New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) Symposium

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 12:00 AM – Friday, January 12th, 2018 11:59 PM
Location: Montgomery County Community College Science Center Auditorium, Dekalb Pike 340, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

The 29th Annual New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) Symposium - Ecological Complexity in Landscapes for People - will explore a core challenge of contemporary landscape design: blending plants, wildlife, and people in spaces that advance ecological function and are enjoyable to be in. While the destination is clear, the route is complex and often ill-defined or nonexistent. Learn from real world experiences of a select group of landscape architects and designers who are successfully navigating this challenge.


This two-day conference is scheduled for:

Jan. 11 – 12, 2018  at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA | Co-sponsored by Morris Arboretum of the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Register for the Pennsylvania conference through the Morris Arboretum.

Jan. 18 – 19, 2018 at Connecticut College, New London, CT | Co-sponsored by Connecticut College Arboretum.  Register for the Connecticut conference through the Connecticut College Arboretum.


Speakers include:

  • Stefan Bloodworth | Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • David Buckley Borden | Harvard Forest
  • Laura Hansplant | Roofmeadow
  • Kelly Holdbrooks | Southern Highlands Reserve
  • Phoebe Lickwar | Forge Landscape Architecture
  • John Magee | Magee Design and The Native Plant Podcast
  • Heidi Natura | Living Habitats
  • Gregg Tepper | Delaware Botanic Gardens at Tepper Creek
  • Judy Venonsky, Chris Landau, and Yuan Fan | OLIN
  • Toby Wolf | Wolf Landscape Architecture


Registration is required. For more information, please visit the event brochure.


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