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Wheaton, MD: Claudia West

  • Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD, 20902 United States (map)

Event Description

Event sponsored by:
BV Associates
Brookside Gardens
Rainscapes - Montgomery County

More sponsorship opportunities available

A guided tour of some of Montgomery County’s sustainable stormwater management practices.  This tour evaluates implemented low-impact development practices that capture stormwater from buildings, parking lots, and surrounding roads. The tour explores a variety of low impact development practices, their impacts over time, and what we can learn from these practices with particular focus on planting design, soils and operations and maintenance.  Following the tour will be a catered lunch and round table discussion featuring local experts to discuss recent trends, insights and opportunities.


MD ASLA and Potomac Chapter Members: $35 tour only, $25 lunch and panel discussion only.  $55 for entire event.

Non Members: $45 tour only, $30 lunch and panel discussion only.  $70 for entire event.

Students: $25 for entire event plus 1 hour volunteer time.

3.0 LA CES - Tour
1.5 LA CES - Luncheon


Brookside Gardens (site experts from design, maintenance and/or installation) (start at the top, end at the bottom of the garden)

Breewood Road (site experts from design, maintenance and/or installation)

Lanark Way (site experts from design, maintenance and/or installation)

Glenwaye Garden Condos (site experts from design, maintenance and/or installation)

Glenallan Elementary School (bonus location as time allows) (site experts from design, maintenance and/or installation)


Neil Weinstein, PE, RLA, AICP, ASLA, ASCE, ENV SP is the Executive Director and one of the founders of the LID Center. Neil is a registered engineer and landscape architect and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the ASCE Urban Water Resources Research Council. He has an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a M.L.A. from the University of Georgia. For the last 18 years Neil has primarily been focused on the planning, research, and design of innovative stormwater management practices, including LID. Prior to that, he worked as a development engineer and planner on municipal, institutional, and private sector projects.

Claudia West is known for her passionate advocacy of ecological plant-driven design. 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 plant systems based solutions to address the realities of our urbanizing world. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. Claudia’s love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries she focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade. 

Donna Evans earned a degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland (1982) and has worked in the Nursery/Landscape Design/Build industry for 38 years.   Her current employment with Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has focused her work on the ever-evolving subject of Environmental Site Design (ESD). Working on residential and now ROW and larger bioretention facilities, she sees how design specifications and planting plans should not have a “one size fits all” approach.   Existing soil structure, water volume/velocity, pollutant/sediment load, deer/salt pressure, amount of green space in the proximity of the project, maintenance demands and by whom and aesthetics for personal or public acceptance are all equally important and should have equal weight in design specifications and planting plans.


Montgomery County RainScapes Personnel will provide narrative between stops.   Each stop will have a person to provide more information on the design/ performance

Earlier Event: May 3
Rye, New York: Thomas Rainer
Later Event: June 2
Hockessin, DE: Claudia West