AHS Virtual Art Show & Sale

The American Horticultural Society’s Virtual Art Show and Sale is now open! Browse a wide selection of garden and nature-themed art from our featured artists Nina Tisara, Nathan Leibowitz and Otari Shiuk. A portion of all sales benefits the American Horticultural Society’s national programs and mission.

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Native Green Roofs: Natural Applications for Artificial Conditions | Ethan Dropkin & Laura Hansplant

By drawing inspiration from plant communities with similar conditions, we can create green roofs that are ecologically complex, highly resilient, and provide significant ecological benefits. Maintenance requirements, typically high on traditional roof gardens, can also be reduced. This session will use case studies to illustrate ecological, horticultural, and engineering techniques for designing green roofs as high-performing elevated habitat. Friday, March 5th, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:30 PM EST

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Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants with Heather Holm

Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn about the predator-prey relationships of these flower-visiting beneficial insects and how they help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitat of native bees will also be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions. Presenter Heather Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist, and AHS award-winning author. In addition to assisting with native bee research projects, she informs and educates audiences nationwide, through her writing and many presentations, about the fascinating world of native pollinators and beneficial insects, and the native plant communities that support them. This is a joint venture with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.

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Planting and Managing Ecology-Based Landscapes: Specification, Implementation, & Monitoring | Rebecca Kagle, Andrew Korzon, & Scott Woodbury

Part One | Specifications for Restoration-Scale Projects - Rebecca Kagle, Andrew Korzon Many ecology-based field techniques run counter to traditional practices and are unfamiliar to even highly experienced contractors. Consequently, highly precise specifications are crucial. This presentation will cover the documentation of field procedures unique to ecological design and restoration such as phased planting, meadow seeding, and weed control procedures. We will also discuss organizational formats for specifications that distinguish between short-term and longterm management and balance the need for both detail and usability. Part Two | Reconstructing Tallgrass Prairie in Urban and Suburban Spaces: Two Case Studies - Scott Woodbury Tallgrass prairie reconstruction from seed on damaged urban and suburban soil is a practice poorly understood by most landscape personnel. A seeding specification can lay out a blueprint for planning, site preparation, installation and maintenance, but it is dependent on an engaged and informed team of people, from leaders to weeders. Seeded landscapes are so complex that simple mistakes can be made that result in significant setbacks or failure. This session will focus on how to plan, implement, and manage successful commercial seeded projects. Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:30 PM EST

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The Future of the Past | Patricia Klindienst and Clayton Apikan

For this workshop Patricia and Clayton will share ideas about how the making of a garden helps maintain and transmit cultural heritage. We will explore the twin imperatives to honor and pass on traditional knowledge of garden and farming practices while healing the land and people estranged from their cultural heritage. Thursday, March 11th, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM EST

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Prairie-side Chat: Darrel Morrison – Interviewed by Larry Weaner

As a longtime leading proponent of native landscape design, Darrell Morrison has had a profound influence on countless landscape architects and designers. His former students from the state Universities of Wisconsin and Georgia, to Columbia University have fanned out across the country to multiply that influence. He has also designed some of America’s most notable ecology-based projects including at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas, The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and the now iconic grasslands at The Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. Monday, March 15th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

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Native Meadows: Let’s Get Real | Larry Weaner

Wildflower meadows were introduced to the American gardening public in the 1960’s along with tie dye tee shirts and kaleidoscopic acid trips. But just like those 60’s acid trips, the colors never lasted. Alternatively, by planting site-adapted native perennials, managed according to the ecological processes that govern open field vegetation in the wild, long-lived vibrant meadows can be consistently achieved. In this presentation plant selection criteria, planting procedures, and management techniques will be illustrated through a series of residential case studies, including some over two decades old. Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM EST

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Close Encounters with Nature: Native Design in the Residential Landscape | Larry Weaner

Few home landscapes can provide the stunning vistas of a Yosemite National Park, a vast midwestern prairie, or an ancient Appalachian mountain range. They can however, provide a far more intimate and interactive natural experience than visits to those landscapes ever could. In this session Larry will interweave a series of practical, ecologically-interactive landscape techniques, with the rich experiential rewards that applying those techniques can engender. Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM EST

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Travel Study: Discovering the Beauty of Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

An exotic adventure hidden behind the peaks of the Himalayas with AHS Host Katy Moss Warner and Tour Leader Susie Orso of SpecialTours.

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Travel Study: Gardens of Provence

A picture-perfect excursion to the South of France with AHS Host Sherran Blair and Tour Leader Verity Smith of SpecialTours

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