OUTSIDE: Sustainable Landscape Collaborative

October 13 - 14th, 2022 | Virtual or in-person | Lake Nona, FL

Increasing the adoption of sustainable landscape practices will help create a more vibrant, healthy, and sustainable future for all Floridians. Rapid population growth, water responsibility issues, land conservation challenges, sea-level rise, coastal community resilience, biodiversity loss, and climate change are a few examples of the challenges facing the Florida landscape. These vital issues in Florida require us to take action and change certain landscaping behaviors and patterns, so we can contribute to the solutions needed in the future.

The way we achieve our purpose for OUTSIDE is going to be determined by all of us. By coming together and working collaboratively, we can look for specific actions and solutions which we can apply toward achieving our purpose. 



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WORKSHOP: Shifting to More Sustainable Landscapes in New Master Planned Developments

Oct. 13th from 12:30 - 4:15 PM

Overview: The purpose of the training is to increase the adoption of sustainable landscape practices in Florida. The program begins with a panel discussion on the Land Development Process exploring how current industry and regulatory structures shape decision-making and outcomes for the landscape. The second half of the program will consist of technical presentations of the two research studies that are funded and underway to evaluate performance, ecological function and social perceptions of sustainable landscapes installed at Sunbridge.

Speakers: Richard Levey, Tavistock; Greg Witherspoon, Canin; Matt McDermott, Tavistock; Mark Singleton, Lifesoils; Lesley Bertolotti, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Andra Johnson, UF/IFAS Extension Dean; Dr. Patrick Bohlen, UCF Arboretum; Dr. Basil Iannone, UF/IFAS; Brooke Moffis, UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension; Mark Russell, Cherrylake

12:30 - 1:00 PM  Welcome and introduction
1:00 - 2:30 PM  How industry and regulatory structure shape decision making and outcomes for the landscape
2:30 - 4:15 PM   Presentation of research projects at Sunbridge

Location: UF Research Center in Lake Nona, FL

TOUR: Residential Sustainable Landscapes at Sunbridge

Oct. 14th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Overview: Coming to life on 27,000 acres spanning Orange and Osceola counties, Sunbridge is a fresh approach to regional growth. The tours will focus on sustainable landscape plantings installed at the Weslynn Park Model Homes and the Basecamp Boundary Planting Research Plots. These landscapes were created in collaboration with members of the OUTSIDE Collaborative, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Tavistock Development Company and the Sunbridge Stewardship District with the purpose of establishing a sustainable model for the landscaping at Sunbridge. These landscapes have led to the creation of the Sunbridge Community Landscape Standards and are now part of two research studies that are funded and underway to evaluate performance, ecological function and social perceptions of the sustainable landscapes installed at Sunbridge.

Speakers: Dr. Patrick Bohlen, UCF Arboretum; Dr. Basil Iannone, UF/IFAS; Brooke Moffis, UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension; Mark Russell, Cherrylake; Mark Singleton, Lifesoils; Greg Witherspoon, Canin; Jennison Kipp, UF/IFAS; Marc Godts, Green Isle Gardens; Chris Hite, Dix.Hite; Dr. Pierce Jones, UF/IFAS

8:00 - 8:30 AM  Travel to Sunbridge
8:30 - 11:00 AM  Rotating stations - Station 1: Basecamp boundary planting research plots; Station 2: Weslyn Park model homes; Station 3: Welcome to Eco-life in the naturehood
11:00 - 11:30 AM  Travel to UF Lake Nona
11:30 - 12:15 PM  Lunch at UF Lake Nona

Location: meet at The Wave Hotel in Lake Nona, FL

CONFERENCE: Rebuilding Abundance & Sustainable Landscaping Design

Oct. 14th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Overview: Participants will hear from keynote speaker Thomas Rainer, a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas is a leading voice in ecological landscape design and co-author of Planting in a Post Wild World. In addition to the keynote, this session includes a presentation of the first edition of the OUTSIDE Sustainable Landscaping Design Pattern Book for Single Family Homes, and the OUTSIDE Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Practices Video Series.

Speakers: Clint Beaty, Tavistock; Chris Hite, Dix.Hite; Timothee Sallin, Cherrylake; Thomas Rainer, Phyto Studio

12:15 - 12:30 PM  Welcome & opening remarks
12:30 - 1:30 PM  Sustainable landscaping design pattern book for single family homes
1:30 - 2:45 PM  Sustainable landscape maintenance practices video series
2:45 - 4:00 PM  Keynote by Thomas Rainer
4:00 - 4:20 PM  Travel to The Wave Hotel 

Location: UF Research Center in Lake Nona, FL

AFTER HOURS: The Wave Hotel's Sculpture Gardens 

Oct. 14th from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Overview: Participants who join us in-person will be welcomed to an after hours event at The Wave Hotel's Sculpture Gardens included with your ticket. Set on 50,000 square feet of picturesque outdoor space, the Lake Nona Sculpture Garden features a world-class collection of sculptures to create an impressive outdoor art gallery with iconic pieces that are recognized globally. Created through collaboration with architects, landscapers, and curators, this inspiring destination offers a new endeavor in public art.

4:30 - 6:30 PM  After hours event

Location: The Wave Hotel in Lake Nona, FL












Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C. with Claudia West and Melissa Rainer.

While passionate about design and focusing on details, Thomas is a specialist in applying innovative planting concepts to create ecologically-functional designed landscapes. His recent work focuses on the artful interpretation of wild plant communities into designed plantings that thrive in the context of towns and cities.  He also continues to love working on residential gardens, enjoying the intimate collaboration with clients and creating spaces. Thomas teaches planting design for the George Washington University Landscape Design program. His recently published book co-authored with Claudia West, Planting in a Post-Wild World, was released in fall 2015 and was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 2016 books of the year.


Sunbridge is a planned community that will be built around more than 13,000 acres of conservation land and thoughtfully mixed homes, schools, parks, recreational amenities and vibrant employment centers right outside of Lake Nona, FL. All tied together by large stretches of true Florida nature and an extensive trail network that will give people unprecedented access to oak forests, lakes, wetlands and waterways. In collaboration with University of Florida, University of Central Florida, The Nature Conservancy and the OUTSIDE, they have planted this experimental garden to test and monitor innovative strategies for regenerating soils, reducing water consumption, rooting landscapes with native plants, and creating habitat that invites pollinators, birds and other wildlife to do their work.

The tour will focus on two sustainable landscape plantings. The Weslynn Park Model homes, which was the first neighborhood developed at Sunbridge and the Basecamp Boundary Planting Research Plots which is approximately 15,000 ft2 and organized into 16 plots. Attendees will hear from the research and implementation teams on the goals, objectives, lessons learned to date and future opportunities relating to this exciting project.




Stakeholders and influencers who are passionate about building a sustainable future for Florida, believe in the power of collaboration, and want to learn about the latest trends around landscaping, development, place-building, and environmental conservation.

Environmental Engineers
Environmental and Ecological Consultants
Home Builders
Industry & Professional Associations
Landscape Architects
Landscape Companies
Local & State Government
Nursery Men/Women
Water Management Districts



  Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Certified Floodplain Manager 10 CEC 6.5 CEC 3.5 CEC
Florida Bar Law 11.5 CLE 7.5 CLE 4 CLE
Florida Environmental Health Professionals 9.5 HRS 6.5 HRS 3.5 HRS
Florida Water Star Accredited Professionals 11 CEU 7 CEU 4 CEU
Irrigation Association 11 IA CEU 7 IA CEU 4 IA CEU
Landscape Architect DBPR 11 HRS 7 HRS 4 HRS
Community Association Manager DBPR (pending)  6 HRS 6 HRS 3 HRS
ISA Arborists & Municipals 10.25 CEU 6.75 CEU 3.75 CEU




To be guaranteed to receive CEU's, you must register by Sept. 28th.

Certified Floodplain Manager 
Option 1: 10 CEC / Option 2: 6.5 CEC / Option 3: 3.5 CEC

Community Association Manager DBPR (pending)
Option 1: 6 HRS / Option 2: 6 HRS / Option 3: 3 HRS

Florida Bar Law
Option 1: 11.5 CLE / Option 2: 7.5 CLE / Option 3: 4 CLE

Florida Environmental Health Professionals
Option 1: 9.5 HRS / Option 2: 6.5 HRS / Option 3: 3.5 HRS

Florida Water Star Accredited Professionals 
Option 1: 11 CEU / Option 2: 7 CEU / Option 3: 4 CEU

Option 1: 11 CEU / Option 2: 7 CEU / Option 3: 4 CEU

Irrigation Association 
Option 1: 11 IA CEU / Option 2: 7 IA CEU / Option 3: 4 IA CEU

ISA Arborists & Municipals 
Option 1: 10.25 CEU / Option 2: 6.75 CEU / Option 3: 3.75 CEU

Landscape Architect DBPR 
Option 1: 11 HRS / Option 2: 7 HRS / Option 3: 4 HRS



1. Promote A Statewide Collaboration Around Sustainable Landscape Practices

2. Increase Nursery Supply and Market Demand of Florida Native And Florida Resilient Plants

3. Grow Industry Competencies In Sustainable Landscape Maintenance

4. Support Local Governments To Evaluate Landscape Codes For Effectiveness

5. Collaborate With State Agencies To Encourage Green Infrastructure Projects

6. Quantify Economic Impacts And Ecosystem Services

7. Partner With Development Community To Implement Sustainable Landscapes Holistically

8. Partner With Existing Developments (HOA’s) To Retrofit Sustainable Landscapes Holistically

9. Develop A Holistic Sustainable Approach To The Landscape Transect From Design To Implementation To Maintenance.

10. Educate Communities To Expand Perceptions Of What Landscapes Can Provide



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