As we look to our home landscapes to cease doing harm, support habitat and head toward a regenerative environmental future, we need to reinvent how we go about crafting them. In this talk, we’ll be discussing the three crucial elements of this crafting: design, installation and maintenance, and how we have had to reinvent decades-old industry practices to head toward this goal. With speakers Michael DeVos, installation director at Indigenous Ingenuities and adjunct professor of horticulture and design at the Barnes Foundation, Lauren Johnson, maintenance manager at Indigenous Ingenuities, and a regular columnist for Edible Jersey Magazine, and Carl Molter, design director at Indigenous Ingenuities and host of WDVR’s Into the Garden radio show.
Presented by Michael DeVos, Lauren Johnson and Carl Molter
Michael J. DeVos is installation director at Indigenous Ingenuities, an ecological landscape design-build company in Doylestown, PA, and instructor at the Barnes Foundation Horticulture Certificate Program. A graduate of Delaware Valley University, his career includes creating community gardens at the Greater Newark Conservancy, and restoration work on the Preserve’s own Founders Pond. He currently resides in Hunterdon County.
Lauren Johnson is maintenance manager at Indigenous Ingenuities and a regular columnist for Edible Jersey Magazine. Her hobby gardening experience includes maximizing her mostly shady yard with a cornucopia of native plants including Sedum ternatum, packera, and native fringe trees, along with a hearty dose of tiarella. She has a wide range of professional gardening experience, ranging from organic vegetable farming to estate maintenance, as well as nursery sales and marketing. When not enjoying the outdoors, she can be found in her studio conjuring up comedic illustrations.
Carl Molter is design director at Indigenous Ingenuities, and host of local FM station WDVR’s Into the Garden radio show. Son of a North Jersey landscape painter and gardener-mother, Carl grew up in an environment where art met the garden. He graduated from Rutgers with a degree in landscape architecture and has been designing area landscapes for over 30 years. When he’s not designing he spends time managing his sylvan acre and tending to his garden radio show.
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