On February 11, Aaron Fox participated in a panel discussion presented by the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) on “Native Plants for a Sustainable Built Environment”. Aaron is a landscape architect, horticulturalist and educator with extensive expertise in Ontario native plants who frequently collaborates with STLAi.
Hosted at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, the panel brought together leading thinkers in sustainable landscape design to discuss the use of native plants in creating a more sustainable, vibrant urban environment. Aaron drew upon STLAi’s work on Market Wharf condominium, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, the West Toronto Railpath, and the Barrie Water Treatment Plant to demonstrate the successful incorporation of native plants into the urban environment through innovative landscape and green roof design strategies.
For the discussion, Aaron was joined by Doug Robb, President of the Graduate Architecture, Landscape and Design Student Union at the University of Toronto.
The panel discussion was part of NANPS’s Dr. Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture Series, for which Scott Torrance presented earlier in the spring on the benefits of biodiverse landscapes in urban settings. The series continues on March 4 with a presentation by Dr. Dawn Bazely, Professor in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Biology, on “Implications for Native Plants; the latest Garlic Mustard Research.”