The Evolving Role of Urban Landscapes, Nov 14, Wilmington

  • 14 November 2017
  • Start time : 08:00 AM
  • End time : 04:30 PM
  • Event Host : Ecological Landscape Alliance
  • Event Location : Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE, 19735, United States
The Evolving Role of Urban Landscapes, Nov 14, Wilmington
Event Description

Ecological designers are making progress in urban areas by developing semi-wild areas and addressing landscape connectivity to make positive impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem function, and sustainability.

Urban landscapes require vegetation to be able to look good and also provide specific functions at the same time, for example, the provision of resources for native invertebrates or being able to deal with directed stormwater run-off. In some cases, there are advantages to be gained in providing these “services” by adopting a more pragmatic approach in which useful attributes from a variety of different plant communities are “borrowed” and then re-assembled. These processes lead to the creation of new, novel communities that may have no direct equivalent in the natural world.

This will deal with the underlying philosophical and practical issues in doing this and how such vegetation can be conceived, designed, and managed in the longer term.

Continuing Education Credits have been approved by Landscape Architect Continuing Education System (LA CES), Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PCH credits have reciprocity with other States), Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), and New York State Nursery & Landscape Association (CNLP credits have reciprocity with other States)

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Ecological Landscape Alliance
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Tom Brightman is the Land Steward at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, where he helps maintain over 700 acres of forest, meadow, wetlands and agricultural lands. He worked intimately on the design, implementation, and management of both the Route 52 and Meadow Garden ecological design and restoration projects. His work involves land stewardship, strategic planning, teaching, interpretation, training, sustainability initiatives, and community collaborations.was previously the Conservation Easement Manager for the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA.

      Amy Highland is the Director of Collections at Mt. Cuba Center. She obtained her degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University. In 2006 she joined Mt. Cuba Center as the Plant Recorder and in 2012 she became our first Curator. Soon after, Amy was named Director of Collections and now oversees both living and non-living collections for the Center. Currently she is engaged in expanding the genetic diversity of the gardens and developing standards for our Core Collections.

      James Hitchmough is the Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the University of Sheffield in England, one of the worlds leading schools within this discipline. James’ research focus is on understanding how designed plant communities function ecologically and what are the key factors determining their attractiveness to urban people. Within the University James is a researcher and teacher and, the Head of Department (Chair). He also works as a design and management consultant on a range of landscape projects.
  • Event type
    • Conference

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