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Summer Solstice Lecture

June 22, 2017 | 7 p.m. 

Planting in a Post-Wild World, featuring Claudia West

As urban sprawl has paved its way through the countryside, an abundance of natural landscapes have been replaced with roads, parking lots and buildings. The continued growth of human populations has brought forth a need to incorporate ecological and functional plant communities into the design and planning of living spaces. In this lecture, which is based on the book Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, Claudia will discuss practical ways to integrate better planting into our communities so that we may again enjoy thriving green living spaces.

Claudia will present alternatives to traditional, mulch-based ornamental planting design and explain how to create resilient plantings that function similar to naturally occurring plant communities. While pleasing to the eye, these designed communities are environmentally friendly. They filter polluted stormwater, provide habitat for wildlife, and dramatically reduce the use of chemicals. The gardens of the future are built by plants capable of thriving in the climate in question.

Homeowners and businesses alike can benefit from the lessons of this presentation. By applying sustainable planting design techniques within plant communities, beautiful gardens requiring minimal upkeep can be maintained with the use of fewer resources such as water, mulch, fertilizer, and time. The intelligent use of plants not only contributes to increased biodiversity, but also improved quality of life by performing functions such as absorbing CO2, filtering dust and dampening noise. By using the right plants for each location, balanced ecosystems can be created, leading to healthy and sustainable living spaces.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. In her current role, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professionals, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape.

The cafe will be open for dinner prior to the lecture from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a dessert reception will follow the lecture.

Cost of the lecture is $10 for members and $14 for non-members. Space is limited. Please call (402) 346-4002, ext. 201 or email to register and make payment by June 20.

This lecture is made possible by generous gifts from the Mae and Lawrence Youngman and Judy and Jim Wigton families.


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