American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Why Are Soils a Problem in Landscape Design and Construction?
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Executive Room
J. Columbus, Houston Botanic Garden, Houston, Texas; J. Sottilo, Ecological Landscape Management, Miller Place, New York; T. Hartsig, Olsson Associates, Des Moines, Iowa
Pre-Registration Required: 

There is a soil-plant continuum—an ecological symbiosis—that is essential for the growth and sustainability of all vegetation. Unfortunately, largely because many factors of the balance in soils are not well understood, soil becomes more of an abstract in horticultural management and often looked at as a dark art. Many horticulturists have treated soil and plants as if they are two different entities. The healthy marriage between plants and soil is inseparable and must be viewed as one living system. Participants will understand why soil physical structure, chemistry, and biology work together to support planned vegetation; connect the sun to the health of the soil, using the plant as the conduit; and discover how small budget projects benefit from simple low-cost changes to increase success of landscape.


This session is approved for 1 LACES credit hours.