Jeff Lorenz, Refugia
In recent years, the case for ecological approaches to landscape design, implementation, and management has gained visibility on the national level as a viable method of combating climate change, species collapse, and energy and chemical dependent practices. Presently, traditional horticulture and introduced plants and gardening practices pose a poignant threat to managing and preserving native ecosystems and reactivating the land that supports them.
In Refugia’s location in the ‘Garden Capital’ of the US, nurseries, growers, designers, and architects from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland have bounced to the forefront of the ecological landscape movement, creating the opportunity to take native plants and landscapes from a trend to a new paradigm. Landowners now approach Refugia already informed about native plants and ecological practices.
With a turn towards this approach comes the challenge ‘How to keep this new paradigm successful?’ This is achieved with proper management strategies, a knowledgeable work force and seeking consistent opportunities for learning and improvement.
Join Refugia’s Jeff Lorenz to explore innovative methodologies from a practitioner and small business owner’s point of view; using real data, tips and talking points for landscapers seeking to make the shift towards ecological design-build.