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Natural Landscape Design: Meadows, Woods and Water- Larry Weaner
Natural gardens can reduce maintenance, improve the environment, and enhance the beauty of any residential property. Through a series of case studies, this presentation details techniques for gracefully integrating native plant compositions and ecological processes into the residential setting. Projects are presented from inception to maturity, providing a behind-the-scenes look at both practical and aesthetic considerations involved in creating and maintaining natural gardens.
Planting Solutions for Green Infrastructure- Claudia West
Functional plantings are being installed on a large scale but face severe challenges. They often fail to wow the public, offer a low level of ecological functions, and simply don’t survive in low budget maintenance environments. Examples of failed rain gardens and green roofs are all too plentiful. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare functional 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 which has evolved in the world of ecological science. Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better functional planting. This lecture will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting planting and inspire with successful planting projects in our region.
Living in the Wild: My House - Larry Weaner
Experiencing wild nature needn’t be limited to the remotest regions of the world. It can occur in even the smallest backyard garden. Learn how noted landscape designer Larry Weaner interacts with and responds to ecological processes to create an ever-evolving wild yet still ornamental garden in his small property outside Philadelphia. Learn how this brains-over-brawn approach goes beyond simple editing of what occurs naturally and incorporates natural processes and plants’ reproductive abilities to achieve common aesthetic and functional goals. And perhaps most importantly, discover how loosening the reins can bring a newfound mystery and discovery to even the smallest garden.
Approaches to Designing with Plants- Preston Montague
Making design decisions in the landscape can be a frustrating challenge for both Green Industry professionals and home gardeners alike. Join artist and landscape designer, Preston Montague, as he demonstrates some of his approaches to designing with plants that can help demystify the process of making decisions about, "which plant, where, and how many?" Guests will be exposed to planting strategies developed from a range of residential and commercial projects.
The Exciting World of Container Culture- Dan Benarcik
A look at the breadth of container gardening styles and techniques. Explore beautiful examples from Chanticleer and other picturesque locations. Different types of containers are discussed as well as some favorite plants for container culture.