Education Session - Panel Format

MON-B05 - Resilient Planting Palettes: Regional Ecology as a Methodology for Determining Plant Selections

Monday, October 23
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Increasing changes in climate have necessitated a paradigm shift in landscape architecture. This session will illuminate the tremendous opportunities for landscape architects, educators, and nurseries to usher in a new era of landscape planting that is resilient and celebrates native and climate adapted species from around the world.

Learning Objectives:

Stephen Christopher Billings

Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture

Stephen Billings has 23 years of experience within architecture and landscape architecture. He has collaborated on projects throughout the United States, Brazil, Australia and Mexico, including corporate, medical and university campuses, parks, institutions, and estates. In 2015 he formed Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture, a platform that facilitates exploration of performative landscapes that incorporate ecology and sustainable practices. His work focuses on amplifying the experience of landscape through manipulations of topography, use of plant materials and built form. He curated New Park Design in Los Angeles in 2013. Stephen has taught at Harvard, USC and Otis College of Art and Design.


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Randolph F. Baldwin

San Marcos Growers

Randy Baldwin is president, horticulturalist and webmaster at San Marcos Growers, a wholesale plant nursery in Santa Barbara, California known for the introduction of new plants and for growing a wide variety of sustainable plants appropriate to California's mediterranean climate. Randy has worked at San Marcos Growers since 1981 and prior to this worked for a retail nursery while completing a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Botany at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a strong interest in all plants but particularly succulents, Australian, South African and California native plants.


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Robert Perry

Perry and Associates Collaborative

Bob Perry, FASLA, is Professor Emeritus from Cal Poly Pomona, and adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at USC. He is a recognized expert in areas of landscape plants and water conserving design throughout California. Bob has written three award-winning reference books, including Landscape Plants for California Gardens. This 650-page volume is the most comprehensive color illustrated planting reference available for professionals in California. He was elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998 and continues his research and work on issues of water and energy conservation, and the carbon footprint of urban landscapes.


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Richard Schulhof

Los Angeles County Arboretum

Richard Schulhof has served as CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum since 2009. He previously served as deputy director of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, and as executive director of Descanso Gardens. Richard has a degree in landscape architecture from U.C. Berkeley, and master’s degrees in Public Garden Administration from the University of Delaware, and Forestry from Harvard. At the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Schulhof focuses on developing outreach programs that promote sustainability, water conservation, and communicating the increasingly important role of adapted plants in the present and future California landscape.


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MON-B05 - Resilient Planting Palettes: Regional Ecology as a Methodology for Determining Plant Selections

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