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  • 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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  • LWLA aids in efforts to restore a Baltimore County park.

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    LWLA’s Larry Weaner and designer Rebecca Kagle recently participated in daylong brainstorming session to explore restoration possibilities for the Robert E. Lee Park, an over 500-acre park in northern Baltimore County. This large Park features a range of habitat types, including wetlands, meadows, and mature hardwood forests as well as varied site amenities. The Park also features a serpentine barren home to numerous rare and endangered flora and fauna.
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    Larry and Rebecca joined a consulting team that includes Carol Franklin, a co-founder of Andropogon Associates and Roger Latham, an expert in serpentine barrens and grasslands. The team met with members of the Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council to review maps, visit sites throughout the Park, and discuss possible next steps.

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  • We spent a fun afternoon at Chanticleer.

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    To celebrate the arrival of spring and to visit with our good friend Jeff Lynch (formerly a Project Manager in our office and now on the senior staff at Chanticleer Gardens), the LWLA team spent a recent afternoon at Chanticleer in Wayne, PA. It was great to have a day out of the office in the ever-whimsical, ever-inspiring, ever-creative gardens of Chanticleer.

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  • Garden Club of America awards Larry Weaner an Honorary Membership

    The Garden Club of America (GCA) has awarded Larry an Honorary Membership. With this membership, Larry joins a prestigious group of horticulturists, botanists, and designers recognized for their contributions to gardening in the United States and beyond. Larry accepted the award at GCA’s annual Business Meeting in Rochester, New York. Learn more about the award and this year’s other award winners at The Garden Club of America’s web site.

  • Two LWLA projects to be featured in the 2015 Garden Dialogues series

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    LWLA will participate again this summer in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s award-winning Garden Dialogues series, marking the fourth year LWLA has participated in the popular series.  This year’s tour will be unique among Garden Dialogues offerings in that it will feature two properties representing two very different habitat types–a woodland garden and a sunny meadow–in varying stages of evolution.  Visitors have a special opportunity to see how two very different designed native landscapes come into being and evolve over time.

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  • Larry will present twice at ASLA’s Annual Meeting this year

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    Larry will present twice at ASLA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago this year.

    In the first presentation, on weeds and invasive plants, he will join Travis Beck of the Mt. Cuba Center and Stephen Murphy of the University of Waterlooin Ontario. Their presentation–Pick Your Battles: Working Amidst Novel Ecosystems and Invasive Plants–will explore the ecology of plant invasion and novel ecosystems as well as strategies and practical techniques for working with globalized vegetation. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    In the second presentation, Larry will join Jim Patchett of Conservation Design Forum. Their presentation–Native Meadows and Grasslands: From Vision to Reality–explores exciting new economic, environmental, and social applications for these dynamic landscapes and ways to design, install, and manage them successfully. The session will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

    The sessions promise to be chock full of concrete, practical information and inspiring new ideas, and Larry is excited to join these accomplished and thoughtful practitioners.

    Watch for details on  ASLA’s 2015 expo page.

    Photo: Kim Sokoloff
  • Landscape Architecture Magazine profiles Larry and three of our projects!

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    Noted garden writer Anne Raver profiled Larry for the December issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (available as a free download at the link below). 

    The article discusses two residential meadows as well as a meadow at a public park in Stamford, Connecticut.  Anne also writes about New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), the educational programming series that Larry founded in 1990.

    The article included lots of photos and is rich with plant information.  Check it out on p. 76 of the December 2014 issue.

  • Designer Rebecca Kagle leads a meadow planting party

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    Designer Rebecca Kagle helped volunteers at Medford Leas (a senior living and continuing care facility in Medford, NJ) install a meadow at their Lumberton campus.

    Our office was thrilled to work with the great folks at Medford Leas and learn about all the fabulous natural landscape projects on their two campuses. Rebecca said she had fun day working with the Medford Leas volunteers to install live plants in the seeded meadow.

    Check out their blog post about the meadow installation and see their photos from the day (they’re pros at documenting all their projects!).

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  • Larry Weaner profiled in ASLA’s The Dirt

    Editor and writer Jared Green recently profiled Larry in The Dirt, the blog published by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The article discussed Larry’s work advising on a nine-acre meadow restoration project at the famed Dumbarton Oaks Park designed by Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect. (more…)

  • Larry Weaner profiled in the latest issue of Garden Design magazine

    LWLA_Lobelia-cardinalisGarden writer Tovah Martin interviewed Larry for Garden Design‘s autumn 2014 issue. The interview appears in the “In Your Zone” section of the magazine, which has been beautifully revamped into a sumptuous, advertisement-free design treat.  In the interview Larry spoke about some of his favorite plants and projects as well as what has inspired his work over the years.

  • Larry Weaner to lecture on native meadows and lead a tour at the famed Dumbarton Oaks Park

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    Our office is proudly partnering with Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and Rock Creek National Park Service to restore native meadows at the famed Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C.

    Dumbarton Oaks Park, designed by America’s first professional female landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, has deteriorated significantly over the last half century due to resource limitations faced by the National Park Service, but the Conservancy, in collaboration with the Park Service, is restoring this historic landscape and its ecological functions. As part of the restoration effort, (more…)

  • Larry Weaner’s multimedia opera premieres at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival

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    Larry Weaner, in addition to being a well-known landscape designer and native meadow specialist, studies musical composition. His multimedia opera Yip and Al premieres at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival on September 19th and 20th.

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  • Margaret Roach interviews Larry for her popular podcast

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    Well known garden writer Margaret Roach interviewed Larry for her popular podcast and web site. Margaret has also arranged for Larry to lecture at an event she helps organize in Copake Falls, New York. To check out the interview and learn more about Larry’s lecture, visit Margaret’s fabulous AWayToGarden.com.

    Photo: Kim Sokoloff