Attention - those seeking LACES/ASLA CEUs:

This session's LACES/ASLA quiz due date has now passed and those seeking landscape architecture CEUs can no longer receive them for this session. See below for details.

Course Overview

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1 - 4:30 PM EDT

*This the fourth of five Design Course dates and can be purchased individually or as part of the Full Bundle. For more details see the Summer Series brochure or Full Bundle page below.

Ian Caton & Larry Weaner

In this session native plant authority, Ian Caton, will examine some of the native species that exemplify the ecological characteristics described in the previous sessions, and illustrate how this information can inform the process of selecting and arranging individual plants. He will also present a group of ‘workhorse species’ that combine reliability and weed suppression with attractive aesthetic character. Larry and Ian will then engage attendees in a conversation that explores their shared experiences and answer attendee questions. Larry will conclude by describing the heightened experience that an interactive relationship between people and plants can engender for both designers and their clients. 

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.

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

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

View details on page 3 of the Summer Series brochure
Full Bundle page

CEUs available 

View 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. 

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

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.

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.


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.

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

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 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 recording later?

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

  • Can I get continuing education credits (CEUs) for taking this course?

    This course has been approved for 3 CEUs for the following organizations: APLD, ASLA/LACES, & NOFA.

  • How do I receive the CEUs?

    As this is considered a live course, those seeking ASLA/LACES 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 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.