The Piedmont Landscape Association hosts an annual seminar (formerly called the Central Virginia Landscape Management Seminar) every February. This event strives to bring gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting.
The Piedmont Landscape Association (PLA) has served central Virginia for over 30 years. Our mission is to unite all landscape-related professionals (i.e. gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturists, extension agents, arborist, designers, etc.); encourage members to maintain the highest standards of business ethics; provide our members with reliable information and educational programs; offer opportunities for networking; and provide service to the community through volunteer projects, scholarships and educational programs.
Lecture (Morning): Community Food Forests: Growing Communities with Gathering Spaces
Catherine will discuss the design and management of food forests in backyards and communities. Learn what benefits and resources a community food forest can add to your community, local food system, and landscape. Catherine will discuss best management practices based on her research for The Community Food Forest Handbook and show multiple examples of how such projects have transformed vacant lots, public parks, and other grounds.
Lecture (Morning): Life is too Short for Boring Plants: Infusing Living Architecture into the Garden
Specimen plants are usually selected for their flowers and foliage but form is often overlooked. Plants with extraordinary architecture add year-round interest to the landscape and provide a sculptural element that transforms a good garden to a great one. Whether working with a plant’s natural form or imposing your will to create living walls and sculpture, this seminar will help you get the most impact from the plants in your garden.
Ellen Ecker Ogden
Lecture (Afternoon): The New Heirloom Garden
A kitchen garden is much more than simply a place to grow food. The forgotten fruits of heirloom variety vegetables offer color, aroma, and exceptional flavors as well as an old-world charm that deepens one's connection to growing food. In this lecture, you will learn the process behind designing a European inspired potager or kitchen garden utilizing plants that hark back to an earlier era, with a modern twist. You’ll learn the difference between an heirloom and open-pollinated plant, and more about Aunt Molly’s Cape Gooseberry, Mortgage Lifter Tomato, and Gilfeather Turnip and other heirlooms with stories.
Lecture (Afternoon): Planting for the Future: Lessons from Wild Plant Communities
New Naturalism is all the rage in modern horticulture and for good reason: gardens inspired by natural systems promote authentic connections between land, environment and humanity. In this era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, planting is a powerful verb. Gardeners can celebrate the experience of bringing nature closer to home through expressions of wildness and intentional consideration of how plants grow over time. In this lecture brimming with examples from public and private spaces around the world, plantsman Kelly Norris strives to inspire audiences with practical and inspiring ideas for planting the world a more beautiful, functional place.
To learn more about the speakers, their lecture topics, see the event sponsors and learn more about the Piedmont Landscape Association please visit us at www.piedmontlandscape.org for details.
Registration is open now through the event date. “Early Bird” discounts run through 1/14/2020 followed by additional ticketing tiers. All ticket sales are final.
For additional event information please refer to the PLA Seminar page for details.
To become a member and save on your tickets visit: https://www.piedmontlandscape.org/membership.html
Continuing Education Credits will be available for: ASLA & ISA. Check the website for more details.