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Wednesday, December 7


GROW: Contemporary design approaches for engaging public awareness and understanding of today’s journey of food

The St. Louis Science Center opened the GROW exhibit this past June, which is the first of its size in the U.S. to focus on the multi‐faceted aspects of agriculture, both large and small scale. This morning keynote will share the objectives and goals of this permanent, science‐based exhibit intended to raise public awareness of our role to be stewards of our food supply. GROW, the largest exhibit expansion to the Science Center in more than 30 years, transcends the walls and interior exhibits of the St. Louis Science Center as the an outdoor, living science exhibit. Learn the role of landscape architecture to solve the challenges of telling the story of both local and global agriculture.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Participants will learn best practices for sharing agricultural strategies with the public.

  •  Participants will learn how the project’s Agricultural Exhibit will engage the public about the agriculture


  •  Participants will learn traditional and modern monitoring methods for crop development. 

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Bert Vescolani

President, St Louis Science Center
Bert Vescolani is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Science Center. He leads a team of 225 staff members and 400 volunteers whose mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Prior to assuming his present duties in 2011, Vescolani served six years as the director of the 103-acre John Ball Zoological Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich. During his tenure, attendance grew, revenues doubled and guest... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Landscape Architecture and Design


Landscape Dynamics Beyond Beauty
Landscape Dynamics Beyond Beauty – the critical relationship of plants, animals and people
Human quality of life depends on healthy, functional ecosystems and the services and benefits they provide. Ecosystem health is pervasively influenced by design far beyond the physical design footprint. Effective and sustainable landscape design requires an in‐depth understanding of the history, context, biota, and processes that shaped and maintained local ecosystems, and how these have been impacted by recent human activity. We’ll explore some of these issues and their implications for developing and implementing ecologically appropriate and sustainable landscapes and infrastructure designs.

The sessions of the Landscape Architecture and Design Track are managed by the Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association and the Missouri Turf and Ornamental Council in collaboration with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Local ecosystems and natural communities, including their history, biota, process regimes, and importance to contemporary human society.

  •  Principles and pitfalls for effective, sustainable landscape design in an ecosystem context.

  •  The role of ecological dynamism and system resiliency in landscape design for a rapidly changing planet. 

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Doug Ladd

Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
Douglas Ladd is Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s Missouri program, where he manages science, land management, and conservation real estate activities.  He has been involved with fire management and fire ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research for more than thirty-five years, with particular emphasis on vegetation, ecological restoration... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Landscape Architecture and Design


An UPDATE: Trees and the Urban Landscape
An UPDATE: Trees and the Urban Landscape – current health challenges and contemporary tree selections for sustainable landscape

Urban trees realize, and are impacted by, a multitude of environmental challenges –climate extremes, alien pests, and human impacts. Panelists will share current tree health trends realized from their daily work in the field followed by an overview of contemporary canopy and ornamental tree selections appropriate for enduring the rigors and design challenges associated with lower Midwest landscapes.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Understand the elements of existing site conditions and necessary resources beyond the information provided by a typical tree inventory to assist with accurate pre‐design site analysis..

  •  Explore the forces working against the health of the urban forest, such as climate extremes, pests and site drainage.

  •  Learn about contemporary tough tree selections for urban sites, including an overview of selecting adaptive native and nativars v.s. non‐invasive introduced species and cultivars.

  •  Understand the importance and critical elements of tree installation and post‐planting inspection, including proper planting depth, staking, irrigation application and retention systems, pruning, and mulching. 

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Mike Rood

Pea Ridge Forest Tree Farm
Mike Rood is president and co-owner of Pea Ridge Forest Tree Farm. A graduate from the University of Missouri Columbia with a degree in forest management, he parlayed that knowledge and the experience of going up on a christmas tree farm to incorporate nursery stock. He is a past president of the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis as well as the Hermann Tree Council. Mike is an active member of our green community with a... Read More →
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Bill Spradley

Owner, Trees, Forests and Landscapes
Bill Spradley, owner of Trees, Forests & Landscapes, Inc. since 1990, is strongly dedicated to tree preservation and educating the public on proper plant selection for creating successful landscapes.  Bill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. degree in Forest Management in 1982.  Education and professionalism is a priority for Bill, as proven with time spent as a horticultural instructor at St... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Landscape Architecture and Design


Planting in a Post-Wild World

Planting in a Post-Wild World – an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design

Joint session for Landscape Design and Ornamentals tracks.

We live in a global city and few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscape. This challenge requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we explore how native plants will fit into our future landscape and how plant community based design strategies can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project.

The sessions of the Landscape Architecture and Design Track are managed by the Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association and the Missouri Turf and Ornamental Council in collaboration with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Analyze differences between the way plants grow in the wild and the way they grow in designed landscapes.

  •  Explore the competitive strategies of plants in naturally occurring communities to understand how these can be used to inform plant selection and arrangement.

  •  Examine strategies for creating aesthetic frames around mixed planting to make them attractive and appealing to the public. 

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Claudia West

Ecological Sales Manager, North Creek Nurseries
Claudia West is the Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA.  Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.  In her current role, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professional, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Landscape Architecture and Design


Focus on Landscape Excellence

Joint session for Landscape Design and Ornamentals tracks.

The landscape at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is realizing a new direction ‐ a renaissance. A significant redesign of the Danforth Center’s landscape through reconstruction of a native Missouri tall grass prairie, includes over 50 native forbs and grasses to promote an enhanced ecosystem for both honey bees and native pollinators that will assist pollination of thousands of acres surrounding the Center. The six‐acre prairie will showcase the vital connections between native landscapes, biodiversity and agriculture. Laurel Harrington, Director of Landscape Architecture at Christner, will describe the process, design and decisions that were undertaken to reinvent the Danforth landscape.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Learn about the goals, best practices and lessons learned for the Danforth case study.

  •  Explore the integration of the project specifications with maintenance of an evolving diverse native landscape.

  •  Understand the partnerships and research associated with the prairie that is underway at the facility. 


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Laurel Harrington

Director of Landscape Architecture and Associate Principal, Christner
Laurel, a landscape architecture graduate of Michigan State University, brings perspective in urban design and policy planning to her professional role at Christner. As head of the Christner landscape and site development services group, she lends a holistic approach to design, whether the focus is a campus master plan, redevelopment plan or streetscape design. Her creative capabilities and innovative approaches have been recognized with a number... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Landscape Architecture and Design