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  • Larry Weaner’s book Garden Revolution wins American Horticultural Society Book Award

    Larry Weaner and Tom Christopher’s book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change has received an American Horticultural Society Book Award.  The 2017 awards will be presented on June 8 during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the River Farm in Alexandria, VA.

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    Read AHS’s announcement about the 2017 book awards.

  • Garden Design magazine profiles a LWLA project in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

    Garden Design magazine profiled a LWLA project in its latest issue (Winter 2017).  Written by garden writer Tovah Martin and featuring photographs by garden photographer Rob Cardillo, the article tells the story behind the creation of a native meadow and woodland landscape surrounding a historic Arts-and-Craft-style house on a small, steeply sloping lot overrun with invasive plant growth.

    Referred to as a “New World Garden” by the clients, the garden merges historic and ecological restoration with garden design traditions.

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    Click here to see a photo portfolio and profile for the project.

  • LWLA installs a native meadow at the historic Tregaron Estate in Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park

    This fall LWLA worked with the Tregaron Conservancy to seed a native meadow on the grounds of the historic Tregaron estate, one of the few remaining naturalistic landscapes designed by Ellen Shipman, a doyenne of American landscape architecture.  The seeded meadow will replace large swathes of invasive exotic vegetation that had colonized the site during a long period of neglect in the latter half of the twentieth century.

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    Our office has been involved in a number of historic landscape restoration projects, including at nearby Dumbarton Oaks Park.  Such projects have the significant and distinct challenge of restoring intended aesthetic experiences while balancing ecosystem restoration and interpretation for contemporary audiences.

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    We’re so pleased to be working on these historic grounds with the good folks at the Tregaron Conservancy, who have done a masterful job of overseeing the restoration of this piece of American landscape history.  Click here to read an article by The Cultural Landscape Foundation about the Conservancy’s work.

  • Larry Weaner to Receive Lady Bird Johnson Award

    The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College is honoring Larry Weaner with its Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6 – 8:30 pm at the Gateway Center at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York.

    MeadsNatlArs_SaltPoint_04_adjustedThis is a very special award reserved for an individual or group engaged in environmental advocacy and leadership, particularly involving native plants.
    To learn more, please visit their site here.

  • Several fun days in the field…

    We’re feel fortunate that our work sometimes takes us to amazing places.  LWLA designer Jenna Webster and project consultant Ian Caton recently spent several days conducting site analysis at a large property in Virginia’s Coastal Plain.  Larry Weaner, LWLA’s principal and fearless leader, joined us for part of the visit.

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  • Native Plant Podcast with Larry

    Larry was interviewed by John C. Magee and Mike Berkley on their weekly Native Plant Podcast.  They discussed Larry’s book and other topics concerning native plants in the landscape.

    Please visit their site and hear Larry’s interview. While you’re there, hear more of John and Mike’s interviews with individuals concerned about ecology and our landscapes.

    Listen to Larry’s podcast here.

  • Some more news on Larry’s book!

    UPDATE: Larry’s book has made the Amazon, Best Book of the Year List. This was an Amazon editor’s pick for one of the best-selling titles in the craft, hobbies and home books category for the year so far. Congratulations, Larry and Tom!

    Larry’s book–Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change–was released this May by Timber Press!

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    Coauthored with noted horticulturist and author Tom Christopher, the book features Larry’s experiences creating native landscapes on projects large and small.  (more…)

  • We’ve moved to 2920 Mt. Carmel Ave!

    To accommodate our growing firm, we recently moved to 2920 Mt. Carmel Avenue, not far from our old office. We’re really excited about our new facility as it gives us more studio space, a conference room, a small library area, and ample storage for equipment and supplies (if you’d ever been to our old office, you’ll remember how cramped we were).  The phone system in this new space even allows us to feature Larry’s compositions as the hold music (once we figure it out…). There’s even the potential for us to have garden space to trial plants and plant combinations.

    The photo below shows part of the studio area (with Brint hard at work).

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    Aside from a new mailing address of 2920 Mt. Carmel Ave. (Glenside, PA, 19038), all our other contact information remains the same.  If you’re in the area, please don’t hesitate to stop by and check out our new digs!

     

  • Larry Weaner leads a tour at the Jay Heritage Center with Thomas Woltz

    On a rainy Sunday on the first day of May, Larry Weaner and Thomas Woltz (principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture) led a tour of the gardens and meadow area at the famed Jay Heritage Center in Rye, New York.

    Thomas’s office has developed design plans for restoration of Jay’s historic gardens (construction to begin later this year) while our office is designing a meadow for the adjacent terraced area on the south side of the Center’s stately Peter Augustus Jay mansion. The meadow area, important for historic and aesthetic reasons, serves as the visual foreground for the historic 3/4-mile long viewshed to Long Island Sound.

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  • Larry Weaner profiled in Garden Design magazine

    Garden Design magazine profiled Larry in their spring 2016 issue as part of a series on leading designers, scientists, authors, and advocates leading the creation of ecologically informed gardens.  Check out part of the profile below.

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    Image courtesy of Garden Design.
  • Larry Weaner interviewed on CT Outdoors with Suzanne Thompson

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    Radio host Suzanne Thompson recently interviewed Larry on her weekly AM radio show, CT Outdoors, which explores gardening, conservation, and related issues in the Connecticut region.  Larry enjoyed sharing aspects of his practice, his experiences, and glimpses into his forthcoming book, Garden Revolution.  Check out Suzanne’s show CT Outdoors, which is aired on WMRD-1150 AM and WLIS-1420 AM.
    Photo: Ian Caton
  • Several of our meadow projects are featured in the new book The Authentic Garden.

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    Several of our office’s meadow projects are featured in the new book The Authentic Garden: Naturalistic and Contemporary Landscape Design (Monacelli Press, 2015) by Richard Hartlage and Sandy Fischer.  We’re so pleased to be featured in this beautiful publication.  Check out The Authentic Garden.
  • We’re burning!

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    In preparation for seeding, Penn Marchael, our fearless Project Manager, recently burned a field near Lake Placid, New York. The field was thickly thatched, and the low-intensity burn helped to burn off the heavy thatch cover. Penn reported having great time, and in the process of traversing the field to monitor the burn, he walked 16 miles! We look forward to seeing how the meadow develops in response to these site preparation techniques and possibly using this method more in the future.

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  • Larry’s lecture with Travis Beck and Stephen Murphy at ASLA’s annual meeting featured on The Dirt blog.

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    One of Larry’s lectures at ASLA’s recent annual meeting in Chicago was featured on ASLA’s blog The Dirt. The lecture, given with Travis Beck of the Mt. Cuba Center and Stephen Murphy of the University of Waterloo, explored the practicalities of working with novel ecosystems. Whether born unintentionally from plant invasion or purposefully from design constrained by site degradation, these ecosystems present myriad challenges.

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  • LWLA’s work featured in the fall 2015 issue of Garden Design magazine.

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    LWLA’s work is featured in the latest issue of Garden Design magazine (Autumn 2015). An extensive article profiles AP Farm in Cross River, NY, for which our office designed a meadow to grace the property’s entryway. It was a great project to work on and we’re so pleased to see AP Farm celebrated in Garden Design!

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