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.