Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces a Native Plant Design Symposium in partnership with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, featuring experts in ecological design and in landscape architecture.

The Native Plant Design Symposium takes place on Friday, October 25, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center in Bristol, RI. Space is limited – early registration is encouraged. To register for the event, please visit the “Learn” section of

The full-day event highlights ecological design methods and strategies using native plants in both public and private spaces, and the role of native plants in shaping our ecosystems. It includes a keynote, panel discussion, and workshops. “The Native Plant Design Symposium will address large-scale issues, such as design’s role in habitat restoration, and fine-grained points like new horticultural techniques,” observes Courtney Allen, Native Plant Trust’s Director of Public Programs. “As a community, we will explore design principles and their applications using native plants in different scenarios, from public parks to farms to residential properties.”

Ann Kearsley, faculty member in landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and principal of Ann Kearsley Design, will present the keynote. Ann Kearsley Design connects landscape form and spatial structure to the dynamics of a site’s natural systems and the enhancement of ecosystem function.