Invasive Plants Management: An Overview for Landscape Professionals



Thursday, October 3, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Charlottesville, VA

Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Invasive plant species are highly detrimental to natural plant communities, and their presence must be taken into consideration when designing a space for a client.  In this workshop we’ll describe invasive plant species that are most problematic; explain various methods for controlling them; show site characteristics that encourage the growth of invasives; and demonstrate the thought-process needed to troubleshoot invasive species in a case study area.  The training includes indoor instruction, an outdoor field activity in small work-groups, and a short design exercise that will be used to provide basic recommendations to the property owners.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how invasive plant species displace native plant communities and reduce biodiversity;
  2. Learn invasive plant species’ growth characteristics and the challenges and techniques of controlling them;
  3. Examine a case study on site to observe existing conditions and learn various options for control and restoration;
  4. Practice designing a small space with native plants to meet the needs of the property owner.


  • Leif Riddervold, Environmental Scientist, Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group
  • Rod & Maggie Walker, founders, Blue Ridge PRISM
  • Carol Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Lunch is included.

CBLP CEUs are available.

Early registration is $75. After September 13, registration is $95.  Registration will close on September 30.