April 2014

Upcoming Events

APRIL 2014

ASK AN LA DAY - April 16th

Oh yeah, you guys are landscapers…. 

If you know the difference between a landscaper, a landscape architect and an architect, and can help other people understand how the professions are different and how we work together,

THEN WE NEED YOU ON April 16th - “Ask an LA Day.” 

Come spread the word about what Landscape Architecture is and what we do in front of some of the most interesting and notable landscapes in the Chicago area.  Spend an hour or so in the morning, lunch or evening in the spring sunshine talking to the person on the street about our profession. 

We have identified three sites in the city of Chicago, the River Walk, the Lurie Garden and the South Garden at the Art Institute and the Riverwalk in Naperville as our “Ask an LA Day” sites – and have added the Peace Garden at Naperville North High School based on recommendation. Do you have other suggestions that you or your firm would like to feature, be they residential or public spaces, in the city or suburbs?  You provide the person power; ILASLA will provide the “Designed by a Landscape Architect” signs, “Ask me about Landscape Architecture buttons” and maybe even your chance for 15 seconds of fame on local TV. 

To participate, choose the appropriate scheduling link and just sign up!

                  Lurie Garden:

                  South Garden at the Art Institute:  

And please send suggestions for other sites to – you can claim them for your firm, or open to general sign up and meet other LAs in the city. 

Watch for a special campaign on the 16th – and yes, there will be prizes…..a hint, snitch some sidewalk chalk from your child or a neighbor and start thinking about LA-designed sites. 

Spread the word – Landscape Architecture: Green Design since 1899!


CELEBRATION 2014 - April 25th


Join the Illinois Chapter AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects for a memorable night of celebrating this year’s most exciting and exceptional work in landscape architecture.

 Keynote: "Shaping City & Community: Celebrate, Collaborate, & Create" by Greg Lindsay, World Policy Institute, NYC, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. 

Emcee:  Award winning anchor and reporter Sean Lewis, WGN-TV

  Sign up here!

April 25, 2014 5:30 PM to April 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Save the Date

$95.00 Member Early Bird until March 31, 2014

$115.00 Non-Member Early Bird until March 31, 2014
$47.50 Student Early Bird until March 31, 2014
$110.00 Member
$125.00 after 04:00 pm April 25
$130.00 Non Member
$145.00 after 04:00 pm April 25
$55.00 Student Ticket

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MAY 2014


Fullerton Auditorium at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

1 CEU available for landscape architects


JUNE 2014

Soils and Urban Trees Conference - Biltmore Estate NC - June 19-20, 2014
In this two-day conference, leading experts will introduce you to the critical elements of soils and urban trees. Six  international speakers will showcase new approaches to growing healthy trees by literally looking at the roots of tree care, from soil structure to microbiology.

Join Paul Stamets, Jim Urban, William Bryant Logan, Joris Voeten, Peter Wild and Philip van Wassenaer for a unique series of lectures and field workshops, set amongst the spectacular facilities and forests of the Biltmore Estate

Sponsored by Asheville GreenWorks and the North Carolina Urban Forest Council this educational event  is open to all who are interested in improving the growing environments of trees in urban areas, including arborists, landscape architects, urban foresters and planners, ecologists, and anyone with passion for learning about the latest research and advancements in soil-related tree health.

Conference Program Download

To register visit:


William Bryant Logan is an award-winning natural history writer and environmental columnist. He wrote the Cuttings column for the New York Times and helped launch Garden Design magazine. Bill has been a contributor to numerous magazines.  His book on gardening tools won the Best Book of the Year award from the Garden Writers Association of America.  In 1992, he founded Urban Arborists to care for trees in New York City. Three years later he published Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth.  

Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and co-authored four new species of mushrooms and pioneered numerous techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He has been named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionairies Who Are Changing the World” for his pioneering research and applied mycology. See Paul’s TED Talk at

Joris Voeten. MSc in Tropical Forest Management is a Consulting Arborist (BCMA) focused on urban forest and pest and disease management in Europe and North America. Since 2009 as Product Manager at SHFT his role is to transform new urban green concepts to real and functional products such as certified structural soils for trees and green roofs, growing site constructions for trees in cities and Urban Forest Management Planning dealing with drastic changes in politics and budgets.

Peter Wild is the founder and CEO of Arborjet Inc., a manufacturer of tree injection systems and medicaments. Wild is also the president and owner of Boston Tree Preservation, an organic-based, proactive tree-care business founded in 1977. He was one of the first people to develop and use vermicomposting for fertilization and disease and insect pest management.

James Urban, FASLA, specializes in the design of tree plantings and soils in urban spaces. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of urban tree planting and has been responsible for the introduction of numerous innovations, including many leading-edge standards relating to urban tree plantings across North America. His 2008 book Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils in the Built Environment, has become one of the principal tree and soil references, and won the ASLA Honor Award in 2009.



GREY TO GREEN - A conference on the econimics of green infrastructure

You are invited to participate in Grey to Green, a conference that will bring together leading edge thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and green infrastructure protection and development in Toronto on August 25-26, 2014.

Keynote Speaker: William D. Browning, Founder, Terrapin Bright Green, LLC

CLICK HERE for more information.


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Illinois Fee Change for Associate Members:
As of October 1, 2013, the Illinois Chapter Membership Fee for Associate Members has been reduced from $100 to $75 per year. The National Associate Membership graduated dues structure remains the same: National dues start at $168 for the first year followed by a graduated dues structure through the third year of membership; automatically upgraded to full membership after third year.

The Illinois Chapter Membership Fee for Full and Affiliate Member remains at $100 per year. 

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