Tree of Life Landscapes is excited to host the third annual Create Beauty Conference with landscape architect and author, Thomas Rainer. A leading voice in contemporary landscape design, Rainer will speak on designing, creating and managing dynamic herbaceous plantings within a local context. He will discuss concepts such as using stress as an asset, vertically layered plantings, how to both mingle and mass plants, and much more. Rainer's 2015 book, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, co-authored with Claudia West, was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 2016 books of the year. Rainer is a Principal with landscape architecture firm Phyto Studio in Washington D.C. and also teaches plant design at George Washington University. Rainer has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Gardens, as well as throughout the Eastern U.S.