Long-term observation of a plant’s behavior in the wild can yield valuable insight into its likely
behavior in a garden. If that insight is applied to other similar species, that value is multiplied. In this
presentation Larry and Ian will show how observation and ecologically-informed analysis shaped
their understanding of how, where, and why wild indigenous species succeed or fail in cultivated
settings. Finally, they will informally discuss some of the pivotal projects, conversations, and
realizations that transpired during their long-time landscape collaboration.
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
To illustrate how to “see” the ecological processes behind the observable plant compositions found in nature.
To illustrate how longe-term observation of a single native species, vegetative pattern, or ecological process can build over time and lead to a strong foundation for designing ecologically- and aesthetically-balanced landscapes.
To demonstrate the value of inter-office discussion in arriving at conclusions regarding the practical design applicability of landscape observations.
Ian Caton & Larry Weaner, FAPLD
New Directions in the American Landscape