Perennials as Ground Layer

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Herbaceous perennials in America had long been relegated to the “perennial border”...that
is, until Oehme Van Sweden and Associates arrived in 1975 and prairie-inspired perennial compositions became an integral aspect of many landscapes. Furthering this natural connection, designers began looking at native plant communities for guidance on selecting and placing herbaceous plants together in healthy “community-like” relationships. But in nature, plant compositions rarely remain static; thus planning for and managing compositional change became part of the mix. Our presenters were all influential players in these dramatic developments. In this session attendees will learn about their individual approaches, and engage in an ad hoc session where our presenters “compare notes” and field participant questions.
Distance Learning
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Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Learn to integrate herbaceous perennials into the core structure of a landscape composition.
Learn how to select and arrange perennials based on native plant community associations.
Learn the role herbaceous perennials play in natural succession and to incorporate those roles into designed landscape compositions.
Eric Groft, FASLA, Roy Diblik, & Larry Weaner, FAPLD
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New Directions in the American Landscape

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