ASLA 2009 Professional Research Awards / Giải thưởng ASLA 2009 Research Awards

Ecological services from restored natural habitats can enhance landscape design. Controlled experiments on urban landscapes, including landfills and brownfields, determined that woody species can thrive on thin engineered soils, but traditional hydroseeding must be modified, and diverse plant genotypes are needed for degraded sites. The surrounding landscape matrix contributes seeds and pollinators onto designed sites, changing the biodiversity trajectory, including non-native invasive habitat threats. These ecological links impact the future functioning of all urban landscapes.