Nature’s Sanctuary – Challenges of and Solutions for a SITES Gold Landscape

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Join Horticulturist Gregg Tepper to learn about and understand the history and challenges of a SITES Gold landscape and real-world solutions to achieve the desired results. From the site’s creation in 2008 and original design intent, to 2020 and its evolved management plan, Tepper will share the difficulties faced and detailed, pragmatic solutions needed to overcome them. The topics include invasive species and stormwater mitigation, native plant choices, and maintenance strategies effectively utilized for this managed-succession site. From its current existence as a meadow through its future progression to a late-succession woodland, you’ll learn what Tepper has planned, and you’ll find the revealed surprise of this truly unique site.
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Attendees will see the various challenges of this site and details of the effective strategies to manage and overcome them to include deer, invasive plants and poor, compacted soils.

Attendees will be given plant choice lists, reasons for these choices and, where applicable, management tips for their growth and long-term success.

Attendees will learn about SITES Gold requirements and effective solutions that meet these requirements.
Gregg Tepper, Horticulturist at the Arboretum at Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries that includes Nature’s Sanctuary, a SITES Gold credited landscape, and is co-author of Deer-resistant Native Plants for the Northeast
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Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

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