Natural Design Workshops

“I am amazed how generous you were with your presentation, specs, plant lists. I feel like I struck gold – you saved us sooo much time.”
– 2019 Design Workshop Attendee

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the March workshop in PA has been postponed – details TBA. Keep checking this page for new information, and make sure you’re on our email list to receive updates as soon as they arise!
Natural Design:
An Intensive, Two-Day Workshop

Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed to achieve them. This intensive, interactive, two-day workshop will provide concrete, real world guidance for designing and documenting all phases of native landscape development.

Attendees will have indefinite, password-protected access to a 100+ page digital manual that documents all aspects of the program, including plant selection criteria, plant recommendations, ecological process-based management specifications, and guidance for maximizing the aesthetic and experiential appeal these landscapes can provide.

Most recent workshop brochures: CT brochure & OH/TN brochure

2020 Upcoming Design Workshop Locations & Dates:
  • *Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

Coordinated and sponsored by Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Instructors: Larry Weaner, FAPLD & Ethan Dropkin, MLA

*Due to COVID-19 precautions, the March workshop in PA has been postponed – details TBA. Please direct all PA registration & venue questions to Jan McFarlan at Morris Arboretum at 215-247-5777 x 156. 


Photo by New Directions in the American Landscape

Ethan Dropkin speaks at NDAL’s August 2019 design workshop on Staten Island, NY

The below links and information refer to our 2019 summer series, and our future design workshops will be similar.

For course details, see our 2019 Summer Design Workshops Brochure

For CEU credits, see our 2019 Summer Design Workshops CEU Summary Sheet

For attendee evaluation survey results from our 2019 winter series of design workshops, see our Attendee Ratings page.

“I really enjoyed it all and thought the knowledge base was excellent and well communicated. I’ve followed you for many years. Happy and grateful for moving the needle and sharing so much.” – 2019 Design Workshop Attendee

Speakers (Summer 2019):

Larry Weaner, FAPLD | New Directions in the American Landscape
Ian Caton (MO, VA, and NJ only) | Wood Thrush Native Nursery
Ethan Dropkin, MLA (NY only) | Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

“Our industry is so very fortunate that Larry is out here offering us his advice while remaining so open minded…It is also delightful to be in the presence of so may likeminded fellow professionals, whose questions and answers add considerably to the overall value of the event.” – Molly R., 2019 Summer Workshop Attendee
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