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Presenters: Thom Almendinger & Larry Weaner 

The most effective protocols for establishing native meadows are complex and still being developed. How do we uncover the most beneficial approaches for any given environment, scale, or project program? One good answer is experimentation, an endeavor which few clients are willing to finance. Fortunately, Duke Farms has spent the last few decades doing just that. 

In this field session we take an in depth look at numerous plantings and trials, including comparisons of fall versus spring planting, no till drill vs. broadcast seeding, burning vs. mowing, planting into subsoil vs. topsoil, controlling weeds with and without herbicide, and using seed vs. live plants. We will also observe and compare two woodland areas with starkly different ratios of native and invasive species to determine the causation, and draw conclusions regarding the best protocols for forest management. Finally, we will observe and analyze the 15-acre Great Meadow, which exhibits the results of a research-based approach.   

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, 9 AM - 4:30 PM ET* 

Location: 1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Fee: $235

Event Category: Professional

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Register by: Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, 9 AM ET (1 week prior)  

*Time listed above includes instructional time & breaks. There will be 6 session hours.
Light breakfast & lunch are included in the registration fee.
Check-in & breakfast begin at 8:30 AM EDT.

This session will be held entirely outdoors, limited attendance.



Thom Almendinger is an ecologist and the Director of Natural Resources & Agroecology for the Duke Farms Foundation. At Duke Farms, he has developed and continues to direct a large-scale landscape restoration program on the 2,740-acre property that includes a range of habitats. Thom serves on the Technical Advisory Boards for the Rutgers University EcoPreserve, NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, the Hutcheson Memorial Forest at Rutgers University and is past vice-president of the NJ Wildlife Society. Thom and his team have received numerous awards including; ANJEE Environmental Education Award, Sustainable Raritan Award, Land Ethics Award, NJDEP Environmental Stewardship Award and the US EPA Environmental Quality Award. 

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. His book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (2016) received an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2017, and in 2021 he received American Horticultural Society’s Landscape Design Award.