DESIGNED PLANT COMMUNITIES: A FRESH APPROACH TO DESIGNING AND MANAGING PUBLIC GARDENS

Start Date
10/11/2018
End Date
10/11/2018
Description
The world of landscape design is undergoing an exciting and significant shift in its approach to our landscaped spaces—moving from traditional command-and-control practices to a style informed by nature. Designed plant communities represent the pinnacle of ecologically-inspired landscape design. Such landscapes combine the ecological vibrancy, resiliency, plasticity, and function of natural systems with the creation of intimate, highly designed, and desirable spaces. The conception and management of designed plant communities require the bringing together of certain aspects of traditional horticulture with a knowledge of local natural history and ecology, an approach often uncomfortable for the more traditional gardener or landscape designer. In this session, we will discuss the unique characteristics of designed plant communities and best practices for their management and care. Examples will be drawn from Lurie Garden and Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as other similar landscapes throughout the United States.
Location
Bentonville, AR
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
No
Hours
1.0
Learning Outcomes
1) Combining new and more sustainable approaches to landscape design with traditional practices.
2) The conception and management of designed plant communities with a knowledge of local natural history and ecology, an approach often uncomfortable for the more traditional gardener or landscape designer.
3) Applying the unique characteristics of local plant communities and best practices for their management and care. Examples will be drawn from Lurie Garden and Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as other similar landscapes throughout the United States.
Instructors
Scott Stuart is the Executive Director of Millennium Park Foundation. Scott has previously held positions with Lurie Garden, Park District of Oak Park, Morton College, Kankakee Community College, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Provider
American Public Gardens Association


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