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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Claudia West

  • Morris Arboretum 100 E. Northwestern Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118 USA (map)

Designing Native and Ecological Plant Communities

Claudia West
Principal, Phyto Studio LLC

Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better planting. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in a hypothetical planting project at the end of the workshop. Functional and ecological plantings like rain gardens and meadows are gaining in popularity but also face severe challenges. They often fail to wow the public, offer a low level of ecological function, and simply don’t survive in low budget maintenance environments. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach—a plant, community-based method that has evolved in the world of ecological science. 

This course carries 5.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2.75, P=2.75, M=0) and 6 CEUs for PA landscape architects. 

Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Fee: $150 (includes lunch)

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM


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