Land Ethics Symposium



Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping


15th Annual Symposium:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Stay ahead of the curve with innovative ideas & successful solutions from experienced landscape practitioners.




Networking opportunities with colleagues

Symposium Overview

The Land Ethics Symposium focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes with native plants and restoration techniques.

This daylong Symposium is geared toward professionals, including landscape architects, designers, contractors and the green industry, environmental consultants, land planners, managers and developers, and state/municipal officials.

The Symposium features presentations by regional and national experts. Continuing Education Credits are available. A selection of topical books are for sale throughout the event.

2014 LES Presenting Sponsor

2014 Symposium Sponsors

Thank you Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

County of Bucks, Office of Commissioners


Premier Sponsor

Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction

Partner Sponsors

American Native Nursery

Aquascapes Unlimited Inc.

Ernst Conservation Seeds, Inc.

North Creek Nurseries, Inc. 

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

Pinelands Nursery & Supply

Princeton Hydro, LLC

Quercus Studio, LLC



Delaware Valley College - Department of Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation

The George Washington University - Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscape Programs



2014 Featured Speakers

Jeffrey Charlesworth, Composing the Fall Garden

Emile DeVito, Ph.D., A Tale of Two Forests

Don Knezick, Provenance is Forever

Mark Simmons, Ph.D., Deploying the Power of Nature

Stephen Souza, Ph.D., The Ecology of Ponds



Continuing Education Credits

2014 CEUs to date:

Pennsylvania State Board of Landscape Architects – 5 LA Continuing Education clock hours

BHWP is a LA CES™ approved provider (for NJ-ASLA) – 5 CEUs

New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals (CNLP) – 5 CEUs

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) – 5 CEUs

Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association recertifications:
 - Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) – 5 CEUs

Land Ethics Award

Who were the recipients of the prestigious 2014 Land Ethics Award?  Check out our Land Ethics Award page to find out!


We are very excited to introduce a new way to recognize excellence in sustainable ecological design: the Land Ethics Award.


Purpose of Award:

The Land Ethics Award honors and recognizes individuals, organizations, government agencies, community groups and business professionals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of native plants and have exhibited a strong land ethic while promoting sustainable designs that protect the environment.


Who is eligible for nomination:

Nominations may be private individuals, businesses, design professionals including landscape architects and site engineers, conservation and preservation organizations and local, state and federal agencies involved with environmental protection. School groups may also be nominated for relevant team projects.


2015 Judging/Selection Process:

The recipient will be selected by a jury of professionals in the field of preservation and conservation. Nomination deadline will be announced by October 1, 2014.  Selections should be made by mid-February 2015. The Land Ethics Award will be presented at the Land Ethics Symposium on March 12, 2015.