The ASLA Chapters of Mississippi and Alabama are hosting this years Twin States Conference, “Live, Work, Play, and Stay”, April 6-8, in Birmingham, Alabama.  You can find more information on the conference website at http://www.twinstatesconference.com.  We hope to see you there.


Possible CE credits will be available this January 18 in conjunction with the Gulf States Horticulture Show in Mobile, AL. The Mississippi Landscape and Nursery Association invite you to this opportunity and also to visit the conventions exhibitor show floor. It is a great opportunity to check availabilities and exciting new plants for the southern region along with additional green industry  goods and services.  We also invite you to participate in our evening dinner on Jan. 19. GO to this link to see show info and Landscape Architect program schedule. http://www.gshe.org 

The 61st Edward C. Martin, Jr., Landscape Design Symposium is a half-day event held in the Bost Auditorium on Wednesday Oct. 19 at MSU from 9 a.m. until noon. The event is presented by the MSU Department of Landscape Architecture and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi. Topics covered in this year’s symposium include low maintenance home landscapes and two sessions on garden plants and places for experiencing wildlife. Speakers are Edward C. Martin, Jr., MSU professor emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Bill Fontenot, writer and naturalist from Lafayette, Louisiana, and Kristin Lamberson, native plant specialist at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Martin, who started the Landscape Design Symposium 61 years ago, will speak about low-maintenance home landscapes. Fontenot will discuss great garden plants and places for wildlife, and Lamberson will provide perspectives and wonders of wildlife.

Find more information and register for the symposium at http://lalc.msstate.edu/workshops/martin_symp or contact Debbie Whitfield at 662-325-4554 or dww12@lalc.msstate.edu.

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Mississippi State University Student Chapter of the ASLA are hosting a viewing party of PBS’s ’10 Parks’ on Friday, April 29 at 8pm, at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville.

The event sponsored by the MS Chapter ASLA and the MSU Student Chapter
ASLA is open to the public.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
206 Fellowship Street
Starkville, MS 39759

OCHM website:

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks, and learn the history of landscape architecture – an American-born art in which human beings try their best to mimic nature. The 10 parks:

  • Square of Savannah – Savannah, GA
  • Fairmount Park – Philadelphia, PA
  • Mt. Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, MA
  • Central Park – New York, NY  WATCH WEB-EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
  • Chicago’s Neighborhood Parks – Chicago, IL
  • San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio, TX
  • Overton Park – Memphis, TN
  • Freeway Park – Seattle, WA
  • Gas Works Park – Seattle, WA WATCH CLIP
  • High Line – New York, NY

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is hosting a LAF Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future this June 10-11 in Philadelphia. The engaging event will bring together the landscape architecture community, including preeminent thinkers and emerging leaders, to celebrate the LAF’s 50th anniversary and discuss directions for the future of the discipline.


LAF 2016 Summit – Announcements


The Keynote speaker this year for the 2016 Twin States Conference will be James Urban. James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils, *specializes in the design of trees and soils in urban spaces, and has written and lectured extensively on the subject of urban tree planting. His 2008 book ‘Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils in the Built Environment’, is one of the principle tree and soil references. In 2007 he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for his contribution the profession of Landscape Architecture. He is the 2013 recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture – Award of Achievement for long-term contributions to their profession. www.twinstatesconference.com

Alan Hoops's photo.

2016 Twin States Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2016 Twin States Conference in Starkville, Mississippi, which will be held April 7th-9th at the Mill at Mississippi State University. To register follow this link to the conference website. http://www.twinstatesconference.com/. We hope to see you there.