8:15am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - Reflecting on New Directions in the American Landscape - Larry Weaner Drawing from his own design and restoration work, Larry Weaner will explore how disturbance events, agricultural traditions, historic practices, and social justice are informing his design vision and landscapes long term. His discussion sets the stage for considering new avenues for our field at the 30th annual New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) conference.
10:15am - Break
10:35am - Managed Ecological Succession as a Response to Major Disturbance Events - William Young Whether from a storm or a bulldozer, large scale disturbance restarts ecological succession. Aligning natural regenerative processes with a planting and management plan offers a highly efficient way of restoring vegetation—or even improving it. Landscape architect and restoration ecologist William Young will illustrate this approach through projects from his many years on the cutting edge of ecology-based design.
11:35am - Inspirational Vignettes from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - William Cullina More than a collection of plants, the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens is a collection of gardens. Master horticulturist and Gardens’ President and CEO William Cullina will show garden compositions based on native plant communities and artistic inspiration. Regardless of scale, these vignettes provide stunning models for the marriage of ecology, horticulture, and design.
12:35pm - Lunch
1:50pm New Perspectives on Edible Landscapes: From Regenerative Agriculture to Foraged Flavors Part 1: Chad Adams
Exciting opportunities exist for landscape designers to impact the design and future of our food system while also restoring ecosystems and addressing climate change. Landscape architect Chad Adams will discuss strategies of regenerative agriculture and the role for design on projects ranging from 3 to 4,000 acres.
Part 2: Tama Matsuoka Wong
Professional forager and wild food purveyor Tama Matsuoka Wong will demonstrate how appreciation for the diverse flavors of wild, uncultivated plants at the nation’s premiere restaurants has the capacity to transform how designers conceive of edible landscapes. She will discuss ethical foraging, “wild farming,” delicious management of invasive exotics, and the untapped flavors of our native flora.
3:20pm - Break
3:35pm - Imposition or Revelation? Design and the Nature of Contradiction - Rick Darke What’s the difference between revealed order and imposed order? It takes a good gardener to see order where none is apparent, and a prepared mind to see opportunity in the contradictory nature of living landscapes. Rick Darke will illustrate and explain dynamic design models informed by the art of observation and stewarded by strategic intervention.
4:50pm - Evening reception: A 30th-anniversary party with music, book signings, and complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Tastings of native plant delicacies by speaker Tama Matsuoka Wong and her four-star chef collaborators will also be featured.