• Landscape Architecture CEUs (ASLA/LACES)

    The due date to submit the quiz required for ASLA/LACES CEUs has now passed.

  • Please note:

    Each session in this Bundle closes 3 months after the listed live session dates. Session 1 has been extended to Friday, May 27th. If you would like to register for the Bundle, please keep in mind that you have until that date to watch the first Session & access its materials.

Course Overview

Ecology-Based Landscape Design:

An Intensive 4-Session Course 

Larry Weaner, FAPLD & Ian Caton

Feb. 16,  March 7, 14, 21
1 - 4:30 PM EST each day (12 virtual classroom hours over 4 days)

Including Office Hours on June 1
1 - 2:30 PM EST (1.5 virtual classroom hours, included in bundle and individual session registrations)

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.

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 an ecology-based plant characteristics chart, equipment recommendations, wildlife habitat enhancement strategies, diagrams for planting and maintenance procedures, and more.

Program details on pages 2-4 of the 

CEUs available - APLD, ASLA/LACES* (13.5 total), & NOFA

*ASLA/LACES Note: Attendees seeking LACES CEUs must complete each Session's quiz by 2 weeks after the live session date. LACES CEUs are not available after this time.

See here for details

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.
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. Look out for an email or sign into the Portal 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.

COMING IN SUMMER 2022 - In the Field: Intensive Course follow-up sessions

A series of in-person field days will be held in multiple ecoregions of the eastern and upper midwestern U.S. During these outdoor sessions, participants will examine how they can apply the intensive course content to real-world landscape sites. Registration opens in spring 2022. Limited attendance with Intensive Course attendees prioritized.


Larry Weaner, FAPLD, founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982 and established NDAL 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 U.S. states and the U.K., and has been profiled in numerous 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.  His book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) received an American Horticultural Society (AHS) Book Award in 2017, and in 2021 he received AHS’s Landscape Design Award. Larry is also the recipient of APLD’s 2021 Award of Distinction.

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.


  • 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?

    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 sweaner@ndal.org instead of calling.*