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All field sessions include one hour of lecture at the Pennsylvania Convention Center before the mobile component. Field Sessions will begin promptly at the time indicated. Participants are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. All ticket sales are final. Participation is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket. Field sessions and leaders are subject to change.

Friday, October 3

Nurseries of South Jersey
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Visit Fernbrook Nursery and learn about nursery production utilizing full size plants to demonstrate high quality nursery practices. Pinelands will demonstrate proper selection of native and restoration plants, and Pleasant Run Nursery will discuss the selection of perennials and nursery practices that ensure quality plants.

Session Leaders: Richard Hesselein, Pleasant Run Nursery; Donald Knezik, Rutgers University; Larry Kuser, Rutgers University; Jeffrey A. Tandul, ASLA, Environmentors.

$140 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, box lunch, and two breaks.

Therapeutic Gardens of the Delaware Valley
8:30 am-4:30 pm

Visit therapeutic landscapes and healing gardens associated with Pennsylvania and Magee Hospitals in Philadelphia, and the award-winning Continuing Care Retirement Community in Medford Leas, NJ.

$140 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, box lunch, and two breaks. Session led by Jack Carman, FASLA, Design for Generations LLC and P. Annie Kirk, ASLA, Acer Institute LLC.

Ecological Considerations in Project Designs
9:30 am-3:30 pm

Explore the role of landscape architects in the growing field of ecological restoration and
discuss the value of incorporating ecological principles into project plans. Visit urban parks, see examples of meadow and wetland creation, reforestation, and stormwater
management, as well as discuss problems caused by invasive plants.

Session Leaders: Sarah Low, Fairmount Park Commission; John Nysted, Andropogon Associates; Tom Witmer, Fairmount Park Commission.

$140 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, box lunch, and two breaks.

The Revitalization of William Penn’s Green Squares
12:30-5:30 pm

Survey the history and development of William Penn’s original four squares and the current revitalization efforts underway led by several landscape architecture firms.

Session Leaders: Emily Copperman, ARCH Consulting; Susan M. Mattison, ASLA, SMM/ASLA Landscape Architecture and Planning.

$50 per person; Includes SEPTA pass, handouts, and break.

Green Roofs: A Decade of Lessons—Walking Tour
1:00-5:00 pm

Philadelphia has been a leader in the development of green roof technology. Learn from experts who have designed and completed more than 20 green roofs. Visit three diverse sites: Friends Center, Jefferson University Plaza, and Rag Flats.

Session Leaders: Jose Almiñana, ASLA, Andropogon Associates; Chris Mendel, ASLA, Andropogon Associates; Charlie Miller, Roofscapes, Inc.; Marita Roos, ASLA, HNTB.

$50 per person; Includes handouts and break.

GreenPlan Philadelphia: A City’s Blueprint for Sustainable Open Space
1:00-5:00 pm

Learn about GreenPlan’s novel holistic and collaborative approach to planning for urban networks and its innovative spatial and cost/benefit analyses. The plan's comprehensive sustainability framework will organize Philadelphia’s open space investments and monitoring. Tour exciting projects on both rivers in a diverse range of neighborhoods with agency leaders.

$70 per person; includes transportation, handouts, and break. Session led by Mami Hara ASLA, AICP, and Andrew Dobshinsky, AICP of WRT, LLC; Alan Urek, AICP, Philadelphia Office of Planning; and Howard Neukrug, PE, Philadelphia Office of Watersheds.

Annual Forum on Landscape Architecture in the Public Realm: The Greening of Philadelphia
1:15-5:45 pm

Philadelphia Green is the oldest and largest greening organization in the country. Learn about the collaborative approach to projects and partnerships used to transform neighborhoods, revitalize parks, support community gardens, demonstrate innovative stormwater management solutions, and reinvigorate downtown public spaces.

$50 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, and break. Led by Nancy Q. O’Donnell, ASLA, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Tuesday, October 7

Healthy Trees Sustainable Landscape
8:00 am-12 Noon

Learn about planting and maintenance techniques that will help ensure healthy trees. See how to safeguard newly installed and existing trees throughout construction and beyond. With a hands-on component using state-of-the-art equipment, participants will expose the roots of landscape trees to investigate their extensive root systems and understand the role of roots in tree health.

Sessions Leaders: Chris Cowles, Affiliate ASLA; Andrew Graham, The Care of Trees

$110 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, and break.

Black Rock Sanctuary: Decanting Basin Restoration and Wetland Creation
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Black Rock Sanctuary was a scarred landscape before being reclaimed and dedicated to wildlife habitat and public use. Chester County developed a truly unique park while adding an educational component when it took advantage of its location along the Atlantic Coast Flyway to create a nesting habitat for rare and endangered migrating waterfowl.

Session Leaders: Robert C. Folwell, Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area; Carl Keleman, FASLA, KMS Design Group; Keith Maurice, Normandean Associates, Inc.

$140 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, box lunch, and two breaks.

Michael Van Valkenburgh’s Studio in NYC
8:00 am-8:00 pm
11 PDH

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has several New York City projects that reflect different aspects of contemporary issues the firm has grappled with in creating public urban environments. Explore the process of design and construction for five urban landscapes: the Vera List Courtyard at the New School; Union Square Park; Teardrop Park in Battery Park City; Segment 5 of Hudson River Park; and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

$200 per person; Includes transportation, handouts, lunch, and two breaks. Session led by Michael R. Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, Matthew Urbanski, and Laura Solano, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Green Roofs: A Decade of Lessons—Walking Tour (repeat of FS08)
8:30 am-12:30 pm

$50 per person; Includes handouts and break. Session led by Marita Roos, ASLA, HNTB.


Don’t miss the most important annual event for landscape architecture professionals!

Designing a More Sustainable Meeting

ASLA continues to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual meeting and 2008 will be the greenest meeting yet. The official meeting hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center are located within walking distance of each other, eliminating the need for shuttle buses. The hotels, convention center, show decorator, transportation company, and other vendors with whom ASLA contracts services must demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. ASLA’s printed materials, signage, and decorations are recycled, recyclable, and printed with soy ink. The meeting handouts will be distributed electronically. Meeting attendees may do their part by traveling to the meeting via Amtrak, purchasing a TerraPass, or arranging air travel through GoodShop (see Travel and Hotel Information).