This presentation will address the many uses of palms in the urban landscape. It will address the unique ways palms can be used in the urban landscape and show that many palms are drought tolerant, helping save water during challenging times. It will also touch on how we can learn as we drive through communities which palms might be best for various landscapes and which are drought tolerant.
1. Understanding and using correct cultural practices for healthy palms
2. Recognizing the importance of correct irrigating and mulching
3. Using correct diagnoses to improve integrated pest management programs for palms in the landscape
M. L. Robinson
Expertise: M. L. Robinson has had a 30+ year career in Environmental Horticulture and related fields as an Associate Professor/ Specialist for the University of Nevada and the University of Florida. Areas of expertise include water conservation, natural resources, palms, desert plants (cactus, succulents) and Mojave natives), herpetology, hemp, arboriculture, and integrated pest management. He has worked in grant procurement and applied research. He has extensive experience developing educational programs for the community and horticultural industry, including seminars, cable television, video, educational publications, journal articles, posters, national and international presentations, and promotional brochures. He has served on the board of directors of many national committees and has been part of the formation and development of several reginal and national professional organizations.
Programs: Research in areas of hemp, wine grapes and hops. Desert Bio-scape (sustainable horticulture), Desert Green (a two-day annual conference and mini trade show), Environmentally Friendly Pest Control, Integrated Pest Management and Training, Correctional Horticultural Training, Palms and Cacti, The Nevada Naturalist Program and Basic Skills for Commercial Horticulture Maintenance.