SUN-A04 Effective Strategies for Horticultural Sustainability in Planting Design

Patrick Cullina
Patrick Cullina Horticultural Design & Consulting
Brooklyn, NY 
United States
Patrick Cullina is a horticulturist, designer, photographer, lecturer and observer of living environments who has served as Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations for Friends of the High Line and V.P. of Horticulture, Operations and Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Consultant and adviser to clients ranging from design firms and project teams to municipal, commercial and private entities, he remains a committed, creative advocate for the role of plants in landscape design. His work in horticulture has been recognized by a number of organizations including the Garden Club of America, who awarded him a Zone Horticulture Commendation in 2010.
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.
Sun, 11/17: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 210 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Rising demand for heightened visual drama requires increasingly ambitious planting design. Today's sustainable landscapes require a more versatile and sophisticated range of strategies for achieving a variety of aesthetic results. This session will explore the creative application of horticultural practices across a spectrum of landscapes.

Learning Objective

1) Discover how to maximize the role of plants for increasing visual drama in sustainable landscapes.
2) Learn planting design tailored to the particulars of a site rather than dramatically modifying a site to suit the palette of plants.
3) Understand the benefits of developing an ongoing relationship with the client and site to accommodate landscape management over time.
4) Learn to navigate the realm of plant options-native, non-native, cultivars, seedlings-to reach the ideal plant choice for a particular situation. 


Education Credits


Primary Topic

Sustainable Design