Adult Education



Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course

The Science and Art of Placemaking

Wednesday - Friday, February 11 - 13, 8:45 am - 4 pm

Massey Conference Center

Whatever the scale of a project—from the remediation of a post-industrial landscape or the design of a corporate campus to a neighborhood pocket park or a postage stamp-sized backyard garden—the people-centric principles of place-making apply. No space becomes an authentic place without recognition and analysis of the people who occupy it and what they need to feel fully engaged in their world. There is a science, as well as an art, to place-making, and the choices we make—regardless of the setting—can yield a landscape that attracts and supports great biodiversity. On Wednesday and Thursday, explore with green industry colleagues ideas about how we bring people and plants together to create more satisfying, ecologically sensitive, and sublimely beautiful environments. Friday is devoted to Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10 and 60.

Continuing education hours (Day 1: 5.5, Day 2: 5.75, Day 3: 5.25) are offered for each day, along with book sales and signings and opportunities to network with industry colleagues. Net proceeds from the three-day event help build CVNLA’s scholarship fund for students pursuing horticultural careers.

$70 per day/February 11 or 12

$55/February 13

$125/Two-day combo package: February 11 & 12

Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all sessions

View the list of speakers and speaker bios

Link to online registration




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Gerry Bishop teaching in the Rose Garden, 2013.  Image courtesy of Lynda Richardson

Nationally recognized photographers present a full day of demonstrations, workshops, and lectures for digital SLR enthusiasts. 

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