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Our Favorite Conferences

All of 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.

  • New Directions in the American Landscape
    An annual 2-day symposium held each January (Thurs-Fri) and repeating in two locations: Bryn Mawr, PA and New London, CT.
    Founded by noted landscape designer Larry Weaner, this is geared toward professional landscape practitioners, conservation officials, ecologists, and serious amateur gardeners. NDAL also offers 2-day Design Workshops geared to professionals throughout the year, held in various locations in northeastern United States.

  • Ecological Landscape Alliance Eco-Conference & Marketplace
    An annual 2-day conference in March (Wed-Thurs) in Amherst, MA.
    Begun by the ELA in the 1990s, this event is geared to professionals and includes both symposium presentations and vendor exhibits.
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden: Rooted in Place — Ecological Gardening Symposium
    A one-day conference held in early November (Sunday), in the Berkshires.
    Begun in 2016, this program typically has 4 speakers throughout the day, and is valuable to both gardeners and professionals.
  • SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today) Conference at Connecticut College Arboretum
    A one-day conference in early November (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.