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Los Angeles, California: Thomas Rainer

  • Los Angeles Convention Center (map)

2017 ASLA Conference

SUN-B07 - The Beauty of Drought: Ecology and Aesthetics of Planting in Water-Constrained Landscapes 2:30-4pm

As global temperatures rise, the intensity and frequency of droughts are expected to increase, creating a wide range of impacts. Illustrated with case studies from across the United States, this session explores the ecology and aesthetics of plantings that embrace and celebrate drought—both periodic and prolonged—to create beautiful, resilient, regionally expressive landscapes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide a cross continental perspective on the challenges and opportunities of creating beautiful and abundant planting design in times of drought.
  • Understand the ecology and dynamics of different types of drought and how natural plant communities respond to these challenges.
  • Extract practical, real-world tactics from a range of high-profile projects to help designers create more abundant plantings that need less water.
  • Discuss the aesthetic and functional challenges of getting clients to embrace a drought-tolerant planting palette


Earlier Event: October 7
Canandaigua, New York: Claudia West
Later Event: November 18
New Bern, North Carolina: Thomas Rainer