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Planting Design Workshop
Julie Sajtar of Hoerr Schaudt

January 10, 2019 
10 am--3 pm
Des Plaines Park District, 395 W. Algonquin Road. Des Plaines, IL

Julie Sajtar: Heavily influenced by her education in the fine arts, Julie brings creative solutions to landscapes.  Currently, a Senior Associate at Hoerr Schaudt, Julie taught Planting Design at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein School.  MFA Claremont Graduate University, MA Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois

Workshop: Understanding color, texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout and techniques to complete the process are all covered in this workshop.  Whether you are a seasoned landscape professional or new to the field, this workshop will provide insights and valuable ideas for your practice.


Networking 9:30–10 am, coffee, tea and snacks
Workshop 10:00 am–12:15 pm
Lunch        12:15–1:15 pm*
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Fee: $20 member, $35.00 non-member   *Lunch included with fee

RSVP: WANDA EVANGELISTA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 773-677-2063

FREE Annual Horticulture Career & Job Fair on February 12th, 2019

Click the download link below to open a PDF file containing information on the College of Dupage's annual Horticulture Career & Job Fair, to be held Thursday, February 12th 2019 at the Technical Education Building, room TE1038 at 425 Falwell Blvd, Glen Ellyn IL.

Recent LDA Events

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:

Our November Event - Just How Far Have We Moved the Needle

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

Our October Event - LDA Roundtable: Let's Talk!

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.

Our Summer Garden Walk - The Chicago Museum Campus

LDA members were treated to a special tour of the gardens of the Chicago Museum Campus, both the hanging gardens in the Field's Stanley Hall and the Field Museum's Rice Native Garden, installed in 2016-17. The tour featured Christine Nye, Shedd Aquarium Director of Horticulture, and Roy Diblik, a recognized expert on native plants and author of books including The Know Maintenence Perennial Garden.

Other Events Of Interest

Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann

April 4-May 23, Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann - 6:30-9 pm, $349.  A CBG event.

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Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson

April 7, Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson - 1-3 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian

April 9-23, Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian - 1-3 pm, $349.  A CBG event. 

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Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry

April 12, Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry - 9 am-noon, $39.  A TMA event.

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Perennials 101, Heather Prince

April 12, Perennials 101, Heather Prince - 7-9 pm, $29.  A TMA event. 

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Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol – 10 am-noon, $32.  A CBG event. 

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Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $32.  A CBG event.

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Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen

April 14, Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen - 1-3 pm, $29.  A TMA event.

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Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker

April 19, Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker – 9 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol

May 10, Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol - 6:30-9 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak

May 11, Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak -    10 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol

May 12, American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $39. A CBG event.

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Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin

May 31-August 9, Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $374 (Prerequisite requirements).  A CBG event.

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Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin

June 6-August 1, Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $399 (Prerequisite requirements). A CBG event.

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Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL

June 24-27, Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL. An IGIA event.

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Symposium, Raleigh, NC

July 30-Aug 3, National Symposium, Raleigh, NC.  A PPA event.

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Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH

August 5-8, Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH.  An ISA event. 

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International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada

Sept. 13-17, International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada.  An APLD event.

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Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL

Dec. 11-12,  Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL.  An IAA event.

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