Monthly Archives: February 2017

Evenings with Experts – Grow Native

A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

  • First Wednesdays of each month, from February through May
    7:00 — 8:30 pm
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
  • Each talk will last about an hour with time for Q&A afterward.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm for general seating. Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis.
  • Events are free and open to all. 

Download a Flyer of 2017 Lectures  

  • CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (4 credits); and MCH

2017 Programs

  • February 1
    Nurturing the Liberated Landscape
    Larry Weaner, Author of Garden Revolution & Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
    All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants.  But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them.  Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature.  Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. His new book, Garden Revolution, is a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.
    This lecture co-sponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery.
  • March 1
    The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed: Why, When, and How
    Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm

    As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike.Randi Eckel has been studying native plant seed propagation and plant-insect interactions for over thirty years.  She is the founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, which supplies both seeds and plants of species native to eastern North Americ

    This lecture co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.

  • April 5
    How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators

    Annie White, Ecological Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor, University of Vermont  
    Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.Annie White is the founder of Nectar Landscape Design Studio and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont. She earned her MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont was focused on this exceptional new research on native plant cultivars.
  • May 3
    The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden: Maintenance, Interpretation, and Compromise
    Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG
    The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy.
    This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Location, Parking & Transit Info

Cambridge Public Library Location Map

Limited public parking is available under the Library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour.

Limited metered spaces are available in the area, including on Broadway, Cambridge Street, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and around Cambridge Common. Cambridge resident street spaces are available throughout the area.

If you are driving, know that this is an active urban area, and allow time to park. Please carpool if you can. It reduces the competition for spaces.

Additional garage parking is available at market rates in Harvard Square (a short walk across Harvard Yard) at the Harvard Square Parking Garage and several other locations.

The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.

The New Landscape Declaration

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in solving the defining issues of our time. LAF is now encouraging landscape architects across the globe to sign on to this ambitious vision, discuss, share, and work to turn the ideas into concrete actions.

The Declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects from around the world to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. The event was inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern drafted by Ian McHarg and five others who decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, the New Landscape Declaration asserts the critical role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges of our time.

“In this time of political and cultural shifts, the New Landscape Declaration is a powerful reminder of the common values that we share as designers,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “We hope that the Declaration will serve to guide our work collectively and as individuals, firms, civil servants, educators, non-profit leaders, mentors, and the many other capacities in which we work. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed.”

To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of signatories,

For information about the New Landscape Declaration and the landmark Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future (including recordings from the full two days and a 20-minute documentary), visit:

About the Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders.

From Rooftops to Retaining Walls: Hardscape Solutions for Designers

FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER – Please register by Monday, February 20!

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presents:

 From Rooftops to Retaining Walls: Hardscape Solutions for Designers

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: at O&G Industries Earth Products Showcase 325 Hancock Avenue / Bridgeport, CT

Program registered with LACES (5.0 PDH/HSW) and AIA-CES (5.0 LU/HSW)

Presentations will include:

  • Segmented Retaining Walls
  • Rooftop Paver Systems
  • Revitalizing Space with Rooftop Gardens
  • Isokern Fireplaces & Kitchens
  • Thinstone Applications
  • Treatment of Sealants and Waterproofing


  • $95 Members of ASLA / AIA / CNLA / ACEC / CSCE
  • $125/Non-Members
  • $45/Students (student ID required)

Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.


Vendors exhibiting include: Alliance Gator * Anchor Walls * Boral / Instone * Cultec * Isokern * Marshalls * Miracle Sealants * Mirage * Nicolock * OldCastle – Bison Pedasal Systems * Pavestone * Pustola & Associates Engineers / Contractors * Realstone * Redland Brick * Royal Perla * Strata Natural Stones * Techo-Bloc * Turf Tek USA * Unilock, New York Inc. * Williams Stone Company Inc.

See the brochure for more info, then use the mail-back form or register online.

(Deadline: February 20)

Register today

Questions? Contact Jeff Mills at or

(860) 454-8922.

Thanks to our Sponsor!


BSLA – Landscape Architecture Conference + Xpo

A powerful, full day of learning for Landscape Architects, Designers, Architects, Arborists, Contractors, and those working to make our public and private green spaces and gardens the best they can be.

Thursday, February 9, 2017. Hyatt Regency Downtown Boston

12 leading-edge sessions – up to four choices during each time block!

Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Horticulture options courtesy our guest hosts, Weston Nurseries / Green-Up Academy, Cavicchio Greenhouses, New England Wildflower Society, and Massachusetts Arborists Association/New England GROWS.

DOWNLOAD  Descriptions for Landscape Architecture Sessions

DOWNLOAD Descriptions for Urban Design Sessions

DOWNLOAD Descriptions for Horticulture Sessions

Fees beginning January 23, 2017

  • Single Registration: $175 (includes lunch)
  • Company Registration for Three: $500 (includes lunch) (Four: $660; Five: $830)
  • Special for first 15 Student Members: $100 (includes lunch)
  • Social (5-7 PM) – Free for BSLA Members, others $35.00

Registrations after noon on Friday, February 3 will incur a $25 surcharge.

Link to Registration


Basic Schedule –

7:30 Coffee and Registration

Sessions at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30, 3:30

Lunch: Noon to 1:30

Social: 5 – 7

Exhibits: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

(For info on LARE Review (Feb 8 and 9), click here).

Speakers and Topics Include

Landscape Architecture

(Description and Learning Objectives available to Download)

(All approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits)

8:30 am Doug Jones, ASLA: Inspired Gardens

10:30 am Daniel Vasini, Affiliate ASLA: Perspectives on Landscape Identity in the 21st Century

1:30 pm Kate Tooke, ASLA: Playful Research to Inform Playscape Design

3:30 pm Gina Ford, ASLA: Landscape Humanism in Practice


Urban Design

(Descriptions and Learning Objectives available to  DOWNLOAD)

(All are approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits and 1.5 AIA LU Credits)

8:30 am Jill Zick, ASLA (and Panel): Understanding Boston’s Redevelopment Design

10:30 am Charles Waldheim, Honorary ASLA – The New Heliomorphism

1:30 pm Maria Bellalta, ASLA and Daniela Coray: Social Urbanism or City Branding:  The Medellín Model

3:30 pm Shauna Gilles-Smith ASLA  (and Panel): Off to the Races – Suffolk Downs UD Charrette


(All approved for 1.5 LA CES Credits)

8:30 am New England Wildflower Society presents, Defining Native: What It Means and Why It Matters, Mark Richardson 

10: 30 am New England GROWS and Massachusetts Arborists Association Present:  Survive or Thrive? Reaching the Full Potential of Trees in Your Landscape Design (Deb Howe, ASLA; Scott McPhee, MCA, ISA; Mike Colman, MCA, ISA, CTSP, ASCA)

1:30 pm Cavicchio Greenhouses Presents: Rooftop and Urban Garden Planning: Tough Plants for Tough Conditions (Shannon Tyrrell, MCH and Mike Drescher

3:30 pm Weston Nurseries/Green-Up Academy Presents: The Back Story for Shrub Success (and more) (BreAnn Nott, Bailey Nurseries)