2019 Design With Nature Conference: Healing and Restoring our Relationship with Nature

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Date(s) - Sat Feb 16, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St.Paul Campus


Wild Ones 2019 DESIGN WITH NATURE Conference

Saturday, February 16, 2019                                      PROGRAM DETAILS                  
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST                                                      REGISTRATION
University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave (at Cretin), St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

Healing and Restoring our Relationship with Nature

To truly live in relationship with nature we must first realize we are “a part of” nature, not “apart from” nature. Only when we acknowledge and celebrate our relationship with the rest of the living world, will we be able to fully understand the generous gifts we receive from the Earth can only be sustained by giving our own gifts in return.


     Living in the Liberated Landscape:
     How our gardens and landscapes can be a source of environmental change

Larry Weaner is founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in Philadelphia, PA in 1982, combining expertise in horticulture, environmental science, and the traditions of garden design. His design and restoration work spans more than ten states and has been profiled in national publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalLandscape Architecture MagazineGarden DesignAmerican GardenerWildflower Magazine, and ASLA’s “The Dirt” blog.

In 1990, Larry developed New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL), a conference and workshop series dedicated to advancing the art and science of natural landscape design. This influential series has a loyal following in the landscape field and in 2016 received the New England Wildflower Society’s first annual Regional Impact Award.

Larry is the co-author of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change with Tom Christopher (Timber Press, 2016). Their book received a 2017 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society.


     Botanical Wanderings:
     Building a personal relationship with nature

Michael Lynch is a botanist and restoration ecologist, who studied Applied Plant Science at the University of Minnesota. He has worked for the City of Minnetonka as a Natural Resource Technician and is now an independent Botanist and Restoration Ecologist, offering his services and expertise to municipalities and individuals.

Michael is the founder of popular Facebook group Botanical Wanderings, encouraging people to become more enthusiastic about getting out into nature, to discuss and share images of plants and biomes visited.


     The Language of Plants:
     How traditional indigenous teachings can help heal our relationship with Nature

Robin Kimmerer is Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and Director of The Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY Syracuse. She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and combines her heritage with her scientific and environmental passions.

Robin is the author of numerous scientific articles and the books Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in 2005, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, released in 2013. In 2015 she addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.”

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

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