Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cuyamaca College hosting 8th Annual Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar

The Eighth Annual Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar set for March 10 at Cuyamaca College will focus on the value of landscaping in light of the drought that has plagued California.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Glen Schmidt, a leading landscape architect in the region, who will be discussing how a San Diego style of landscaping should be developed with a growing awareness of sustainability issues.

 The seminar will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the college’s Performing Arts Theater. Registration is still open for the seminar and accompanying trade show just outside the venue. The fee is $85, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and parking.
“Designing sustainable and appropriate landscapes for San Diego has been a personal journey for me,” said Schmidt, founder and president of Schmidt Design Group, Inc., whose award-winning projects include such familiar sites as Stone Brewing Co. World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido and Liberty Station; the restoration of Horton Plaza Park; the San Diego County Administration Waterfront Park; and in East County, Briercrest Park in La Mesa.
Schmidt began his landscape design career in San Diego in the late 1970s and founded his firm in 1983. He advocates taking advantage of the region’s climate and resources when creating landscapes.
“We should not be borrowing landscapes from around the world, we should be creating a ‘San Diego Style’ of landscape,” Schmidt said. “We are in the middle of an exciting time as our aesthetic tastes are evolving influenced by the drought, as well as a realization that we should be more true to our Mediterranean region.”
 Other speakers and their topics are:

  • Jeff Higgins, vice president of Business Development at Harrell’s LLC, manufacturer and supplier of performance-based turf and ornamental products
  • Robert Perry, professor emeritus of Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; “Assessing the Carbon Footprint of Urban Landscapes”
  • Karrie Reid, environmental horticulture advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, “Beautiful Plants for Low-water Landscapes”
  • Jim Kuhlken, principal of the Landscape Architecture Division of Rick Engineering Company; “Low-impact Development Case Studies for Integrating BMPs Into a Project for MS4 Permit”
  • Lynn Capouya, of Lynn Capouya, Inc. Landscape Architects;  “King On The Cake: Infrastructure Meets Sustainable Landscapes”
  • Leah Rottke, arboriculture instructor, Cuyamaca College; “Drought-Stressed Trees: Cavitation, Resistance And Repair”
  • Ricardo Aguilar of Aguilar Plant Care, Inc., “The Management of Drought-Related Tree Pests and Diseases”
  • Susan Krzywicki  of Krzywicki Consulting,  “Healthy Landscapes with a Native Twist”
  • Nancy Wickus / Kara Roskop-Waters, agricultural/standards  inspectors with the San Diego County Department of Food and Agriculture, “Laws and Regulation Updates and Topic Exchange”
  • Dave Buckles, golf course superintendent, Carmel Mountain Ranch LLC, “Large-Scale Turf Replacement on Golf Courses: Pros and Cons”
  • Chris Tunnel, Harrell’s LLC, “Top 10 Pesticide Related Violations”
 Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture department, renowned for its longtime commitment to the green industry, has been hosting the seminars for industry, educators, and students to foster a culture of sustainability in Southern California landscapes. The event, which qualifies industry professionals to receive continuing education hours, is produced and organized by the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Department, its staff and students.
For more information on the Sustainable Seminar, contact Don Schultz at Donald.schultz@gcccd.edu or 619-660-4023. To register online go to http://www.cuyamaca.edu/ohweb/ .
Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon.

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