Landscapes on the Edge

UW Botanic Gardens’ conferences, seminars, and symposia offer academics, scientists and practitioners opportunities to learn about the latest research and expertise in plant-related fields and create a forum for collaboration among professionals working in urban forestry, restoration and sustainable landscape management. Read on to learn about our exciting 2016 fall seminar. We hope you can join us!

Introduction to Landscapes on the Edge

Design and Implementation of Landscape and Restoration Projects
on Puget Sound Shorelines and Urban Ravines

snowberry planted on slope photo

Co-hosted by Greenbelt Consulting and University of Washington Botanic Gardens


November 15 & 16, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

CEU’s approved: CPH-6/day, ecoPRO-6/day, WALP/NALP-6/day, ASCA-5, APLD-5 first day, 5.5 second day, ASLA-5/day, ISA – 5.5/day


This program is designed to educate landscape professionals about the vulnerable nature of marine shorelines and provide guidance and instruction on how to better initiate, design, and implement successful landscape and restoration projects on upland buffers, shorelines, steep slopes, and beaches. Speakers will discuss critical area planning, mitigation projects, and focus on the importance of using native plants in shoreline landscape and restoration projects.

Expanding your skill set in this area will allow you to:

  • Meet the growing demand for this type of service
  • Implement successful projects, creating happy customers and positive word-of-mouth
  • Increase your company’s market share
  • Avoid regulatory problems, fines, and lawsuits
  • Improve public trust in the landscape industry to meet these environmental needs

The public is being educated about the need for better management of shorelines and steep slopes, resulting in rising public demand for professional services. This is an optimal time to train landscape professionals in the specifics of designing, planning, and installing projects on marine shorelines and other sensitive areas.


Resources for attendees

Speaker Information & Materials

Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt

John Bethel, Geologist, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division,

Kollin Higgins, Senior Ecologist, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks,

Erica Guttman, WSU Extension Water Resources Program and Native Plant Salvage Foundation,

Kat Cerny-Chipman, University of Washington,

Stephanie Williams, L.G, Geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc.,

Sasha Shaw, Education Specialist, King County Noxious Weed Control Program,

Susan Buis, Mitigation Compliance Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

Karin Strelioff, Environmental Specialist/ Landscape + GSI Design, Mason Conservation District,

Paul Van Horne, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.,

Jim Brennan, Marine Ecological Consulting Services, LLC,

Christine Tasseff, Roots Landscaping and Restoration,

Scott Moore, Watershed Steward, Snohomish County Department of Public Works, Surface Water Management,


Tabling Organizations

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Green Shores for Homes

Washington Native Plant Society

King Conservation District

King County Noxious Weed Control Program

Trees for Seattle

US Army Corps of Engineers


Additional Resources

Seattle Urban Nature: Replacing Invasive Plants with Puget Lowland Native Species

USGS: Summary of Land-Cover Trends – Puget Lowland Ecoregion

Our Cities: Solving Stormwater – A Film by The Nature Conservancy and Washington State University

Washington State University – Shoreline Living Resources

Grow Your Own Native Landscape: A Guide to Identifying, Propagating & Landscaping with W.WA Native plants. By Washington State University Extension.

If you use native plants, there’s hope for slopes.” Valerie Easton. The Seattle Times. March 10, 2012.

Hansen’s Northwest Native Plant Database

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PLANTS Database

NRCS Fact Sheets & Plant Guides

USDA Forest Service: Gardening with Wildflowers

Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects. By Washington Native Plant Society.

Native Plant Resources. By King County Northwest Yard & Garden.

Nurseries with Native Plants. By Hansen’s Northwest Native Plant Database.

Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association

‘Good Bug’ photo guide. By Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Puget Sound Backyard Birds and Habitat

King County iMap

Washington State Department of Ecology Coastal Atlas Map

Tree & Vegetation Removal Information, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections

Shoreline Exemptions Information, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections

Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections GIS

Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, Director’s Rule 10-2016: Update of Environmentally Critical Areas Mapping

Nearshore Habitat – How Bank Armoring & Overwater Structures Shape the Health of Pacific Salmon & Steelhead. By NOAA Fisheries Service.

Green Shorelines for Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. By Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed.

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define BMP Effectiveness for Urban Tree Canopy Expansion. Chesapeake Bay

Using Urban Forests to Manage Stormwater Runoff: Researchers provide an easy method to estimate and compare urban tree impacts on stormwater. By Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Communications