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Educational resources about native plants for professionals

Training opportunities

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals Program -

  • 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


Ecological Landscape Alliance

  • Webinars year-round


GreenScapes Symposium

  • Annual in February

  • Brookside Gardens 


Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

  • Annual in July

  • Cullowhee, North Carolina


Lahr Symposium

  • Annual in March

  • National Arboretum

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 Design

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


How to create a meadow garden

Garden Revolution, Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher, 2016.

Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design, Benjamin Vogt, 2023

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