8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome—Larry Weaner, Principal, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates and Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, Associate Professor, Chair Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department, Temple University
9:15 a.m. THE SELF PREPETUATING GARDEN
Setting Processes in Motion: Assisted Plant Proliferation in the Designed Landscape--Larry Weaner, Principal, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates--We go to great effort and expense installing every plant in our landscapes, yet nature spent millennia perfecting plants’ abilities to self-reproduce. How can we capitalize on this, and encourage planted, existing, and new species to colonize our landscapes? Learn about protocols for creating ecologically rich, dynamic landscapes where nature does much of the “planting.”
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Enabling Native Wildflowers to Succeed…Ecologically Speaking--Carol Gracie, Author and Photographer--Encouraging a plant to proliferate in the garden means understanding that plant’s reproductive strategies and the specific conditions it needs to reproduce in the wild. To illustrate these phenomena, naturalist, author, and photographer Carol Gracie will discuss in depth representative species from each major category of sexual and asexual reproduction.
11:30 a.m. Panel: Real World Applications--Carol Gracie and Larry Weaner, Moderated by Jenna Webster
12 noon—Lunch (12:45 p.m. Book signing at Registration Table with Carol Gracie)
1:15 p.m. OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FIELD
Boots on the Ground: Planting and Managing Indigenous Landscapes in the Real World--James Grimes, President James C. Grimes Land Design--When a landscape does not unfold as intended, the contractor who installed and maintains that landscape may understand best what went wrong and why, particularly if his or her experience with indigenous plantings is extensive. Our presenters have this experience in spades and will provide insight into the field ramifications of design decisions they have encountered.
2 p.m. Post-Sandy Lessons in Management & Vegetation Performance--Rebecca McMackin, Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park--Following Super Storm Sandy, a consortium of coastal parks began sharing information about the storm’s effects on over 500 commonly specified plants and the management strategies developed in response. This presentation will examine preliminary results and offer important practical information on what can be done when planning for and responding to landscape disturbance.
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. CLOSING SESSIONS
Sustainability in Full Measure: Toward Social Justice in Landscape Design--Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop--Social reform is not new to the design profession and represents an opportunity for true innovation in the field. But to make real progress we must bring the same rigor and research to social issues that we are bringing to environmental concerns. Using two award-winning projects as case studies, Kurt Culbertson of Design Workshop will explore processes and outcomes that tackle contemporary problems of social justice.
4 p.m. Ecological Planting Design: Where have we come from? What have we achieved? What have we learned? Carol Franklin, FASLA, RLA, Founding Principal, Andropogon Associates
Ecological designers started in a horticultural wasteland (our presenter was hissed at her first ASLA conference presentation). Today’s practitioners have grown increasingly sophisticated with their planting designs, incorporating diverse disciplines and expertise. Some have pioneered strong and compelling designs, others have begun with good intent but have created weed patches. How can we work with inevitable entropy and what have we learned from our many, many mistakes?
5 p.m. Adjourn for complimentary reception with music, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres (Book signing with Carol Franklin at reception)