Rusty Schmidt
is a landscape ecologist employed by Nelson, Pope, and Voorhis in Melville, NY. He holds a BS in Biology from the University of Minnesota, where he did three years of coursework toward an MLA. He is president of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) and an Adjunct Professor in the Horticulture Department at Farmingdale State College. Mr. Schmidt designs and constructs alternative methods for managing stormwater runoff, creating hundreds of designs for habitat restorations, complete restorations of ecosystems, as well as many rain gardens bio-infiltration swales, bio-retention basins and stormwater ponds ranging in size from a small backyard to multi-acre projects. He co-authored three books: “Plants for Stormwater Design, Vol. 1 & 2” and a homeowner’s guide “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens.”

 

 

Mr. Schmidt will explain how a multi-functional garden can do more than be beautiful. He will explain how to create a garden that is sustainable, provide stormwater cleaning, habitat function, and food production. Show how native plants can provide the sustainable landscape with low inputs. And explain why the multi-functional garden is so important in today’s landscape.

 

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