Keynote Speaker Highlight: Cole Burrell

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Cole Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author and photographer. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. Cole is a lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, where he teaches about plants and their ecological connections to natural systems and cultural landscapes.

Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award for Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide, Timber Press (2007) and for A Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, Rodale Press (1998). Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices.

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Cole is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology. He has shared his love of plants and regional landscapes with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design.

Cole now gardens on 10 wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cole now gardens in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cole’s keynote: Nature’s Sustainable System | Keynote #1, Monday 9/13, 2:30-3:30 PM EST

Were you paying attention in science class? If so, you remember the water cycle and the biomass pyramid, right? Nature’s sustainable systems balance inputs and outputs through flows of energy and cycles of nutrients, water and carbon. Unfortunately, human systems are often out of balance. As a result, they have diminished sustainability. This lecture demonstrates why sustainable landscapes are only achieved when designed to facilitate rather than hinder or interrupt nature’s cycles and flows. 

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