So you think natives are weedy and messy? This lecture by Claudia West debunks this myth and explores the aesthetic value of native plants in modern-day landscape situations. You will be fascinated by the range of landscape styles and functional plantings created with our native flora. Numerous design examples and plant combinations demonstrate the beauty, diversity, and functionality created with regionally appropriate plants. We will explore how native species grow in the wild and translate this knowledge into powerful design principles for your landscape. Enjoy and be inspired!
Claudia West is planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Claudia holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She concentrates on ecological design and restoration, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape by making them widely acceptable. Claudia is a sought-after speaker on topics such as plant community-based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design. Together with coauthor Thomas Rainer, she will publish a new approach to ecological planting design in her first book Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press) this fall.