SAT-B02 Planting Design: Inspiration and Creativity from Nature and Art

Sandra Youssef Clinton, FASLA
Clinton & Associates Landscape Architects
Hyattsville, MD 
United States
Sandra Youssef Clinton, FASLA, President of Clinton & Associates Landscape Architects, received the prestigious 2013 Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society. She believes landscape architecture is the intersection of humans and nature. Her firm has a broad base in commercial, institutional, and residential work, creating beautiful environments for four-season outdoor living. Sandy’s background in Plant Science and Horticulture comes through in each of her designs, where she pays particular attention to the seasonal rhythms of nature and applies these observations to her designed landscapes.  Sandy's award-winning work has been featured in Garden Design Magazine, LAM, and many other books and publications over the years, and she was invested as a Fellow of the ASLA in 2005.
Bruce John Riddell, ASLA
Bruce John Riddell Landscape Architect LLC
Boothbay, ME 
United States
Bruce John Riddell, ASLA Landscape Architect of Boothbay Harbor, Maine is principal of his one person firm known as “LandArt”. With over 25 years of landscape architecture experience in a wide range of scales he focuses primarily on the design and construction of intimate coastal gardens and parks. He has been a key designer for the stonescape and planting designs at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Riddell’s gardens typically combine native and naturalized plantings with custom furnishings. He was educated at the University of Maine and University of Pennsylvania. Riddell is recipient of the 2010 American Horticultural Society’s Landscape Design Award.
W. Gary Smith, ASLA
W Gary Smith Design
Austin, TX 
United States
W. Gary Smith creates gardens that celebrate sense of place,  planting design, and connections between people and nature. A nationally recognized expert on botanical garden design, he has worked in diverse regions of the U.S. in collaboration with many talented ecologists and horticulturists. In 2011 he received the Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society, which goes to one individual each year whose career has demonstrated and promoted the value of sound planting practices in the field of landscape architecture. He is the author of From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design.
Sat, 11/16: 1:30 PM  - 3:00 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 253 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Notable design requires more than mixing and matching the attributes of plants, studying native habitats and ecosystems, and using a set palette of plants. Three landscape architects accomplished in both horticulture and ecology share some of their best sources of inspiration for innovative planting design.

Learning Objective

1) Develop a visual vocabulary for seeing and recording patterns in landscape, art, and other forms of human expression.
2) See beyond the typical understanding of seasonal change and singular design elements to a larger source of inspiration for planting design.
3) Learn about the artist's approach to planting design, creatively and effectively combining horticultural and ecological perspectives.
4) Explore sustainable design as inspired by a full range of aesthetic possibilities, from native and natural to stylized and horticultural. 


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