MON-A01 Planting: Unlocking Creativity Through New Avenues of Designer/Grower Collaboration

Chet Halka
Halka Nurseries, Inc.
Millstone Township, NJ 
United States
Chet Halka owns and runs Halka Nurseries, which was founded by his father, Chet Halka, Sr., in 1954. Halka Nurseries grows 198 varieties of trees on over 2500 acres in central and southern New Jersey, specializing in specimen trees as large as 20" in caliper.  In addition, Halka Nurseries now includes a third generation, his daughters Jaime and Kate. 
Theodore Kiefer
Rivendell Nursery, LLC
Greenwich, NJ 
United States
Ted Kiefer owns Rivendell Nursery LLC, Greenwich New Jersey. Rivendell is a B & B Nursery specializing in high quality trees and shrubs. Rivendell Nursery has its own propagation facility and grows many standards as well as many unusual trees and shrubs. Ted grew up in Franklinville New Jersey and developed a love of plants and garden design from a young age. He attended University of Delaware to study plant science. In 1987 Ted bought a farm in Greenwich New Jersey and started Rivendell Nursery a year later.
Edmund Hollander, FASLA
Edmund D. Hollander Landscape Architect Design P.C.
New York, NY 
Edmund Hollander is President of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects, a firm with offices in New York City and Sag Harbor, N.Y. The firm includes environmental planners, landscape architects and horticulturists. He has taught at the City College of the University of New York and in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the Past President of the New York Chapter of the ASLA and was elected a Fellow of the ASLA in 2010.
Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Cambridge, MA 
Michael is President and CEO of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, with offices in both Cambridge, MA and Brooklyn, NY. He is currently the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and in 2010, received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for contributions to the practice of architecture as an art. Michael is an ASLA Fellow and a registered landscape architect in more than 25 states and received the 2003 National Design Award in Environmental Design, and the 2012 ASLA Design Medal.
Mon, 11/18: 8:00 AM  - 9:30 AM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 157 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Unleashing the potential of planting in design requires reexamination of planting design ideas and the craft of growing plants. A collaborative relationship between designer and grower can overcome the tendency in the 20th century to isolate the "designer as artist" from the "plant grower."

Learning Objective

1) Recognize how collaboration between grower and designer can influence the availability of specific plants.
2) Understand that collaboration between grower and designer leads to a wider diversity of sizes, forms, habits, and varieties.
3) Appreciate how collaboration between grower and designer can inform decisions about means and methods for plant installation.
4) Foresee the development of plants in the evolution of landscapes over time. 


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