Creating sustainable and resilient landscapes

Which Plant Where joins the Healthy Plants Healthy People Conference

The Which Plant Where program is a five-year research program to investigate how well current landscaping species will cope under the more extreme climates that Australia’s cities will face and investigate opportunities for new species and varieties for the urban context.

Why is this project important to you?

For growers this research is important to understand how plants will perform in different growing and climatic regions in Australia and how they will perform in an urban landscape. Understanding this information will support your business planning, growing palette and schedules and help you manage future production risks.

For retailers and plant specifiers, including landscape contractors, designers and architects the research will help inform buying decisions, plant recommendations, landscape designs, urban tree selections and more.

The Which Plant Where? project is on a mission to provide greenlife growers and practitioners with the tools and resources to create sustainable and resilient landscapes under a changing climate. To help achieve this goal, the project team will be integrating scientific research with industry knowledge/experience to develop an online plant selector tool.

You can learn more about the project and provide valuable feedback to the research team at the Healthy Plants Healthy People Conference at the following sessions

Research and resources to build greenlife resilience in urban environments

Presented by:
Leigh Staas, Project Manager at the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Which Plant Where?
Date:
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Time:
3.45pm
Duration:
45 minutes
During this session, Leigh will provide an overview of the project and demonstrate a need for growers and specifiers to understand the impact of climate on some of Australia’s favourite landscape species.

Stakeholder engagement workshop-seeking feedback on the development of the tools for Which Plant Where?

In the lead up to the development of the online tool, the team are conducting a National Roadshow to ensure that the tool will be useful and relevant to greenlife industries.

Facilitated by:
Leigh Staas, Project Manager at the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Which Plant Where?
Date:
Thursday 5 March 2020
Time:
10.45am
Duration:
1 hour 45 minutes

The workshop aims to identify:

1. The value proposition that the tool will provide to you and your industry
2. The benefits the tool will provide to you and your industry
3. What different functions need to be included in the tool
4. How it can become financially self-sustaining to ensure it keeps pace with end-user needs.

If you are a greenlife producer or a practitioner (National, State and local government, landscaper designer and/or manager, landscape architect) and would like to participate in the co-creation of the tool, come along to this interactive session.