Designing Native & Ecological Plant Communities with Claudia West
This workshop is designed for all audiences - home gardeners, landscapers and horticulturalists, land conservation groups, and others who want to learn about ecological planting design. Registrations are limited to 25 attendees to maximize learning. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns.
Having grown up on a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland and immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work.
Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade.
The workshop will be held at the Fourth Corner Foundation, a three acre non-profit garden whose mission is to promote sustainable design by creating a place for interested parties to gather and discuss ideas.
Designing Native and Ecological Plant Communities (5 hour workshop)
Functional and ecological plantings, such as rain gardens and meadows, are gaining on popularity but also face severe challenges. It is time for a new approach -- a plant community-based method which has evolved in the world of ecological science. Join us for this day long workshop as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better planting. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in a hypothetical planting project at the end of the workshop.
Schedule of the Day:
8:30 am Gather & Sign In
9:00 am The Day Begins!
Principles of Designed Plant Communities
Levels of Sociability
Plant Community Layers
Design and Installation Process
Layered Planting Design
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break (included in registration)
Design Exercises on site at Fourth Corner Foundation gardens
4:00 pm Adjourn