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2019 Annual Winter Meeting & Trade Show: Attendee Registration

February 7

$10.00 – $60.00

February 7, 2019
UVM Davis Center
US Route 2
Burlington, VT  05401

Pre-registration deadline is:  January 25, 2019; price goes up at the door!


8:00 – 9:00 am – Trade Show Registration

8:00 -10:30 am – VCH Exam

9:00 -10:30 amKeynote Address w/Daniel Winterbottom, Landscape Architect & Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington.

“The Restorative Benefits of Nature”. Join Daniel as he discusses the concepts and benefits of healing gardens, including the theory behind the process of creating therapeutic environments as well design strategies he uses. Daniel will talk about the practical application of therapeutic garden design and installation and present some case studies.  Daniel is the co-author of Therapeutic Gardens:  Design for Healing Spaces.


10:30 – 11:00 am – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

11:00 am-Noon – VNLA/Green Works Business Meeting – includes presentation of awards.

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm – VNLA/Green Works Industry Award Winners Presentation of Projects.
The winners of the 2018 Industry Awards Program will present their winning entries complete with a description of their project and photos.

2:00 – 2:30 pm – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show


2:30 – 3:00 pm“Bringing in Un-BEE- lievable Beneficials” w/Cheryl Frank Sullivan UVM, Entomology Research Laboratory. Cheryl will speak about her current research related to providing habitat in greenhouse-nursery settings to attract pest-fighting pollinators and other beneficial insects.


2:30 – 3:30 pm – “The Role of Soil Biology in Earth’s Systems” w/Bill Landesman, Green Mountain College, microbiologist. Soils are one of the most biologically diverse and significant portions of earth’s biosphere. Scientific research on soil biology and chemistry continues to reveal striking insights. During this presentation we will explore how some of the smallest organisms (e.g. microarthropods, nematodes, bacteria and fungi), hidden away in the tiniest cracks and crevices of the earth, play such a central role in processes of importance to humanity. In particular, we will focus on the complex and micro-scale habitats created by soils, how soil microbes contribute to soil fertility and the impact of soils on the global climate.


3:00 – 4:30 pm – “Let’s Talk! Business Roundtable Discussions Continue” – Whether you are new to the group or retuning for our 4th year together, we’re inviting all participants who are interested in listening and sharing their experiences in business. Entrepreneurs, employees, managers or those just starting out, can benefit from this unique opportunity to learn from each other. Bring your questions, concerns and challenges to the group for answers & reciprocal dialogue among peers. Be energized, remember your goals and ever stop learning! Facilitators Ashley Robinson and other VNLA board members will help guide the conversation. We look forward to talking!


3:30 – 4:30 pm. – “A Survey of Current Issues Affecting Best Management Practices for Enhancing Soil Health” w/Natasha Duarte, the Director of the Composting Association of Vermont (CAV). Natasha will discuss a variety of topics related to compost and soil health, including the recent updates to Vermont’s Storm Water Manual and current recommendations for when and how to use different compost and compost products to promote soil health and water quality; lawn care management for resilience in the face of increasing extreme climate events; containment and prevention of snake worm infestations; and more! There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout the session.



Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA is a landscape architect and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. In 1995 he developed a design/build program, through which he and his students work with communities to design and build projects that provide amenities, address social of ecological concerns and provide therapeutic environments for those struggling with traumatic experiences and mental health issues. Mr. Winterbottom developed and incorporates a participatory design process in these service-learning projects to create responsive design solutions for communities in need. His book Therapeutic Gardens:  Design for Healing Spaces, co-authored with Amy Wagenfeld was released by Timber Press in 2015. His awards include the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture Outstanding Educator award, 2007, the University of Washington 2006 S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award, American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Community Service 2007, ALSA Honor Awards for Community Service 207, 2011 and 2013, the EDRA/Places Great Places Award, 2010 and he was inducted as a Fellow in ASLA in 2011.


Cheryl Frank Sullivan works as a research assistant at the University of Vermont and studied natural resources and plant and soil science at UVM. Cheryl is an avid outdoors person who enjoys horses, bowhunting, fishing and bugs.




Bill Landesman is an environmental microbiologist who applies molecular techniques to study how microbial communities – that is, the assembly of bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms – affect ecosystem processes of importance to humanity. Bill maintains two major areas of research: a) the microbial ecology of Lyme disease and b) the biogeography of soil microbial communities. In recent yearshe has diverted all of his attention to studying the ecological factors affecting the risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Vermont. Specifically, Bill studies how tick population sizes, as well as the infection prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete bacterium that causes Lyme disease, change over time and space. In addition, Bill is investigating a potential link between the composition of the tick microbiome and the probability that a tick is a carrier for Borrelia burgdorferi. His research is carried out in collaboration with a team of undergraduate researchers at Green Mountain College. When he is not in the field or the lab, he teaches Ecology, Microbiology and Soil Ecology.


Ashley Robinson is the VNLA Vice-President and was educated at the Landscape Institute in Cambridge MA, and worked for a renowned landscape architect, in MA. Ashley has managed several retail flower & garden shops, then moved to Vermont 10 years ago to start her own landscape design business.




Natasha Duarte is the Director of the Composting Association of Vermont (CAV); she coordinates with partners for compost and soil health-related outreach and education projects and represents CAV in policy initiatives. CAV sees the use of compost as vital to soil health through practices that contribute to water quality, plant vigor, and environmental resilience. Natasha is also the Chair to the Farm to Plate Food Cycle Coalition. She has an M.S. in Soil Science from N.C. State University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont.




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VNLA Member Attendee Registration$50.00
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Non-Member Attendee Registration$60.00
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Additional Attendee Registration$35.00
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VCH Exam Member Fee$10.00
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VCH Exam Fee Non-Member$25.00


February 7
$10.00 – $60.00


UVM Davis Center
US Route 2
Burlington, VT 05473 United States
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