The Living Landscape Dual Session
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 08 - 11:45am to 1:15pm

Session 1: Preserving 20th Century Garden Design Excellence While Adapting Resilient 21st Century Public Gardens

oday the leaders of public gardens are faced with many difficult decisions related to climate change, membership and audience development, change in historic character, and maintenance. Necessary contemporary interventions such as parking lots, gardeners’ sheds, restrooms, and septic fields, as well as the addition of new collections, risk significant disturbance to the fabric of the historic landscape and to the continuation of its story. Learning the core design intents of your garden during its evolution is critical to guiding a design process that addresses needed changes in a sensitive manner. Smart design and informed leadership can navigate many conflicting ideas and opinions. 

Presenters: R. Eason, Land & Garden Preserve, Seal Harbor, Maine; I. Simpkins, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami, Florida; T. Woltz, Nelson, Byrd, Woltz, New York, New York.

This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES Credit Hours.

Session 2: Planting for the Future: Horticultural Design Fostering Youth Engagement in the Luci and Ian Family Garden

The touch-friendly Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) recently opened to stimulate interaction and exploration through diverse and sometimes quirky native flora. A leader in outstanding horticulture, the LBJWC is planting for the future– our children. We have designed innovative displays in plant-focused garden features to encourage physical activity, fantasy, and engagement. This requires a change in perspective from designing for just adults. Educators, interpreters, and garden designers will see how various types of plants achieve these goals and how they are used by children, guardians, and educators. 

Presenters: A. DeLong-Amaya, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas.