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Sixth Annual Northern Virginia
Native Plants for Landscape Professionals Conference



 Tuesday, August 13, 2024      9:00 am to 12:15 pm

Registration starting at 8:30 am 

Merrifield Garden Center - 
Fair Oaks location

12101 Route 29, Fairfax, VA 22030

This conference is for professionals in the landscaping industry only

(landscape designers, landscape architects, crews, growers, nurseries, landscape maintenance, property managers, builders, etc.) 


The Plants are Confused: Landscaping in a Changing Climate

Creating resilient landscapes - Matt Bright


Resilient soil and water practices - Dan Schwartz

Native plants that laugh at climate change  - Alex Thompson

Abour our speakers:

Matt Bright is the Executive Director of Earth Sangha. Matt has worked closely with ecologists, botanists, and park managers across the Northern Virginia region on plant conservation and ecological restoration projects over the years, including a brief stint interning at Huntley Meadows Park. He regularly teaches for the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist chapter and serves on the steering committee for the National Capitol Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. 

Dan Schwartz,  Soil Scientist, is a member of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District soil survey update team and provides soil information to the public and agency staff. He also helps organize county-wide watershed clean-ups in the fall and spring.

Alex Thompson was born and educated in the United Kingdom and came to landscape design as a second career after working for the federal government. She has a Master's Degree in Landscape Design from George Washington University and is a principal designer at Native Plant Landscape Design.

Advanced registration is preferred.

If registering in person, please bring exact change or a check made out to Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.


$275 scholarship

for one lucky attendee

Level 1 certification

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available for Professionals 

  • Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) (3 hours)

  • Virginia Nursery & Landscaping Association (3 hours)

  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP) (3 hours)

Our co-sponsors

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Enjoy the artistic summary of three or our conferences
by Landscape Designer Karin Reber!
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Native Plant Conference 8.4.20 Karin Reb
Native Plant Conference 8.7.19 Karin Reb
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