Hort East 2017 Moncton

We are excited to offer a full day workshop for Landscape Design professionals. This takes place on Thursday November 30th at the Delta Beausejour Moncton at 750 Main St., Moncton.  Take part in the full two days of speakers and workshops November 29th-30th. The full schedule is here: http://www.horteast.com/program-1.html

Room 2 – 9:00 am to 10:00 am “Trending towards community gardens, urban farms and healing gardens”

Jayme Melrose: Common Roots Urban Farm is an example of a hard-working landscape: 2 acres supports hundreds of gardeners, helps people transition into landscaping employment, creates thousands of pounds of food, is home to 21 species of native pollinators…+ more. It is a community farm as a piece of health infrastructure. How do we make more of our landscapes productive, actively helping social and environment problems? It’s possible, and more institutions and citizens are excited about urban farms and edible landscaping. Hear the example of Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax to plant seeds in your imagination for landscapes that are an integral part of a healthy future.

10:00 am – Coffee Break (go hit the trade show)

10:45 am – 11:45 am “planning and building gardens for a senior lifestyle”

Tina Beers: Globally communities are aging. Currently in Canada there are more people 65 and older than 15 and younger. In response many communities are taking steps to better meet the needs of residents for inclusive and accessible environments that promote healthy, active aging. The World Health Organization includes ‘outdoor spaces’ as one of the eight domains that influence health and quality of life. Age-friendly design of outdoor spaces such as parks and gardens can support health and wellness. This session will explore design considerations for the largest segment of our population.

11:45am – 1:30pm Lunch & Trade Show

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – “designing for families and schools”

Rhea Dawn Mahar: An insightful look at the largest demographic we have. People with families.

2:30pm Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm “Bringing the family outside”

Rosmarie Lohnes: In this discussion Rosmarie Lohnes will elaborate on her experience designing and creating landscapes that encourage families to come together and interact with nature. Landscape features such as woodchip trails, stone pathways, labyrinths, and seating areas invite families to spend time exploring their properties in new ways and appreciate the natural world right in their back yards. She will discuss the rewards of growing your own food as a family from seed to table, and the educational experiences it can present. Rosmarie also has experience creating natural play spaces featuring teeter-totters made from logs, raised wooden stepping stones, and balancing logs. While everyone in the family may connect with nature differently, all family members will benefit from a deeper connection with the world around us.

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