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Event Details

Designing Native and Ecological Plant Communities

Date: November 17, 2017
Location: Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
Organizer: Jan McFarlan
Sponsor: Morris Arboretum
Description: Presented by:
Claudia West
Ecological Sales Manager, North Creek Nurseries

Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better planting. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in a hypothetical planting project at the end of the workshop. Functional and ecological plantings like rain gardens and meadows are gaining in popularity but also face severe challenges. They often fail to wow the public, offer a low level of ecological function, and simply don’t survive in low budget maintenance environments. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach—a plant, community-based method that has evolved in the world of ecological science.

This course carries 5.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=2.75, P=2.75, M=0) and 6 CEUs for PA landscape architects.

Contact Name: Jan McFarlan
Contact Phone: 215-247-5777 ext. 156
Contact Email:

Registration: Is Required
CEUs available: Yes

Start Date: 9:00 AM, November 17, 2017
End Date: 3:30 PM, November 17, 2017

Address: Morris Arboretum
100 E Northwestern Ave

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