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Welcome to the ninth Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. In a time that has felt anything but normal we dedicate the 2021 conference to "Planting a New Normal" , with the goal of highlighting collaborations that normalize sustainable practices and ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

We believe that landscape professionals have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in the Chesapeake Bay region- a task best achieved when we work together. Join us as we work together to create a healthier, and more equitable, watershed. 
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Darrel Morrison

Darrel grew up on an Iowa farm, and has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began teaching at UW in 1969, and initiated and taught courses on Native Plant communities there until 1983, when he became Dean of the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia. There, he continued to teach Ecology-based design and native plant community courses until he retired in 2004, and moved to New York City, teaching part-time at Columbia University and designing landscapes based on native northeastern plant communities at Storm King Art Center, the New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

In 2015, he returned to Madison, Wisconsin, where he is a Senior Honorary Faculty Associate in the UW Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. He was awarded the Scott Medal by Swarthmore College in October, 2021 for his pioneering work in ecology-based landscape design. His book, “Beauty of the Wild” was published by the Library of American Landscape History in June, 2021.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, December 9

9:20am EST