Nurturing the Liberated Landscape

Larry Weaner, Author of Garden Revolution & Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

October 2019

All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But a more dynamic approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them. Designer Larry Weaner is highly regarded for utilizing the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that are partnerships with nature. Using examples from his property and client projects, he talks about this give-and-take approach that frees plants to perform according to their natural abilities, and that reduces maintenance challenges by liberating us from fruitless efforts to control every detail.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977 and is the founder and principal at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates. He is also the founder of the New Directions in the American Landscape conference, which has been running for over three decades. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. We highly recommend his book, Garden Revolution, a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.