Full Bundle Registration Closed

This bundle's registration is now closed. You may register for the individual days as long as they are within 3 months of the live session dates.

Course Overview

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021 |  1 - 4:30 PM EDT

 Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 1 - 2:30 PM EDT

(13.5 virtual session hours over 5 days)

Larry Weaner, FAPLD & Ian Caton 

While demand for ecology-based landscapes is increasing dramatically, access to the specialized knowledge needed to achieve them is not. This course will provide ‘real world’ guidance for designing native meadows, shrublands, woodlands and naturalistic gardens that contain a literal connection to the patterns and processes of our indigenous landscapes. Planting and management techniques will also be discussed, including formats for writing specifications that balance the need for both detail and usability. Finally, techniques for applying a legible ‘artistic overlay’ that can accommodate the varied aesthetic preferences of our clients will be woven throughout the program.

Applicable Regions: Eastern and Midwestern US (Florida excluded).

Note: This course will have some repeated information from previous intensive design short courses.

Attendees will receive login-protected access to an extensive course manual including plant lists, an ecology-based plant characteristics chart, equipment recommendations, wildlife habitat enhancement strategies, diagrams for planting and maintenance procedures, and more.

Note: If attending individual sessions only, Day 1 is a “recommended” prerequisite to Days 2, 3, 4, & 5.

View course details on pages 2-3 of the Summer Series brochure

CEUs available (APLD, ASLA/LACES, & NOFA) 

See our CEU Summary Sheet (updated 6/30/21).

Cosponsored by:

Wild Ones - Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

American Horticultural Society

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Live sessions will be recorded and viewable to registrants for 3 months after the live session date. 
NEW! Registration closes after that 3 month period - course materials including recordings will not be for sale after that time.
Registration will be refunded only if notification is received before five (5) working days prior to the event.


The course materials will become available 24 hours prior to the live session start time. Login at that time to access. Handouts can be used for note-taking during the sessions.

Note: All course materials will be accessible for 3 months after each live date. Session Handouts will be downloadable, but session recordings will not be downloadable.

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Larry Weaner, FALPD, president and founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, established New Directions in the American Landscape in 1990. He is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration. His design and restoration work spans more than twenty US states and the UK, and has been profiled in national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Garden Design, American Gardener, Wildflower Magazine, and ASLA’s “The Dirt” blog. Larry has presented at American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual and state chapter meetings, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) events, and many others. His book, Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) received an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2017.

Photo by Kim Sokoloff

Ian Caton worked for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) from 2001 to 2013 and now serves as a project consultant for the firm. A graduate of Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design, Ian is the founding principal of Wood Thrush Native Nursery in Floyd, VA. Ian brings in-depth knowledge of native plants, natural communities, and their incorporation into the human environment to the design and installation of native landscapes for private residences and public spaces. He has spoken at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Irvine Native Plant Seminar, and New Directions in the American Landscape conferences, among other events.

Registration Options

Register for the Full Bundle or individual days. Note: Day 1 is a recommended prerequisite for Days 2-5. Students send proof of student status (including date) to [email protected] for discount.


  • Recording: Will this course be recorded for me to view later? Do I have to attend the live session in order to access the recording?

    The entire course will be recorded and available (not downloadable) to all registrants after the live session ends for three (3) months. If you are registered, you do not need to attend the live session in order to access the recording.

  • Recording: Can I purchase only the materials & recording later?

    NEW! You can register for 3 months past the live session date, and access the materials - including the recording - until that 3 month point.

  • Webinar Platform: Which webinar platform will the live session be held on?

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application (https://zoom.us/download) and download the latest Zoom update if needed prior to the live course. We recommend that you join at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The instructors will use PowerPoint presentations. *If you have any technical difficulties during the session and need to contact us, please email Sara Weaner, NDAL Executive Director, at [email protected] instead of calling.*