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Seminar Descriptions

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Garden Center West

Green Landscape Management Practices

(Climate change mitigation and preparedness)

By Loren McIrvin
Garden Center West: 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Our presentation will start with walking attendees through how an average landscape impacts climate change and how to make an impact tied to the health of people, the planet, and a company’s profit. We will cover how to identify opportunities on properties to reduce water usage, reduce chemical use, reduce green waste, reduce emissions, address drought preparedness, storm preparedness and carbon sequestration. The presentation is designed to cover educating ourselves, our staff and the property owners we serve in thinking about landscape design and maintenance differently.

Lighting Design: Beyond the Basics

By Jeff Calhoun
Garden Center West: 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Let outdoor lighting take your business to the next level! Outdoor lighting has become very competitive, and it’s important for green industry professionals to have proper training and education to be successful. We’ll talk about advanced lighting design, new product trends and advanced control options – all of these topics will give you tips to give you a leg up on the competition!


Organic Herbicides as Alternatives to Glyphosate in the Landscape

By Karey Windbiel
Garden Center West: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Why we control weeds and who is engaged in weed management
  • IPM methods for weeds
  • Understand what organic and less toxic herbicides are and how they work.
  • Learn the current research on various organic and less toxic herbicide products from multiple field trials.
  • Understand the trade-offs and other considerations (signal words, PPE, cost) when using organic herbicides in comparison to glyphosate.

Invasive Pests in California:
What Landscapers Can Do

Garden Center West: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
By Karen Windbiel

Invasive pests threaten California’s natural environments, agricultural production, structures, landscapes and gardens, causing billions of dollars of damage to our agricultural systems and natural areas each year. Many invasive species are of major concern in California. This presentation will cover some of the current species of concern and show you how to identify them, why invasive species are a problem, and resources to help you and your clients learn what to do.

Garden Center East

Landscape Water Budgets Accumulate Water Savings and Companies Profit

By Peter Estournes and Chris McNairy
Garden Center East: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

This seminar will explore what the State of CA is doing with regards to outdoor water use targets in the not-too-distant future.  What a landscape water budget is and how it works.  How to incorporate landscape water budgeting into a business model and the benefits in doing so. And lastly which irrigation products enhance opportunities for further savings.

  • What is California doing to encourage the use of water budgets for landscapes?
  • What is a landscape water budget?
  • Understanding principles needed to effectively manage & budget landscape water use.
  • How to accurately analyze Landscape Water Usage Data (Feedback Loop).
  • What irrigation products enhance more water savings?

How to Protect a Home from Wildfire Through Fire Smart Landscaping

By Rich Shortall
Garden Center East: 9:45 -10:45

This presentation will begin with an introduction to wildfire science with a focus on the role of embers in home destruction.   Landscape contractors can reduce the threat from embers through proper maintenance, horizontal and vertical spacing of plants, use of hardscape in landscape design, proper choice of mulches, fire resistant plant selection and removal of highly flammable plants.  Special attention must be given to the area within five feet of the home, called Zone 0.


Eco-friendly pest management

By Suzanne Bontempo
Garden Center East: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Faced with pest problems? Think before you use toxic chemicals around a home, yard, or garden. Chemicals can be harmful to water, wildlife, and even the health of kids and pets. Join Suzanne to learn how you can successfully manage pests while using alternatives that are healthier for your customers and better for the environment.

A Flair For The Mediterranean.

Invaluable Plants for Low Water Use Gardens

By Nicholas Staddon
Garden Center East: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Join Nicholas Staddon, an unabashed plant fanatic, as he navigates us through a cornucopia of regionally appropriate plants for our California gardens, both in-ground and container plantings. He says “I hear many plants people refer to the Mediterranean plant mix we grow in this part of the world.  But it’s important to remember that this group of plants can also come from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa South America, our own California and lastly the Mediterranean region itself. It really is an extra ordinary pallet of exciting plants, so rewarding.” Staddon always has a firm eye on the environment and will suggest plants and habitat that support the wildlife struggling to live with us The design community, landscape contractors, landowners both commercial and residential have the opportunity to create gardens that support wildlife as well as plants. Rarely by the book, there will be lots to inspire you to try in your own personal space as well as the job site And speaking of books, Nicholas is an avid reader and will suggest several regional appropriate plant books to add to your collection, as well as notable trends. Something for everyone.

Landscape Professionals

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