8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Rediscovering a Lost Landscape: The (Re)Construction of a Piedmont Prairie - Stefan Bloodworth The southeastern Piedmont prairie sadly now exists only as scattered remnants. Learn how a team at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens designed and constructed a one-acre simulation, how they produced more than 16,000 plants representing almost 100 species grown using locally collected seed, and what they’re learning from subsequent monitoring.
10:25 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. A Model for Botanic Gardens: Celebrating Local Plant Communities - Gregg Tepper Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, a place-based garden celebrating the plant communities of the Delmarva coastal plain. From its 12-acre habitat-based woodland garden to its Piet Oudolf designed meadow, the gardens seek to delight and educate visitors and inspire them to preserve Delmarva’s native landscapes.
11:45 a.m. Overlooked Aspects of Plant Community Based Design - Heidi Natura Using case studies from diverse projects, this session explores important but seldom-considered aspects of designing with native plants based on community models. Learn how attention to root morphology, species layering, and species competitiveness, as well as aesthetics, can maximize design outcomes and long-term performance.
12:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Management, Not Maintenance: a Panel – Stefan Bloodworth, Heidi Natura, Gregg Tepper, and Larry Weaner In plant community-based designs, we don’t maintain static plant compositions—we manage evolving living systems. How should our designs anticipate that approach and how is this best communicated to clients and contractors? Discuss these and other key issues with panelists.
2:45 p.m. Pioneering Higher Ground: Designing Native Rooftop Plantings - Laura Hansplant Why do volunteer native species sometimes colonize green roofs while plantings of those same species often fail? This session demonstrates alternative design approaches based on study of native plant community dynamics in comparable thin-soil environments and extensive tracking of plant performance at pilot green roof projects.
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. OLIN Experiments with New Tools for Integrating Plant Ecology into Planting Design and Documentation – Yuan Fan, Chris Landau, and Judy Venonsky Ecology is complex, and accounting for the variables in planting design can be tricky. To translate this complexity into executable planting designs, the landscape architecture firm OLIN is experimenting with modeling software and other tools. Learn how use of data, analysis, parametric modeling, agent-based modeling, and visualization combined with current ecological knowledge can achieve a more intuitive approach to design.
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Evening reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Book signing with Larry Weaner.