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Presenters:  Ethan Dropkin, Ruth Parnall, Emily Phillips, & Larry Weaner

Modernist icon Russel Wright was a designer and artist who wanted nature to play a leading role in his beautiful Hudson Valley property. With evocative area names like The Spring Path, Dragon Rock, The Fern Meadow Path, and Mary’s Meadow, Manitoga demonstrates that Wright wanted to share this place with people. 

Using a light and unobtrusive touch, he brought his considerable artistic sensibilities to bear in order to make that happen. From Wright's house environs, to the adjacent quarry pool, to a network of paths that lead to multiple plant communities and habitat types, we will explore and interpret the landscape from the dual perspectives of ecology and art.  


Date & Time: Thursday, July 7th, 2022, 9 AM - 4:30 PM ET* 

Location: 584 NY-9D, Garrison, NY 10524

Fee: $235

Event Category: Professional

CEUs: APLD (3), ASLA/LACES (6), ISA (Certified Arborist: 6; Practice: 4; Management: 2; Municipal Specialist: 6), NOFA (4)
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Register by: Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 9 AM ET (1 week prior)  

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

This session will be held entirely outdoors, limited attendance.



Ethan Dropkin, MLA, landscape designer at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA), has an extensive and in-depth understanding of native plants and their effective use in the designed landscape. He has been involved with numerous private gardens and public projects including Riverwalk Park in Tarrytown, NY, and a planting plan for Kingsland Wildflowers in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining LWLA, Ethan worked as a designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, as a horticultural designer and technician for Cornell University, and as a horticulturist for the New York City Parks Department.

Ruth Parnall, Landscape Architect Emerita and botanist, has been the Curatorial Advisor in Russel Wright’s landscape for over 20 years. Her design projects, articles and workshops focus on native plants, alternatives to lawn, ecology for designers, and habitat immersion for schoolyards. Retired from active design practice, her favorite project now is Pollinators.buzz - a curated habitat garden at her home in western MA.

Emily Phillips is the Landscape Collection and Conservation Manager at Manitoga, where she has worked for over a decade. Prior to this, she earned an MS at Columbia University’s Landscape Design Program after a 30 year hiatus from her Botany and Ecology studies at Connecticut College and enjoyed a long career as a ceramist. 

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.