Experience a truly sustainable landscape with an expert guide and learn how a unique nursery grows native plants. We will travel by Coach to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Wilmington and Possibility Place Nursery in Monee.
ITINERARY for July 17
7:00 - 7:30am
Meet at 1400 East Touhy Ave., Des Plaines IL
Coach bus departs promptly for Midewin, Wilmington IL
10:00 - noon
Prairie Tour with staff horticulturists
noon - 12:45pm
Lunch at Midewin
1:30 - 2:30pm
Tour & Shop, Possibility Place Nursery, Monee IL
Return to 1400 East Touhy, Des PLaines IL
Be prepared and aware. Wear walking shoes for uneven path surfaces. Don't forget insect repellent, TICKS are on site. Bring your camera and binoculars!
Fee includes transportation, snacks, drinks and box lunch
IGIA Summer Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, Delavan, WI
IGIA Landscape Tour, Central Illinois, locations TBD
July 25 - 29
APLD International Design Conference, Seattle WA
July 29th - August 2nd
PPA Perennial Plant Symposium, Chicago IL
ISA Annual Conference & Trade Show, Knoxville, TN
The Landscape Design Association’s activities and programs are focused on the off-season, featuring a garden walk in late summer and events all fall on winter. There is usually “on hiatus” beginning April 1st, when our members gear up for the incredibly busy design and installation season.
Here’s a quick review of LDA’s recent programming:
At the LDA November meeting we were treated to a talk by Trish Beckjord on creating attractive gardens using native plants. Trish is a registered landscape architect whose work has focused on conservation, restoration and integration of native plants in designed landscapes. Trish built her experience in sustainable planning and site design through her work at Conservation Design Forum in Elmhurst, IL and the Ann Arbor office of JJR, both award-winning design, engineering and planning firms. The event was a lively discussion centered around the idea of creating more environmentally ethical gardens!
For more information on The Conservation Foundation, visit www.theconservationfoundation.org
Most of us would agree that we learn a lot from talking with other members, but usually we only have limited snippets of time before and after events to do this. So our October program was dedicated to sharing through an interactive program we are calling Let's Talk!
Participants circulated between five Topic Tables to share ideas and ask questions about business-related topics. It was a fantastic oppotunity to network with other business owners in the field and share best-practices on topics from pricing to sub-contracting to discoveries of new plants to delight clients.