Lecture Schedule

  • September 17, 2022 One-Day Workshop by Larry Weaner at Berkshire Botanical Garden view more
    Time:
    10 AM - 4 PM
    Location:
    Berkshire Botanical Garden - Stockbridge, MA
    Contact:
    Berkshire Botanical Garden

    Demand for native meadows, particularly as an alternative to lawn, is increasing dramatically. That said, few planting types are more misunderstood. Many failures result from inadequate planning and management; as well as the use of plants that are poorly adapted to the site and unable to survive in a highly competitive meadow environment. Far better results can be obtained when the plants and processes used reflect the ecological character of our native meadow communities. More than one-year wonders, meadows modeled on these ecosystems can provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor a myriad of wildlife and provide color and texture throughout the year.

    The program will begin with Landscape Designer Larry Weaner discussing the design, implementation, and management of native meadows on a variety of scales and in residential and public settings. The remainder of the day will include viewing on-property meadows including a meadow-in-progress and an area with high potential for a future meadow planting.

  • September 28, 2022 Larry Weaner to Lecture at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens view more
    Time:
    6-8 PM
    Location:
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Pittsburgh, PA
    Contact:
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    Experiencing wild nature needn’t be limited to the remotest regions of the world. It can occur in even the smallest backyard garden. Learn how noted landscape designer Larry Weaner interacts with and responds to ecological processes to create an ever-evolving wild yet still ornamental garden in his small property outside Philadelphia. Learn how this brains-over-brawn approach goes beyond simple editing of what occurs naturally and incorporates natural processes and plants’ reproductive abilities to achieve common aesthetic and functional goals. And perhaps most importantly, discover how loosening the reins can bring a newfound mystery and discovery to even the smallest garden.

  • October 12, 2022 In the Field: Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness Wildlife Management Area, Sparta, TN | Dwayne Estes & Larry Weaner (Professional) view more
    Time:
    9 AM - 4:30 PM CST
    Sponsor(s):
    New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), American Horticultural Society, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and Wild Ones - Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
    Location:
    Sparta, TN
    Contact:
    REGISTER HERE

    In this field session we will have a rare opportunity to observe and compare – on a single site – planted and naturally occurring native landscapes varying in age and management regime. Examined landscapes will include “warm-season grass” meadows, cool-season grass pastures, restored pine-oak savanna, and dry/wet mixed hardwood woodlands.

    Many of these landscapes contain high levels of native species diversity, including characteristic species of the Eastern Grassland. As a result of ecological and culture-based management procedures including selective timber harvests and prescribed fire, many of the species have rebounded naturally from the present seed/rootstock bank. At this site we will analyze the current plant communities, the natural and human activities that led to them, and how to translate that information into designed landscapes of various scales.

    Cosponsored by Southeastern Grasslands Initiative

    This presentation is part of the NDAL 2022 Summer Education Series.

    CEUs available – APLD (3), ASLA/LACES (6), & ISA (BCMA Science: 4; Certified Arborist: 6; Practice: 2; Utility Specialist: 4; Municipal Specialist: 6; Climber Specialist: 4; Aerial Lift Specialist: 4), NOFA (4)

  • November 3, 2022 One-Day Workshop by Larry Weaner at Morris Arboretum view more
    Time:
    9 AM - 4 PM
    Location:
    Morris Arboretum - Philadelphia, PA
    Contact:
    Morris Arboretum

    Demand for native meadows, particularly as an alternative to lawn, is increasing, and yet few types of landscape plantings are more misunderstood than the native wildflower meadow, with many failures resulting from inadequate planning and the use of poorly adapted plants. Far better results can be obtained when the plants and processes used reflect the ecological character of our naturally occurring meadow communities. More than one-year wonders, meadows modeled on these ecosystems can provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor a myriad of wildlife and provide color and texture throughout the year.

    In this all-day, in-depth workshop, Larry Weaner will discuss the design, implementation, and management of native meadows, using a series of case studies featuring large- and small-scale meadows as well as projects ranging in age from initial establishment to over ten years in existence. He will also illustrate how garden design principles can be used in the meadow for subtle visual effect and to create graceful transitions to more formal garden areas.

  • February 22, 2023 Larry Weaner to be Featured Speaker at WVNLA 2023 Winter Symposium view more
    Location:
    Embassy Suites - Charleston, WV
    Contact:
    West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association

    Symposium details to be announced soon!