Wild and Neat: The Solution to Successful Stormwater Management Planting

Tuesday September 24

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

An Evening with Claudia West - Wild and Neat: The Solution to Successful Stormwater Management Planting

Claudia West ASLA, Principal, Phyto Studio LLC 

September 24, 2019 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

$10, refreshments provided

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Special Events Hall

Audience: Homeowners, master gardeners, students, and landcare and stormwater professionals.

Co-sponsored by Three Rivers Wet Weather 


Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of life—the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know that planting more native plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits (such as stormwater management) often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire the public. Great planting design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional responses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller garden spaces to help you create the native plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beauty while capturing stormwater!


Learning objectives:

• Understand the reasons for aesthetic and functional challenges surrounding native planting.

• Discover the principles behind inherently beautiful archetypal landscapes.

• Apply principles of stunning wild landscapes to smaller garden spaces and learn how to spark strong emotional responses.

• Explore countless inspiring design solutions to make stormwater management both beautiful and functional.  

Credits: 2 CEUs for each of the following: LA CES, Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists, Sustainable Landscapes Certification, and Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accreditation.

Claudia West is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015).  Books will be available for purchase and time given after the presentation for book signing by Claudia.  




Claudia West 

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015).

Having grown up on a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland and immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade.