DON’T MISS IT! (Saturday, March 16th) ‘Designed Plant Communities’ with Professor Nigel Dunnett

APLD Oregon, in collaboration with ANLD, is pleased to present “Creating and Maintaining High-Impact, Low-Input Gardens and Landscapes Using ‘Designed Plant Communities'” with Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, England.

DATE:  Saturday, March 16th, 9-11:30 am (doors open at 8:30 am for registration)
VENUE:  PCC, CLIMB Center – 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (near OMSI)
I’m inspired by the wild: by the experience of nature.  It’s a strong emotional response.  This presentation describes how I work with planting to create dramatic, very long-season, high-impact, low-input gardens and landscapes that re-create the uplifting, immersive experiences of being surrounded by beautiful and breath-taking nature – in even the most urban of contexts.  I work with ‘designed plant communities’ that operate with the dynamics of natural, multi-layered vegetations, and that change dramatically over time.    I use traditional planting, seeding, and combinations of planting and seeding.  In the presentation I set out my planting design principles and influences, fully illustrated with examples from my own public and private design projects, including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Buckingham Palace, and The Barbican London, Chelsea Flower Show gardens, as well as my own garden.  Particular emphasis is placed on climate-adapted planting, and practical establishment and maintenance techniques, with examples of no or low-irrigation landscapes, and water-sensitive design.  
Registration & payment HERE

Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design. He is a plantsman, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input but high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature. Nigel’s work is based on decades of detailed experimental work, and widespread application in practice: he works as a designer and consultant and regularly collaborates with a wide range of other professions, and his work has been widely applied in the UK and abroad. In 2016 Nigel was appointed as an Ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society to spearhead their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign, and is a former Garden Club of America International Fellow. Nigel has authored and co-authored key books on planting design, water-sensitive design, and urban rainwater management (Nigel Dunnett on Planting (Filbert Press 2019); Rain Gardens: sustainable management of rainwater in the designed Landscape (Timber Press 2007),; Green Roofs (Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls (Timber Press 2003)), and Urban Landscape Planting (The Dynamic Landscape: design, ecology and management of urban naturalistic planting (Taylor & Francis 2004). In Spring 2019 his book: The Essential Guide to Naturalistic Planting Design will be published (Filbert Press). He is a regular lecturer to audiences throughout the world. Projects include: The Queen Elizabeth London Olympic Park (principal planting design and horticultural consultant); The Barbican Centre, London (new planting schemes for podium landscapes); Sheffield Grey to Green (Planting design for the UK’s largest retrofit inner-city greenway and water-sensitive scheme). Nigel is a gold medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In November 2018 Nigel won Landscape Institute Award 2018 for Planting Design, Public Horticulture and Strategic Ecology, and the Fellows Prize for Most Outstanding Project, both for The Barbican, London.