Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Dewey Gottwald Center
Ticket $35

New Visions for the Old Dominion: Social and Ecological Sustainability in the Designed Landscapes of Nelson Byrd Woltz

Thomas Woltz, owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), will be presenting projects that illustrate the firm’s research-based design process as it applies to public and private landscapes in Virginia.

Over the last twenty years, NBW has worked to reveal lost, forgotten, or erased narratives in a wide range of landscapes across the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. From designing public parks and preserving cultural landscapes to revitalizing thousands of acres of agricultural land, NBW’s work seeks to build a deeper understanding of and connection to place, history, and the natural systems that sustain us all. NBW’s unique approach using ecological and cultural research as the foundation for designing and restoring landscapes is manifest in a variety of projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These landscapes restore biodiversity in degraded farmland at Seven Ponds Farm, reveal the evidence of landscapes of labor at Mount Fair Farm; interpret the histories and traditions of Indigenous Algonquian tribes in Machicomoco State Park; and preserve historic landscapes while honoring hidden narratives at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. 

Judged Exhibits



Artistic Design

Events & Activities

Dr. Matthew Borden

Plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC.

Sherryl Belinsky

Award-winning photographer focuses on flowers in the garden.

Bryan F. Peterson

Award winning photographer, author and co-founder of The Bryan Peterson School of Photography.

Emilie Carter, ASLA

Landscape architect with Phyto Studio who focuses on creating ecologically-functional landscapes.

Shaun Spencer-Hester

Executive director and curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

“Mix it Up” Cocktail Party

Botanical-inspired adult beverages surrounded by blooms of the late-season garden.

Robert Llewellyn

Award-winning photographer introduces the world of micro-photography.

Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Acclaimed landscape architect addresses social and ecological sustainability in designed landscapes.

Francoise Weeks

Innovative haute couture creations and woodland designs made with foraged plant materials and flowers.


Day One

Day One of the Symposium features presentations by acclaimed artistic designer Francoise Weeks, landscape architect Emilie Carter, ASLA, of Phyto Studio, and pre-recorded presentations by photographers Sherryl Belinsky and Bryan F. Peterson. Spectacular artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits take center stage upon conclusion of judging, and a botanical cocktail mixology event provides a perfect ending to the day.

  • September 20, Tuesday
  • 11 a.m to 7 p.m

Day Two

Day Two events include presentations and discussions by landscape architect Thomas Woltz, FASLA, plant pathologist Matthew Borden, DPM, of Bartlett Tree Experts, Director and Curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Shaun Spencer-Hester and photographer Robert Llewellyn. Visitors will also have another opportunity to view the artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits.

  • September 21, Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m

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