As landscape architects and designers become more aware of the potential benefits that individual landscapes can achieve, the vital need for a paradigm shift is motivating professionals to accept their responsibility as land stewards. Designs based upon ecological principles consider plant selections for form and function but also for the resulting plant community that supports biodiversity and increased habitat.
Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry. Mr. Cullina will guide workshop participants through plant selections to create dynamic, transformational landscapes that require fewer inputs while delivering increased ecosystem services.
Informed by his broad range of projects from Maine through the Mid-Atlantic, Mr. Cullina’s workshop will explain how to develop locally appropriate design strategies guided by lessons from regional ecologies. Discussions will include site design, plant material selection for multi-season interest, as well as maintenance strategies that will lead to transformative landscapes. He will also review strategies for managing the various and challenging aspects of conceiving and implementing such designs successfully, including site assessment and soils, plant selection, planting plans and schedules, nurseries and the marketplace, landscape contractors and installation, landscape maintenance, and the roles of clients and regulatory agencies.
As part of this design workshop, attendees will participate in a practical hands-on design charrette focused on implementing dynamic landscape principles. Charrette results will then be reviewed and discussed to round out the exercise.
Cost: $165 for non-members | Ecological Landscape Alliance members can login for their discounted rate
1 MCH credit available