This year ASLA 2012 will override traditional focuses with field sessions in the Southwest landscape and education sessions keenly geared towards the landscape as a designed environment.
Here is a listing of planting design related field sessions and education session on offer at this year’s annual meeting. Also, please join the Planting Design PPN meeting Saturday, August 25th from 3:30-5:00.
Start the day with breakfast and a walk in the pristine Sonoran Desert with ASLA Design Medalist Steve Martino, FASLA. Then he’ll guide you through several residential desert gardens. The combined experience will juxtapose the natural ecosystem that is Martino’s passion and the gardens that are his favorite design pursuit.
This is a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning Arizona Highways photographers, who will share their encyclopedic knowledge of photographing landscapes. Regardless of your camera or experience, this hands-on workshop will open your eyes and imagination to the art of photography and the wonders of the world-renowned Desert Botanical Garden.
This will be a diverse exploration of residential gardens and breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. See how leading landscape architects in the Valley use hardscape materials, texture, and form to create these intimate oases. Gardens of differing scale and inspiration will reveal a rich palette of materials and vegetation.
Green roof design and construction present many challenges, but there are truly enjoyable aspects related to completed projects artistically created, especially at high elevations. Meet three experienced green-roof design and construction professionals to learn their roof-specific planting-design processes and palettes.
Greater environmental awareness has designated native plant species as intrinsically superior choices to non-natives. Increasing disagreement among practitioners and scientists begs for a timely debate on the facts and opinions. This session offers a careful, no-nonsense, and open re-evaluation of this contentious issue.
The urgent need for practical tree-selection processes for urban and brownfield sites warrants a careful and pragmatic reassessment of the â€œneed for natives.â€ Addressing site assessment, soil remediation, planting regimen, and area-wide biodiversity, panelists will put special emphasis on pragmatics and long-term maintenance.
The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is breaking new ground as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiativeâ„¢ (SITES) rating system. This session will showcase how the CSL is implementing SITES to prevent climate change, conserve resources, and commit to biodiversity.
Green walll systems are vital to the long-term health and sustainability of our environments. Green walls are also living works of art. Professionals designing and installing green wall systems will discuss the aesthetics and pragmatics of bringing artistry and creativity to the green-wall plant palette.
This session will focus on sustainable garden design from an award-winning landscape architect with more than 30 years of experience creating Southwest gardens. The discussion will include a short history of garden design and demonstrate how to create sustainable, meaningful gardens.
The current regulatory environment has increased site planning challenges by requiring specific, prescriptive stormwater controls. But aesthetic landscape architecture and stormwater management are often polar opposites. This session will integrate the two with basic hydrologic principles that meet prescriptive requirements and enhance creative freedom.
Four billion people worldwide will see London’s stunning Olympic Park in 2012. It is an exemplary sustainable development that will be transformed into a mixed-use development for up to 20,000 residents. This is the story of revitalizing a largely derelict and contaminated post-industrial landscape.
Meadows, grasslands, and woodlands offer many environmental, managerial, and aesthetic benefits, yet designers often struggle with these complex ecosystems. This session will provide proven design, installation, and management strategies for successfully establishing sustained meadows and grasslands from seed and live plants.
by Stephanie Tuite and Deirdre Toner, Co-chairs, Planting Design PPN