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Let’s Talk Plants: An ASLA Webinar Series


Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT


Start: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EDT
End: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Panel 1 – Why Natives?

Throughout the next few months, the New York Chapters of the ASLA will host a webinar series centered on the topic of native planting.  For each event, a panel of regional and internationally-renowned experts will come together to present their perspectives and engage in conversation enabling attendees to peer behind the curtain and learn new approaches to native planting design.  This four-part series will cover topics such as: the importance of natives, the realities of specifying and sourcing, native plants versus natives and near-natives, and designing with natives.  We hope you join us for these discussions.

Panel 1 – Why Natives?

Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. This first roundtable will explore what makes a plant native, the role that native plants play in providing ecosystem services and protecting biodiversity, even in urban areas, and resources to discover which plants are native to your region.

1 LACES Credit / 1 HSW – Approved



Ken Parker, CNLP, NGICP is a horticulture industry champion, a passionate indigenous horticulturalist and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. As a New York State Certified Nursery Landscape Professional (CNLP) and a National Certified Green Infrastructure Program (NGICP) Trainer, he is one of 21 NGICP trainers in the US and the first in New York State. Additionally, he offers extensive and diverse experience in horticultural systems, plant cultivation, propagation protocols, plant production procedures and integrated pest management strategies. 

Ken has spent decades of his life devoted to growing, installing, teaching and promoting the indigenous plants of North America. He has proactively participated in various environmental projects, including conservation, restoration, corporate landscaping, green infrastructure, education, marketing and consulting throughout the United States and Canada over the past twenty-five years. 

As an approved NGICP trainer, Ken provides hands-one education and the opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized standard that promotes exceptional job knowledge and skills to build, inspect and maintain green infrastructure systems. 


Lynda Schneekloth: Professor Emerita, Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo/SUNY Chair, Western New York Environmental Alliance Sierra Club Niagara Group, Executive Committee 

Lynda Schneekloth works to connect environmental and social activism, design practice, teaching, and scholarship around both professional and citizen engagement in the practice of “placemaking.” She engages people and institutions in the work of healing the world and creating beloved places. She holds an MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at Schools of Architecture from 1976 to 2011. 

Schneekloth has been active in environmental work to include being one of the founders of the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and a board member of the Sierra Club Niagara Group and WNY Environmental Alliance. With these organizations and others, she has facilitated collaborative work in climate justice with special attention to youth and frontline involvement, public trust matters as in Outer Harbor protection, the restoration of our ecology through the Native Plants Collaborative, and the moral imperative of both the climate and biodiversity crises through the Interfaith Climate Justice Community. Schneekloth seeks to deepen people’s connections to the earth both culturally and environmentally. 

Schneekloth is author or editor of six books and numerous articles. Four books focus on local history as a way of revealing stories about the place we live: Olmsted in Buffalo and Niagara (2011), The Power Trail: History of Hydroelectricity at Niagara (2006), Reconsidering Concrete Atlantic: Buffalo’s Grain Elevators (2007) and Changing Places: ReMaking Institutional Building (1992) about the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. 


Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 103 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book ‘Nature’s Best Hope’ released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.


Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 40 years. She has been a member of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and is co- author of ‘Trees in the Urban Landscape”, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. In addition, Dr. Bassuk has authored over100 papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of ‘CU-Structural Soil’ and improved transplanting technology. She works closely with municipalities to help implement best practices in urban forestry management. Nina co-teaches a course at Cornell University titled “Creating the Urban Eden”, which integrates the woody plant identification and use with landscape establishment techniques for difficult urban sites. She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences and workshops and recently received the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education from the International Society of Arboriculture.


ASLA members:  Free
Non Members:  $10

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. 

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