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Zooming In / Zooming Out, Native Design from the Intricate to the Expansive
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Typically landscape designers first determine their overall design direction, and then zoom in to design the details. But in an ecology-based approach, a site’s intricate environmental characteristics can and should influence big picture decisions. This 2 day conference is eligible for 12 PCH CEUs.

1/15/2016
When: Thursday & Friday, January 14th & 15th
8:15 am until 4:00 pm
Where: Science Center Auditorium
Blue Bell, Blue Bell, PA 
Presenter: Montgomery County Community College
Contact: Jenna Webster
(215) 247-5777, ext. 125

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Typically landscape designers first determine their overall design direction,
and then zoom in to design the details. But in an ecology-based approach,
a site’s intricate environmental characteristics can and should influence big
picture decisions. This two-day conference will explore crucial aspects of
the native design process, beginning at the scale of individual species, and
gradually zooming out to include plant community design, ecological master
planning, and methods for creating sophisticated ecological designs within
the context of current as well as emerging landscape practices.
~Native Graminoids: From the Species to the Community Level
Part I – Sedges and Rushes: Tell Us Something We Don’t Know
Part II – Native Grasslands: Making Sense of the Community Scale

Plant Community Design: the Horticulture-Ecology
Gradient
Part I – The Science behind Wild and Designed Plant Communities (1 hr)
While designers now have access to many native species and their
cultivars, awesome plants don’t always translate into great projects.
This presentation dives into the fascinating world of wild plant
communities, the inter-planting strategies revolutionizing gardens in
Europe, and the core plant community principles on which concrete
landscape strategies can be based.
*Book signing at lunch with Claudia West
Part II –Wild by Intent: Ecosystem Thinking from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Learn how the Ecosystem Design Group of the world-renowned Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses “ecosystem thinking” and a plant community-based approach throughout its design, research, consulting, and higher education practices. Case studies
will demonstrate how this way of working, grounded in the vision of the Center’s founder, Lady Bird Johnson, is being applied to contemporary landscape design and ecological restoration.
What We Need: Designers Converse (3/4 hour)
Join a wide ranging and frank discussion of the evolving green industry, and the practical and conceptual alterations needed to better support the work of ecology minded designers.
Making Ecological Design Beautiful Context Driven: Design For and By Place
The landscape architecture firm Richardson and Associates designs in the spirit of place, using a site’s plants and materials, ecological patterns and processes, and layered histories as inspiration and anchor.
Gain an inside look at how this deeply immersive approach achieves landscapes that strengthen and enhance the relationship between people and place.

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This workshop qualifies for 6 PCH CEU's per day.

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