Student Scholarships NOW OPEN: 2020 Annual NDAL Landscape Symposium

We are now accepting applications from students and recent graduates for free admission to the 2020 Annual NDAL Symposium.

FOUR scholarships are available for undergraduate, graduate students, and emerging professionals (graduated within 1 year prior to the 2020 Symposium) – TWO at our Pennsylvania location (near Philly), TWO at our Connecticut (New London, CT) location.

Scroll down for application instructions and to apply.


For more details about the upcoming Symposium, click here.

For our archive of past Symposia brochures, click here.

The Student/Emerging Professional Scholarship for the NDAL Symposium honors Darrell Morrison, FASLA, Senior Honorary Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, and Glenn Dreyer, Connecticut College Arboretum Director Emeritus. Their wide-ranging influence in the field of ecological landscape design inspires those whose careers are just beginning to develop, and NDAL’s mission includes supporting beginning landscape practitioners. Scholarship recipients will receive free admission to the Symposium.

Requirements: You must be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or have graduated within 1 year prior to the Symposium.

Applications deadlineDecember 2nd, 2019

Decision date: Applicants notified by December 6th, 2019. This allows anyone who is not selected time to take advantage of early-bird admission rates.

Photo credit: Bob Gutowski

The Darrel Morrison Scholarship

Pennsylvania | January 9-10, 2020


Darrel Morrison at NDAL’s 30th Annual Symposium in Blue Bell, PA | Photo credit: Bob Gutowski

Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a longtime advocate of native plants and native plant communities in landscape design and restoration, and has played a pivotal role in the development of the native landscape design field. He taught at Columbia University, and was Dean of the University of Georgia College of Environmental Design; he is currently Senior Honorary Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. Darrel’s designs include the expanded Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Old Stone Mill landscape at the New York Botanical Garden, and meadows at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York.

The Glenn Dreyer Scholarship

Connecticut | January 16-17, 2020

Larry and Glenn 2019 Symposium

Larry Weaner and Glenn Dreyer at NDAL’s 30th Annual Symposium at Connecticut College in New London, CT

Glenn Dreyer, now retired, served as Connecticut College’s Director of the Arboretum since 1988, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany. Glenn has played an instrumental role in the integration of the ecological sciences into the practice of landscape design. His dedicated work with Connecticut College and its Arboretum began in 1982 when he worked in landscape management, and he became the college’s Assistant Arboretum Director the following year. His work has focused on the interconnection between horticulture and ecology. His research has included vegetation management, invasive plants, plant community ecology, and urban forestry.

Application Instructions

Application period opens: October, 2019

Applications deadline: December 2nd, 2019

Decision date: December 6th, 2019

Application Materials include:

  • Completed NDAL Application Form, which includes submission of:
    • Copy of latest transcript OR resume
    • A brief (up to 500 words) written educational/professional rationale for attending the NDAL Annual Symposium
Click here for the online application

If you have any questions, contact NDAL Executive Director Sara Weaner at or 510-518-0430.



Header photo credit: Bob Gutowski

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