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Let’s Talk Native Plants, an ASLA-NY Webinar Series


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST


Start: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST
End: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST


Panel 4 | Keeping It Alive:  Specifications & Maintenance

This is the fourth panel of our roundtable series, following ‘Why Natives?’ and ‘Building Your Plant List’ and Designing with Plants. 

So you’ve carefully planned and built a beautiful landscape, how do you ensure its success?  The panelists will share their experience and tips for developing specifications that are effective and enforceable, as well as discuss the importance of communicating expectations and landscape needs to clients and stakeholders.


Desiree Liu, Landscape Designer with ETM Associates.  Desiree has ten-plus years of public space management work including small scale urban parks, large scale public space,and planning. She uses careful research to identify problems and provide proactive solutions for public space design and management. Elements of her work include economic feasibility studies, need and impact analyses, landscape maintenance plans, and parks/facility optimization


Joshua Unghire, restoration ecologist and planner for the Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District.  Joshua has over 15 years of professional experience in the environmental field with positions held in the academic, private, non-profit, and federal sectors. In his 10 years with the Corps, he has acted as a technical lead for ecological restoration projects addressing coastal, riparian, fluvial, wetland, and littoral systems. As part of this work he is involved in the, development and design of ecosystem and habitat restoration plans, oversight of project construction, and monitoring and adaptive management. 

He is current working on developing measures that improve resiliency and ecological function of coastal systems, and beneficially using dredged material to create coastal wetland  and aquatic habitat.

Joshua received a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2015 while majoring in Environmental Science. He received a Master’s of Environmental Management with a focus in Ecosystem Science and Management from Duke University in 2009. In 2018, he received certification as an Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society of Ecological Restoration.


Mark Hoopes, Horticulturist SiteWorks. Mark is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist with a decade of experience in a variety of landscape settings.  Mark is skilled in the cultivation, installation and maintenance of plantings in public realm settings.  He is also experienced with the incorporation of xeric water management and irrigation practices, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other sustainable maintenance strategies to ensure long-term planting success.

Mark has worked as a nursery production specialist at Longwood Gardens, MDK Plants in the Netherlands and Gygax Gartenbau in Switzerland.  He was a staff horticulturalist at Kurt Bluemel Nurseries in Maryland. He has worked as a design-build technician for numerous public and private garden projects in New York and New Jersey. He was also a staff gardener at The High Line in Manhattan, NY.  Mark is a Licensed Private Pesticide Applicator and Certified Paraprofessional for Watershed Restoration.  Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers.


1 LACES Credit / 1 NYS HSW 

This is a TWO PART REGISTRATION PROCESS.  1) Register below  2) Prior to the event you will receive a link to the Zoom registration, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ZOOM REGISTRATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE LINK AND PASSWORD TO THE EVENT. 

ASLA members:  Free
Non Members:  $10

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