Posted on: Feb 29, 2016 1:00:00 AM
In: Cuyamaca, District
Contact: Della Elliott 619-644-7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
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; 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:
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.
Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon.