4 La. design workshops focus on prairie innovation, adulation

If you have not begun to fall in love with grass dominant landscapes, my sympathies are with you…..

above, first year shade garden via seed, with Aster pilosa and Eupatorium coelestinum with native grasses and sedges, last week at a residence in Alexandria, Louisiana, photo and garden by Marc Pastorek

Four educational forums focused on natural landscapes will be held around the state of Louisiana in the next three months. The Louisiana Native Plant Society, in conjunction with the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, the Louisiana ASLA, the Cajun Prairie Society, The Acadiana Native Plant Project, and the Hilltop Arboretum join together to present the Larry Weaner Workshop on Grassland and Woodland landscape design and construction in Lafayette, November 7, 2019.

There’s also the Thomas Rainer and Claudia West Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes workshop in New Orleans, The Native Plants and Native Landscapes seminar in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Curing the Ecological Amnesia Malady Conference in Alexandria. It is not a coincidence that master Botanist, (the real) Master naturalist, and master garden designer Dr. Charles Allen is participating in three of the four!

And, contrary to popular belief (see Facebook), you are not likely a natural landscapes expert. Dr. Allen is! ha

above, below, the six year old City of Mandeville conservation garden, last week…

Little Bluestem, Silver Bluestem, Goldenrod, Eupatorium hyssopifolia, Eupatorium serotinum composition in the Mandeville garden.

Charles Allen’s greatest work? possibly the 330 acre landscape via seed in Duralde, Louisiana

the purplely Andropogon moorei with Love grass in center and a hundred thousand Chrysopsis pilosa, Duralde Louisiana, yesterday.

Splitbeard Bluestem grass silvery linear seedheads flutter in the wind in the hallowed ground of Duralde prairie, est 1996.

November 3, 2019 Charles Allen Bluestem, as far as the eye can see, at Duralde

the green grassiness of Liatris pycnostachya contrasts with fire-blackened Wax Myrtles, Duralde, La. landscape design by Charles Allen

Get educated, folks!!!

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill


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