Upcoming Events

NDAL is planning several new and exciting programs for 2020-2021!

NDAL Events

Professional Intensive Short Courses

Natural Landscape Design for New England: An Intensive Virtual Course

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December 10-11, 2020 | 1 – 4:30 PM EST
Cosponsored by The Connecticut Audubon Society

Developed by Larry Weaner & New Directions in the American Landscape

The desire for landscapes that are “ecologically functioning” as well as beautiful is rapidly becoming mainstream. The techniques required to successfully design, plant and maintain these landscapes, however, can differ dramatically from traditional practice. This intensive virtual course will illustrate how to apply these altered practices in a variety of settings including meadows, shrublands, woodlands, and fine gardens.     

Attendees will receive an extensive digital, login-protected manual that documents all aspects of the program, including plant selection criteria, plant recommendations, and ecological process-based management specifications.

CEUs available

For program and registration details, view the Virtual Course Brochure or visit NDAL’s Course Portal.

Professional Annual Symposia

Guiding Theory into Reality: It Don’t Mean a Thing if the Landscape Don’t Sing

The 32nd Annual Ecological Landscape Design Symposium, going virtual this year, will explore how ecology, culture, and design can be incorporated into real-world contemporary practice. This program is geared toward landscape practitioners in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.

January 21 & 22, 2021 | 1 – 4:30 PM EST*
January 28, 29, 2021 | 9 AM – 12:30 PM EST*
*All four dates are distinct programs with different speakers – register for full 4-day bundle or individual days.

Featured topics include:

  • Examples of collaboration between horticulture, restoration, and landscape architecture
  • Ideas to incorporate plant community analysis into design
  • Embracing cultures in landscape design

CEUs available

Cosponsored by:
New Directions in the American Landscape
Morris Arboretum of the University of PA
Connecticut College Arboretum

View Symposium Brochure. Register here.

Winter 2021 Professional, Home Gardener, & Educator Virtual Series

January –  March 2021

Developed by Larry Weaner & New Directions in the American Landscape
Cosponsored by: 
American Horticultural Society
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

New Directions in the American Landscapes (NDAL) is offering an array of national, virtual programming this winter, with course topics ranging from native design and management, to roof gardens, to planning for the recruitment of spontaneous vegetation. Also, join the room – virtually – for our Prairie-side Chat series as Larry Weaner interviews and compares notes with iconic practitioners Piet OudolfGerould WilhelmCharles Birnbaum, and Darrel Morrison.

It is time for native landscapes – and knowledge about how to foster them – to become mainstream. As we spend more time at home, gardeners who understand the ecologies of their home landscapes will be better equipped to make those landscapes both ecologically beneficial and aesthetically beautiful. Schools can similarly benefit, where administrators and educators can include native gardening in the curricula and campus experience. This series explores all of these topics.

CEUs available

View the Professional Programs Brochure and the Home Gardener & Educator Programs Brochure. Register here.

Peer Organization Events

Perennial Professionals: At Work and Play
Winter Virtual Symposium

February 12, 2021 | 9:45 AM – 5:30 PM EST

Developed by Perennial Plant Association

We believe it’s unique to the green industry that most pros can work all day with plants and then go home and play with plants. We love that passion and want to share it with you! Join six industry-leading professionals as they talk about their favorite work developments and then give a virtual tour of their private home gardens. Attendees can participate in chats, polls, and ask questions throughout the event to stay engaged. A happy hour will follow the presentations to allow for further topic discussion and networking.

We are thrilled to announce the following speakers for the Winter Virtual Symposium:
Angela Treadwell – Palmer, Founder and Co-Owner, Plants Nouveau, LLC
Hans Hansen, Director of New Plant Development, Walters Gardens, Inc.
Kelly D. Norris, Author and Plantsman, Gardens by Kelly Productions
Jessica Walliser, Horticulturist and Author and Founder of, SavvyGardening.com
Danielle Sherry, Executive Editor, Fine Gardening Magazine
Paul Westervelt, Chief of Container Operations, Saunders Brothers

The Winter Virtual Symposium will take place online on February 12, 2021 from 9:45 am – 5:30 pm EST. Registration for this event is now open at www.perennialplant.org/RegionalSymposia. Limited tickets are available for the happy hour and there are reduced rates for members of PPA, The Horticultural Society of Maryland, and the Morton Arboretum.