2018 Nor Cal Seminar Program

If you are signing up for seminars, please do NOT fill out the Attendee registration form as your seminar badge will get you into the show.

Dr. Maria de la Fuentes (In Spanish)
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.


  1.  Introducción a los Principios de Fitopatología
  2. Tipos de Patógenos y Enfermedades más Importantes
    1. Hongos
    2. Mohos Acuáticos y Cenicillas Vellosas
    3. Bacterias
    4. Virus
    5. Nemátodos
  3. El Triángulo de las Enfermedades
  4. Estrategias en el Manejo de Enfermedades

CEUS: CANGC, IA (.5 Tier 3), APLD (2), DPR (2), WCISA (2)

Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Urban Rain Design

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Transforming Gray Space into Green Space: 

Integrating Green Infrastructure into the Built Environment

There is an incredible, yet largely untapped, opportunity to integrate the concepts of green infrastructure within our cities and towns.  With the effects of climate change clearly at hand, utilizing green infrastructure to help protect our neighborhoods from a changing environment should be brought to the forefront of design and planning.  This presentation, by internationally recognized landscape architect Kevin Robert Perry, illustrates how simple, cost-effective, and context-sensitive green infrastructure can be seamlessly woven into the design of both established and new communities.   The presentation will highlight how much landscape area we have lost to rampant urbanization and the need to surgically re-introduce landscape areas designed to capture stormwater.  Mr. Perry will introduce the “toolbox” of stormwater management to the audience and use West Coast communities as a canvas to showcase how these techniques can be easily implemented.

CEUS:  QWEL, CANGC, IA (.25, Tier 3), 1 CLP (NALP), (2) APLD, (1) WCISA

Wilson Purves, Kerosky, Purves & Bogue, LLP   

11 a.m. to Noon

Immigration 101-Keeping Your Business Safe

Wilson will provide a reliable and clear overview regarding the regulations that we must all follow in order to obey our immigrations laws.  He’ll be covering topics related to employer/employee relationships (including I-9 compliance, no match letters, ICE audits and work visas) as well as immigration relief available to immigrant workers.  Moreover, he’ll be discussing the challenges we are currently facing and how the political climate could impact both employers and immigrants over the next 4 years.

CEUS: CANGC, (1 Business) APLD, 1 CLP (NALP)

Steve Tjosvold, Farm Advisor Environmental Horticulture

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Local Invasive Pests and Diseases

Steve will discuss updates on Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), and talk about a new invasive pest, Asian Gypsy Moth. New diseases include Boxwood Blight and Downy Mildew on Iceplant.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, (.25 Tier 3), 1 CLT (NALP), (1) APLD, (1) DPR, (1) WCISA

Dr. John Kabashima, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, Emeritus

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Shot-Hole Borers (Polyphagous and Kuroshio)/Fusarium Dieback Complex and the South American Palm Weevil: Two Invasive Pests in southern California and their threat to northern California nurseries, landscapes, and native trees.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, IA (.25 Tier 3), 1 CLT (NALP), (1) ALPD, (1) DPR, (1) WCISA

Richard Evans, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Environmental Horticulture,

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

How to Read a Soil Analysis Report

Reports of analyses of soil and water are important tools for growers who seek to meet water quality standards without comprising crop productivity. This workshop will aim to help you understand what typical soil and water reports tell you and what to do with the information.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, IA (.25 Tier 3), 1CLT, 1CLP (NALP), (1) APLD, (1) WCISA

Jared Sisneroz UC Davis Staff Researcher

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

The UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials:
the Quest for Low Water Use Plants

The UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials (UCLPIT) seeks to identify low water use ornamental plants for California by evaluating plants under deficit irrigation over a two year trial. The UCLPIT program evaluates plant performance under three different irrigation treatments aligned with the WUCOLS High, Moderate and Low categories. Plant material is evaluated under full sun conditions or under partial shade. The program has also started to hold a series of open houses where we invite members of the Horticultural world to rate the aesthetic quality of the plant material before and after the deficit period. This presentation will include discussion of utilizing the trial results for plant selection, top performers and staff favorites.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, IA (1 Tier 1), 1CLT, 1CLP (NALP), (1) ALPD, (1) WCISA

Zac Reicher, Technical Specialist, Green Solutions Team, Bayer Environmental Science

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Protecting Pollinators in the Landscape

Zac will present discussion on the status of pollinators today and practical ways of protecting pollinators in golf, lawn, and landscape settings. Discussion topics include biology and lifecycle of pollinators, stressors of honeybees, management and pesticide choices to maximize protection, and options to encourage pollinators.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, IA (.25 Tier 3), 1CLT, 1CLP (NALP), (1) APLD, (1) WCISA

Bart O’Brien, Botanic Garden Manager,
East Bay Regional Park District

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Good Choices for Less Thirsty Plants
in a Shade Situation in the Garden

This presentation will highlight eye-catching plants and plant communities that will provide habitat value, reduce eater use, require low and informed maintenance and year round seasonal interest.

CEUS: QWEL, CANGC, IA (.25 Tier 3), 1CLT, 1CLP (NALP), (1) APLD, (1) WCISA


The Nor Cal show is a collaborative effort between the four Nor Cal Chapters (Central, Monterey Bay, Peninsula and Redwood Empire) and the California Landscape Contractors Association. For more information about the exhibits, available booth spaces or seminars please contact Margo Cheuvront, Show Manager (margoc@frontiernet.net or 530-458-3190).

The Nor Cal Landscape & Nursery Show is excited to announce a roster of nine dynamic seminars for the February 15, 2018 Show in San Mateo, CA.  Nor Cal is a one-day event at the San Mateo Event Center. It features over 250 exhibits and nine educational seminars.  Continuing Education Units have been applied for and will be added to the website as they are approved. 

  • The seminars are $40 each or 3/$100 if booked by February 9, 2018.
  • After February 9th they are $45 each or 3/$110. 
  • Students with a valid school ID can book seminars at the following rate: a single seminar for $15, two for $20 and three for $25.
  • Seminar registration will open on October 10, 2018.