Educational resources about native plants for professionals
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals Program -
Training for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes: Become certified in best practices of stormwater management, environmental stewardship and maintenance of natural landscaping projects.
Training for maintenance crews: Topics include routine and nonroutine BMP maintenance tasks, plant ID techniques, best native plants for BMPs, ID and management of invasives, and developing a maintenance plan. A Spanish-language version will be offered October 24 2022 in Upper Marlboro.
Benefits to professionals
Concentrated learning in a short time
Networking opportunities and mutual support, private Facebook group
Contracts are starting to require CBLP certification
Listing on directory profile
Annual in February
o Annual in March
o National Arboretum
Native Plants in the Landscape Conference
o Annual in June
o Millersville, PA
New Directions in the American Landscape - intensive two day workshops throughout the year in various locations across the US. Annual winter symposium near Philadelphia.
Practical, detailed references
Landscape Performance – An amazing website for professionals that summarizes a lot of research and has detailed case studies which include quantitative estimates of the environmental, social, and economic benefits of each project
Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes by Heather Venhaus and Dreiseitl, 2012
Why we are doing this:
Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy. An excellent read - the book that started the popular movement.
Books about plants
Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses, William Cullina, 2008
Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants, William Cullina, New England Wild Flower Society, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, Tony Dove and Ginger Woolridge, 2018.
How to create a meadow garden
Garden Revolution, Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher, 2016.