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For LDA's Summer Road Trip 
July 17,2019

Experience a truly sustainable landscape with an expert guide and learn how a unique nursery grows native plants. We will travel by Coach to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Wilmington and Possibility Place Nursery in Monee.

ITINERARY for July 17

7:00 - 7:30am

Meet at 1400 East Touhy Ave., Des Plaines IL


Coach bus departs promptly for Midewin, Wilmington IL

10:00 - noon

Prairie Tour with staff horticulturists

noon - 12:45pm

Lunch at Midewin

1:30 - 2:30pm

Tour & Shop, Possibility Place Nursery, Monee IL


Return to 1400 East Touhy, Des PLaines IL


Be prepared and aware. Wear walking shoes for uneven path surfaces. Don't forget insect repellentTICKS are on site. Bring your camera and binoculars!

Fee includes transportation, snacks, drinks and box lunch


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LDA 2019 Looking Ahead Calendar

June 23-26

IGIA Summer Conference & Annual Membership Meeting, Delavan, WI

July 11

IGIA Landscape Tour, Central Illinois, locations TBD

July 25 - 29

APLD International Design Conference, Seattle WA

July 29th - August 2nd

PPA Perennial Plant Symposium, Chicago IL

August 11-14

ISA Annual Conference & Trade Show, Knoxville, TN

Recent LDA Events

The Landscape Design Association’s activities and programs are focused on the off-season, featuring a garden walk in late summer and events all fall on winter. There is usually “on hiatus” beginning April 1st, when our members gear up for the incredibly busy design and installation season. 

Here’s a quick review of LDA’s recent programming:

Plantind Design Workshop with Julie Sajtar of Hoerr Schaudt

In early January Julie Sajtar of Hoerr Schaudt led a wonderful design workshop focusing on understanding color, texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout and techniques to complete the process. It was an interactive and informative workshop, and we're all grateful to Julie for leading such a fun event in such a dreary part of the year!

Our November Event - Just How Far Have We Moved the Needle

At the LDA November meeting we were treated to a talk by Trish Beckjord on creating attractive gardens using native plants. Trish is a registered landscape architect whose work has focused on conservation, restoration and integration of native plants in designed landscapes. Trish built her experience in sustainable planning and site design through her work at Conservation Design Forum in Elmhurst, IL and the Ann Arbor office of JJR, both award-winning design, engineering and planning firms. The event was a lively discussion centered around the idea of creating more environmentally ethical gardens! 
For more information on The Conservation Foundation, visit www.theconservationfoundation.org

Our October Event - LDA Roundtable: Let's Talk!

Most of us would agree that we learn a lot from talking with other members, but usually we only have limited snippets of time before and after events to do this. So our October program was dedicated to sharing through an interactive program we are calling Let's Talk!

Participants circulated between five Topic Tables to share ideas and ask questions about business-related topics. It was a fantastic oppotunity to network with other business owners in the field and share best-practices on topics from pricing to sub-contracting to discoveries of new plants to delight clients.

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