Land Ethics Symposium

Symposium Overview

The 16th Annual Land Ethics Symposium. "Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping,"  will be held  March 10th, 2016 at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA.  More than 260 attendees attended last year's event and we expect this to be bigger and better than ever.

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.

2016 Symposium Brochure and Registration

 Click to register online.

2016 Speaker Presentations

  • Michele Adams, Meliora Environmental Design presents:

Suistainable Stormwater Techniques: Reconnecting Soils, Water & Vegetation


  • A. Miles Arnott, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve & Michael DeVos of Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction present:

             Challenge and Opportunity: Blending Aesthetics and Ecology to Create a Teachable Landscape


  • Dave Derrick, River Research & Design, Inc. presents:

Most Everything I Learned About Streams Over 37 Years in 55 Minutes


  • Michael Karkowski, Tyler Arboretum &  Roger Latham, PhD., Continental Conservation present:

Pink Hill: Restoring and Sustaining the John J. Tyler Arboretum's Ancient Grassland


  • James Urban, FALSA, Urban Trees + Soil presents:

Preserving, Reusing and Recycling Urban Soil


See Symposium brochure for presentation descriptions and speaker bios.

2016 Symposium Sponsors


Presenting Sponsors

·         Delaware Valley University  Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Science


Premier Sponsors

         Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction

 Partner Sponsors

·         Aquascapes Unlimited Native Plants

·         ArcheWild

·         Charlesworth · Fleischacker Landscape Architects

·         Ernst Conservation Seeds

·         North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

·         Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

·         Pinelands Nursery & Supply

·         Princeton Hydro, LLC

To join our list of sponsors, please contact Angela Jacobsen at

Continuing Education Credits

 The Land Ethics Symposium qualifies for the following professional credits:

  • Pennsylvania State Board of Landscape Architects:  5 CEUs
  •  BHWP is a LA CES™ approved provider.  Five professional development hours (PDH) have been approved for this class through LA CES. The Symposium meets LA CES standards for HSW subject matter.
  • Landscape Architect - NJ: Pending board approval (1/16/16)
  • NJ Nursery & Landscape Association, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals (CNLP) Credits:  (1) Plant, (1.5) Design, (2.5) Environment.
  •  Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD):  5 hours
  • Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA) recertification: PA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH):  5 hours

Land Ethics Award

Purpose of Award:

The Land Ethics Award honors and recognizes the creative use of native plants in the landscape, sustainable and regenerative design, and ethical land management and construction practices.                                                                                    

Land Ethics Award Categories:

Honorees may be selected from the following categories:

 1.      Public Spaces, such as Public Gardens, Nature Preserves, Municipal or Corporate Campuses.

2.      Residential Projects of Any Scale (submitted by landowner and/or contractor)

3.      Individuals or Groups that seek recognition for their ongoing efforts to support the Land Ethic.


Do you know a project that deserves to be recognized?  Individuals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups, and business professionals are encouraged to apply. Application projects must be a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years old. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!  Nominations will now be accepted through January 22nd, 2016.

Click here for detailed information about 2016 and past award winners.