MON-C05: Planting in a Post-wild World: Designing Resilient Plant Communities

American Society of Landscape Architects


Monday, November 9, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST

CM | 1.50

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More than half the world’s population now live in cities. Planting design needs to respond to a range of urban environmental challenges. Join some of the country’s leading practitioners to explore strategies inspired by wild plant communities that result in more robust, diverse, and resilient plantings. Learning Objectives - Analyze differences between the way plants grow in the wild and the way they grow in designed landscapes. - Explore the competitive strategies of plants in naturally occurring communities to understand how these can be used to inform plant selection and arrangement. - Examine strategies for creating aesthetic frames around mixed planting to make them attractive and appealing to the public. - Understand how to creatively manage mixed plantings by looking at ten years of experience at The Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park.