Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

"Aesthetics and Ecological Function" Lecture November 1, 2019

Title: Aesthetics and Ecological Function
Date: November 1, 2019
Location: The University of Delaware, DCH - 1810 N Dupont St. Wilmington, DE 19806

The global environmental crisis seems to require a new moral imperative that constructed landscapes contribute positively to the health of the biosphere. Simply minimizing impacts (reduce, reuse, recycle) is no longer enough. Reversal of negative impacts to enable ecological regeneration is now critical. However, such a shift in design consciousness does not, as many assume, necessitate the abandonment of the creative process or hinder diversity in the arts. Artists, designers, architects, and other creatives have always drawn inspiration from their environment and the latest scientific and traditional ecological knowledge has only enhanced this pursuit. 

In this two-part lecture and workshop, environmental artist Bryan Quinn will describe how he and the interdisciplinary team at One Nature interpret and make creative use of ecological principals. In the first session (60 minutes), Bryan will describe One Nature’s site specific creative process, which begins with careful environmental mapping of land, establishing its long term trajectory, and representing its existing conditions using methods that draw on artistic precedents. He will then describe how such attention to site specific conditions allows for the creation of ecocentric forms and systems in constructed landscapes. Special attention will be given to design applicability of specific ecological topics such as refugia design, plant succession, rewilding, and microclimates. In the second session (90 minutes), participants will learn how to use collage to represent and design different types of habitats and environmental systems that tend to be ecologically productive. After a one hour period making collage, participants may participate in an optional 30 minute “pin up” of their collages and roundtable discussion. Materials will be provided. 

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Soils
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Soils

Soil health is the foundation for all healthy plants. This class will be an intro to soil composition, soil creation using compost, planning for plant diversity based on soil conditions, and how to spot problems. This class is intended for people who are entirely new to soil management, however people of all skill levels are welcome. “Soils” is oriented towards adults, but kids are welcome if they are interested or are otherwise able to occupy themselves. Class will be taught in English, is free of charge, wheelchair accessible, and will last 30 to 60 minutes. This class is weather dependent. Led by Bronwyn Pappas-Byers, One Nature intern and Environmental Studies student at Vassar College.

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Introduction to Plant ID
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

Introduction to Plant ID

“Introduction to Plant ID” will be a basic overview of how plants are classified according to biological convention and will include a discussion on the importance of biodiversity and resources for learning to recognize native plants. We will practice using guides to identify plants in class and will explore methods of learning to recognize local flora. This class is intended for people who are entirely new to systems of plant ID, however people of all levels of skill are welcome. “Intro to Plant ID” is also oriented towards adults, however children are encouraged to attend if they are interested or are otherwise able to occupy themselves. Class will be taught in English, is free of charge and wheelchair accessible, and will last 30 to 60 minutes.

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Invasive Species
Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Invasive Species

“Invasive Species” will cover the basics of how to manage invasive and aggressive organisms in your garden and will include a review of the origins of invasive species, how they became invasive, why they are uniquely destructive, and examples of common invasive species in the Hudson Valley. We will discuss the role people have had on the introduction of invasive species and what we can each do to manage them in our own communities and on a larger scale. This class is intended for beginner environmentalists and gardeners who are new to the study of invasive species, however people of all levels of skill and knowledge are welcome. “Invasive Species” is also oriented towards adults, however children are invited to attend if they are interested or are otherwise able to occupy themselves. Class will be taught in English, is free of charge and wheelchair accessible, and will last 30 to 60 minutes. This class is weather dependent.

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Pollinators
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Pollinators

“Pollinators” will cover the basics of creating a pollinator garden and will include an overview of the role of pollinators in our environment, current threats to the health of pollinators, and examples of native pollinators in the Hudson valley and the plants that support them. We will discuss the roles that we as humans can have on improving the health of native pollinator communities and we will learn to design gardens that are supportive of the local ecology as well as enjoyable to the people who live there too.

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Center Soft Opening

Our regular hours will be 1-6 pm, Wednesday - Sunday, starting on 4/13. For now, stop by whenever you see us in there to check out the space, make early plant purchases, or enjoy a cup of coffee as we put the finishing touches on the garden center. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect native perennial plants for your garden!!

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Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

Bryan to Present at the Ecological Landscape Alliance's 25th Annual Conference

On the Role of Landscape in our Global Environmental Crisis

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Many professionals in the green economy have environmentally noble goals but find it difficult to confirm that their work makes a measurable, positive impact on our global environmental crisis.  In this lecture, Bryan Quinn (Founder of One Nature LLC) will provide an overview of his company’s approach toward creating landscapes that positively influence the biosphere. He will discuss his company’s action-oriented, vertically-integrated approach by examining a series of projects which have been completed over the past five years. In addition to describing the science and design behind his work, Bryan will discuss the power of social entrepreneurship,  especially in relation to One Nature’s status as a Certified B Corp.  A fifteen minute Q&A period will follow. 

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