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Event Dates
October 23
October 24

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Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30 - 9 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014, 9 am - 4:15 pm


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By examining the critical processes of plant ecology and applying them to landscape and planting design, we inspire a dialogue: about how to responsibly design, install, and manage the environment to mitigate and slow down climate change.

The 2013 opening of the New York Botanical Garden’s New Native Plant Garden hoisted the ongoing discussion about ecological landscape design and the use of native plants into higher profile. The 2014 Gillette Forum considers how the principles of ecological design create a network of sustainable, ecological, and regenerative landscapes. 

Over an evening and a day, the three designers of the Native Plant Garden approach the modern expression of ecological landscape design through practice, theory, and science: Sheila Brady, principal, Oehme van Sweden & Associates, architect; Travis Beck*, author of Principles of Ecological Design, Director of Horticulture for Mt. Cuba Center; and Landscape and Gardens Project Manager at NYBG during the design and construction of the garden; and Thomas Rainer, who worked on the project while at Oehme, van Sweden, and author of the blog groundeddesign. Adrian Higgins, writer and editor for The Washington Post, frames the Friday discussions.

The Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design honors the legacy of Charles F. Gillette, a leader in the field of landscape architecture, by engaging the public and the design profession in a conversation about the importance of landscape design and the value of Gillette’s ideals of elegance, superb craftsmanship, and seamless blending of architecture and garden.


Special Two-day discounted rate: Member $110 / Non-Member $134 (includes all Thursday and Friday events).  6.5 hrs.  GES: HL, 6.5, elective.  LACES: 6.5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

Thursday only: Member $55 / Non-Member $67 (includes social hour, dinner, and program).  1.5 hrs.  GES: HL, 1.5, elective.  LACES: 1.5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

Friday only: Member $85 / Non-Member $97 (includes morning coffee, lunch and launch event for 'What's Out There Weekend').  5  hrs.  GES: HL, 5, elective.  LACES: 5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

This program is registered with the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).  Hours and Health, Safety, Welfare hours are noted below.

* Travis Beck's appearance is supported by the Mt. Cuba Center.

Presenting Sponsor:  3 north

Supporting Sponsor:  The Davey Tree Expert Company and The Care of Trees


Thursday, October 23
1.5 HSW hours, LACES.  The same hours apply to VSLD, VNLA, and other organizations

Social Hour and Dinner

In three 30-minute presentations, speakers respond to one or all of the following through their perspectives

What Is Naturalistic Design and What Does It Mean Now?

Is Ecological Design Contemporary Design?

 Is Naturalistic Design Contemporary Design?

Are Naturalistic and Ecological Design One and the Same? Why or Why Not?

Friday, October 24
5 HSW hours, LACES. Hours also apply to VSLD, VNLA, and other organizations



Adrian Higgins:  The Contemporary Garden: Art or Nature?

Practice: Sheila Brady: What Is Ecological Landscape Design?
                                                          OVS and the Practice of Naturalistic Design

Theory: Thomas Rainer: Designed Plant Communities

Lunch, book signings, tours of the  new Cherry Tree Walk and new native ornamental grasses garden in front of the Conservatory installed as a turf


Science: Travis Beck: Principles of Ecological Design: Adapting the Science

Practice: A Case Study in Naturalistic (Ecological) Design:  Sheila Brady

Q & A and final discussion with speakers

Continuing tours of the native ornamental grass installation and new Cherry Tree Walk

                Kick-off, WOTW Virginia

 Schedule is subject to change. 

Online registration is closed.  Please call 804-262-9887, x320 for details.  No walk-in registration will be available.