Education Session - Presentation Format

SAT-A09 - Planting Design and Dynamic Stewardship Strategies for Resilient Cities

Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 121


Planting alternatives based on principles of natural plant communities and our human definition of beauty bring essential and inspiring nature back into our cities. Join us as we demonstrate how great planting in combination with dynamic stewardship strategies creates resilient systems for roof tops and other urban settings.

Learning Objectives:

Laura Hansplant, ASLA, LEED AP

Laura Hansplant, Principal + Director of Design

Laura Hansplant began her professional career in Ontario, Canada, before moving to the Philadelphia area. She has over 20 years of experience in sustainable landscape design, with wide ranging projects from Toronto to Virginia. Laura’s professional portfolio includes ecologically-based site designs and master plans for academic, corporate, and residential clients. Notable projects include Sidwell Friends Middle School, the University of Toronto's King's College Road, and Cira Green in Philadelphia. In 2012, Laura joined Roofmeadow as the Director of Design. Her current work explores dynamic approaches to planting design and integrated stormwater management for urban landscapes.


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Claudia West, International ASLA

Phyto Studio

Claudia West is a principal at Phyto Studio and a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities. She has worked on all sides of the green industry-as a designer, grower, installer, and land manager-grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press).


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Uli Lorimer

Curator of Native Flora
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Uli Lorimer is the Curator of Native Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden since 2005. He is an alumnus of Wave Hill Gardens and the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. He serves on the Council of the Torrey Botanical Society as Field Committee Chair. Connecting field botany with horticulture is a professional goal for Uli. As Curator, he played an instrumental role in the expansion of the native plant collection, using only material sourced from the wild and seed grown. Uli works on native plant conservation with the Center for Plant Conservation,Greenbelt Native Plant Center, and others.


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