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Presenters: Susan Carpenter, Michael Hansen, Darrel Morrison, FASLA, & Larry Weaner, FAPLD

Our visit will begin at the Darrel Morrison-designed Native Plant Garden. This 4-acre planting provides a masterfully designed miniaturization of the prairie and savanna landscapes we will explore later in the day. These will include the 73-acre Curtis Prairie and the 47-acre Green Prairie, two of the most renowned achievements in the history of ecological restoration. There we will conduct an in-depth examination of how these stunning prairie landscapes were conceived, planted, and managed. We will also visit part of the Grady Savanna near Greene Prairie, where extensive restoration has been in progress over the past decade.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 10th, 2023, 9 AM - 4:30 PM CT* 

Location: 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711

Fee: $265

Event Category: Professional

CEUs: APLD (3), LA CES (6), ISA (BCMA Science: 2; Certified Arborist: 6; Practice: 2; Utility Specialist: 2; Management: 2; Municipal Specialist: 6; Climber Specialist: 2; Aerial Lift Specialist: 2), NOFA (4)
See here for CEU instructions.

Register by: Thursday, August 3rd, 2023, 9 AM CT (1 week prior)  

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

This session will be held entirely outdoors, limited attendance.



Susan Carpenter is the Native Plant Garden curator and gardener at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum. She works with students and community volunteers to manage and monitor a 4-acre garden representing the plant communities of southern Wisconsin. She also leads a conservation project that involves students and the public in documenting and studying native bumble bees, including the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis. A graduate of Stanford University, Susan earned her MS in Botany and MS in Science Education at UW–Madison.

Michael Hansen is the Land Care Manager at the UW-Madison Arboretum where he oversees field work on 1700 acres, including invasive species management and the prescribed fire program. His career in conservation has spanned 20 years across several states and one Canadian province, with a primary focus on prairie and savanna ecology and restoration. He has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Ball State University and a M.S. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a long-time advocate of designing landscapes with Native Plant communities as inspiration, with a special interest in tallgrass prairies. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 1969-83, and at the University of Georgia 1983-2005. From 2005 until 2015, he lived and worked in the New York City area, and designed landscapes based on Native Plant communities at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Storm King Art Center. Darrel is the recipient of the Scott Medal and Award for 2021, presented by Swarthmore College for “outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening.” He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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.