Education Session - Presentation Format

FRI-C07 - Botanophilia and the Evolution of the Nursery Industry in the United States

Friday, October 19
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 113-AB


The U.S. nursery industry we know today evolved from obsessive plant trading between the Colonies and Europe in the 17th century. This session explores how American botanophilia intersected with innovation and major cultural, industrial, developmental, and political events, to support the proliferation of commercial nurseries and, by extension, landscape architecture.

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Laura Solano, ASLA

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Laura is a Principal at MVVA and is widely regarded as an expert in landscape technology and sustainability. Since 1992 her leadership and knowledge have informed the design, delivery, and performance practices for MVVA’s work. Laura lectures and writes on innovations that stress the creative overlap between technology and design. She is an Assoc. Prof. in Practice at Harvard’s GSD, contributed to the soil portion of SITES, was on the executive board for the LAF, was featured in the film "Leaders in the Field: Women in Landscape Architecture", and was honored as a Distinguished Alumna at The Ohio State University.


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Adam Greenspan, ASLA

PWP Landscape Architecture

Adam Greenspan, a Partner at PWP, has led the design of public parks, campuses, estates and international competitions. Adam’s background in art, sociology, and horticulture allows him to develop projects from many angles. His work focuses on integrating experience and performance within the cultural practice of landscape architectural design - maximizing ecological function, communication, and sensory experience within PWP’s memorable landscapes. Adam's knowledge of plants has added depth to projects nationally and abroad. Adam is the current president of LAF. Recent projects include Salesforce Park, San Francisco; Glenstone, Maryland; Newport Beach Civic Center Park; Jewel, Singapore; and Constitution Gardens, D.C.


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