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  • Attend our 2023 landscape symposium!

    For 34 years, LWLA’s educational affiliate, New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), has organized an annual two-day symposium in collaboration with Connecticut College Arboretum and Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. The symposium has a long tradition of celebrating native plants and exploring landscape design at the intersections of ecology, culture, and art.

    The 2023 conference features Kate Kennen (Offshoots, Inc), Jared Rosenbaum (author of Wild Plant Culture), Andi Pettis (Governors Island), David Godshall (Terremoto), and many other exciting speakers. More information/registration here.

    The symposium is: January 5-6, 2023 (Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA) and January 12-13, 2023 (Connecticut College, New London, CT). We hope to see you there!

    Image: Glenstone Museum (photo by Mark Weaner)

  • Weeds to Know

    The following are a selection of “weedy” native species broken out by potential benefit or use. The goal of these lists is to provide insight about plants that might be worth preserving rather than eradicating and how to utilize their value.

    Weeds with Large or Showy Flowers

    • Achillea millefolium – Yarrow
    • Ageratina altissima – White Snakeroot
    • Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed
    • Calystegia sepium – Hedge Bindweed
    • Bidens sp. – Beggarticks sp.
    • Campsis radicans – Trumpet Creeper
    • Erigeron annuus complex – Annual Fleabane complex
    • Eupatorium serotinum – Late Boneset
    • Euthamia graminifolia – Grass-leaved Goldenrod
    • Nuttalanthus canadensis – Old-field Toadflax
    • Oenothera biennis complex – Common Evening-primrose Complex
    • Potentilla canadensis/simplex – Cinquefoil sp.
    • Prunella vulgaris – Self-heal
    • Robinia pseudoacacia – Black Locust
    • Solidago canadensis complex – Canada Goldenrod complex
    • Solidago rugosa – Rough Goldenrod
    • Symphyotrichum lanceolatum – Panicled Aster
    • Symphyotrichum pilosum – Old-field Aster
    • Symphyotrichum racemosum – Small White Aster
    • Triodanis purpurea – Clasping Venus’s looking-glass
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex

    Weeds for Lawn Diversity

    • Achillea millefolium – Yarrow
    • Aristida oligantha – Prairie Threeawn
    • Dichondra carolinensis – Carolina Ponysfoot
    • Euphorbia maculata – Spotted Spurge
    • Hydrocotyle sp. – Marshpennywort sp.
    • Juncus tenuis – Path Rush
    • Lobelia inflata – Pukeweed
    • Nuttalanthus canadensis – Old-field Toadflax
    • Oxalis sp. – Yellow Sorrels sp.
    • Phyla lanceolata/nodiflora – Frogfruit sp.
    • Plantago rugelii – American Plantain
    • Plantago virginica _ Virginia Plantain
    • Potentilla canadensis/simplex – Cinquefoil sp.
    • Prunella vulgaris – Self-heal
    • Symphyotrichum racemosum – Small White Aster
    • Triplasis purpurea – Purple Sandgrass
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex

    Weeds for Green Mulch

    • Achillea millefolium – Yarrow
    • Aristida oligantha – Prairie Threeawn
    • Clinopodium vulgare – Wild Basil
    • Dichondra carolinensis – Carolina Ponysfoot
    • Euphorbia maculata – Spotted Spurge
    • Geranium robertianum – Herb Robert
    • Geum canadense – White Avens
    • Hydrocotyle sp. – Marshpennywort sp.
    • Juncus tenuis – Path Rush
    • Lobelia inflata – Pukeweed
    • Nuttalanthus canadensis – Old-field Toadflax
    • Oenothera laciniata – Cut-leaved Evening Primrose
    • Oxalis sp. – Yellow Sorrels sp.
    • Phyla lanceolata/nodiflora – Frogfruit sp.
    • Pilea pumila – Clearweed
    • Plantago rugelii – American Plantain
    • Plantago virginica _ Virginia Plantain
    • Potentilla canadensis/simplex – Cinquefoil sp.
    • Triodanis purpurea – Clasping Venus’s looking-glass
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex

    Weeds for Understory Herb Layer

    • Acalypha rhomboidea complex – Three-seeded Mercury complex
    • Ageratina altissima – White Snakeroot
    • Apocynum sp. – Dogbane sp.
    • Clinopodium vulgare – Wild Basil
    • Dennstaedtia punctilobula – Hay-scented Fern
    • Geranium robertianum – Herb Robert
    • Geum canadense – White Avens
    • Hackelia virginiana – Virginia Stickseed
    • Juncus tenuis – Path Rush
    • Lobelia inflata – Pukeweed
    • Oxalis sp. – Yellow Sorrels sp.
    • Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia Creeper
    • Persicaria virginiana – Jumpseed
    • Phryma leptostachya – Lopseed
    • Phytolacca americana – Pokeweed
    • Pilea pumila – Clearweed
    • Pteridium aquilinum – Bracken
    • Solidago canadensis complex – Canada Goldenrod complex
    • Solidago rugosa – Rough Goldenrod
    • Symphyotrichum lanceolatum – Panicled Aster
    • Symphyotrichum racemosum – Small White Aster
    • Potentilla canadensis/simplex – Cinquefoil sp.
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex

    Edible and Medicinal Weeds

    • Achillea millefolium – Yarrow
    • Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed
    • Clinopodium vulgare – Wild Basil
    • Cyperus esculentus – Yellow Nutsedge
    • Lobelia inflata – Pukeweed
    • Oenothera biennis complex – Common Evening-primrose Complex
    • Oxalis sp. – Yellow Sorrels sp.
    • Phytolacca americana – Pokeweed
    • Plantago rugelii – American Plantain
    • Plantago virginica _ Virginia Plantain
    • Pteridium aquilinum – Bracken
    • Prunella vulgaris – Self-heal
    • Robinia pseudoacacia – Black Locust
    • Urtica dioica – Stinging Nettle
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex
    • Vitis sp. – Grape sp.

    Weeds for Pollinators

    • Achillea millefolium – Yarrow
    • Ageratina altissima – White Snakeroot
    • Agrimonia sp. – Agrimony sp.
    • Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed
    • Bidens sp. – Beggarticks sp.
    • Campsis radicans – Trumpet Creeper
    • Clinopodium vulgare – Wild Basil
    • Erigeron annuus complex – Annual Fleabane complex
    • Eupatorium serotinum – Late Boneset
    • Euthamia graminifolia – Grass-leaved Goldenrod
    • Geum canadense – White Avens
    • Nuttalanthus canadensis – Old-field Toadflax
    • Oenothera biennis complex – Common Evening-primrose Complex
    • Oenothera laciniata – Cut-leaved Evening Primrose
    • Parietaria pensylvanica – Pennsylvania Pellitory
    • Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia Creeper
    • Phyla lanceolata/nodiflora – Frogfruit sp.
    • Potentilla canadensis/simplex – Cinquefoil sp.
    • Prunella vulgaris – Self-heal
    • Robinia pseudoacacia – Black Locust
    • Solidago canadensis complex – Canada Goldenrod complex
    • Solidago rugosa – Rough Goldenrod
    • Symphyotrichum lanceolatum – Panicled Aster
    • Symphyotrichum pilosum – Old-field Aster
    • Symphyotrichum racemosum – Small White Aster
    • Viola sororia complex – Common Blue Violet complex
  • Larry Weaner and LWLA featured in Wild: The Naturalistic Garden

    We are excited to share that our work is featured in the new book Wild: The Naturalistic Garden, written by Noel Kingsbury and photographed by Claire Takacs.  An interview with Larry and photos of one of our favorite projects can be found in the final chapter, which focusses on the Prairie Garden.  

    You can order the title at Phaidon or Bookshop.

  • Larry Weaner to serve as an Honorary Director of Wild Ones!

    Photo Credit: Rob Cardillo

    We are thrilled to announce that Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes has named Larry as an Honorary Director. He will serve his term from 2022-2025. Wild Ones honors and recognizes distinguished individuals who are respected and known for their expertise in fields of ecology, botany, plant science, horticulture, entomology, climate change, and conservation. To learn more about this honor and the Wild Ones organization, please visit their website.

    Congratulations, Larry!!

  • Larry Weaner receives 2021 Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers

    Larry overseeing installation of The American Prairie
    Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Wakehurst
    Photo Credit: Jim Holden

    We are pleased to announce that the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) has awarded Larry Weaner their 2021 Award of Distinction. This award was established to recognize a landscape professional who has made a distinguished contribution to the landscape design profession. Congratulations, Larry!!

  • Attend our 2022 landscape symposium!

    For 33 years LWLA’s educational affiliate, New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), has organized an annual conference in collaboration with Connecticut College Arboretum and Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

    The 2022 conference–Expanding the Scope of Landscape Design: People, Ecology, and Time–features such speakers as Sara Zewde, Gena Wirth, Dwayne Estes, W. Gary Smith, and Raymond Jungles.

    For more about the 2022 conference, download the brochure or visit/register at NDAL.

    The conference is divided across four half-day modules on Jan. 20, Jan. 21, Jan. 27, and Jan. 28. CEUs are available.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Larry Weaner receives 2021 Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society

    photo by Marli Milano

    As part of their annual Great American Gardeners Awards, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) has awarded Larry Weaner their 2021 Landscape Design Award. This award recognizes individuals whose work has demonstrated and promoted the value of sound horticultural practices in the field of landscape architecture. Congrats, Larry!

    For more about Larry and the award, see the March/April issue of American Gardener magazine or visit the American Horticultural Society.

    Larry in the landscape (photo by Mark Weaner)

  • Mt. Cuba Center interviews Jenna Webster

    The Mt. Cuba Center, an acclaimed native plant botanical garden in Hockessin, Delaware, recently interviewed Jenna Webster, Senior Associate at LWLA. Jenna has taught in Mt. Cuba’s certificate program for the past five years. In the interview she discusses what inspires her and shares insights on some of her favorite projects at LWLA.

    Check out the interview and learn more about the Mt. Cuba Center.

  • Ethan Dropkin featured on Growing Greener podcast

    LWLA’s Ethan Dropkin is featured on Thomas Christopher’s Growing Greener podcast. Ethan discusses the role that native annuals play and how designers can use them.

    Check out the interview!

  • Distance Over Time

    This article discussed a series of webinars developed by Larry Weaner and NDAL (New Directions in the American Landscape).  Read the article.

  • Webinars developed by Larry Weaner and NDAL featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

    Webinars developed by Larry Weaner and NDAL (New Directions in the American Landscape) were recently featured in a post by Landscape Architecture Magazine.

    Founded by Larry Weaner in 1990, NDAL has provided educational programming for the advancement of ecology-based landscape practices. NDAL has presented programs throughout the US focusing on innovative theory, practical application, and an expansive vision of “Natural Design.” Programs draw from across disciplines, including agriculture, anthropology, history, and fine art.

    Click here to see the NDAL program offerings. To register for sessions, please visit ndal.org.

  • New Directions in the American Landscape Presents Webinars for Home Gardeners & Educators

    A renowned group of instructors including Douglass Tallamy and Larry Weaner will illustrate landscaping techniques that make our little corners of the world more ecologically sound and enjoyable to experience. Whether you choose to learn how pollinators, people, and plant communities interact; how to share concepts of ecoliteracy with your children; or how to collect your own seeds, this series will cover an eclectic variety of topics while generally emphasizing the importance of place-based ecological landscapes.

    New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) has provided educational programming for the advancement of ecology-based landscape practices since 1990. Founded by Landscape Designer Larry Weaner, NDAL has presented programs throughout the US focusing on innovative theory, practical application, and an expansive vision of “Natural Design.” Programs also draw from a variety of disciplines including agriculture, anthropology, history, and fine art.

    Click here to see our brochure. To register for sessions, please visit ndal.org.

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  • LWLA contributes to American prairie project at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

    LWLA is proud to be part of a team designing an American prairie installation at Wakehurst at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Find out more about this exciting project and check out this video from Kew’s recent seed collecting trip to Illinois.

  • Larry Weaner publishes in forthcoming book: Garden Design Master Class

    We are thrilled to announce Larry Weaner’s contribution to the forthcoming book, Garden Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from The World’s Finest Designers on the Art of the Garden edited by Carl Dellatore.  This title will contain Larry’s chapter on meadow creation, and is scheduled for release on April 14th, 2020.

    You can pre-order the title at Rizolli Books or Amazon.