Designing with Natives: Advanced Ecological Design Workshop

29sep9:00 am4:30 pmDesigning with Natives: Advanced Ecological Design Workshopwith Larry Weaner (Day 2)

Event Details

Ecology-Based Design for Western Pennsylvania Gardens and Restoration: An Intensive Course Developed & Instructed by Larry Weaner


Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed for practitioners to achieve them. This intensive course will be comprised of a full day-long workshop and meadow walk. It will provide concrete, real-world guidance for selecting and arranging native plants in the landscape (gardens and restoration projects), as well as provide attendees with the opportunity to observe and interpret these techniques through a field visit of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s meadows and landscape.

Participants will receive login-protected access to an extensive 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.

This program is geared towards avid home gardeners and landscape professionals, including but not limited to master gardeners, landscape designers, landscape architects, and horticulturists.

Presented by: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden


COURSE GOALS: By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Observe and interpret ecological patterns of native plant communities by visiting a designed meadow.
  2. Understand the ecological processes that are relevant to native landscape design including but not limited to ecological processes such as disturbance, succession, and competition, and plant proliferation strategies.
  3. Understand how to arrange and select native plants to foster ecology-based landscapes that are aesthetically embraced by clients in a variety of landscape settings (gardens, restoration projects).


Program Fee

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden or Phipps Members: $195 before August 25; $225 after August 25

Non-members: $215 before August 25; $245 after August 25


Course Schedule

Session 1 | 9:00 – 12:30pm (plus 2 15-minute breaks)

  • Foundations of Ecology-Based Design

Lunch | 12:30 – 1:00pm

Session 2 | 1:00 – 2:00pm

  • Field Visit: Observation and Exploration

Session 3 | 2:15 – 3:15pm

  • Communicating the Vision and the Reality

Session 4 | 3:30 – 4:30pm

  • The Artistic Overlay: Making “Wild” Legible


Please register for each day of this workshop separately, registration for Day 1 is available here.

Designing with Natives: A Visit to Larry Weaner’s Suburban Property

Wednesday, September 28 | 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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(Thursday) 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Cancellation Policy

Registration for Day 2 of this workshop is handled by Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. If you are unable to attend or have questions about your registration, please contact Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at or call (412) 444-4464. No refunds will be issued less than 48-hours before the beginning of this workshop.