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Normal, Illinois: Claudia West


  • Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 201 Broadway Avenue Normal, IL 61761 USA (map)

Planting in a Post-Wild World

Monday, January 15th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. She is a founding principal of the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World .

Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Garden Design and Ecology

Monday, January 15th, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of life—the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know that planting more native plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire the public. Great planting design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional responses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller garden spaces to help you create the native plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beauty!

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the reasons for aesthetic and functional challenges surrounding native planting.
  • Discover the principles behind inherently beautiful archetypal landscapes.
  • Apply principles of stunning wild landscapes to smaller garden spaces and learn how to spark strong emotional responses.
  • Explore countless inspiring design solutions that bring nature back into our gardens.
Earlier Event: January 13
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Claudia West
Later Event: January 18
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Claudia West