Upcoming Events

  • Larry Weaner to present at the inaugural “Impact” Conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden

    Larry Weaner will present the keynote lecture at the inaugural “Impact: Building Sustainable Landscapes” conference organized by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) in partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden. His lecture, Finding Your Niche: Establishing an Ecological Focus for Your Firm, will explore how businesses with an ecological focus realize an expanded client base and an invigorated creative atmosphere.  Offering an ecological approach, however, requires knowledge and skills rarely taught in horticulture and design programs.  His presentation guides landscape architects, designers, contractors, and others through what’s needed to establish a respected, visible presence in the fields of ecological landscape design and management. Participants gain a new understanding of local plant communities, learn about design projects modeled on regional ecosystems, acquire practical design, restoration, and management techniques, and discover new ways grow their skills and businesses.

    Larry’s lecture will occur at 8:45-10:00 a.m. in the Alsdorf Auditorium at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    Please check ILCA’s web site for more information and to register.

  • Larry Weaner to conduct an all day meadow workshop at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

    Demand for native meadows, particularly as alternatives to lawn, is increasing and yet few types of landscape plantings are more misunderstood than native meadows, with failures often resulting from inadequate planning and the use of poorly adapted plants. In this all day workshop, Larry will explain how better results can be achieved when the design reflects the ecological character of naturally occurring meadows. More than one-year wonders, meadow plantings modeled on actual meadow communities provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor a myriad of birds and butterflies, and provide color and texture throughout the year. This presentation discusses meadow design, implementation and management strategies using a series of case studies ranging in age from three to ten years. Register with the Morris Arboretum (scroll down for Larry’s workshop).

  • Larry Weaner to present at Green-Wood Cemetery

    Larry will present at the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn as part of Green-Wood’s “Cemetery as Cultural Landscape” series.  Lecture details and time to be posted shortly here and on Green-wood’s events page.

  • Larry Weaner and Thomas Rainer to teach a Master Class at the Northern Green Conference

    Larry and landscape architect Thomas Rainer will teach Revolution in Planting Design, an all-day Master Class at the annual Northern Green conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Larry’s portion of the class–“The Liberated Landscape: Integrating Ecological Processes into Landscape Design”–will explore how to work with ecological processes and patterns of change over time to create dynamic, beautiful, and rewarding landscapes.  Learn how Larry combines basic design principles and practical management techniques with an  understanding of ecological patterns and processes to create ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to the idea of partnering with nature.  Using examples from diverse meadow, shrubland, and woodland projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach can result in low-maintenance, aesthetically-compelling landscapes.

    Please check Northern Green’s website for more information and to register.

  • 29th annual New Directions in the American Landscape conference

    NDAL conference 2017

    Since its founding in 1990, this natural design conference–organized by our educational affiliate New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)–has avoided trendy jargon in favor of landscape techniques that succeed in the real world.  Speakers represent a wide range of fields and often provide information rarely found in traditional landscape programs.  The varied experiences of our conference attendees, many of whom attend year after year, enhance our program and offer excellent opportunities for professional interaction.  The event, co-sponsored by NDAL and Morris Arboretum of the Univ. of Pennsylvania, is held at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA.

    Check back here in late summer 2017 for a preliminary listing of speakers and topics!

  • Larry Weaner to present to the Chestnut Hill Garden Club and Random Garden Club

    Lecture details to be posted here shortly.

  • 29th annual New Directions in the American Landscape conference

    NDAL conference 2017

    Since its founding in 1990, this natural design conference–organized by our educational affiliate New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)–has avoided trendy jargon in favor of landscape techniques that succeed in the real world.  Speakers represent a wide range of fields and often provide information rarely found in traditional landscape programs.  The varied experiences of our conference attendees, many of whom attend year after year, enhance our program and offer excellent opportunities for professional interaction.  The event, co-sponsored by NDAL and Connecticut College Arboretum, is held at Connecticut College in New London, CT.

    Check back here in late summer 2017 for a preliminary listing of speakers and topics!

  • Larry Weaner to present to the Prince William Wildflower Society

    Larry Weaner will present his Living in the Liberated Landscape lecture to the Prince William Wildflower Society, a chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. The event is co-sponsored by the Prince William Master Gardeners, Prince William Conservation Alliance, and the Merrimac Farm Master Naturalists.

    In this lecture, Larry explores how a dynamic approach to gardening that takes advantage of plants’ natural abilities to reproduce and proliferate is more rewarding–and ecologically beneficial–than static compositions of traditional horticulture. Learn how Larry combines design with the reproductive abilities of plants as well as ecological processes to create compelling, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. Using examples from his own property as well as diverse client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

    Following the lecture, Larry will sign copies of his book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016).

    The event is held at 2:00 p.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center in Manassas, VA. Find out more on the Prince William Wildflower Society website.

  • Larry Weaner to present at the 2018 NJ-ASLA Annual Meeting

    Larry Weaner will present at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Atlantic City, NJ.

    The lecture will be held on Feb. 12 or 13, 2018 at a time TBD.  Watch for event details here and on the NJ-ASLA website.

  • Larry Weaner to present at the 2018 Land Ethics Symposium

    Larry will present at the 2018 Land Ethics Symposium organized by Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.  Lecture details to be posted here shortly.

    To register, visit the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

  • Larry Weaner to present at the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium

    Larry Weaner will present at the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium sponsored by the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department in Waynesboro, VA.

    Lecture details will be posted here shortly!

  • Larry Weaner to present at the annual Spring Symposium organized by the Master Gardeners of St. Clair County in Michigan

    Larry will present at the 11th annual Spring Symposium organized by the Master Gardeners of St. Clair County in Michigan.  The event is held at the Landmark Academy in Kimball Township, Michigan. Watch for event details here.

  • Larry Weaner to present to the Litchfield Garden Club

    Larry Weaner will present to the Litchfield Garden Club in Litchfield, CT at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

    Watch for event details here and on the Litchfield Garden Club website.

  • Larry Weaner to present at the 2019 GardenWise Conference

    Lecture and registration details to be posted here shortly. This event is sponsored by York County Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program.

    The lecture is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

    For more information about the event, visit the GardenWise website