Design with Nature Conference 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Changing Tactics
Nearly every week, we hear about a new discovery on the interconnections between plants, animals, insects, and people. With these discoveries, we have the opportunity to rethink how we manage landscapes. Our speakers illustrate three fresh approaches to design with beauty in harmony with nature now and in the future.

Travis Beck, a landscape architect, creates designs using plant succession models to anticipate changes that occur as a landscape matures. Travis draws upon the latest research projects conducted at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware for his insights.

Wiley Buck, a restoration ecologist, offers case studies adapting grazing techniques to control invasive plants and increase plant diversity in rural and urban settings.

Leslie Brandt, a climate specialist, shares results from a pilot study adopting forest management practices to urban areas in response to climate change. A Chicago-based initiative will serve as a template for other communities around the nation to reframe their planting programs for improved biodiversity.

Travis Beck, nationally recognized landscape architect, designs successional plant communities that adapt to change and disruption. Travis is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware and author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design.
Travis Beck's book, Principles of Ecological Landscape Design will be available for sale at the conference.

Wiley Buck, restoration ecologist at Great River Greening in St. Paul, uses conservation grazing to control invasives and promote landscape restoration.

Leslie Brandt, climate change specialist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, St. Paul, conducts research and demonstration projects adapting urban forest ecosystems to climate change.