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Minneapolis, Minnesota: Thomas Rainer

  • Downtown Minneapolis & Convention Center 1301 -2nd Avenue South (map)

Northern Green Trade Show

Revolution in Planting Design

Presented by Thomas Rainer, Phyto Studio and Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

Learn from these national planting design professionals and become a part of this revolution.
Thomas Rainer | The Social Networks of Plants: Creating Designed Plant Communities
This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture–resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.
Larry Weaner | The Liberated Landscape: Integrating Ecological Processes into Landscape Design

All too often we treat our gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic—and arguably more rewarding—by working with ecological processes and patterns of change over time. Learn how Larry Weaner combines basic design principles and practical management techniques with an understanding of ecological patterns and processes to create ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to the idea of partnering with nature. Using examples from diverse meadow, shrubland, and woodland projects, Weaner will share how this give-and-take approach can result in low-maintenance, aesthetically compelling landscapes.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

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