SAT-A07 The Art and Science of Designing Native Landscapes: Meadows, Grasslands, and Woodlands

Jean Marie Hartman, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 
United States
Jean Marie Hartman has a B.S. in Botany, M.S. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Connecticut. Dr. Hartman's role at Rutgers University in research, teaching, and outreach within the discipline of landscape architecture bridges the gap between ecology and design. Her work generates new scientific understandings of complex ecological systems and indicates the ways in which design, planning and policy can help to protect and restore them.
Larry Weaner
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Glenside, PA 
United States
Larry Weaner, Principal of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has over 30 years of landscape design experience, combining expertise in horticulture, environmental science, and the traditions of garden design. His restoration and design work at public facilities, institutions, and private residences spans more than ten states and has been profiled in numerous national publications. He frequently collaborates with landscape architecture firms on the design, installation, and restoration of meadows and other natural areas.
Thomas Hoblyn
Thomas Hoblyn Landscape & Garden Design
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk , IP31 1AR 
Thomas Hoblyn has been designing award-winning gardens since 2005.  He has won 3 Gold Medals for gardens at the Internationally renowned RHS Flowers Shows and the People's Choice Award for his last garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Tom is renowned for his classical landscape designs.  Historical restoration and a keen interest in the natural environment play equally important roles in his work which typically includes rural estates and large country gardens. He is currently restoring a 200-acre English parkland, recently restored the garden of the former hunting lodge of Edward and Mrs Simpson to its past glory and has his work on permanent display at the world-famous Eden Project.  He trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he developed his passion for plants.

Eric Groft, ASLA
Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc
Annapolis, MD 
United States
Eric D. Groft, Principal at Oehme, van Sweden & Associates in Washington, DC, has over 25 years of experience in residential, commercial and institutional work and prides himself in his sense of regionalism and appropriateness. Mr. Groft has a passion for horticulture and is widely recognized as an industry leader in environmental/wetland restoration. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. Eric has worked extensively with Larry Weaner in establishing a variety of landscapes.
Sat, 11/16: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 210 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Designed meadows, grasslands, and woodlands offer environmental, managerial, and aesthetic benefits, yet designers often struggle to establish them. In this session, a plant ecologist, landscape architect, and meadow design specialist will discuss proven approaches for successfully establishing meadows and grasslands from seeds and live plants.

Learning Objective

1) Integrate design and ecology to achieve beautiful, resilient, low-maintenance meadows and grasslands for varying scales and conditions.
2) Learn effective design and specifation approaches for meadow and grassland projects established from seed and live plants.
3) Acquire reliable strategies for managing meadow and grassland designs.
4) Determine methods for artistic coalescence of created and natural ecosystems. 


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