Second Annual
Native Plants for Landscape Professionals Conference

Tuesday, August 4, 2020        9:30 am to 2:15 pm


Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks

12101 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Advanced registration $40.

($50 for on-site payment, though we will need an RSVP to order enough food.)

To pay by check, click here.



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.




8:45 - 9:30 am  Registration, gather


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      Lunch.

                         Network; talk to Rick Darke; visit tables

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


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.


Included in the fee:

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available for Professionals (3.5 hours):

  • Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) 

  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals (CBLP)

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