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Fifth Annual Northern Virginia
Native Plants for Landscape Professionals Conference



   Tuesday, August 22, 2023        
9:00 am to 12:15 pm

Registration starting at 8:30 am 

Merrifield Garden Center - 
Fair Oaks location

12101 Lee Hwy, 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.) 



  • Welcome by Delegate Dan Helmer, VA District 40

  • Conservation landscaping (Design and plant choices for stormwater management as well as other practical issues  - Barbara Ryan

  • Erosion control (The role of native plants, plus a little on engineering solutions) - Maria Harwood

  • Riparian buffers (Design, plant choices, and relevant laws and government programs) - Clay Morris

  • Quick invitation to participate in the native plant campain - Margaret Fisher

Abour our speakers:

Barbara Ryan is founder and owner of Chain Bridge Native Landscapes, an ecological landscape design firm located in McLean, Virginia. Barbara holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Landscape Design from George Washington University and is a Certified Virginia Horticulturist and Level 2 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional. 


Maria Harwood -  Fairfax County Urban Forester I in the Forest Conservation Branch. Prior to joining the Urban Forest Management Division (UFMD), Maria worked for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District since 2014 providing drainage and erosion technical advice to homeowners, certifying Nutrient Management Plans for the Home Turf Program with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Fairfax County Master Gardeners, providing programmatic support for the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program, and coordinating the annual Seedling Sale.

Clay Morris - Natural Resources Section Chief, Prince William County Public Works-Watershed Management

Advanced registration is preferred.

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

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)

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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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