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NDAL Webinar: Novel Plant Communities

March 31, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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This class is part of this years virtual education series: "Expanding the Practice of Landscape Design" presented by New Directions in the American Landscape and cosponsored by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Join this years group of accomplished presenters including influential Landscape Designer Larry Weaner, as they explore the practice of landscape design in this spring's virtual education series. This multi-session virtual series will take place March - April 2023. Open to both professionals and non-professionals.

See and register for the entire series on NDAL's website.​

Novel Plant Communities: A  Real World Approach to Managing Spontaneous Vegetation

Friday, March 31, noon – 3:30 p.m. CST

Spontaneously occurring plants and plant communities are typically either eliminated or neglected. Our two presenters will discuss more nuanced and selective approaches for managing the  mix of native and exotic species that typically colonize our urban and suburban landscapes.

Part 1: Jack Ahearn will discuss prevailing and alternative attitudes towards invasive exotic plants. He will also discuss ways to influence spontaneous vegetation in a manner that is both desirable and attainable including soil/substrate issues, selective removal methods, adaptive management, and managing public expectations.

Part 2: Larry Weaner will show how an understanding of the life cycles, proliferation strategies, and environmental vulnerabilities of plants, desirable and undesirable, can help practitioners more effectively influence the vegetative trajectory of spontaneous plant assemblages. 

Speaker: Jack Ahearn, FASLA & Larry Weaner FAPLD

Register at NDAL

This course is part of the 2023 Virtual Education Series: Expanding the Practice of Landscape Design.

Questions? Email Sara Weaner at NDAL


March 31, 2023
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Education