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Our Favorite Conferences

These conferences are held annually, and provide good opportunities to immerse yourself in the issues of ecologically focused landscape design, and to interact with many interesting colleagues. COVID has, of course, affected longstanding structures and timing of programs. Please check all their websites for details.

  • New Directions in the American Landscape
    Holds an annual multi-day symposium every January. Currently virtual; previously in two locations: Bryn Mawr, PA and New London, CT.
    Founded by noted landscape designer Larry Weaner in 1990, this conference brings together an exceptional group of creative and ecological professionals each year, and is geared toward landscape practitioners, conservation officials, ecologists, and serious amateur gardeners. NDAL also offers a variety courses and workshops geared to professionals and home gardeners throughout the year.

  • Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference & Eco-Marketplace
    An annual 2-day conference held in February or March (Wed-Thurs). Currently virtual; previously in Amherst, MA.
    Begun by the ELA in the 1990s, this event is geared to professionals and includes both symposium presentations and vendor exhibits.
  • SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today) Conference at Connecticut College Arboretum
    Held in early November. Currently virtual; previously a one-day event (Saturday) in New London, CT.
    Founded in 1997 by Professor William Nearing of Connecticut College, focuses on actions landscapers and gardeners can take to reduce lawn and garden sustainably, by understanding our gardens as part of ecological systems.