Lecture with Claudia West Planting in a Post-Wild World

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Wednesday April 18

6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

We live in a global city and few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscape. This challenge requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we explore how native and ecological plants will fit into our future landscape and how plant community based design strategies can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project. Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015). This free talk is presented in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation, Western Nursery and Landscape Association and the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative.

INSTRUCTOR: Claudia West, ASLA, Principal Phyto Studio LLC

LOCATION: The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City