compacted acidic subsoils to greatly increase the infiltration rates, reduce the runoff rates, improve water quality, and improve the deep rooting of plants.
Learn how different compost amendments affects the infiltration, density, porosity of subsoils, and tree rooting in the Midwest on compacted glacial soils.
Learn how to amend compacted alkaline subsoils to greatly increase infiltration rates, reduce runoff rates, improve water quality, and landscape plantings.
Learn by contrasting the three methods by the panel discussion and through questions by the audience.
Landscape architects are working on increasingly complex sites with layered site histories and foundations. This session explores designed plant communities from eco-modeling of native communities to embracing spontaneous species. Recent works by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, P. Clifford Miller Landscape Artistry, and Stephen Stimson Associates will be examined.
Learn from a site’s story to understand how natural and cultural histories impact their developments.
Examine the value of native to spontaneous plant communities to address complex site conditions.
Review the challenges of plant establishment on virgin sites to green roofs.
Explore the challenges of maintenance and long term resilience of designed plant communities.
Landscape architects often mistakenly take maintenance of our designs for granted. Organic approaches are at hand to offer more certainty in landscape management. Which are most effective—and least? How can we educate clients to adopt these methods? This panel session presents the latest findings and provides practical recommendations.
Understand nuances of using organic versus traditional treatment strategies in landscapes
Compare efficacy of treatment options to benchmark performance expectations
Examine ecological and financial site impacts to determine prudent design and management approaches
Gain insight into how landscape design elements and installation quality impact management strategies
Bees, both wild and managed, are vital to sustaining diverse ecosystems and maintaining our food supply, but their populations are dwindling. This session explores local and national plans to integrate pollinator habitat into existing urban and rural frameworks across the U.S.
Highlight pollination issues and propose a treatment to the problem as it relates to planning and landscape architecture
Encourage landscape architects to be involved in local and national policy making
Showcase the importance of forging political partnerships to encourage ecological design
Educate the professional community on advances and partnerships within the landscape architecture community
This presentation will demonstrate the importance of soil quality as a means to increase watering efficiency and reduce irrigation. Various organic and inorganic amendments will be discussed as well as Internally Porous Inorganic Amendments (IPIA’s). These IPIA’s are made from calcined clay, calcined diatomaceous earth, or zeolite, creating a non-biodegradable porous structure that is well suited to address soil-water issues. The presentation compares the makeup and origin of many amendments and how this will allow designers to target specific soil improvements. Our narrative is shaped by scientific evidence from research, field trials, and soil reports; while illustrating a host of practical applications in sports fields, rooftops, bioswales, landscapes, roadside plantings, and more. Participants will see benefits, rates, and costs of amendments that can be considered to help deliver water beyond the surface to the roots.
Learn to distinguish the differences between various amendments, and how origin and internal structure physically regulate modes of action and best uses; including rates and cost.
Learn how porous inorganics can increase nutrient retention to reduce fertilizer and to improve plant available water which reduces irrigation.
Learn the degree to which porous inorganics influence soil performance and improve plant health, root development and water conservation in existing and engineered soils through a variety of applications.
Learn that soils can be easily manipulated to manage soil water and improve water conservation.
A landscape architect, educator, and the Director of Horticulture for a botanical garden will address the process of designing ecologically-based gardens for three native botanic gardens. Learn how the gardens are designed to teach visitors about regional biodiversity, sustainability, and native plants.
Acquire knowledge of how to design ecologically-based gardens and how native plants adapt themselves to specific environments.
Discover herbaceous and ephemeral native plant selections in woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.
Learn how to translate ecological principles into a designed landscape.
Determine methods to educate others about the importance of regional biodiversity within a native garden.
This session provides participants with an understanding of the importance of soil biology as the cornerstone supporting landscape design. It benefits from the perspective of a soil scientist, an arborist, and two experienced landscape architects who will present actual soil management techniques in some of the country's most prominent projects.
Understand the biology of soil as a living organism.
Appreciate the importance of a living soil as an enhancement to your planting designs.
Know how to specify biological amendments, including what they are made of and how to write your specification.
Examine successes and near collapses of soils before and after biological amendments are applied.
From abandoned parking lots to lush rolling hills, gardens, and meadows, Tongva Park is the new green heart of Santa Monica. Developed under the scrutiny of urban foresters and eclectic horticulturalists, the resultant planting design offers a model of sustainability for similar projects--one that carefully balances environment and culture.
Determine the management process for large park-planting designs from aesthetic, cultural, and environmental perspectives.
Understand how sustainable landscapes can incorporate both native and non-native plants and multi-zone landscapes.
Learn effective design approaches to establish large-scale Mediterranean meadows and create multi-storied landscape habitats within urban environments.
Explore the challenges, changes, and opportunities encountered during construction.
Herbaceous plants have a prominent position within the plant selection strategies for creating cultivated, sustainable landscapes. Whether annual, perennial, or somewhere in between, these plants have continued to attract widespread attention by gardeners and commercial landscapers alike for their flowering and/or foliage features. Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace, providing pleasant challenges for any gardener planning a new garden or enhancing those already existing. Color, site suitability, cost, and life cycle have frequently predominated most anyone’s decision process, and now species nativity has experienced a heightened value in making one’s selection. A wide array of suitable native species and derived cultivars will be discussed in this presentation, highlighting those plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Attention will also be given to highlighting and discussing aggressive natives and the sensible inclusion of non-native, non-invasive plants that contribute to successful landscape performance, visual interest, and function within a low maintenance philosophy. Making smart plant selection decisions with an open mind will be stressed throughout this presentation… all natives are not necessarily good choices for the garden and just because a plant is a non-native does not make it a bad choice.
Be able to match the right native plant to a variety of specific landscape conditions (e.g. Wet soils, full sun, and shade).
Learn the individual color attributes of a variety of North American native plants and how to combine them in design settings.
Increase awareness and knowledge of suitable North American native plants for cultivated landscapes.
Designed meadows, grasslands, and woodlands offer environmental, managerial, and aesthetic benefits, yet designers often struggle to establish them. In this session, a plant ecologist, landscape architect, and meadow design specialist will discuss proven approaches for successfully establishing meadows and grasslands from seeds and live plants.
Integrate design and ecology to achieve beautiful, resilient, low-maintenance meadows and grasslands for varying scales and conditions.
Learn effective design and specifiation approaches for meadow and grassland projects established from seed and live plants.
Acquire reliable strategies for managing meadow and grassland designs.
Determine methods for artistic coalescence of created and natural ecosystems.
As cities expand and habitat is displaced, maintaining species diversity in urban areas has become increasingly critical. This session will describe the design and construction of the new SUNY ESF Gateway Building green roof and recent related research into native species and natural plant communities.
Learn successful plant-testing methods for green-roof projects.
Discover the wide variety of underutilized native plant species that can be used on green roofs.
Understand how growth media and native plant species can provide enhanced ecological function on green roofs.
Understand the value of designing with indigenous plant communities.