Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Where: The Paramount
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.
Claudia West | Author and Lecturer
Lecture (Morning): Planting in a Post-Wild World-Creating Resilient and Thriving Landscapes
Wild landscapes are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. This development negatively impacts the health of our planet and our quality of life. Humans and ecosystems need natural places to thrive. It’s our professional responsibility and privilege to develop and apply planting solutions that bring natural places back to our cities and suburbs. Come see international, successful, resilient planting projects and discuss how alternative planting methods integrate beauty with functional, ecological, and green infrastructure benefits that reduce negative impacts on the planet and our own health. Explore challenges, trends and opportunities to apply successful planting strategies in upcoming projects and contribute your part in creating more resilient landscapes.
Lecture (Afternoon): Designing Plant Communities: The Art and Science of Successful Native Planting
Horticulturists and designers today have access to more plant choices than ever before, including native species and their highly attractive cultivars. But awesome plants alone do not automatically translate into great planting. Often well-intended plantings fail on aesthetic and functional levels or are difficult to maintain with available resources. Arranging perennials in stable compositions continues to be the ultimate challenge. This presentation will delve into the fascinating world of wild plant communities and translate their core principles into practical design and management strategies. Come discover how plants fit together in attractive, resilient, and manageable planting and learn how this method of inter-planting is evolving into revolutionary new planting strategies you can incorporate into your project designs.
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp | Professor and Lecturer
Lecture (Morning): To BEE or NOT TO BEE
High levels of loss have been the norm for US beekeepers over the last 10 years. The underlying drivers for these annual losses have been much debated. Here we take a look at what is generally thought of as the three leading contributors to the losses; Varroa mites, pesticides and poor nutrition. The evidence for each will be reviewed and their likely contribution put in context. For instance, the National Honey Bee Disease survey and other survey efforts have documented varroa mite levels and pesticide incidence in the US which allow us to make more informed assessment of the impact of these factors may have on colony health. Evidence for synergistic effects between these factors will also be considered.
Tony Avent | Author and Lecturer
Lecture: Surround Yourself with Shady Characters
As we try to cool the Earth and absorb more CO2, we are planting larger numbers of shade trees. As those trees grow larger, the gardens beneath them become shadier. As this happens, gardeners begin their search for more understory plants. There will always be mainstream plants to fit some of these shady niches, but we also need to embrace botanical diversity by broadening our plant palette. This need coincides with a Victorian-like explosion of new and exciting native shade garden plants hitting the market, from carex to ferns and from iris to trillium…and so much more. Unique native plants are being propagated that have never been available before, so you’ll be amazed how genera you know have changed and how many plant genera you’ve probably never considered.