Morris Arboretum

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The 27th Annual Winter 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:

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, arborists, and horticulturists. Click here for more info.

Complete Agenda

For a printable PDF of the Agenda click here.

For a printable PDF of the Brochure click here.

Sponsored by
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
New Directions in the American Landscape (developed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates)

Co-sponsored by
PA/DE Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

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Register Today!


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott for a group rate of $109/night (not including taxes). To book a room using the group rate, call (215-699-7247) and mention the group name, “Landscape Design Symposium,” . Reserve before December 23, 2015 for discounted rate.


Click here to download a printable PDF of directions to the conference »

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Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.