The Design Maintenance Relationship Symposium is sold out!
Please note: The location of this event has been changed to the MNLA Office at 1813 Lexington Avenue N., Roseville, MN 55113
- Check in (Advanced Registration is Required): 8:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m.
- Symposium: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Register by March 15: MNLA Members: $129; Non-Members: $159 | After March 15: MNLA Members: $149; Non-Members: $179
Join us as we explore the relationship between design, management and perception of care in diverse, dynamic planting compositions. This symposium will provide cutting edge information on the latest trend in sustainable garden design and care.
Biodiversity has long been recognized as an important component of native, “sustainable” and resilient planting designs. Healthy ecosystems may have 25 or more species per square meter. Pollinators and people seem to desire continuous bloom in the landscape throughout the season! How do we arrange and work with plants that spread, die or spread seed at random?
On the other hand, many people prefer neatness, control and predictability in their landscapes. Perfect bluegrass lawns, uniform arborvitae and boxwood hedges seem to be as popular as ever. So, planting design can get complicated! Much of this has to do with our European cultural sensibilities, psychological needs for calm and safety in our environment and with the availability of industrialized landscape maintenance. Plant massing, repetition and harmony are all taught in landscape design 101.
Since the 1970’s there has been a trend towards ecologically based landscape design. Remember the first Earth Day? Natural and restorative landscapes captured the interest and imagination of many clients and landscape designers. During the eighties, the firm of Oehme van Sweden popularized “planterly landscapes” that featured ornamental grasses and masses of perennials instead of lawns and evergreens. In recent years, prairie, woodland and shoreline restorations have become more common and sometimes, even required as natural buffers. Green infrastructure - landscapes composed of biological systems - are often used in raingardens and bioswales to infiltrate and cleanse storm water. These plant compositions are complicated and need management- not unlike grandma’s perennial garden or an English Cottage Garden. Urban meadows, such as the Lurie Garden in Chicago and the High Line in New York City are currently wildly popular tourist destinations. So, who is going to take care of these gardens? They can’t just be mowed, burned and spot sprayed like an 80 acre prairie. Does the green industry have the tools, knowledge and personnel able to do this work?
Our goal with this symposium is to explore these issues and current best practices for managing more natural, “sustainable” and complicated landscapes by looking at case studies of a variety of local installations.
Presenters will be local practitioners with a variety of experience with these contemporary, timeless gardens. They will each present case studies and photos of their projects. At the end of the day, they will come together for a panel discussion and opportunity for question and answer.
- Arla Carmichiel, Three Rivers Park District -- Arla has been a horticulturist with Three Rivers Park District for over 30 years. She supervises the Horticulture Program at Three Rivers Park District and is responsible for the garden design and maintenance throughout the Park District's properties. The home garden that Arla shares with her husband, nursery owner Steve Kelley, is known for extensive gardens filled with a diverse collection of plants.
- Patrick Kelly, Prairie Restorations, Inc.
- Jim Hagstrom, Savanna Designs, Inc. -- Jim Hagstrom has been designing, building and managing healthy, more sustainable landscapes for more than forty years. He has been promoting and experimenting with using native plant materials in many of his projects. Many of his designs balance the tension between a traditional Western European approach to design and a more natural, environmentally responsible perspective. Hagstrom graduated from the University of Minnesota in Landscape Architecture in 1978 and was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architect's in 2010.
- Michael Keenan, Urban Ecosystems, LLC -- Michael is the Director of Design at Urban Ecosystems, the local landscape architecture studio. He is passionate about plants, water, and how people interact with them. His knowledge of natural processes inspire the creation of dynamic gardens, landscapes, and green infrastructure systems. As Director of Design, Michael leads master planning and site design projects of residential, commercial, and corporate landscapes. Michael holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He also teaches design studios in planting design, landscape analysis, and ecological design for the Masters of Landscape Architecture program.
- Douglas Owens-Pike, EnergyScapes, Inc. -- Douglas Owens-Pike trained as a plant ecologist. He completed his MS at UW Seattle College of the Environment 35 years ago. He founded EnergyScapes in 1989 to create beautiful landscapes that also save clients time and money on maintenance, while providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. He has received awards for his designs and volunteer service from MNLA & the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, including "Designer in Bloom" in 2006. EnergyScapes has a team of Landscape Architects who design both commercial and residential settings where we demonstrate ecological function combined with beauty. EnergyScapes has their own installation and maintenance crews to both build and guide the success of landscapes they design. Douglas is the author of "Beautifully Sustainable: Freeing Yourself to Enjoy Your Landscape."
Registration price includes morning coffee and lunch. Parking is free.
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