October 10th & 11th - Long Beach Convention Center

Design Area and Seminars

This year we are also focusing on Design. There will be over ten seminars exploring design concepts and interests, along with a specialized design area in Hall C. Come and explore the abundance of ideas!

Wednesday, October 10th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Outdoor Infrared Heating Choices
by David Arnold
CEUs: APLD

You are creating beautiful outdoor entertaining spaces and with infrared heating you can enjoy them another 100 nights a year. We will discuss the choices you have, comparing gas, propane and electric heating systems. An objective look at initial cost, operating expenses and coverage area.

"The seminars were all great. Presentations ranged from highly professional to accessible for those who want to gain general knowledge."

Wednesday, October 10th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

The Best New Plants and Recent Introductions for Southern California
by Nicholas Staddon
CEUs: APLD, PGMS

Join Nicholas Staddon of Village Nurseries on a plant extravaganza. Working in the southwestern region for many years, Nicholas has developed an eye for the plants that will thrive in our landscapes. "We are still in the middle of a water crises" he says."However the goal is to create landscapes that are sustainable with limited water on hand. And they still have to look good and appeal to the eye." As well as seeing the plants, you will learn how to use them in the landscape and containers. A new plant presentation is not complete without a mention of some of the new fruits in the marketplace. The popularity of edibles has moved from a trend to a cultural shift in the last few years and here is your chance to get up to speed on a number of new developments in that field. Nicholas still travels a lot, so I have no doubt we will see trends that are taking place overseas and in the United States. Without doubt there will be a wealth of take home value and ideas from this chatty Brit.

Wednesday, October 10th: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

California Native Plants for the Near Future: Water Use Reduction and Ecological Benefits to Your Business
by Susan Krzywicki
CEUs: APLD, PGMS

Reducing landscape irrigation needs, minimizing chemical use, and gardening for sustainability (building habitat and reducing green waste) are all important trends that benefit from the use of California native plants. This session will explore some of the myths of native plants; show beautiful, low maintenance examples of native plant gardens in managed landscapes as well as individual residences; and explain the benefits of native plants over the broader and less effective Mediterranean or “drought-tolerant” plant selection categories.

Wednesday, October 10th: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Upscaling the Palette - Maximize Your Designs by Using Under-Appreciated Plants
by Delmar McComb
CEUs: APLD

Selecting plants that have multiple purposes are particularly important for the modern landscape. In addition to plants that are beautiful and durable, other considerations can be included to create a multi-dimensional design that will inspire and delight for years to come.
In this presentation, discover exciting dimensions which are often overlooked, and can be included in your design projects to increase interest and satisfaction on a multitude of levels.

Wednesday, October 10th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Telling Your Brand's Revealing the LivingScape: Embellishing and Demystifying the Nighttime Environment
by Kimberly and Paul Mercier
CEUs: APLD

Our expectations of the outdoor environments we enjoy have grown to a nearly unattainable level. Our landscapes and yards provide much needed respite from the buildings that we occupy most hours of the day. The list of our expectations is not short – our landscapes must enable us to: rest, play, garden, harvest, socialize, meditate, remember, and learn.
This presentation will discuss lighting for the outdoor environment from the perspective of modern needs and concerns. We will provide an overview of the lighting community’s current understanding of health, safety, and welfare for plants, animals, insects, and humans. And for the creative designer and implementation specialist among us – the speakers will discuss their process for creating a hierarchy within the scene and will share installation progress photos and suggestions.

Wednesday, October 10th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Edible Landscapes
by Jacqueline A. Soule
CEUs: APLD

Edible Landscapes - home landscapes that include fruiting trees and shrubs - is one of the latest trends according to Green Profit Magazine, especially with younger homeowners. At the same time, rising concern over drought and a desire for low-water landscapes are a part of consumer consciousness.

Wednesday, October 10th: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Bidding & Project Design
by Steve Allen
CEUs: APLD

From understanding the very basic fundamentals of bidding a small landscape lighting project to taking on multiple transformer, large scale homes or HOA projects, learn to set your company apart from your competition with superior designs and service.

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Going Native: Landscaping Sustainably with Native Plants for Birds and Butterflies
by Reginald Durant
CEUs: APLD, PGMS

Join us for a timely workshop focusing on our favorite plants to use to save the maximum amount of water while providing the maximum amount of habitat for birds and butterflies, and a beautiful, low maintenance landscape. Reginald designed and installed the landscape design for the first Platinum LEED home in Orange County, as well as for the first home in OC to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation, and many other beautiful, locally native gardens since. Working with Lori Whalen, our volunteer Designer, Reginald has installed numerous landscapes featured in several local native plant tours and home and garden tours in select areas of Southern California.

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Mastering the Art of 12v Landscape Lighting
by Bruce Dennis
CEUs: APLD

This course will be a landscape lighting refresher that covers LED lighting fundamentals, lighting design, installation, trouble shooting, important tips and guidelines, maintenance, updated codes, sales and marketing techniques.

Thursday, October 11th: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Interdisciplinary Approach to Native Landscape Design & Installation
by Ann Sever & Katie Brown
CEUs: APLD, ISA

Get insights on what it takes to design & install successful native landscapes from ornamental residential plans to wild-land habitat restoration. Learn proven methods in choosing site locations, native plant selection and performance, irrigation design, and installation considerations in response to project constraints and opportunities. Hear stories of successful projects and how collaboration with owners, designers, biologists and contractors generate solutions to overcome challenges in creative ways.

Thursday, October 11th: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Horticultural Therapy ... Once a Trend, Now a Cultural Shift
by Nicholas Staddon
CEUs: APLD, PGMS

Horticultural Therapy is firmly embedded on the east coast and mid western regions of the United States. At last, this unique form of healing is making an impact in the 14 western states. Join Nicholas Staddon as he shares a passion focused on the wellness landscape. City, town planners, developers and home owners are now getting involved in this new and necessary form of landscaping. Documented evidence shows that healing times can be reduced by as much as 50% when patients come into contact with plants" states Nicholas. Plant therapy is well used in senior centers, wellness facilities, care units and many other places where healing takes place, or people just need to escape the day to day rigors of a stressful lifestyle, a city park, or your own back garden as an example. Anyone with a passion for plants and of course edibles, which have become a foundation plant of many therapy gardens. We know the thrill and satisfaction of harvesting fruit and vegetables is tremendous, regardless of your age. So, if you are designing, developing or maintaining commercial or individual gardens you need to be part of this important conversation.

Thursday, October 11th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

UX (User Experience) in Landscape Design
by Michael Bernier
CEUs: APLD

Why GOOD Design Matters! We all know about the important major elements of landscape design: Hardscape, Plant Materials, Structures, Lighting, proper irrigation, etc. But are you exploring every aspect of the end users full experience of the landscape beyond basic functions and aesthetics? Are you examining how they intend to use their new outdoor living space? Do they entertain frequently? Do they intend to cook? Do they have children? Is low maintenance a priority? How will the space feel? Are you taking into account how people will move through the space? What does the environment FEEL like? How are you heightening the overall experience of the garden? Emphasizing the relaxation factor? Is it cozy? Warm? Inviting? We will look at all aspects of how an outdoor living space can be utilized for maximum optimization, and ultimately up-selling the scope of each project, and increase your bottom line.