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2015 Spring Landscape Conference - Natives that Nourish: Planting an Edible Landscape
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Native edible plants can be incorporat¬ed into landscapes to provide beauty and food for people and wildlife alike. Learn about the historical and present-day uses of these plants and how to mimic natural systems in designing a native edible garden.

When: 3/16/2015
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Katherine Davis Theater
Gateway Center - Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, New York  10595

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Monday, March 16, 2015 (snow date, March 20th)
Earned Credits: 4.5 LA-CES and up to 4.5 ISA
8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Gateway Center
Westchester Community College

Natives that Nourish: Planting an Edible Landscape

Native edible plants can be incorporat­ed into landscapes to provide beauty and food for people and wildlife alike. Learn about the historical and present-day uses of these plants and how to mimic natural systems in designing a native edible garden.

8:30–9 a.m.

Registration/Continental breakfast


9–9:15 a.m.



9:15–10:15 a.m.

Eating on Mannahatta: The Plants that Sustained Native Americans

Eric W. Sanderson, PhD

The Native Americans who pre-dated Henry Hudson on Manhattan Island harvested a variety of foods from the land: nuts, berries, seeds, leaves, and tubers. Find out about the horticultural cultivation and food gathering by the Lenape 400 years ago. Learn about "Muir webs” and the habitat connections among plants, animals, and people. Discuss and imagine for the future a more sustain­able, edible landscape for New York City.

Eric W. Sanderson, PhD, is Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the best-selling author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. A TED Conference presenter, he received his doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis. His latest book is Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs.


10:15–11:15 a.m.

Landscaping with Native Edible Fruits and Nuts

Lee Reich, PhD

Native trees, shrubs, and vines that bear fruits and nuts are better adapted to withstand the pests and climate of the Northeast than the typically plant­ed apples, peaches, pears, and cherries. Native species also look natural in the landscape—a landscape that can be luscious as well as ornamental. Discover the beauty, flavor, and cultivation of persim­mon, pawpaw, blueberry, and a host of other native delectables.

Lee Reich, PhD, is an avid "farmdener” (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in agricultur­al research for Cornell and the U.S. Department of Agri­culture, he turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting. He is the author of several books, including most recently Grow Fruit Naturally. His "farmden” is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and growing fruits and vegetables.

11:15–11:30 a.m.



11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Edible Herbaceous Natives for the Garden

Ellen Zachos

Many native herbaceous plants are delicious as well as lovely. Learn how to recognize, grow, and harvest these species in your home landscape, creating sources of food and beauty. Find out how to transform these natives into tasty treats such as banana yucca pie, roasted Jerusalem artichoke soup, and wild ginger snaps.

Ellen Zachos, a garden writer and photographer, is an instructor at The New York Botanical Garden, where she studied commercial horticulture and ethnobotany. She is the foraging expert for About.com, a senior advi­sor for the Garden Compass app, and writes monthly for the National Gardening Association. A Harvard grad­uate, she is the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat.


12:30–2 p.m.

Lunch and book signings


2–3:30 p.m.

Mimicking Nature: Healthy Edible Ecosystems by Design

Dave Jacke

With clear scientific theory and practical design processes, we can create edible landscapes that mimic healthy ecosys­tems. The benefits that emerge include minimal competition and maximum cooperation among the plants, the return of critical ecosystem functions, and reduced work and outside inputs for the gardener. Explore the essential theories and practices behind edible ecosystem design, and learn about native ecosystem assemblages.

Dave Jacke, a student of ecology and design for almost 40 years, is primary author of the award-winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens. Since 1984 his firm, Dynamics Ecological Design, has designed and built landscapes, homes, farms, and communities across the United States and internationally. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and an MA in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

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