Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Explore eco-friendly landscape design, biodiversity and more with the nation's leading experts.
Our annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. Presented in conjunction with University of Pittsburgh’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and held at William Pitt Union on the University campus, this one-day forum will explain how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling important ecological functions.
To attend, please register online or call 412/441-4442, ext. 3925. Registration costs $90 for Phipps and Osher members and $100 for nonmembers on or before Oct. 11. After Oct. 11, the cost is $105 for Phipps and Osher members and $115 for nonmembers.* Registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Questions? Please contact us at email@example.com.
This conference counts as 3.75 hours credit hours for ASLA and PCH, as well as elective credit for Phipps’ Native Plant Landscapes, Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design Certificates.
8:30 – 9 a.m.
9 – 9:15 a.m.
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Setting the Scene: Local and Historical Context for the Day
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Looking at the Layered Landscape
10:45 – noon
Specialized Relationships in Nature
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and Book Sale
1 – 2:15 p.m.
Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscapewith Rick Darke
2:10 – 2:40 p.m.
Panel Q & A
2:40 – 2:45 p.m.
Rick Darke is an author, photographer and design consultant whose work blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of livable landscapes. He has been featured in publications like The New York Times, and his books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, In Harmony With Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. His latest work, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, was written in collaboration with fellow conference presenter Doug Tallamy.
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and taught courses for 32 years. Chief among his goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, is a seminal work for native plant enthusiasts. In 2014, The Living Landscape, a new book co-authored with Rick Darke, was released.
John Totten holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is co-owner of the landscape gardening firm Gardens! LLC and has taught classes on native plants at Phipps, Chatham University and The Pennsylvania State University.
* Cancellation policy: In order to receive a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee, you must cancel by Oct. 24. After this date, there will be no refunds. No-shows will not be refunded.
Photos © Rick Darke
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