Land Ethics Symposium

Symposium Overview

The 17th Annual Land Ethics Symposium. "Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping,"  was held  March 9th, 2017 at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA with more than 260 native plant supporters in attendance.

Each year, this informative conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical, and ecologically balanced landscapes using native plants and restoration techniques. Participants will have opportunities to network and share their experiences with peers at this professional program. The 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. Continuing education credits are available.

2018 Symposium - Save the Date!

The 2018 Land Ethics Symposium will be held Thursday, March 15th, 2018.  Details about speakers and registration will be available mid-December, 2017.

2017 Speakers

Thanks to our 2017 speakers for their informative talks:

  • James Brown of New Moon Nursery: Underused and Under-rated Native Perennials
  • Dan Duran of Drexel University/MANTIX:  Getting to the Source of our Native Plants- Does Provenance Matter?
  • Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial:  Dealing with Climate Change - The New Frontier in Landscapes
  • Megan Gonzales, RLA of Green Business Certification Inc.:   Measurable Sustainability: An Introduction to the Sustainable SITES Initiative
  • Kathleen V. Salisbury of Penn State Extension: Dealing with the Dirty Dozen – Educating your client about 12 common woody invasive plants and recommending suitable alternatives

Full presentation descpriptions and speaker bios can be found in the symposium brochure.  Please contact Kelly Joslin if you'd like to be added to our mailing list.


2017 Symposium Sponsors

 Thank you to our 2017 sponsors for their continued support.

Presenting Sponsors

·         Delaware Valley University  Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Science


Partner Sponsors

        ·        Aquascapes Unlimited, Inc.

        ·        ArcheWild

        ·          Eiseman Contruction, Inc.

·        Ernst Conservation Seeds

        ·        Holly Days Nursery & Landscaping

·        North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

·        Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

  •   Pinelands Nursery & Supply

·        Princeton Hydro, LLC

       Friend Sponsors

        ·         Association of Professional Landscape Designers - PA/DE Chapter


To learn more about sponsorship in 2018, please contact Kelly Joslin at

Continuing Education Credits

 The 2017 Land Ethics Symposium has qualified for the following professional credits:

  •  BHWP is a LA CES™ approved provider.  The symposium is approved for five (5) professional development hours (PDH)  through LA CES. The Symposium meets LA CES standards for HSW subject matter.
  • New Jersey Board of Architects: 5 CEUs
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Landscape Architects:  5 CEUs
  • Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA) recertification: PA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH):  6 hours
  •  Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD):  5 CEUs
  • ISA - International Society of Arboriculture:
    • Arborist Credits:  5 CEUs
    • TW Climber Specialist: 5 CEUs
    • Municipal: 5 CEUs
    • BMA Science: 2.5 CEUs
    • BCMA Practice: 0.5 CEUs
    • BCMA Management: 2 CEUs
    • TW Aerial Lift: 5 CEUs
  • NJ Nursery & Landscape Association, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals (CNLP) Credits: 3 plants, 1 professional and 1 environment