The Science and Art of Sustainable Landscapes

by Bob Perry | On Demand

CEUs/PDHs: (* CEU's Pending) Credits: LACES 1.5,ISA 1.5,APLD 1.5,PGMS 1.5,QWEL 1,NALP 1.5


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Webinar Description:
Discover and apply 10 practices that are fundamental to achieving a sustainable landscape. Starting with science, what is the secret behind the success of native plants? How many benefits do native landscapes provide? How much carbon have you stored in your landscape? How much water is really needed to grow and sustain your landscape? How much oxygen is released by your landscape? How long can your landscape sustain your personal needs for carbon and oxygen? Why are plants dependent upon soil texture and volume? What are the three most important soil conditions needed for healthy plant growth. Why is a plant considered opportunistic? And, how do you bundle together so much science to achieve a work of art?

This is a good old fashion lecture-type webinar filled with ideas and examples that summarize the science and art of landscapes for the 21st Century. Grab your pens, pads, and curiosity.

Learning Objectives:
To understand the benefits of plants and carbon sequestration. To know the key steps and actions underlying sustainable landscapes. To understand the art of sustainable landscapes.


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Bob Perry

Bob Perry, FASLA, is a landscape architect and Professor Emeritus from Cal Poly Pomona, and past adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at USC. He is a recognized expert in areas of landscape plants and water conserving design throughout California. Licensed in 1972, Bob has combined his teaching with writing, public speaking and professional practice.

Bob has taught courses in planting design, plant ecology and design, and landscape design with an emphasis on resource and energy conservation. His academic responsibilities enabled him to focus on the study of landscape plants and to pursue focused research and writing activities. Bob received the Award of Distinction in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Landscape Architecture in 1996 from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. To date, Bob has written and self-published three award winning reference books, including the 2010 release of Landscape Plants for California Gardens. This 650-page volume is the most comprehensive color illustrated planting reference available for professionals in California. Extensive information is provided on the water needs and in-depth descriptions of over 2,200 landscape plants.

Bob participated in the California Landscape Taskforce that introduced water budget-based guidelines in the State Model Water Efficiency Ordinance, as well as an original member of the WUCOLS team regarding estimated water use of landscape species. He was elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998 in recognition of his academic career and long-standing commitment to resource conservation and sustainable landscaping.