34th Annual Design Symposium

Landscape, Ecology and Culture

Thursday and Friday,
January 12-13, 2023

Connecticut College
New London, CT

Founded in 1990, our annual two-day symposium has a long tradition of celebrating native plants and exploring landscape design at the intersections of ecology, culture, and art. The symposium series deliberately pushes the envelope, offering in-depth explorations of overlooked and forward-looking topics not presented elsewhere and providing practical, concrete information in lieu of trendy jargon. Our programs reflect the diverse factors that shape landscapes and regularly feature designers, ecologists, horticulturists, historians, artists, and anthropologists, among other disciplines. We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!

See NDAL website for full list of speakers and program descriptions for each day.

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, arborists, and NOFA members. 

Registration link available through the NDAL website.

Fees (in-person and virtual)
$355 if registered by Dec. 9, 2022
$380 if registered after Dec. 9, 2022

Student Rate (with student ID, in-person and virtual)
$195 if registered by Dec. 9, 2022
$220 if registered after Dec. 9, 2022

Register by: 
Jan. 6, 2023 (in-person)
Jan. 11, 2023 (virtual only)

Student Scholarship – Free Conference Admission
Students and recent graduates are invited to apply for scholarships granting free admission to the Symposium. Application deadline: Dec. 2, 2022.
To apply, please prepare the following:
1. Resume
2. Brief letter (2-3 paragraphs) explaining why you are interested in attending the symposium and how you believe it will inform and enrich your future work.
Apply for a Student Scholarship here. 

A partnership of 
New Directions in the American Landscape (developed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates)
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Connecticut College Arboretum