Landscape, Ecology, and Culture 34th Annual Design Symposium -- DAY 2

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Founded in 1990, our annual two-day symposium has a long tradition of celebrating native plants and exploring landscape design at the intersections of ecology, culture, and art.

Day 2 will include:

SESSION 1: Hudson Garden Studio In Practice: Ecology, Transformation, and Meaning (8:45am-9:45am)

Liz Campbell Kelly, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Liz will discuss recent projects of Hudson Garden Studio that exemplify the professional ethos of the practice–a commitment to sustainable design for the stewardship of our shared environment. These smaller scale, residential projects create ecologically robust designs, engage with their community, and most of all create beautiful experiences of the natural world. The sum of these aspects of practice is to create a positive meaning in our communities: local, regional, and beyond.

SESSION 2: Harnessing Tradition and Innovation: Cultural Landscapes and Their Relevance to Contemporary Practice (10:05am-11:05am)

Ed Ikin, Director, Wakehurst
The English landscape is shaped by human use, our most biodiverse habitats are the consequence of our management. Ed Ikin will reflect on how the historic landscapes of Wakehurst have influenced resilient new approaches to horticulture, including coppiced woodlands, grazed meadows, and a ‘UK adapted’ North American Prairie. He will demonstrate how traditional and cultural landscape practice is inseparable from species diversity and ecological process, a concept with relevance throughout the globe.

SESSION 3: Spontaneous Plant Recruitment in the Designed Garden (11:05am-12:05pm)

Larry Weaner, FAPLD
While plants spend millennia evolving traits to increase their reproductive efficiency, planted landscapes are rarely formulated to promote, or even accommodate these highly developed abilities. Larry will discuss how to design, plant, and manage landscapes that assist with the self-proliferation of planted species, and foster the spontaneous recruitment of desirable non-planted species. Finally, he will discuss how aesthetic decisions can make these less-restrained gardens legible, cohesive, and experientially rich.

SESSION 4: Take Two: Renovating Design and Restoring Intent (1:15pm-2:15pm)

Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture, Governors Island
What happens when maintenance is deferred on a newly built 40 million dollar public park? Andi Pettis reflects on her experience restoring the West 8 designed landscapes and gardens on Governors Island, a 172-acre former military base, now considered the jewel of New York Harbor.

SESSION 5: The Landscape of Equity (2:15pm-3:15pm)

Maisie Hughes
This presentation will examine how landscape designers can help to grow urban forests in the most vulnerable communities using the Tree Equity Score and equitable engagement tactics. Maisie will introduce the American Forests’ approach to equitable community engagement, which seeks to transform how we design city landscapes.

SESSION 6: Radical Gardens of Love and Interconnectedness (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Kasey Toomey, RLA, Terremoto
Terremoto is presently navigating a transitional period within its practice towards making gardens and landscapes that are fair, just, and generous in their relationships to labor, materials, and ecology. We believe that we are at a cultural, environmental, and civilizational fork in the road, and through deep internal self-interrogation of landscape history and practice, we are creating a constantly evolving set of metrics that will allow us to create gardens that can lock horns with the BIGNESS of this moment.
New London, CT
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Parks & Recreation
Residential Design
Rural Landscape
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
- The land management practices shaping UK landscapes such as meadows and coppice woodland
- How a habitat-based approach can create resilient, beautiful, designed landscapes
- How expert clients and consultants can work together to achieve desirable outcomes
- Learn to design small management trials that are scalable to a larger landscape in a restoration process
- Understand the importance of working collaboratively and sharing experiences and data among parks and landscape managers
- Learn how to change horticulture practices and management plans to accommodate a changing environment and to support wildlife habitat
- Learn how to use the Tree Equity Score to identify locations most in need of reforestation.
- Learn how American Forests is approaching equitable engagement with diverse communities.
- Understand how climate vulnerability assessments and species selections guides can help design for climate adaptation.
- Hyperlocal Materials: Learn how through the use of materials that are sourced from as close to a project site as possible, we can create gardens that are carbon-light but also help communities become more connected, resilient and strong.
- Question Demolition: Learn how through reconciling existing conditions with new design proposals, we can orient towards making projects that are profoundly environmentally sustainable, re-connect to history and understand with greater depth the sweetness and power of the present.
- Land and Labor: The erasure or separateness of the contribution of the laborer in contemporary design publications and culture is deeply problematic and unspoken. Let’s discuss new approaches to re-attaching labor to landscape architecture in ways that are useful, whole and respectful.

Liz Campbell Kelly, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP; Ed Ikin, Director of Wakehurst; Larry Weaner, FAPLD; Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture with the Trust for Governor's Island; Maisie Hughes, American Forests; Kasey Toomey, RLA, Terremoto
Course Codes
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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