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)