Ann English on Planting Design and Plant Selection Guidance for Bioretention and Rain Gardens. Ann English, RLA, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C is the Program Manager for the RainScapes Program in the Watershed Management Division of the Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection.
Richard Hawke on Green Roofs: Plant Evaluations. Richard Hawke is the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Manager. He evaluates more than 1,000 taxa of herbaceous perennials and woody plants each year. He spoke about the Chicago Botanic Garden’s six-year trialing program for herbaceous and wood plants for green roofs.
Dr. Daniel Potter on Understanding the “Bee Issue” & How it Creates New Markets. Dr. Daniel Potter, Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, has studied pests and beneficial insects in urban landscapes for 40 years. He reviewed the results of a new study documenting native and non-native flowering trees and shrubs attracting and sustaining urban bees and other pollinators.
There were other great presentations too, but without accessible handouts: Claudia West on Planting in a Post Wild World and Landscape Plugs in Green Infrastructure and Patrick Blanc on Living Wall Vertical Gardens: From Nature to Everywhere.