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Spring Kickoff!

Spring Conference for Landscapers

This program is a collaborative effort between NHLA and
UNH Cooperative Extension

Sweeney Hall Auditorium
New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord's Community College
Concord, NH

March 15, 2017
8:00 am -3:15 pm

Pesticide credits pending;
NHCLP credits awarded available

Online Registration

Program Brochure



Registration, Visit Vendor Booths, Greet members
Coffee, Tea, Muffins

The Liberated Landscape
Larry Weaner

  Track 1   Track 2
9:55-10:55 Adding Diversity to Your Workforce
OR Bringing Meadows Home
Amy Papineau and Cathy Neal

State of the Hardscape Industry
Bill Gardocki

OR Seven Years of Habitat Restoration at Odirone Point State Park
Lenny Lord
12:05-1:00 Lunch/ Visit Vendor Boths
Wold Cafe (by invitation) in the Media room
1:10-2:10 Finding Your Niche: Establishing an Ecological Focus for your Firm
Larry Weaner
2:10-2:20 Announcements, Scholarship awards, and Certification
2:20-3:15 Art in the Landscape
John Hart (moderator), Thomas Berger, James Calderwood, Jill Nooney
Pesticide credits pending;
2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details

Early registration is $50 per person if paid in full by March 8, 2017. Late registration or payment at the door is $60 per person. Student registrations: $25 before March 8. (Please call 862-3208 if you would like to register as a student.) No refunds after March 9 and lunch is not guaranteed for registrations after March 8.
Note: we cannot give refunds for non-attendance.

RSVP by March 8, 2017

Online Registration

Program Brochure

Students, pleases call 862-3208 to register.

Questions? Questions about registration should be sent to: suzanne.hebert@unh.edu or call 603-862-3200.
Exhibitors should contact Jon Batson, NHLA Ed Committee Chair at jontree13@aol.com or 603-335-5372.

Review of Educational Sessions

Keynote: The Liberated Landscape

All too often in our gardens and landscapes we think of static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic – and arguably more rewarding – than that by taking advantage of plants’ natural abilities to reproduce and proliferate. Learn how designer Larry Weaner combines design with the reproductive abilities of plants as well as ecological processes to create compelling, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. Using examples from his own property as well as diverse client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Presenter: Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in Glenside, PA, has a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of garden design. The firm’s work has received numerous awards, been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications, and been included on tours with The Garden Conservancy, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the American Horticultural Society. Larry lectures actively throughout the U.S., and in 1990, he founded New Directions in the American Landscape, a conference series with a national following. He recently coauthored Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016).

Bringing Meadows Home

Creating a meadow habitat is a great way to support local pollinators. Results from eight years of NH research will be covered: which wildflower species work from seed (and which don’t), best planting dates, site considerations, preparation methods, weed control, and budgets. And we’ll bring in the pollinators, discussing what bees need, what flowers they prefer, and how to create a planting that supports them all season long, based on the meadow and pollinator habitat work we have done here in NH.
Adding Diversity to The Landscape Workforce: Panel Discussion – At press time details were not finalized for this session; please go to nhlaonline.org for more information.

Presenters: Amy Papineau and Cathy Neal

State of the Hardscape Industry

This session will cover new products, innovation, and technology as well as new OSHA regulations and research in the hardscape arena. He’ll summarize what’s new in tools of the trade and talk about changes to the UNH Thompson School landscape construction program.

Presenter: Bill Gardocki is the owner of Interstate Landscape Co. Inc. in Londonderry, NH, installing hardscapes for over 40 years. Bill has taught over 100 classes as an NCMA and ICPI certified instructor. He also provides hardscape seminars for dealer/contractor education days, and in 2013 became the Landscape Construction instructor at his alma mater, the Thompson School, University of New Hampshire. Contact Bill@InterstateLandscapeNH.com

Seven Years of Habitat Resotration at Odiorne Point State Park

Odiorne Point State Park includes a variety of habitat types including exemplary and rare plant communities, some of which have been heavily colonized and degraded by invasive plants.  The Rockingham County Conservation District in partnership with the Department of Resources and Economic Development and several funding organizations have been working to actively restore native habitats in the park since 2009 using integrated pest management techniques. This presentation will review the work completed to date including 55+/-acres of active management over the last seven years, along with lessons learned and future plans.

Presenter: Lenny Lord is currently the Chair of the NH State Invasive Species Committee. He holds a B.S. in soil science and Ph.D. in plant ecology, both from the University of New Hampshire. He is a NH Certified Soil Scientist, NH Certified Wetland Scientist, and NH Licensed Pesticide Applicator.  He has been conducting natural resource assessments and ecological restorations in northern New England since 1986. Dr. Lord worked in the private sector as a natural resource consultant until joining the Rockingham County Conservation District as District Manager in 2009.

Finding Your Niche: Establishing an Ecological Focus for your Firm                                                                                                                                                                                     
Demand for ecologically beneficial landscapes is increasing, and businesses with an ecological focus realize an expanded client base and an invigorated creative atmosphere. Offering an ecological approach, however, requires knowledge and skills rarely taught in horticulture and design programs. This presentation guides landscape architects, designers, contractors, and others through what’s needed to establish a respected, visible presence in the fields of ecological landscape design and management. Participants gain a new understanding of local plant communities, learn about design projects modeled on regional ecosystems, acquire practical design, restoration, and management techniques, and discover new ways grow their skills and businesses.

Presenter: Larry Weaner (see bio under Keynote address above)                                                       

Art in the Landscape: Panel Discussion

All built landscapes arise from creative processes, but surprisingly few residential and commercial projects include actual art-works. This presentation and panel discussion will attempt to answer the question, “Why should I consider adding landscape art to my landscapes?”, and a bit on how to go about doing it. All panelists actively practice both landscape design and landscape art.

Panelists: Thomas Berger grew up in a rural town in Germany, where he spent his childhood collecting fossils, shells and insects. He also gardened enthusiastically together with his father, which inspired him to study agriculture. His work assignments led him around the world and finally to New England, where he established his landscape design and construction firm, Green Art. Thomas has been a visual artist for most of his life, expressing his admiration for nature in painting, photography and sculpture. His work can be found in private gardens and public locations throughout New England and is also displayed at his sculpture garden at Green Art in Kittery, ME.

Jamie Calderwood is a graduate of Syracuse University where he received his degree in landscape architecture, and studied sculpture with Rodger Mack. It was this interaction at Syracuse that led him to pursue sculpture as a serious endeavor. Rodger allowed him to explore welded steel sculpture, portrait sculpture, and the foundry process of casting molten metal. Since then Jamie has had two careers, one in sculpture and one in landscape architecture. His practice includes the design of visually poetic spaces, and sculptures that operate in the area between sculpture and architecture. Drawing from surrealistic and minimalist art along with earth art from the 1970s, the artist both references and incorporates architectural shapes and materials into his work.

John Hart ASLA (moderator) has been practicing landscape design and management since 1975. He holds an MS in forest ecology from the U-Michigan, and an MLA from U-Mass. He has managed a college grounds, a private island estate, and served as deputy director of horticulture in Central Park. He taught in the horticultural technology program at the Thompson School at UNH for almost 30 years. He currently is principal of Environments LLC, Durham, NH.

Jill Nooney graduated from the Radcliff Seminars Program in Landscape Design. She and her partner, Bob Munger have created a sprawling garden of 20 acres on their farm in Lee, NH. When their garden turned middle-aged and needed ornamentation, she began to fabricate sculpture, mostly out of old farm equipment. Today over a hundred pieces dot the landscape, some in trees and one underwater. The raw material of her work, including tools, wheels, and blades, reference the history of farming on her land and in the greater Northeast: a journey from working the land to gracing the garden.

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