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Winter Symposium/Short Course 2017-01-05T16:22:10+00:00

February 15, 16, & 17, 2017

at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

To register, visit www.lewisginter.org or call 804-262-988

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*Professional Development credit hours are indicated in green

8:30 am Coffee and Registration

8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am 1.0 The Essential Elements of Dynamic Landscapes with Patrick Cullina, Landscape Designer

Cullina takes us on an exploration of plant-driven strategies for designing and maintaining dynamic landscapes that are diverse and highly seasonal but still less consumptive than conventional approaches.

10:00 am 1.0 Glenstone I:  Building One of America’s Largest Organic Landscapes from the Ground Up with Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer, Glenstone

When the founders of a new museum wanted to remove synthetic pesticides from their landscape seven years ago, they called Paul Tukey.  At Glenstone, however, that commitment to organics has gone far deeper than grass — to trees, forests and even the world’s largest mosaiculture sculpture with 30,000 annual plants. The challenge has been anything but easy.

11:00 to 11:15 am Break

11:15 am 1.0 Glenstone II:  Building One of America’s Largest Organic Landscapes from the Ground Up with Tony Cerveny, Chief Operating Officer, Glenstone

When Glenstone’s founders wanted to remove toxins from their environment, they asked their Chief Operating Officer to sail the facility into largely unchartered waters. How much would it cost? Would there be a drop in appearance and visitor satisfaction? Would weeds take over lawns and trees perish from the fields and forests?  Tony Cerveny shares the stories and has those answers.

12:15 pm Lunch, Book Sales and Signings

1:30 pm 1.0 Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact with Jennifer Low, Program Manager, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Understanding the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results. This session introduces and explores the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers.  Low presents an overview of The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help evaluate performance, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, Fast Facts, and more can be used to evaluate and demonstrate the impact of projects and how you can be part of this growing online resource.

2:45 pm .75 The Soft Parade: Key Herbaceous Perennials, Grasses and Sedges for Dynamic Landscapes with Patrick Cullina

Cullina provides an in-depth review of his preferred species and varieties for creating dynamic landscapes, essentially a guide for navigating the herbaceous marketplace.

3:45 to 4:00 pm .25  Wrap-Up Q & A Panel with all Presenters

           

Professional Development Training Hours (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Today’s program provides 5.75 hours of training credit, endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Virginia Society of Landscape Designers
  • Virginia Nutrient Management Certified Planners
  • MAC-ISA

*Professional Development credit hours are indicated in green

8:30 am Coffee and Registration

8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am 1.0 The Mushroom Matrix:  The Dark Matter that Binds Life with Tradd Cotter, Mycologist

Join mushroom expert Tradd Cotter for a fascinating lecture on native plants and their fungal partners.  In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance.  Plants and fungi have merged and continue to unveil the benefits of collaborating with nature.  We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology.  Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet.

10:00 am 1.0 Tree Skin:  The Beauty of Tree Bark with Alex Niemiera, Professor of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Alex Niemiera presents the often overlooked and underappreciated aspects of tree bark.  This 12-month per year tree aspect offers a wide array of colors and textures that are at the least interesting and at the most truly beautiful.  Alex will present a palette of tree species that have showy bark and other aesthetic features that grace our landscapes.

11:00 to 11:15 am Break

11:15 am .75 The Layered Garden with David Culp, Plantsman, Author, Lecturer and Vice President Sales and Marketing Sunny Border Nurseries

David Culp shows us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage.  The presentation contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David takes you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

12:15 pm Lunch, Book Sales and Signings

1:15 pm 1.0 Knockout Natives:  Choosing Superior Cultivars for Your Landscape George Coombs, Research Horticulturist, Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center is a public garden that specializes in plants native to the eastern United States.  As part of its mission to inspire and conserve, Mt. Cuba Center conducts native plant research in various forms. Join Research Horticulturist George Coombs as he details how Mt. Cuba selects and evaluates native plants for superior garden performance. This talk will pay special attention to their most recently completed trials on Heuchera, Coreopsis, Monarda, and Baptisia.

2:15 pm 1.0 Trends in Horticulture with David Culp

Culp has his finger on the pulse of the nursery and horticulture industry, particularly perennial plants.  Hear what he has to say about trends in planting styles, container gardening, green and other trending garden colors, native plants, naturalistic plantings and more

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm 1.0 Mycoremediation in the Landscape:  Healing Soil, Water, and Ecosystems with Fungi with Tradd Cotter

Many species of fungi sweat powerful enzymes, or “chemical keys,” capable of molecular disassembly of complex molecules such as hydrocarbons, aromatic chlorinated compounds, and pesticides.  A few species of fungi are also well adapted to filter, stun, and destroy pathogenic bacteria (such as those from pet and livestock waste).  Learn how fungi perform these miraculous tasks and how to develop a living barrier or filtration system that is customized to fit your needs.  Cotter will focus on biomass expansion, site engineering, and species of fungi that can be used for mycoremediation projects.  He will also discuss using fungi for pest management, habitat restoration, and how to incorporate fungi into “mycoswales” or rain gardens to capture pollutants from site runoff.

4:00 pm Adjourn          

Professional Development Training Hours (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Today’s program provides 5.75 hours of training credit, endorsed by the following organizations

  • Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Virginia Society of Landscape Designers
  • Virginia Nutrient Management Certified Planners
  • MAC-ISA

Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8,10 and 60.

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