Ecologists at universities, professional societies, and other scientific institutions commonly
engage in research to better understand how plants operate in the wild. Unfortunately,
landscape designers rarely access the resulting data or use it to enhance their projects. In
this presentation, ecologist Steven Handel and landscape designer Larry Weaner will present
detailed case studies where research data was directly applied to the planted landscape.
Examples will vary in scale from restoration to residential, and illustrate the concrete benefits
that can be derived when designers seek out information from the highly relevant world of
Horticulture / Plants
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
To demonstrate how the data from research in the ecological sciences can be applied to ecology-based landscape design.
To provide guidance for designers to translate information gathered from the ecological sciences into the altered goals, language and deliverables provided to clients.
To direct participants to the organizations, publications and other outlets that can provide information on research with relevance to landscape design practice. .
To emphasize the importance of post-planting monitoring and management to maximize the success of research-based planting and restoration efforts.
Dr. Steven Handel & Larry Weaner, FAPLD
New Directions in the American Landscape