The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council will hold its biennial Turning a New Leaf conference in Harrisburg, PA, on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Registration is now open:

This year’s conference features two options for add-on field tours on December 5, followed by a welcome dinner.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote, Thomas Rainer, Rebuilding Abundance: Planting Strategies for more Colorful,
    Biodiverse, and Lower Input Landscapes
  • Plenary, Nancy Striniste, Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to
    the Natural World
  • Welcome dinner speaker: Steve Furmanski on Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s efforts to build a more sustainable campus

There are three conference tracks:


One of the Eight Essential Elements to Conservation Landscaping is to “conserve and clean water.” While every landscape can have an impact on our local streams and rivers, the trees and other plants installed stream side can improve stream health, support aquatic life, reduce flooding, and provide many other benefits. This track will focus on how decisions about stream restoration and riparian buffers can maximize these benefits; conserving and cleaning water on site and in the Chesapeake Bay.


Flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, and other climate changes are impacting our landscaping decisions. Invasive species are becoming an ever increasing concern. This track will cover all of these topics and explore considerations for designing projects with climate change in mind.


Right plant. Right place. This track will explore the different ways that plants can be used to design a fully functioning ecosystem regardless of location or scale. whether designing for birds and other wildlife, stormwater management, or for backyard landscapes, having the knowledge of how plants function together in community will make for a better design.

Discounts for early registration (before October 25) and for CCLC members.

Register today!