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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.