Native Plant Communities: Designing with Color, Ecology, and Management

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Join the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and Mt. Cuba Center for an energizing and informative summer day in the garden. Local and internationally renowned experts will share their experience and vision of garden design, sustainable meadow development, and the importance of native perennials in our landscapes.

9:00-9:30 - Welcome
9:30-10:45 (1.25 PDH) - Claudia West: The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Applying Natural Color Theory to Enhance Design
10:45-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:00 (1 PDH) - Travis Beck: The Evolution of Mt. Cuba Center’s Landscape
12:00-1:00: Lunch & Exploring the Garden
1:00-1:45 (0.75 PDH) - Mark Gormel: Along the Way Toward Meadow Communities
1:45-2:30 (0.75 PDH) - George Coombs: Knockout Natives for Every Landscape
2:30-2:45 - Break
2:45-3:30 (0.75 PDH) - In the Garden Classroom with George Coombs or Mark Gormel
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Claudia West
1. Learn about Bertolt Hering’s research on natural color ranges in modern European landscapes.
2. Learn how to apply Hering’s findings to American garden design.
3. Discover how the Swedish Natural Color System can be used as a tool to analyze the color layers of natural plant communities.
4. Learn how to incorporate the principles of the S.N.C.S. to your design practice.

Travis Beck
1. Learn the history of MCC’s landscapes as it has evolved from the 1930’s to present.
2. Learn how the management philosophies for MCC’s landscape have evolved over the years.
3. Learn how several noted landscape designers/architects shaped the landscapes at MCC.
4. Learn about MCC’s newly developed Master Plan and what it holds for MCC’s future.

Mark Gormel
1. Learn how to design a meadow community.
2. Learn the key components of a healthy meadow community.
3. Learn how to select and prepare a site, select appropriate seed mixes, and manage newly installed and existing meadow communities.

George Coombs
1. Learn some of the best native plants for the NJ, DE, PA, and MD region, including Coreopsis, Baptisia, Monarda, and Phlox.
2. Learn how to cultivate these horticulturally important plants.
3. Learn which species and cultivars of these plants are best for attracting a wide range of pollinators.
Claudia West; Travis Beck; Mark Gormel; George Coombs
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