Native plant meadows support many landscape purposes, from lawn alternatives on residential sites to larger scale, ecologically sound models that provide biodiverse habitats for a host of pollinators, birds, and mammals. Using case studies, three local experts discuss practical and aesthetic considerations on how the design, installation, and management of meadows complement the sites on which they exist. Select from one of three afternoon tours that reinforce the concepts presented in the morning lectures: mini-meadows at a private residence, the biodiverse Meadow Garden at Longwood, or Mt. Cuba Center’s meadow restoration projects.
10 am – 3:30 pm
9:45 – 10 am: Registration
10 – 10:45 am: David Culp: Designing, Installing, and Maintaining Residential Scale Meadows (0.75 PDH)
10:45 – 11 am: Break (0 PDH)
11 – 11:45 am: Tom Brightman: Building Biodiversity & Beauty into Naturalistic Meadows (0.75 PDH)
11:45 – 12:30 pm: Nathan Shampine: Navigating Your Way Through Meadow Restoration (0.75 PDH)
12:30 – 1 pm: Lunch (0 PDH)
1 – 3:30 pm:
Tour of Different Meadows (one of three options)
(Longest round-trip travel time is 1.5 hours) (Tour = 1 PDH)
Tour 1: Private residence mini-meadow led by David Culp
Tour 2: Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens led by Tom Brightman
Tour 3: Mt. Cuba Center Natural Lands restoration meadow led by Nate Shampine
Horticulture / Plants
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn practical and aesthetic considerations on how to design, install, and manage meadows.
2. Learn how to design meadows that reflect and complement the sites on which they exist.
3. Tour one of three different meadows: one at a residential site, the large-scale Meadow Garden at Longwood, or Mt. Cuba Center’s meadow restoration projects.
Tom Brightman, David Culp, and Nathan Shampine
Mt. Cuba Center