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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 
8:30 am – 3:45 pm EDT (including a 45-min. break) 


Presented by Kerry Gerich, PLA, ASLA

Benefits of Landscaping with Native Plants         

  • Sustainability 
  • Ecological landscapes 
  • Economic benefits 
  • Native plants in LEED standards and SITES ratings 

 Plant Form, Function and Location 

  • Plant form 
  • Function 
  • Cultural requirements 
  • Plant families 
  • Plant diseases in Ohio 

 Ohio Natives: Trees and Shrubs 

  • Native trees, shrubs and respectful cultivars 
  • Ohio keystone plants 

Ohio Natives: Perennials, Grasses, and Groundcovers 

  • Ohio native plants and respectful cultivars 
    • Prairies 
    • Wetlands 
    • Woodlands 
    • Spring ephemerals  

 Planting Design 

  • Elements of planting design 
  • Planting styles 
  • Design considerations 
    • Maintenance 
    • Water 
    • Environmental impact 
    • Cost 

Exotic and Invasive Species 

  • Invasive and non-native plants that are illegal to sell as of 2023 
  • How invasive plants spread 
  • Reducing demand in the trade for marginally invasive plants 
  • Aggressive natives 
  • Native alternatives 
  • Pests 


Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hour

6.0 HSW PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in Ohio.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:
6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) | 6.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES)


Kerry Gerich, PLA, ASLA

Licensed Landscape Architect with EDGE in Columbus, Ohio

Kerry Gerich earned a BSLA from The Ohio State University and studied ornamental horticulture at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Kerry’s diverse experience in horticulture and environmental design provides a nuanced perspective to the collaborative process with a focus on sustainability. Most notably projects include The Glass City Riverwalk in Toledo, Ohio. This revitalization project activates the waterfront with new paths and gathering spaces and uses a regionally native plant palette to enhance the natural character of the Maumee River. Other works include multiple ODNR projects that highlight natives in the landscape, creating the opportunity for sustainability education. Kerry is a Master Gardener Volunteer through The Ohio State University Extension Office, and she serves on their native plant propagation committee.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Ohio Region Native Plant Workshop: Native Plants in the Managed Landscape

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course focuses on the benefits and utilization of native plants and how they can be incorporated into landscape design. The course explains the benefits of landscaping with native plants and identifies key native plants in Ohio, from trees to grasses. Then the course analyzes the styles, elements and considerations related to planting design before concluding with a discussion on the harms of and alternatives to exotic and invasive plants.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explore the sustainability and economic benefits of ecological landscapes and native plants, and identify native plants in LEED standards and SITES ratings.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and groundcovers that are native to Ohio, as well as Ohio keystone plants.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss design considerations related to planting design, including the required maintenance, water, environmental impact and cost.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify certain invasive and non-native plants, explain how invasive plants spread, and utilize native alternatives and aggressive native plants.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with landscaping fundamentals

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/15/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00


Before undertaking any on-demand effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity. It’s your responsibility to determine whether or not this on-demand course meets your continuing education requirements.

You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.

Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.

Streamable MP4/PDF

Available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event or the date of your order, whichever is later.

To track your purchase you will need to create an account on the website using the email address used for your registration.

The video will have occasional question prompts that will not allow the video to progress unless they are answered. You will not be able to skip forward while watching the video.

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Click the link which appears at the end of the video to be taken to the course quiz.


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The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.

HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or