Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Education Session - Presentation Format

SAT-B03 - Stewardship of Meadows: Case Studies Using Ecological Design to Heal Degraded Landscapes

Saturday, October 20
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 114


Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge National Historical Park use ecological design to remediate historically disturbed lands within these revered 19th century landscapes. This session examines challenges and approaches to stewardship, management, and public acceptance for environmental and experiential transformation.

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Jonathan Alderson, ASLA

Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.

Mr. Alderson’s past work includes the creation of an 86-acre Meadow Garden for Longwood Gardens, including bridges, boardwalks and pavilions; the design of an elevated walkway for Chanticleer; the development of an ecological stewardship plan for the University of Pennsylvania; and the designs for Healing Gardens and Landscapes at Lancaster General Health Cancer Center and an acre meadow roof garden at Reading Hospital. Mr. Alderson’s firm is currently working on a 52-acre expansion to Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan including a canopy walk, a history of the apple orchard, two bridges and a 6-acre stream restoration.


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Tom Brightman

Land Stewardship Manager
Longwood Gardens, Inc.

Tom Brightman is the Land Stewardship Manager at Longwood Gardens. He maintains over 700 acres of forest, meadow, wetlands and agricultural lands. His work involves land stewardship, strategic planning, teaching, interpretation, training, sustainability initiatives, and community collaborations.

Tom was previously the Easement Manager for the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, PA, overseeing 30,000 acres of conserved lands.

He is a Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies program, and a member of the Land Health Institute’s Board. Tom has a BA in American Civilization, and a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Deirdre Gibson, ASLA

Chief of Planning and Resource Management
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Deirdre Gibson is Chief of Planning and Resource Management for Valley Forge NHP and oversees preservation of historic structures and landscapes, archeology, and natural resources, as well as traffic, master, recreational, and capital improvement planning. Previously, she was the Chief of Planning in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service. In private industry, she represented municipalities in planning matters and prepared site plans for land development. She holds a B.S.L.A from Penn State and a M.S.L.A with Highest Honors from Harvard University. She received the Stephen Tyng Mather Award for outstanding stewardship and courage in preservation.


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SAT-B03 - Stewardship of Meadows: Case Studies Using Ecological Design to Heal Degraded Landscapes

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