Monday, March 2, 2015

Cuyamaca College hosting 7th annual Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar

The drought that has gripped the Golden State for going on four years is much on the minds of  water experts, landscape architects, golf course designers and others speaking at the 7th Annual Sustainable Turf & Landscape Seminar March 5 at Cuyamaca College.

As California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, “Healthy Landscapes with Limited Water” is the timely topic of this year’s seminar, set for 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the college’s performing arts theater.

Topping the list of speakers is Carlos Michelon, principal water resources specialist with the San Diego County Water Authority, who will provide a water supply update and highlight regional water conservation programs and resources.

Topics he plans to cover include snowpack and reservoir conditions, weather forecasts, possible water supply cutbacks and regional drought management strategies.  Attendees can also expect information on regional water conservation programs including large-landscape audits and rebates for turf replacement and irrigation hardware.

“As the Water Authority and its member agencies call for additional conservation due to the drought, we’ll be participating at the seminar to share information about the many water-smart resources available to help landscape professionals save water,” Michelon said.

Other symposium presenters and their topics are:

§  Mike Richardson - University of Arkansas, Where do Turfgrasses Fit in a World with Less Water?

§  Vickie Estrada, FASLA, Design Strategies for Resource Conservation

§  Akif Eskalen - UC Extension, Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Update

§  Craig Kessler - Southern Calif. Golf Association, Water Supply and the Turf Industry

§  David Fleming - Golf Properties Design, Turf Replacement Solutions in Golf Courses

§  Bryan Maynard - The Brickman Group, Turf Replacement Solutions in Commercial Landscapes

§  Mike Palat - West Coast Arborists, Managing Tree Health under Drought Conditions

Known throughout the state for its longtime commitment to the green movement, Cuyamaca College began hosting the seminars as a forum for educators, industry representatives and local organizations interested in fostering a culture of sustainability. The event is put on by the college’s Ornamental Horticulture program.

The seminar allows landscape professionals to obtain continuing education credits for professional certification and licensing. In addition to the seminar in the performing arts center and presentations in the adjacent digital theater, an outdoor trade show is planned with industry and vendors represented.

The registration fee $75 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Online registration is available.

Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. For more information about the seminar, call (619) 660-4023 or email