Piedmont Landscape Association

Seminar: February 15, 2018

The PLA Seminar

The Paramount Theater

Charlottesville, VA
Every February the Piedmont Landscape Association hosts an annual seminar. This event strives to bring gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting.


Please note The Piedmont Landscape Association no longer accepts registration by mail. 


Due to the high volume of participants and the limited volunteer capacity of our organization, everyone will be directed to register through the Paramount Theater. Registration may be taken over the phone (434-979-1333) or online at www.theparamount.net .You can also reach the Paramount’s registration webpage through the link in the green registration box.


Items to Note:

  • Continental breakfast (e.g. bagels, pastries, fruit and coffee) is provided during morning registration and refreshments are provided during breaks.
  • Parking vouchers for both parking garages can be bought in addition to the ticket(s) from the Paramount Theater. Vouchers will also be for sale during the event.
  • Book sales and trade exhibits will be available throughout the seminar. 
  • Exhibitors interested in renting a display table for a business or organization may contact James Walker at (434) 971-3020.
  • Lunch is on your own. Please visit www.downtowncharlottesville.net for a listing of restaurant options near and on the downtown mall.
  • Continuing Education Credits are available for VNLA and VSLD. ISA, and ASLA (5 CEU's). More information will be provided at the seminar.
  • For general questions or comments about the upcoming seminar, please contact Tracy Tanner Bond at Ttannerbond@gmail.com.
  • All ticket sales are final!

Registration is open now through the event date. “Early Bird” discounts run through 1/19/2018 followed by “Advance” sales starting 1/20/18 through 2/2/18. Afterwards, all other dates will be charged full admission rates.

TICKET • MAIN EVENT  EARLY BIRD  ADVANCE  LATE

through 1/19/2018 1/20/18 to 2/2/2018
after 2/3/2018
PLA Member  $ 50.00  $ 65.00  $ 75.00
VNPS Jefferson Ch.   $ 52.00  $ 65.00  $ 75.00
Senior (age 65+)  $ 52.00  $ 65.00  $ 75.00
Student   $ 52.00  $ 65.00  $ 75.00
Non-Member   $ 60.00  $ 65.00  $ 75.00
TICKET • MAIN EVENT EARLY BIRD ADVANCE LATE
PLA Member $50.00 $65.00 $75.00
VNPS Jefferson Ch. $52.00 $65.00 $75.00
Senior $52.00 $65.00 $75.00
Student $52.00 $65.00 $75.00
Non-Member $60.00 $65.00 $75.00
TICKET • COCKTAIL EARLY BIRD ADVANCE LATE
PLA Member $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
VNPS Jefferson Ch. $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
Senior $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
Student $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
Non-Member $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
through 1/16/2015 through 2/6/2015 after 2/6/2015
through 1/16/2015 through 2/6/2015 after 2/6/2015

Co-sponsors this year include:

Bartlett Tree Experts
J.W. Townsend Landscapes, Inc.
The Market at Grelen
Van Yahres Tree Company

Special Thanks 
also to 
T&N Printing and The Paramount Theater




Register Here

Click here to reserve your tickets today!
Seminar Agenda:

8:00-8:45 Registration, continental breakfast
8:45-9:00  President’s welcome and introductions
9:00-10:15 Peter Del Tredici: Urban Nature: Human Nature
10:15-10:45 Break and Book Sales/Signing

10:45-12:00


Kerry Ann Mendez: The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Busy Gardeners
12:00-1:20 Lunch and Book Sales/Signing
1:20-1:30 Introductions and Announcements
1:30-2:45 Lorraine Graney: A Journey into the World of Pests
2:45-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Warren T. Byrd: The Landscape Divine- The Landscape Benign
4:30-4:50
Door Prizes!!! Must be Present to WIN!

       

Peter Del Tredici

Peter del Tredici, PLA Seminar

Peter Del Tredici is a botanist specializing in the growth and cultivation of trees. He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. He taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and is currently teaching classes in Urban Ecology in the Urban Planning Department at MIT. In 2013, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.” His research interests include plant exploration in China and Japan, the root systems of woody plants, the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree, and plant responses to climate change.


Lecture (Morning): Urban Nature: Human Nature

Peter is the Senior Research Scientist at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. He’ll be exploring spontaneous urban ecosystems and the positive contributions they have in making our cities more livable.

Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Anne Mendez, PLA Seminar

As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.  She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens.  Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her horticultural accomplishments.  She has published four gardening books, her most recent – The Budget-Wise Gardener. In 2016 Kerry Ann introduced National Gardening Webinars t attended by thousands nationally.  

Kerry has presented for many professional and green industry events including the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course Program; The Professional Landscapers School in Indiana; the 2015 annual Perennial Plant Association’s symposium; New England GROWS; Ohio CENTS trade show; and Cultivate 2016. She also worked at independent garden centers in the Northeast as a salesperson, garden designer and consultant from 2012-2015.

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Lecture (Morning): The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Busy Gardeners

Kerry is the owner of Perennially Yours, LLC, garden columnist and author of several books. She will be discussing how to balance out our hectic, modern lifestyles by planning a garden that is less demanding, well-behaved and still beautiful.


Lorraine Graney

Lorraine Graney, PLA Seminar

Lorraine’s love of nature, her inquisitiveness and her father’s influence as a medical doctor helped fuel her passion for diagnosing plant problems.  After obtaining her Master’s degree in Plant Pathology with focus on plant parasitic nematodes, she continued to hone her microscopic skills and provide research, extension and teaching support in Plant Nematology while working at Virginia Tech, USDA in Beltsville, MD and Michigan State University over a period of 10 years.  In 2008, after a leave of professional employment of 22 years to raise two daughters, Lorraine began working as a Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostician for Bartlett Tree Experts.  Throughout her working career, Lorraine has published numerous journal articles, one which involved describing and naming a new species of cyst nematode.


Lecture (Afternoon): A Journey into the World of Pests

Lorraine is the Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostician for Bartlett Tree Research Labs. During this presentation, plant samples will be examined under the microscope providing you with live views of insects, pathogens and the procedures used to assess them.

Warren T. Byrd

Warren T Byrd, PLA Seminar

Warren has taught and practiced landscape architecture for forty years.
Though now officially retired, he continues to mess about the home territory here in western Albemarle County –gardening, creek walking, cooking and, mostly, sharing daily discoveries and adventures with his partner, fellow landscape architect Sue Nelson. Together they have contributed pro bono design efforts at Ivy Creek Natural Area and with the evolving downtown of Crozet. They also volunteer and support the Shenandoah National Park Trust in its ongoing effort to assist the Park’s many environmental programs.
Warren has taught and practiced landscape architecture for forty years.
Though now officially retired, he continues to mess about the home territory here in western Albemarle County –gardening, creek walking, cooking and, mostly, sharing daily discoveries and adventures with his partner, fellow landscape architect Sue Nelson. Together they have contributed pro bono design efforts at Ivy Creek Natural Area and with the evolving downtown of Crozet. They also volunteer and support the Shenandoah National Park Trust in its ongoing effort to assist the Park’s many environmental programs.

Warren has taught and practiced landscape architecture for forty years.
Though now officially retired, he continues to mess about the home territory here in western Albemarle County –gardening, creek walking, cooking and, mostly, sharing daily discoveries and adventures with his partner, fellow landscape architect Sue Nelson. Together they have contributed pro bono design efforts at Ivy Creek Natural Area and with the evolving downtown of Crozet. They also volunteer and support the Shenandoah National Park Trust in its ongoing effort to assist the Park’s many environmental programs.
Warren has taught and practiced landscape architecture for forty years. Though now officially retired, he continues to mess about the home territory here in western Albemarle County –gardening, creek walking, cooking and, mostly, sharing daily discoveries and adventures with his partner, fellow landscape architect Sue Nelson. Together they have contributed pro bono design efforts at Ivy Creek Natural Area and with the evolving downtown of Crozet. They also volunteer and support the Shenandoah National Park Trust in its ongoing effort to assist the Park’s many environmental programs.


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Lecture (Afternoon): The Landscape Divine- The Landscape Benign

Warren is the Principal Emeritus of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He’ll be looking at how to create vibrant, sustaining landscapes that have the greatest positive impact on our animal and plant communities while minimizing the negative impact on our natural resources.

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