LANDSCAPE FOR LIFE: How to Harness Nature’s Power to Create a Healthy, Beautiful Home Landscape
Featuring Dr. Damon Waitt and Jonathan Garner
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Program: 9:00am – 1:00pm
LSU Design Auditorium
CEU’s for Master Gardeners and Landscape Architects!
LANDSCAPE FOR LIFE will show how to work with nature in your garden, whether in a city or suburban lot, a 20-acre farm, or the common area of a condominium. Conventional gardens often work against nature to damage the environment’s ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change, and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth – including us. The good news is that even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life. It’s possible to create a good-looking garden that’s healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment, also saving you time and money.
Dr. Damon Waitt will share his experiences as an ambassador for native plants and regional identity, by using native plants to restore and create healthy, sustainable and beautiful landscapes.
Jonathan Garner will teach you about landscape sustainability with tips to begin working immediately towards a sustainable garden. The talk will cover soils, water, vegetation, and landscape materials, and interesting new information about pollinators and pollinator habitats.
$60 Members – $75 Non-Members – $10 Students
On-line registrations are closed; however, walk-in registrations will be taken.
Dr. Damon Waitt is Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to the North Carolina Botanical Garden from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, where he served as Senior Director and Botanist from 2001-2015. While there, Waitt had broad responsibility for developing 279 acres of gardens and natural areas, including capital projects like the Mollie Steve Zachry Texas Arboretum and the Luci and Ian Family Garden opened in 2014. He also supervised program activities in Horticulture, Site Management, Plant Conservation, Education, Invasive Species Initiatives, Growing Operations, and Living Collections. Waitt served as the Wildflower Center’s botanical authority and was the author of the Center’s Native Plant Information Network (www.wildflower.org/explore).
Waitt holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas in Austin, an M.S in Botany from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a B.S. in Biology from Tulane University.
Jonathan Garner is a landscape architect sustainability professional, living in Austin, Texas. Trained as a landscape architect, Jonathan has worked in a variety of landscape-industry jobs, ranging from lawn care maintenance and small-scale garden installation, to large-scale master planning, community beautification, design standards specification writing, and city code enforcement. From 2012-2016, Jonathan worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on the Sustainable Sites Initiative and Landscape for Life programs. Both programs focus on sustainable lands design and development, and are intended for professional or homeowner audiences, respectively. He has worked collaboratively with other landscape sustainability professionals and organizations nationwide, given presentations at numerous conferences and symposiums, and taught at the graduate level at both the University of Oklahoma Division of Landscape Architecture and the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.
Hilltop’s Hodge Podge Nursery will offer an extensive collection of native plants for sale, including ground covers, perennials, shrubs, understory trees, and canopy trees.
Hospitality, Plant, Book and Gift Shop Sales at 8:15am – 9:00am and Mid-Morning Breaks!
Capital Area Native Plant Society will provide information about their organization and native plants.
Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge will provide information about their organization and programs that advance awareness and stewardship of the natural environment.
Questions call 225-767-6916 or email email@example.com.