Learn all about best practices for soil management, from analysis to action!
Through a combination of lecture, hands-on activities, and teamwork, attendees will learn about soil texture, chemistry, and biology, and how to interpret soil test results. Speakers will introduce innovative applications to address soil problems, meet stormwater requirements, restore construction-impacted soils, and develop a soil management plan. And the day will end with a discussion of best practices to promote long-term soil health, and the science behind why mulch matters even more than you may know!
David McDonald, Resource Conservation Planner, Seattle Public Utilities
This program is designed to educate landscape professionals about the vulnerable nature of marine shorelines and provide guidance and instruction on how to better initiate, design, and implement successful landscape and restoration projects on upland buffers, shorelines, steep slopes, and beaches. Speakers will discuss critical area planning, mitigation projects, and focus on the importance of using native plants in shoreline landscape and restoration projects.
Expanding your skill set in this area will allow you to:
Meet the growing demand for this type of service
Implement successful projects, creating happy customers and positive word-of-mouth
Increase your company’s market share
Avoid regulatory problems, fines, and lawsuits
Improve public trust in the landscape industry to meet these environmental needs
The public is being educated about the need for better management of shorelines and steep slopes, resulting in rising public demand for professional services. This is an optimal time to train landscape professionals in the specifics of designing, planning, and installing projects on marine shorelines and other sensitive areas.
2014: Meeting the Challenge: Preventing, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants
September 16-17, 2014
University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA
Conference Mission Statement
Invasive plants are a significant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem function. New introductions continue to emerge through a variety of pathways and vectors, while existing invaders continue to persist and expand their range. Changes in climate, land use, and biotic interactions present new challenges in controlling the spread of these invaders. Land managers and scientists will hear the latest information on how to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to these persistent and emerging threats. Conference presentations, both invited and contributed, will stimulate dialogue, raise new questions and offer innovative solutions. Participants from throughout northwestern North America will contribute ideas and meet colleagues for collaboration.
2014: Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment
October 15th, 2014
University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture
Up by Roots is a one-day workshop on October 15 that highlights the principles of soil science and their use in facilitating the growth of healthy trees and developing water efficient landscapes. Healthy soils absorb and hold water and nutrients needed to grow long-lived trees. These same soils retain runoff and preserve water at the site, reducing the need for irrigation and limiting potential impacts on nearby water sources.
This is a hands-on workshop that includes lectures and field work intended to introduce the underlying scientific principles guiding tree biology and soil-water relations. It is only through a healthy respect of these guiding principles, that one can effectively design, install, and manage soils and trees in the urban landscape.
James Urban, FASLA, ISA is a landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in the field of urban development. This workshop combines Jim Urban’s extensive experience with contributions from local experts to address regulations and conditions specific to our area.
Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, consulting arborists, tree care professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, sustainability professionals, landscape architects, municipal managers, land managers, and planners.
New MS Word Specifications and dwg Details for: Planting, Soil, Irrigation, Tree preservation: www.urbantree.org
Grow Smart, Grow Safe: A consumer guide to lawn and garden productsThe Grow Smart, Grow Safe® project is managed by Metro, the elected regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, WA and Thurston County Environmental Health, in Olympia, WA. http://www.growsmartgrowsafe.org/SoilAmend.aspx#Testing
Since 2006, University of Washington Botanic Gardens has partnered with local organizations and agencies to deliver quality instruction in the field of rain garden and stormwater design. See below for information on current and past workshops.
2013 Rain Garden Training for Professionals
October 23-24, 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
Presented by: University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Washington State University Extension
2006-2011 Stormwater Design Seminars and Resources
Sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities and University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Below, you will find the presentations from seminars and workshops designed to help landscape architects, contractors, designers, builders, architects, planners, and engineers start using innovative “Low Impact Development” strategies for on-site stormwater management.
“Porous Pavements,” by Bruce K. Ferguson; Taylor & Francis Group, 2005.
“Pervious Concrete Pavement” by Paul Tennis, Michael Leming, and David Akers; Portland Cement Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
“Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership: Porous Concrete” By Robert Traver, Andrea Welker, Clay Emerson, Michael Kwiatkowski, Tyler Ladd, and Leo Kob, in Stormwater magazine July/August 2004
“Green Roofs: Ecological Design and Construction” by Earth Pledge; A Schiffer Design Book, 2005.
“Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls” by Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury, Timber Press
“Guidelines for the Planning, Execution and Upkeep of Green-Roof Sites” by FLL, 1995 edition
“Roof Gardens: History, Design and Construction” by Theodore Osmundson, Norton Press
Search the Internet under “green roofs” and “eco roofs” for current information.
Cisterns for Stormwater Management and Rainwater Harvesting
We face an uncertain future – economically, politically, and climatically. Those concerned with managing, researching or protecting native plant communities, rare plants and their habitats need to be aware of these changes and have the necessary tools to effectively address them. We will have papers, both invited and contributed, that will engage all in a dialogue intended to raise questions and find solutions. Participants from throughout northwestern North America will contribute ideas and meet colleagues for future collaboration.
Thank you to all of the contributors, volunteers, artists and attendees who helped make the 2012 Plant Biodiversity Conference a success! We hope that the working groups formed at the end of the conference will take the next steps and take action to advance our mission of managing, researching and protectingnative plant communities, rareplants and their habitats through policy, research and education.
The winners of the botanical art exhibit held in conjunction with the conference were announced Wednesday afternoon at the close of the conference. Conference attendees were asked to vote for their favorite illustration and photograph. The winners are:
Paintbrush and Sedge by Louise Smith
Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum by Daniel Mosquin
1st Place: Louise Smith for Paintbrush and Sedge
2nd Place: Daphne Morris for Carexmacrocephala 3rd Place: Jan Hurd for Rosa nutkana
Photograph: 1st place: Daniel Mosquin for Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum
2nd Place: Michael Hannam for Veratrum viride
3rd Place: Morgan Turner for Blechnum spicant
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2011: The Science, Services and Performance of Sustainable Sites
Offered by: University of Washington Botanic Gardens American Society of Landscape Architects – Washington Chapter Seattle Public Utilities
The May 18, 2011 workshop explored the science behind and intent of the Sustainable Sites Initiative with a focus on how the SITES guidelines can transform our urban ecosystems, horticulture industry, and design and construction practices. Educational sessions and small group dialogue identified current obstacles and brainstormed ways to hurdle them. The day built cross-disciplinary relationships, with focused discussion among a diverse professional community.