Western Nursery and Landscape Association

Blue Creek Wetland

I attended the Western Sunday through Tuesday of this week. “The Western” is an annual convention/tradeshow that has taken place for 118 years. Landscape contractors, nurseries, and retailers from all over the midwest attend this event to stay up to date on the latest trends in the industry and to improve their trade skills. There we several excellent speakers again at “The Western” this year. Here is a list of the speakers and the materials they presented on.

Quality landscape companies set aside time to attend this convention to make sure they are offering the most up to date and best practices to their clients. Ask your landscape designer if they attended “The Western”?

One very interesting presentation was focused upon building landscapes that are eco-friendly. It is important in this day and age to design landscapes that are water conscience. We have seen drought conditions on the east coast over the last several years and this has really brought the need for water conservation to the fore front in design planning. One of the interesting trends is toward green roofs. These planted roofs not only can be beautiful but they also conserveConstructed Wetland water and help reduce the heat island effect. Tying green roofs in to water gardens, wetlands, and rain gardens can reduce storm water runoff to near zero! Ask your designer for a rain garden or a constructed wetland. These will look beautiful and also attract wild life as well as provide a wonderful outdoor retreat.

You can make a wetland into an awesome outdoor oasis and protect mother nature at the same time!

Until next time!

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