Naturalistic Planting Design

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There has been a noticeable shift towards a more naturalistic approach to planting design that combines both horticultural and ecological concepts with the goal of creating plant communities that provide a balance of aesthetic value and ecological benefits. This webinar will introduce this style of planting design and explore some of the general, design and ecological concepts being used by its main proponents. It will also discuss some of its benefits, challenges, and limitations which in turn will give participants a starting point to explore this style further and determine its appropriateness for a project.
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Develop an understanding of naturalistic planting design including its main characteristics, history, and proponents.
2. Recognize characteristics of naturally occurring plant communities that can be used in naturalistic planting design.
3. Understand how naturally occurring plant communities can be used as a reference for naturalistic planting design.
4. Identify the characteristics of a naturalistic plant community that may contribute to its stability and resilience.
5. Have an understanding of how to select appropriate plants for a naturalistic plant community.
6. Understand some of the design concepts that can play a part in naturalistic planting design.
7. Be familiar with some of the challenges and limitations of naturalistic planting design.
8. Be inspired to think a little differently about plants and planting design!
Aaron Fox; Landscape Architect
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Victor Stanley, Inc.

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