National Landscape Architecture Month

We asked chapters, and individual members, to keep us up to date on their activities. Is your chapter not live? Tell us about your event with the Chapter activity form. We'll update frequently.


Twin States Conference
April 12–14th

Includes ten hours continuing education, tours and exhibits.

Temple W. Barry, ASLA 


Garden Design Workshops
May 12

April 21

May 5

Garden Design Workshops in 3 Alaska Cities! Practical, hands on, and most of all fun, the Garden Design Workshop presents the opportunity to learn about functional and beautiful garden design in our local climates and helps you develop unique landscape plans for your garden. This event is hosted by the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is our largest and most intensive community outreach effort. The Garden Design Workshop is an opportunity for local landscape architects and designers to reach out into the community and teach what they know to enthusiastic participants.

Laura Minski

Nancy Casey

Michelle Elfers


Women in the Dirt
April 17 | 6:00pm
School of Landscape Architecture & Planning within the Univ. of Arizona, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UA Campus Gallagher Theater

CALA's Gift to Landscape Architects: Showing of Women in the Dirt. This is a collaboration of professionals, educators and students of landscape architecture/design.

Lauri McMillan Johnson
Professor and Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning


April 7, 14 and 21 – Members participated in local trail cleanups
April 14-  Member placed signs around the University of Arkansas campus stating "designed by a landscape architect" (in public areas)
April 15- Contour mapping on campus (creating an artistic feature to catch the public's eye)
April 16- hosted a "What is LA day" on campus where hot dogs, drinks, chips, and cookies were given away. The landscape architectures students wore the "ask me about LA" buttons, some T-shirts, and displayed LA magazines, student projects, and passed out handouts describing what LA is.
April 21 and 22- At University of Arkansas names of all university graduates are printed on the campus sidewalks. The LA students went and circled the LA program graduates names from past years
April 29 -AR ASLA and the AR ASLA Student Chapter will work together to install a rain garden in the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks that our AR ASLA Student Chapter, Fallon English designed along with James Birke, a local girl scouts troop, and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership.


Connecting History, Culture and Community on the Mill River
April 18
Greenway Florence Civic Center

The Mill River embodies the essence of New England, old mill ruins, dams, farmland and hidden natural treasures. Landscape architects from around Western Massachusetts are going to develop design ideas that help connect these historic fragments together into a comprehensive greenway plan aimed at creating a network of paths, trails and small parks to bring new life and stewardship to Mill River Corridor.

Mark Lindhult
413 537-5860

Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life
April 13 | 7:00pm
Grappone Auditorium

Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life is a documentary film that explores the need and importance of reconnecting people with nature in our cities, suburbs and architecture. Executive producer, Dr. Stephen Kellert, will explain that by understanding and incorporating Biophilic design principles we can change the places where we live, work and learn. In this film Dr. Kellert provides examples of buildings that embody Biophilic design principals “that connect people and nature—hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive”. A panel of professionals working in the built environment will engage the audience in a discussion after viewing the film. This film is presented by the Landscape and Environmental Design Department at NHTI, Wings of Knowledge Lecture Series and the Film Society.

Susanne Smith Meyer,
GSLA Chair

California, San Diego

Walking Tours
April 26 | 12:00 noon

We are organizing 3 walks throughout the county ASLA-SD encourages and welcomes everyone to get outside and discover spaces and trails designed by landscape architects.

Michele Greenberg-McClung, Recreation Supervisor for the City of La Mesa, and Jon Wreschinsky, Landscape Architect and ASLA member, will lead a group on a 45 minute to 1 hour walk focused on one of the City’s existing Urban Trails. This group will walk the Blue route, beginner route, which leaves from downtown La Mesa and will offer the option to meet up with a part of the Red route, advance route, that showcases the “Secret Stairs” of La Mesa. Visit here for more information on Urban Trails in La Mesa.

Meet at the La Mesa Railroad Depot (La Mesa Boulevard and Nebo Street)

Diana Bergen is the campus Sr. Landscape Architect at UCSD. She will lead a tour through one of the Walking Paths on campus. She will discuss the value of walking, describe the Walk UCSD program, give a brief history of Landscape Architects who have shaped UCSD, and talk about the UCSD Campus Master Plan which includes walking paths. Visit here for more information on the Walk UCSD.

Meet at the intersection of Hopkins Drive and Voigt Drive, Parking is available at the Hopkins Parking Structure.

Mike Singleton, Principal at KTU+A Planning and Landscape Architecture, was responsible for the preparation of trail maps for information kiosks in Balboa Park to help guide park visitors to the numerous trails in the park from several gateway locations. He will lead a group on one of these unique trails and talk about the design process. Visit here for more information on biking and hiking trails in Balboa Park and KTU+A.

Meet at 6th and Upas in Balboa Park

Brooke Pietz
619-294-4477 x 151

Eat Here Now Exhibit

Opening night April 14, 6–9 p.m. Exhibition runs through May 15, 2012

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) Landscape Architecture Program Chair Leslie Ryan is curating an exhibition that explores ideas for re-purposing urban areas as sources of locally grown food. The month-long eat here now exhibition opens April 14 at the Art Produce Gallery in San Diego. The month-long exhibition, which focuses on the San Diego community of North Park, features design concepts that utilize available spaces along streets, on roofs, in yards and in vacant lots to encourage the production of local food. Concepts developed by students in NSAD’s master of landscape architecture program, NSAD architecture students and local community members will be displayed at the event, which is being done in conjunction with this year’s National Landscape Architecture Month theme of “Public Health & Active Living.”

Art Produce Gallery, 3139 University Ave. San Diego, Calif.

California Northern

Celebrate Earth Day with a Landscape Architecture Bike Tour of San Francisco

Sunday April 22, 2012

Join the chapter for a casual morning ride through downtown San Francisco. Tour will stop at 6-10 historic and contemporary sites designed by landscape architects. Take in views of award-winning landscape design, the San Francisco bay and iconic bridges. This is the best time of year for a bike ride in SF. Meet under the clock at the Embarcadero Ferry Building, 9AM. Cost is FREE but must RSVP. Should take 2.5 to 3 hours depending on how much we talk.

Anita Bueno
, 510-282-4918

California, Sierra

Website Launch
April 1


Our new and improved chapter website makes its debut this month. Featuring improved calendar of events, news feed, information on past events, links to our social media pages, committee profiles, and contact information for getting involved and supporting the chapter, all wrapped into a cool new look! Stay up to date on event details by visiting the site at www.asla-sierra.org.

Guerilla Sign Install & Magazine Drop
April 4
1400 S St

Members will take to the streets to install lawn signs reading "Designed by a Landscape Architect". We will also distribute the 50 free copies of Landscape Architecture Magazine at area doctor's offices, salons, barber shops, coffee shops and school libraries. Meet at 1400 S St at 6p to pick up your materials, bring a camera!

30,000 Trees in One Year
April 8

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, the Sacramento Tree Foundation is teaming up with Greenwise Joint Venture to plant 30,000 trees across Sacramento's six-county region. ASLA is heeding their call and encouraging our members to register any tree that you have on plans that will be planted between March 7, 2012 and March 7, 2013. Be sure to get them registered before the April 8th deadline and mention ASLA when you register! More info at www.30ktrees.com

AIA / ASLA / SACMOD Film Night
April 12 | 6:00-8:00pm
1616 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, 95815

Join AIA CV, ASLA EPG, and SacMod for film night: 'Contemporary Days: Robin and Lucienne Day Design the UK' at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery. FREE event! Refreshments provided by Patcraft. Register here. Find out more details.

Park(ing) Day Design Charrette
April 19| 5:30-8:00 pm
AIA Gallery, 1400 S Street

National PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, September 21st, 2012. ASLA EPG is planning an installation this year and we need your help! PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Join the Sierra Chapter EPG on April 19th, 2012 for a PARK(ing) Day design charrette! The theme for NLAM is Public Health & Active Living, so bring your ideas to transform one space in Downtown Sacramento into a healthy and active PARK! Drafting supplies and light refreshments and snacks will be provided! FREE Event! RSVP  

Soul of the City: Urban Open Space
April 25 | 5:45 – 7:30pm
AIA CV Gallery, 1400 S St, Sacramento

What makes a good place to visit in the urban environment? Where are the best places in our region? Join us for this lively discussion about where it is and where to find it. This is the second of five planned dialogues this year which bring designers and community members together to try to identify 'the Soul of Sacramento'. This event is run in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, Central Valley Chapter, is FREE, and open to the public.

Kimberly Garza Presentation — Designing for Multiscalar Resiliency
April 26 | 5:30–7:00pm
AIA CV Gallery, 1400 S St, Sacramento

The Chapter will host the co-founder of ATLAS Lab for a presentation on landscape ecology and infrastructure. The presentation will explore the recent work of ATLAS, including the winning design proposal for the Catalyst: Sacramento Capital Mall Competition ‘Capitol Canopy’ as a means of establishing a genre of work that promotes resiliency in the relationship between urbanization, infrastructure and the environment. The presentation will touch upon methods of design grounded in cartography and historical studies to articulate the analysis and design of complex and dynamic ecological systems. The event is FREE! RSVP

UCD Student / Professionals Dinner
April 27 | 6:30-7:30pm
UCD Campus (Venue TBA) 

The UCD Student Chapter will host ASLA President Susan Hatchell, FASLA and chapter members for this year’s Student/Professionals dinner. Please come out to support the student chapter. You will have an opportunity to meet current students and our parent organization’s current President. Stay informed on www.asla-sierra.org for upcoming event flyer and RSVP information.

7:30-8:30pm Speaker Susan Hatchell, FASLA
8:30pm-10:30pm Dessert/ Dancing/ Mingling
Students $20
Public $40

California, Southern

ASLA & ValleyCrest Landscape Companies “Chat”
Wednesdays | 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

ValleyCrest Landscape Companies & Corona Tools host landscape chats every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT on Twitter to discuss the latest tips, trends and innovation in the green industry and how those ideas will benefit commercial real estate professionals. As part of National Landscape Architecture Month, one “Chat” in April has been set aside to discuss everything Landscape Architecture. SCC/ASLA will provide a panel of experts answering questions to the 1,000 plus participants around the world! For an example of a previous topic, view this Storify summary of Twitter Landscape Chat on permeable pathways.

Virtual Flash Mob
April 26 | 12:30pm

ASLA members will grab a friend or colleague on April 26 and spend a few moments in any park or public space to celebrate Frederic Law Olmsted’s (FLO’s) birthday. At 12:30, SCC/ASLA members from all over Southern California will sing Happy Birthday to the founder of landscape architecture. They will take photos or videos and share it with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Teacher of the Day Program  

Landscape Architects are passionate about the health of our communities and encouraging active lifestyles for all ages. In celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month, the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCC/ASLA) is reaching out to the schools.

A Pocket Park Design Charette
April 14
Ponderosa Park

One event in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month is a design charette. The ASLA So California Emerging Professionals are partnering with Hi Neighbor Community Gardens to host a design charette for the City of Anaheim at Ponderosa Park.

Wetlands Tour
April 28
Colonies Basin

ASLA Members and colleagues will tour Colonies Basin, a native habitat and wetland restoration of a 65-acre sculpted flood control basin serves as the centerpiece to the Upland Colonies Community. This park like setting is to feature 11-acres of wetland habitat, 13-acres of riparian plant communities, 36-acres of riversidian sage scrub, and 5-acres of aquifer recharge. This project was being developed from conceptual through construction phase, and included post-construction planting and habitat monitoring. Amenities included multi-use trails and roads, overlooks and seating areas, and interpretive and path-finding signage. Free to the public. 


Women in the Dirt
Bijou Theater, Bridgeport

A panel discussion, cocktail hour and viewing of the acclaimed documentary Women in the Dirt at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport, CT.

Jane Didona
203-778-1840 x14


City of Tallahassee Landscape Architecture Month Proclamation at City Hall 

April 11 - 4:00 PM

Show your public support for Landscape Architecture Month. Landscape architects will be presented a proclamation and given the floor to make a few comments.

Leon County Landscape Architecture Month Proclamation at the Board of County Commissioners
April 24 - 3:00 PM

Another proclamation opportunity for those who miss Tallahassee. Come out and support Landscape Architecture Month in this public forum.

Spring clean-up event and drinks
April 27


Northern Florida landscape architects will be sprucing up a public garden site with the assistance of Keep Tallahassee Leon County Beautiful during the afternoon for a couple of hours. Afterwards they will be a meet up for a toast at a local establishment.

Contact: David Malcolm 



April 26
University of Hawaii - Manoa Campus on Oahu

Landscape Architects and Design Professionals in Hawaii will be taking their talents and voices to the Central Mall at the University of Hawaii - Manoa Campus on Oahu. The University currently does NOT have a landscape architecture program in the School of Architecture or School of Tropical Forestry. Efforts to begin a program there have been ongoing for the past 20 years. We'll be connecting with the entire student body and the community of Hawaii on April 26, 2012.

Brian Wolf


Walk Indianapolis
April 2012

"Grand Sites" self guided walking tour of Downtown Indianapolis' significant landscapes, public parks, and urban design. Free, self-guided walking tours available on iTunes, online at walkindianapolis.org, or downloadable from the VisitIndy app. "Grand Sites" walking tour launches April 2012!

Put on you walking shoes and listen to Indianapolis' architects and landscape architects tell the stories and history behind the city's most prominent buildings and spaces. At Walk Indianapolis our mission is to help visitors and locals alike explore more of our great city. We are doing this through self-guided tours of the city's landmarks, with audio commentary from some of the city's leading designers. Walk Indianapolis is supported by the Indiana Chapter of ASLA, AIA Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Convention and Visitor's Association.

Brian Staresnick


Barber Pool Conservation Area Interpretive Trail Design Workshop Trail Design Charrette
April 28

The National Parks Service awarded a grant to the Boise River - Barber Pool Conservation Area" Interpretive Trail Design Workshop to organize an educational trail design charrette involving The National Parks Service, The Idaho Foundation of Parks and Lands, and the Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation. This exciting project will provide a rare opportunity to work with students and the local high school Environmental Education Program. The critical design themes will include, Stewardship and Conservation, recreation and being active, landscape and resource management, and community agriculture. The Message of the charrette will be, "What I do, does affect what happens next door..." The Charrette will take place April 28th in conjunction with NLAM!

Jay Gibbons


Life is Short. Eat Cake.
April 26 | 6:00-7:00pm
Riverside Metra
90 Bloomingbank Road
Riverside, Illinois 60546

On 04.26.12, Illinois landscape architects, students, and related professionals will once again take to the streets to engage the public in conversations about our profession. We are partnering with FRED (Frederick Riverside Education Design), who will be kicking-off their August event by unveiling the planters on parade. FRED is an unprecedented three-day education and networking event bringing experts and homeowners together on garden and landscape design in Riverside. ILASLA will celebrate FLO’s birthday by showing the public why our profession matters, renewing the energy generated on 08.17.11, when more than 1,000 people participated in over 250 outreach events across the county. This year, the call to celebrate Olmsted’s birthday could not be more in line with the National Landscape Architecture Month’s theme of Public Health & Active Living, as Olmsted’s roots in landscape architecture first started with his dedication to these principles. The Illinois Chapter is planning to host an early evening event in Riverside, IL – there will be cake! Look for more information at il-asla.org as the date approaches.

Nikolas Davis
312-372-1008 x119


Department of Environmental Quality Storm Water Medallions Placement
April 1 | 9:00 am
Louisiana State University Campus in the Quadrangle

The LSU Student Chapter and volunteers will be placing DEQ Stormwater medallions on storm drains around the LSU Campus.

Josh Brooks, Vice President Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Urban Sustainability Walking Tour through Beauregard Town

Baton Rouge, April 22

Brian Goad


An Evening Viewing Women in the Dirt
April 12 | 6:00pm
Michigan State University, Human Ecology Building, Room 300

Join us in viewing Women in the Dirt, a documentary film covering the groundbreaking work of seven female landscape architects. Pizza will be provided. Co-sponor: Michigan State University Landscape Architecture program

Joane Slusky

GrowTown presents "Connecting on the Ground" - Urban Ag + Community + Opportunity featuring SPIN Farming

April 20th, 7 - 9 pm - SPIN Farming presentation and Panel Discussion April 21st, 9 am - 2 pm - SPIN Workshop with Jody Veler at the Oasis of hope Christian Church, 933 West 7 Mile Road, Detroit (7 Mile and Woodward Ave.)

See what the GrowTown process for growing strong communities around local food systems is all about and what it can mean for your neighborhood. Case study: Penrose Village Friday-Presentations followed by a Panel Discussion exploring the possibilities for Detroit. Free and open to the public. Saturday-SPIN Farming Workshop with Jody Veler, registration required. ($45 includes SPIN manual and lunch) For more information concerning GrowTown and SPIN Farming, go to www.growtown.org and wwwspinfarming.com

Ken Weikal, (313-820-2311)


Waterworks Landscape Architecture Expo
June 9

The Minnesota Chapter is focused on promoting a landscape architecture locally in a major, all-night event along the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

Making waves. Changing course. How landscape architecture is changing the way we understand water. This year the American Society of Landscape Architects‐Minnesota Chapter is focusing on protecting, enhancing, and celebrating our regional waters. Changes in climate and increased human pressures are difficult to predict. What is certain is that our complex connection with water will continue as will our constant effort to understand and improve that relationship. The waterways we take for granted here in the Midwest create environmental, social and economic ripples that can be felt across the country and around the world. Similarly, innovative projects have the power to alter the course of industries, fields of research, and the way we live. This year ASLA‐MN is showcasing the influence of water ‐ one of the most powerful and important elements of our landscape, the work it inspires and the legacy landscape architects will leave.


Nevada Moves Day
April 25  
Beginning at Angel Park, 100 South Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas

On 4.25.12, NASLA joins NDOT, the Clark County School District, the Southern Nevada Health Districh and the Safe Routes to School program to sponsor a walking school bus at a local middle school. Upon arrival at the school, NASLA members will sketch a redesign of one of the streets/intersections on the walking school bus route to demonstrate a "Complete Street"

Sherie Moore

New Jersey

Designing Healthy Communities Training Module
Middlesex County Fire Academy
April 21 | 8:15am–12:15pm

Morris County Fire Academy,
April 28 | 8:15am–12:15pm
Morris Plains

Cape May Technical High School
May 19 | 8:15am–12:15pm
Cape May Court House

The chapter is progressing with the Designing Healthy Communities training module for New Jersey appointed planning officials in partnership with the public health, architects, engineers and planners. The topic area will be entitled Integrating Physical Activity into the Community Fabric. This is considered a major Public Awareness opportunity to reach local officials.

YES! In My Backyard Lecture Series
Essex County Cherry Blossom Visitors Center Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ Thursday April 12, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

NJIT Professor Neil Maher discusses the emergence of the urban park movement in the United States and the importance of Frederick Law Olmsted and Essex County Branch Brook Park. Find out how a place like Branch Brook Park connects contemporary concerns about the environment with the environmental reformers of the past when industrial growth first threatened American identity and public health. This program is free of charge with funding from the Essex County Local History Grant Program, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and in partnership with the Branch Brook Park Alliance, Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, NJASLA and the Essex County Environmental Center.

Contact: Jennifer Souder

New Mexico

Walk. Bike. Ride, Multi-Modal Experience.
Comprehensive Transportation Solutions for Everyone! Free and open to the public.
April 27 
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE (lower level)

How do we expand travel choice and make walking, biking and public transportation more attractive, convenient, efficient and safe?

LECTURE 10:30am to 1:00pm (lunch provided)
Hear presentations about the present and future of transportation in the metro area.
Topics include:
• Regional transportation policy and planning
• Complete Streets fundamentals and implementation
• Public health and active living
• Safe Routes to School
• Future bus and bikeways

WALKING TOUR Two tours: 1:00pm to 2:00pm or 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Tour the new Lead and Coal Improvements Project.

Traverse the city by foot, bike, bus, and train...all in one afternoon! Experience fi rst-hand how
a comprehensive multi-modal transportation network can change the way you move.
• Bike city bike trail (Bikes provided!)
• Ride Rail Runner Express commuter train
• Ride ABQ Ride bus system

REGISTER for all events @ NMASLA.ORG
Register by Monday, April 23rd

New York

NYASLA Chapter Design Awards Presentation and Exhibition Opening
April 3
148 W. 37th St

James Urban Lecture
April 5
East Side at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street
CEU Available

Green Screen Movie Night
April 10
148 W. 37th St

Botany for Designers Book Talk Featuring Kimberly Duffy Turner
April 12
148 W. 37th St
CEU Available

Sketching Sessions with Landscape Architects
April 14 & 21

Presentation of Selected Chapter Design Awards Projects
April 24
148 W. 37th St

High Performance Landscapes Training Session
April 27

Central Park tours (with NJASLA) and/or Poetry Walk with Jon Cotner
April 28–29

From Art to Landscape Book Talk Featuring W. Gary Smith
April 30
148 W. 37th St

For more information on these events visit nyasla.org.


Public Outreach Events

We will be wrapping Olmsted's Birthday and Landscape Architecture Month into one series of events on April 26, 2012 with public outreaches across the state in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton. Landscape Architects will be telling the public about Landscape Architecture and Frederick Law Olmsted!

Elise McElwain

Western Reserve Section Perk Plaza Tour

Formerly a park built in the 1970’s, the renovated Perk Plaza is a recent addition to the City of Cleveland’s urban parks system. The design of the former park did not allow users to see into or through the park, and because of this, nobody used it and the park failed. New plans were developed in 2009 to create a more inviting park. The tour will be led by the landscape architects who designed the park. The subjects of the tour will include a discussion about the park’s improvements, the design process and challenges, project management and a demonstration of the porous paving technology utilized on the project.


Community Trees Field Class

7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, April 4th, 2012

Join me for a field class on urban forestry to learn about planning, design, & construction strategies critical to increasing long-term tree canopy in urbanized settings. You'll learn about what trees need to survive and thrive and how you can make good decisions about locating new trees and preserving and protecting existing trees.

Pine Nursery Design Charrette

April 12, 2012

Join landscape architects as they lead a People’s Garden Design Charrette at the Bend Pine Nursery in Bend, Oregon. This partnership is a collaborative effort involving community members, the Deschutes National Forest, and Bend Parks and Recreation District.

Contact:Robin Gyorgyfalvy, 541.383.4786

North Park Block Design Charrette

400 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 802, Portland, April 20, 2012

Join Portland Parks and Recreation staff and other ASLA Oregon members as we explore design possibilities associated with a potential new North Park Block. Owned by PP&R, the site is located at the northern terminus of the historic Park Blocks, south of downtown Portland’s Main Post Office, and immediately adjacent to PNCA’s planned renovation of the Federal Building. A future North Park Block could extend this Portland icon and engage with the lively and rapidly changing Pearl District just west of the site and Chinatown/Old Town to the east.

: Oregon Chapter, 503.227.6156


The future of Colorado Art Plaza

Saturday, April 21
Help Potomac area landscape architects envision the future Colorado Art Plaza and explore the potential of public space in the upper 14th Street Heights neighborhood of northwest DC. With the 14th St. Corridor as the focus area, we will be addressing how neighborhoods can revitalize without causing gentrification, as well as the role of how art and design can bolster neighborhood vitality.

Plaza Mockup: 9 AM - 3 PM, location: Longfellow & Colorado on 14th Street NW.

Join fellow artists and designers including John Bela, ASLA of Rebar Studio (San Francisco) as we explore
the possibilities for Colorado Art Plaza and mock up a proposed plaza at the intersection of Colorado Ave. and 14th St. NW. Site improvements for this neighborhood are proposed in the Central 14th Street Revitalization Plan slated for approval this spring. The mock-up activities will include: painting the plaza area, chalking sidewalks, stenciling, creating inflatable street furniture, amenities, and more.

Design Charrette: 4-6 PM, 5318 1/2 Colorado Street NW

Join us for a discussion about 14th St. Corridor’s public space. How is public space being used in the neighborhood? What are the needs of businesses in attracting visitors? What types of amenities would support more social life on streets and sidewalks? The Colorado Art Plaza Charrette is part of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities 5x5 Program. ASLA Potomac Chapter is partnering with 5x5 and invites local landscape architects to join us for all or part of this creative day!

Contact: Liesel Fenner, lfenner@artsusa.org, 202-957-7265

Prairie Gateway

PGASLA Will Help Install Rain Gardens in Joplin, MO
April 7th and May 5th | 9:00am–5:00pm
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive
Joplin, MO

Many homes, businesses and park spaces were destroyed by the May 22nd, 2011 tornado in Joplin, MO. The tornado impacted landscapes and wildlife habitats as well. Adding native plants and landscape features such as rain gardens will help create valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Rain garden workshops are being facilitated by the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. PGASLA is a partner in their effort to rebuild Joplin, MO. Attendees will learn how and why to include native plantings in their landscape, how to install a rain garden, what plants to select and how they benefit wildlife.

In the afternoon, workshop attendees and students will help construct rain gardens at Joplin area non-profit organizations. This effort will be coordinated by area landscape architects, Missouri Master Naturalists and other community volunteers.

PGASLA LINKS Lunch Lecture Series

April 19th | 12:00 noon – 1:00pm
PGASLA Office, 1801 McGee Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO

Stapleton, a smart growth development located in Denver, Colorado, is one of the largest urban infill projects in the United States to date. Upon final build-out, its interconnected park network will encompass 1,116 acres, nearly 25% of the overall development. Jessica Canfield, an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University, will present her recent research on the appearance and performance of Stapleton’s community parks. Jessica will also discuss findings from her recently completed Landscape Architecture Foundation case study on the landscape performance of Westerly Creek at Stapleton.

PGASLA Speaks to the Public about Safeguarding Public Health
April 26th | 12:00 noon–1:30pm
City Hall, Jackson County Courthouse and Board of Education Buildings
Kansas City, MO

Landscape architects will gather in Kansas City’s “government district” to showcase several design projects where surface & street rainwater is collected and cleansed before it is released into the public sewer and ultimately the Missouri River.

In honor of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday, professionals will speak to Kansas Citians about their mission in Joplin, Missouri and the types of projects that allow landscape architects to be leaders on innovative rainwater projects and green infrastructure. Mr. Olmsted is known for his national public health efforts and is one of the founders of the landscape architectural profession.

Landscape architects will hit the streets to talk with people about health, design, public spaces and landscape architecture.

PGASLA Public Awareness Event in Wichita
April 27th | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Jet Bar-B-Q, 1100 E. Third Street North
Wichita, KS

Final Friday - As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors.

PGASLA will host a public awareness event at Jet Bar-B-Q in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Visitors are welcome to taste some of Wichita’s finest barbeque, enjoy a cool beverage and learn about landscape architecture in Wichita and the state of Kansas.

Featured Artist:
Stephen M. Perry (retired Landscape Architect). Mr. Perry will set up an art display highlighting his limited edition prints; he will give a short presentation of the Flint Hills in support of his new book titled Wander the Kansas Flint Hills in Words and Images. He will be available for a book signing.


April LAM Distribution

A copy of April's Landscape Architecture Magazine will be distributed to each Senator in the PA and DE Legislatures.

Display of Design Award Submission Boards
April 15–30
Capitol Rotunda
Harrisburg, PA

School within a Park
April 21
Multi-Purpose Room at Horace Mann Elementary
205 S. 5th Street
Indiana, PA

All students, parents, teachers and community members interested in exploring design solutions for new play areas to enhance student growth and the neighborhood community
We are seeking LA's as facilitators for our charette and LA's to synthesize the charette information/graphics into Concept Diagrams/Perspectives.
Facilitators are needed from 10am-4pm; LA's to synthesize into Concepts are needed from 2pm-7pm.

Barbara Hauge, RLA

Community Greening Project
April 21 | 8:00am–4:00pm
Main and DeKalb Streets
Norristown, PA

Landscape Architects and community volunteers will landscape a vacant lot one block from the Montgomery County Courthouse. Participating politicians: Josh Shapiro, Chair Montgomery County Board of Commissioners; Leslie Richards Montgomery County Commissioner.

Ann Marchino

Olmsted Birthday Bash
April 26 | 12pm–2pm
17th and Chestnut Sts.
Philadelphia, PA

Professionals from Philadelphia's many design firms will gather for a birthday cake and beverages. Project boards will be on display from student projects from the Temple University and Philadelphia University landscape architecture program. There will be a birthday cake design competition. Speackers include Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis (former Secy PA DCNR), Mark Focht, FASLA, Deputy Commissioner Philadelphia Parks Department, Nancy Goldenberg, Vice President Center City District. (Invited: Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner).

Rachel Sclan-Vahey

Puerto Rico

Sand Sculptures Festival

The recently accredited Master's of Landscape Architecture at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico invited local design schools and the public at large to participate in the sand sculptures festival, as a way to expose the profession's bearing on popular landscapes, and to engage the public in the school's work.

Marisabel Rodríguez Tel:787-622-8000, ext. 663 Blog: polipaisaje.wordpress.com


BRIDGES with Bridge Builders
March 30 – April 25
477 North 5th Street

The West Tennessee Section of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (TNASLA) will celebrate Landscape Architecture month with a service project at BRIDGES with Bridge Builders®, a local nonprofit agency that is dedicated to building a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in the greater Memphis area. Over a period of three weeks, local landscape architects will participate in a series of activities to educate the Bridge Builders® students in sustainable design and to introduce them to landscape architecture. Students will help install a redesign of the facility’s roof garden, which will focus on sustainable design utilizing low-maintenance plants with low-water needs.

In the first week, ASLA members will remove salvageable plants from the roof garden for later installation. Next, they will teach Bridge Builders® students basic principles of sustainability, water conservation, native plants in the landscape, and environmental stewardship. These students will then participate in removing unwanted plants from the garden and cleaning the fountain. The following week, landscape architects will repair the drip irrigation system. On April 14, landscape architects and Bridge Builders® students will install new plants and mulch.

To signify the completion of the project and celebrate Landscape Architecture Month, the members of ASLA have been invited to attend a reception on April 25th, when the new president is officially welcomed to the Bridges staff and the roof garden is re-dedicated.

Henry Minor

Landscape Architecture Month at the Downtown Nashville Library
All during the month of April
Downtown Library
615 Church Street

Landscape Architecture display including LA books, large scale plans of the soon to be opened Cumberland Park on the east bank of the Cumberland River Downtown, and a narrative describing the Library Courtyard designed by local landscape architect Ben Page.

Contact: Rebecca Ratz
615. 636.5124

Landscape Architecture Month Celebration and Fundraiser
April 25th, 6 – 8 pm
Yazoo Brewery Taproom
910 Division Street, Nashville

Party and silent auction benefiting TNASLA and Nashville Y-build, a YMCA program that trains young adults between 18 and 24 for a career in construction.
Contact/Organizer: Rebecca Ratz


Houston Area Scout Fair 2012
April 14
Location: Reliant Arena

Local landscape architects will engage with Boy Scouts of all ages and talk to them about landscape architecture and how local landscape architects can help them earn the landscape architecture badge!

Kimberly Terrell 713-446-7876

2012 Texas ASLA Conference
Connecting People, Connecting Spaces Gaylord Texan, Grapevine Texas April 4-6

Join over 400 Landscape Architects from Texas and surrounding states for two days of educational opportunities. Join us Thursday morning for the Landscape Architecture month proclamation read by Grapevine City Councilmember.

Kimberly Terrell 713-446-7876

Earth Day in the Park Oyster Creek Park
4033 State Highway 6 South, Sugar Land TX 77479 5-7pm

Landscape Architects will be on hand to talk about the benefits of thinking green.

Kimberly Terrell 713-446-7876

University of Texas 5 X 5 Design Competition

Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX
On the University of Texas Campus, there are forgotten places. One of those places lies adjacent to The Harry Ransom Center. The UT Landscape Architecture and Architecture students were given the challenge of taking 25 forgotten 5’ x 5’ planters and creating something within them. Teams were created, stipends were issued and designs will be created for your judging pleasure.

Contact: ASLA Austin Section: 512-294-9205 Margarita Padilla


Growing Community Gardens

Wasatch Community Gardens and the Utah Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects are teaming up to connect local community gardens with professional landscape architects, to carry out community-based garden design events. Participating gardens are involved in Wasatch Community Gardens' winter training, Growing Community Gardens, and include new and emerging gardens at Lincoln Elementary, the University of Utah, Harmony Park, Jackson Elementary, and a new youth farm, Real Food Rising, a project of Utahns Against Hunger.This is going to be a huge event in conjunction with Wasatch Community Gardens. Press, fun, charettes, food and community!

JoLynn Atkinson


Vermont Public Radio Ad
All of April

Vermont will run a radio ad on Vermont Public Radio for the entire month of April. The ad will say "The Vermont Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects, artfully designing sustainable landscapes for Vermont's Future; VT ASLA.org

Poster Distribution
All of April

For the month of April VT ASLA wil be sending posters to Vermont's higher education institutions is intended to increase awareness among art, environmental, and design students.

South Carolina

SCASLA Advocacy Day Luncheon
The SCASLA Advocacy day luncheon is Wednesday April 25th at the Solomon Blatt Building, room112. This is located on the State House grounds. The luncheon is from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Our presentation will be begin at 12:30pm. The presentation will start with a brief introduction including recognition and appreciation of the representatives who supported our licensure bill. The introduction will also include the showing our the short clip of our video and a brief description of the profession and a brief explanation of the importance of Complete Street practices in our state.

Contact: Holley Stokely, 864-915-1726


Trail Design Workshop
April 14 | 9:00am –12:00 noon


Charlottesville area members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects will be celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted's legacy and his pioneering efforts to improve public health by joining the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation for a Trail Design Workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Landscape Architects will apply their talents and techniques to a particularly interesting site along the Old Mills Trail on the Rivanna River. Trail development enthusiasts and the general public are invited to work with the Landscape Architects to examine the site and design solutions to the sites numerous challenges. The event will run from 9:00 AM until Noon and involves a 1-mile walk from the Martha Jefferson Hospital down a dirt road to the river, and back. Wear good walking shoes and check the weather forecast and make sure you are dressed appropriately to be out for the morning. To ensure everyone has the energy to participate after walking to the site, organizers will provide a breakfast snack, coffee and water. Maps, site information and drawing materials will also be provided.
For more information and directions to parking at the trail head visit www.vaasla.org and click on LAM Trail Design Workshop.


Capitol Display of Landscape Architectural Works
April 16–21

We will have student and professional landscape architecture work displayed at the Capitol building in Madison, WI. This will include current student capstone projects at the University of Madison Landscape Architecture program. Also we will have the 2011 professional award winners projects displayed. The Capitol receives many student tour groups and is the place of employment for many individuals.

Christa Wollenzien

Student Chapters

University of Arkansas

Chalk it Up to L.A. / Senior Campus Walks
April 16–26
University of Arkansas

We will be recognizing all graduates from the landscape architecture department on campus by highlighting their names in the senior walk (sidewalks) around campus with chalk and placing a sign about landscape architecture staked in the ground next to the graduates name.

Fallon English

UC Davis Student Chapter

Picnic Day Parade Float
April 21
UC Davis campus

Picnic Day is the largest student-run event in the nation, with an estimated 125,000-150,000 attendees in 2009. This is a day for the university to showcase offered majors and organizations. The day kicks off with a morning parade, a tradition that has taken place for 97 years. This year, the student chapter of ASLA, in combination with the Department of Environmental Design, will put on a float to display the profession of landscape architecture. Not only is this an interesting way to show people what we do, but there will many people watching us. Additional sponsors will be the Department of Environmental Design at UC Davis.The event is Picnic Day, which is run by a board of student directors.

Kelly Matheson
(408) 691-9977



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