Resilient Landscapes in the Built Environment | Section II
November 22 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mondays, November 22, November 29, December 6 and December 13
Continuing the focus on resilient landscapes in built environments, Section II examines New England native plants in the landscape: their biodiversity, beauty, and achieving high performance with minimal input. In the final two courses, the instructor will provide step-by-step information on seasonal implementation and land-management practices relating to succession, identify concepts of green infrastructure, and discuss contractor-to-client communication essential for success. Courses are designed to be interactive, supporting those students with a working knowledge of native plants to plan for the next level of design and maintenance.
Day 1: Native Woody Plants |with Andy Brand
Take part in a virtual tour of native woody plants, from the rare to the common, including several under-used species and straight-versus-cultivated species, discussing how they’re used in designed resilient landscapes. Develop plant identification skills, learn to evaluate and select woody plants appropriate for specific built landscapes, and recognize woody plants, individually and communally, that contribute habitat and structure to the year-round landscape.
Day 2: Native Herbaceous Plants | with Heather McCargo
Learn about a range of native herbaceous plants, from those thriving in versatile conditions to plants preferring specific cultural conditions, all of which lead to healthier ecological landscapes. Class content will cover trends in the native plant nursery trade, wildlife benefits, project testimonials, seasonal planting and management methods according to species’ habit and successional growth, and visual aesthetic for seasonal appeal.
Day 3: Sustainable Implementation Practices | with Trevor Smith
Examine how green infrastructure (GI) sustainably manages the water and drought conditions that impact landscape performance and practices. Just as traditionally implemented landscape designs cannot be left alone, resilient landscapes also need long-term care as they naturally evolve. Consider environmental factors and available resources, learn about project timing and execution, and how to evaluate timelines while ensuring minimal harm and maximum beneficial impact.
Day 4: Contractors and Clients in Unison | with Trevor Smith
Link knowledge with practice in this final class. Learn how to communicate with clients, employees, and contractors, not all of whom may understand ecological systems. Learn how to explain and identify goals and processes that lead to achieving resilient landscapes. Trevor will expand upon successional development; management as an extension of the installation process, rather than maintenance; and review long-term horticulture practices that promote high performance with minimal physical input. Students will leave confident in their ability to communicate their resilient landscape ideas and methods clearly and accurately.