Native landscapes are decidedly in. Recent trends have seen a surge of interest in using native plantings to create a stronger connection to the environment, slowly overthrowing the traditional disconnect between landscape architecture and the native, natural aesthetic. However, this trend isn’t without its challenges, and landscape architects looking to expand their palette are faced with ensuring that native plantings are appreciated within a client-driven practice.
Hoerr Schaudt’s Julie Sajtar and Ann Weiland discussed exactly this on September 19, 2019 as part of their presentation for Plan It Native. The lecture, titled “Native Landscapes – Between Nature, Desire and Design” delved into the cultural shift towards a native aesthetic. By introducing design as the framing mechanism for viewing native plants, Ann and Julie discussed strategies and methods for an organizational framework that ensures a successful, long-term infusion of native plantings. These approaches are vital for sustainable landscape, and are critical tools for increasing interest and excitement around native plantings and their role as harmonizing elements between man-made and natural environments.
Plan It Native is a landscape conference in its inaugural year. The program is presented by Deep Roots KC, formerly the KC Native Plant Initiative. Deep Roots KC is a collective impact organization of nearly 70 multi-sector partners working to increase native plant landscapes on both small and large scales.