8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. The Forest between the Trees: Herbaceous Layer Ecology & Forest Management - Frank S. Gilliam, Ph.D., Biological Science Professor, Marshall University The herbaceous layer plays a critical role in forest structure and function. It is highly sensitive to disturbance and difficult to re-establish once lost. We will review the ecology of the forest herb layer and explore how management practices that closely resemble natural disturbance regimes can be adapted to preserve and establish this essential stratum in managed forests and woodland gardens.
10:10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Creating Garden Momentum - Matthew Cunningham, Landscape Architect and Principal, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design In order to stand the test of time, gardens need to be responsive to changing conditions even as they continue to meet aesthetic expectations and design intent. Join landscape architect Matthew Cunningham as he explores how his firm’s projects evolve over time and how this shapes his process—from concept to installation and management.
11:30 a.m. The Ecosystems and Flora of Eastern North America: a Long and Surprising Tale of Evolution and Resilience - Derick Poindexter, Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill The native ecosystems and flora of eastern North America have evolved over millions of years, accumulating raw materials from many biogeography sources and recombining and altering them into what we see today. Our modern natural communities show surprising juxtapositions of tropic, temperate, and boreal; ancient and modern; native and foreign. Studying this assemblage reveals a fascinating palimpsest of change through time—and can inform our design choices while enriching our experience of the landscapes in which we work.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Beatrix Farrand’s Lost Garden: Historic Reclamation Meets Ecological Restoration - Ann Aldrich, Former Director, Dumbarton Conservancy, instructor, George Washington University In addition to the famed formal gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, landscape architect Beatrix Farrand designed an adjacent ‘wild garden.’ Made into a separate park in 1940, this portion of the estate deteriorated from neglect. Learn how The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is balancing historic and ecological goals to reclaim this masterful landscape.
2:45 p.m. Native Annuals: An Underutilized Resource - Ethan Dropkin, Designer, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Although designers rarely use native annuals, this suite of plants offers numerous design applications, including seeding them in as placeholders, nurse crops, and gap fillers in response to disturbance. Explore a variety of native annuals, their biology, and uses in designed landscapes.
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. The Crosby Arboretum: Observing Big, Applying Small - Patricia Drackett, Director, Crosby Arboretum The Crosby Arboretum in coastal Mississippi is an icon of natural landscape design, preserving and displaying the region’s native flora on 64 acres with minimal maintenance. The land, rather than traditional static displays, is the exhibit at Crosby as expressed through its ever-evolving plant communities. Learn from the Arboretum’s director how lessons from Crosby’s design and management can be applied at varied scales.
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Join us for complimentary reception with beer, wine, & hors d’oeuvres. Larry Weaner will sign copies of his recent book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change.