Course Overview

Thursday - Friday, December 10 & 11, 2020

1 - 4:30 PM EST (both days)

The desire for landscapes that are “ecologically functioning” as well as beautiful is rapidly becoming mainstream. The techniques required to successfully design, plant and maintain these landscapes, however, can differ dramatically from traditional practice. This intensive, six-hour virtual course will span two days and illustrate how to apply these altered practices in a variety of settings including meadows, shrublands, woodlands, and fine gardens.

Attendees will receive an extensive, digital, login-protected manual that documents all aspects of the program, including plant selection criteria, plant recommendations, and ecological process-based management specifications.

View the course brochure

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*Note: This is a virtual, condensed, more regionally-focused version of the Natural Design Workshops held in person in 2019 & 2020 (6 vs. the previous courses’ 12 session hours). There will be much repeated information.

Registration closes 24 hours prior to the live session start time. 
Attendee materials - including session recordings - will not be for sale after this 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 first live session start time. Login at that time to access.


Ethan Dropkin, MLA, landscape designer at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA), has an extensive and in-depth understanding of native plants, the patterns and processes they express in nature, 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. Ethan has a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont, a MA in Landscape Architecture, and a MPS in Horticulture from Cornell University.

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


  • $185.00

    Regular price (for student price of $95, please email verification of student status with date - ie. course list, transcript - to



  • 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 to all registrants after the live session ends for up to 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?

    No, recordings will not be available for purchase after registration closes.

  • Webinar Platform: Which webinar platform will the live session be held on?

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application ( and download the latest Zoom update (update is required to join) prior to the live course. We recommend that you join at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. Both 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 instead of calling.*