Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available for Professionals 

  • Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) (3.5 hours)

  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP) (3.5 hours)

  • Virginia Nursery & Landscaping Association (3 hours)

Second Annual
Native Plants for Landscape Professionals Conference

Tuesday, August 4, 2020       

9:30 am to 2:15 pm


via videoconference



This conference is for professionals in the landscaping industry only (landscape designers, landscape architects, growers, nurseries, landscape maintenance, property managers, builders, etc.) The general public is invited to hear Rick Darke talk the evening before.




9:30 - 10:45      Landscape design using native plants. Rick Darke


10:45 - 11:00    Break 


11:00 - 12:15    More landscape design. Rick Darke


12:15 - 1:15      Break

                         Network; talk to Rick Darke

1:15 - 2:15        Native plants and stormwater management.  Elisa Meara and

                             Alex Thompson


Our speakers

  • Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on the conservation, design and management of living landscapes. He has written numerous articles and books including The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden (co-authored with Doug Tallamy). See his extensive biography here.

  • Elisa Meara is a landscape designer in Falls Church and owner of Native Plant Landscape Design Corp.

Advanced registration required $40.

Registration will close two hours before the symposium starts.

To pay by check, click here.

Special offer to anyone who

registers before July 31:

A discount of 20% ($89 off)  

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 training


(Virtual sessions August 19 and 26, plus

an in-person field practicum, followed by

the certifying exam).


As soon as you register for our August 4 symposium, you will receive the coupon

code for CBLP.


You must register for the training by July 31.

Contracts are starting to require CBLP training, so don't miss this opportunity.

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This event will not be recorded.