Creating Natural Landscapes Workshop, Nov 7, Lafayette, La

Creating Natural Landscapes:
Blending Environmental Science and Fine Garden Design
Sponsored by Louisiana Native Plant Society
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Workshop 8:00am – 3:00pm
ULL’s Cade Farm Welcome Center
Program Fee: $70 Per Person (All Inclusive Including Lunch)
Registration Deadline: October 31, 2019, Full Capacity 178
Learn how to create a natural landscape like Hilltop’s new meadow!
The Louisiana Native Plant Society will hold a day-long workshop on Creating Natural Landscapes: Blending Environmental Science and Fine Garden Design featuring Dr. Charles Allen and Larry Weaner on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:00am – 3:00pm at the ULL Cade Farm Welcome Center. Creating natural landscapes workshop focuses on blending an ecological approach to land management with traditional garden design. This process begins with a general understanding of ecological concepts, natural plant communities and how to manage landscapes using the processes of natural succession. Learn how public perception plays a role in the interpretation, appearance and development of the garden and its artistic style. Dr. Charles Allen is a Botanist and a retired Professor of Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and also retired from Colorado State University’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. Larry Weaner founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982, combining expertise in horticulture, environmental science, and the traditions of garden design.  See speaker bios below.
Project partners include the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, Acadiana Native Plant Project, Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, The Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society, and Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Registration link:

Workshop Program
8:00-9:00am          Registration
9:00am                  Introduction
9:10am                  Larry Weaner 
                                Overview of general ecological concepts that can be incorporated into garden design, understanding plant
                               communities, and succession.
10:30am   Dr. Charles Allen
                              Overview of our local ecoregions and their plant communities using examples of specific plants and soil
adaptability. How dominant species in evolving plant communities drives natural succession.
11:45am               Lunch
12:30pm               Larry Weaner
                              The process of blending an ecological approach into traditional garden design. Learn how using genetic
diversity and local, adaptable ecotypes plays a critical role in establishing plantings that are built to insure resilience and persistence.
1:45pm                  Break
2:00pm                 Larry Weaner
                               Learn insights into how people perceive natural landscapes and how to make native gardens more palatable
through the use of artistic style and creativity.
3:00pm                 Workshop adjourned

Workshop worship!




Walk with Charles Allen and you’re liable to find a pink Liatris picnostach.


panorama of Mississippi Native Plant group at a Jackson soils prairie in Scott County, Mississippi, Harrell Hill Botanical Area, Bienville National Forest, September 8, 2019



overlook looking west from a Cedar prairie remnant, Sherman Hill, Scott County, Mississippi


          Ipomea pandurata, manroot morning glory, Jackson soils prairie in Scott County

Silphium integrifolium, common in high quality Black Belt and Jackson prairies

ten foot tall Silphium integrifolium from seed 22 years ago, in my seed fields, Pearl River County Mississippi

how to build an herbicide wick applicator


Doug and Mary Green garden in August, with pink strophostyles

Stroph beans in hand


Little Bluestem grass arriving on time, October, 2019 with Swamp Sunflowers and aster pilosa



Green garden, Folsom, La, seeded prairie

soon-to-be prairie, Folsom, La


1 thought on “Creating Natural Landscapes Workshop, Nov 7, Lafayette, La

  1. Hi MARC –
    Sorry to miss you at children’s museum opening. Congratulations and hope you have a chance to see it soon. We really appreciated working with you on the project. It was a special one and a true labor of love.

    Please pass on any thoughts you have about it. We remain dedicated to it!


    Sent from my iPhone

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