Upcoming Intensive Course

If you are interested in taking this course in the future, please stay tuned for details about our next one to be held in the spring of 2024!

  • Please note

    Registration for this bundle is now closed. Individual Session registrations will be open until their respective 3-month closing dates. *We are unable to provide extensions.*

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Where science meets practice

Course Overview

*Can be purchased as a Full Bundle (Sessions 1-6) or as individual sessions. 

Presenter: Larry Weaner, FAPLD & Ian Caton

Join influential Landscape Designer Larry Weaner and native plant expert Ian Caton as they explore the integration of restoration ecology and fine garden design.

Attendees will receive a 100+ page, login-protected course manual.

Applicable Regions: Eastern and Midwestern U.S. (Florida excluded).

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

Date & Time: Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 8, 15, 29, 2023 | 1 - 4:30 PM EDT | Office Hours Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 | 2 - 4 PM EST
The sessions will be recorded and viewable to registrants for 3 months after each live session date.

Location: Virtual

Fee: $585 for Full Bundle (Sessions 1-6), or $118 per individual session

Student discount: Email verification of student status (ie. course schedule including your name and enrollment date) to [email protected] for 20% off discount code.

Audience: Professional

CEUs: APLD (18), LA CES (18), NOFA (18), SER (18)
See here for detailed instructions.

Register by: 3 months after the live session date

For Full Bundle registrants, registration will be refunded only if notification is received before five (5) working days prior to the Session 1 live session date.

For individual sessions, registration will be refunded only if notification is received before five (5) working days prior to the live event date.


The course materials will become available 24 hours prior to the live session start times. You'll receive an email with instructions to access by logging into your Portal account.

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.

Bundle includes

Full Bundle includes all of the following sessions plus one 2-hour Office Hours. Click a session below to visit its individual details & registration page.


Larry Weaner, FAPLD, 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. In 2021 he received the AHS Landscape Design Award and the APLD Award of Distinction.

Photo by Kim Sokoloff

Ian Caton worked for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates from 2001 to 2013, and now serves as a project consultant for the firm. His knowledge of native plants and their characteristics is encyclopedic. He is also the founding principal of Wood Thrush Native Nursery in Floyd, VA. Ian has designed and installed landscapes for a wide range of residential, commercial, and public settings. Prior speaking engagements include the Irvine Native Plant Symposium and events at the New York Botanical Garden and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.


  • 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 recording later?

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

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Can I get CEUs for taking this course?

    Each session has been approved for 3 CEUs for the following organizations: APLD, LA CES, & NOFA.

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): How do I receive the CEUs?

    As this is considered a live course, those seeking LA CES CEUs must watch the session and complete the quiz on the Portal by *two weeks* after the live session date. Ensure that your Portal profile indicates ASLA/LACES under the CEU section and email [email protected] if you make any changes to your profile CEU section. You will then receive an email with your completion certificate within 3-4 weeks. || For APLD & NOFA CEUs, please self-report to those organizations using your registration confirmation email.


Register by 3 months after the live session date.

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