Our opening presentation will examine the vegetative patterns and ecological processes of
spontaneous plant communities. Each characteristic will be followed by an example of its direct
incorporation into a landscape project. Processes described will include disturbance, competition,
vegetative pattern, ecological succession, and ecological stability. Ecological plant traits will include habitat fidelity, growth pattern, spatial and temporal niche, and proliferation strategies.
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1) Examine the ecological patterns of native plant communities and their applicability to the landscape development and enhancement.
2) Understand the ecological processes that are relevant to landscape development and enhancement including but not limited to disturbance, succession, competition, and plant proliferation strategies.
3) Apply the ecological patterns and processes described above to specific protocols for designing meadows, shrublands, woodlands, and naturalistic gardens, with a particular emphasis on those techniques that differ from traditional practice.
Larry Weaner, FAPLD
New Directions in the American Landscape