8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Native Graminoids: From the Species to the Community Level Part I – Sedges and Rushes: Tell Us Something We Don’t Know — Wesley Knapp Sedges and rushes are some of our most ubiquitous and beautiful native plants; yet they often play only bit parts in our designed landscapes. Join a botanist-ecologist for a palette-expanding experience as he delves into some of our region’s most interesting and useful species.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Part II – Native Grasslands: Making Sense of the Community Scale— Greg Edinger Successful establishment of native grasses requires not only an understanding of the plants themselves, but the ecological contexts that sustain them. This presentation “zooms out” to offer a broad yet revealing look at these unique communities, their characteristic species, structures, patterns, and processes
11:30 a.m. Plant Community Design: The Horticulture-Ecology Gradient, Part I – The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities--Claudia West While designers now have access to many native species and their cultivars, awesome plants don’t always translate into great projects. This presentation dives into the fascinating world of wild plant communities, the inter-planting strategies revolutionizing gardens in Europe, and the core plant community principles on which concrete landscape strategies can be based.
12:30 p.m. Lunch Book signing with Claudia West
1:45 p.m. Part II – Wild by Intent: Ecosystem Thinking from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center--Michelle Bright Learn how the Ecosystem Design Group of the world-renowned Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses “ecosystem thinking” and a plant community-based approach throughout its design, research, consulting, and higher education practices. Case studies show how this way of working, grounded in the vision of the Center’s founder, Lady Bird Johnson, is being applied to contemporary landscape design and ecological restoration.
2:45 p.m. What We Need: Designers Converse -- Michelle Bright, Larry Weaner, Claudia West Join a wide ranging and frank discussion of the evolving green industry, and the practical and conceptual alterations needed to better support the work of ecology minded designers.
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Making Ecological Design Beautiful--Context Driven: Design For and By Place David Maynes The landscape architecture firm Richardson and Associates designs in the spirit of place, using a site’s plants and materials, ecological patterns and processes, and layered histories as inspiration and anchor. Gain an inside look at how this deeply immersive approach achieves landscapes that strengthen and enhance the relationship between people and place.
4:45 p.m. Complimentary reception will with beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres