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The 2014 Drought and Your Client's Landscape
...message from the Chapter President

What lies ahead for precipitation in California and the West is anyone’s guess, but be assured we are in a very good water available position in SoCal. Yes, I said we are in good shape when it comes to 2014 availability – but I said nothing about increased costs and political actions.... READ MORE

Discussions on Low Impact Development (LID) Bioswales and Bioretention Solutions

On March 14th, 2014, the ASLA San Diego Chapter Stewardship Committee invited design professionals, contractors, City/County agencies and students to participate in a discussion on proper design and maintenance of Bioretention Basins and Swales at the San Diego Mesa College Design Center. Speakers at this event included:

  • Jim Kuhlken - Rick Engineering
  • Garn Wallace - Wallace Labs
  • Craig Kolodge - Filtrexx
  • Mike Klaerick - Green Meadow Growers
  • Chris Cutler - Steven Smith Landscape, Inc.

The goal of the event was to create an open dialogue between multiple professions regarding the challenges we face in designing and maintaining bioretention basins and swales. During the event, there were a variety of topics discussed along with a question and answer period with many questions. The discussion showed that we need to have more events in the future to discuss these topics in greater detail.

The following PDF is an outline of each speaker's powerpoint presentation. We will be posting a video of the event in the next couple of weeks for your convenience. If you have questions about future events, please contact Tim Smith at Download PDF from event HERE (13.5 MB).

September 9: San Diego General Chapter Meeting

Coco’s, 16759 Bernardo Ctr. Dr., Rancho Bernardo. 8:45 a.m. breakfast/networking, 9:15 a.m. meeting. All welcome.

September 9: ASLA Fall Lecture - Mario Schjetnan, FASLA

Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Room 104 (near Junior Ballet). 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture. Register online HERE.

Join ASLA members for an informative lecture with Mario Schjetnan, CEO of Grupo de Diseno Urbano (GDU) located in Mexico City. For 37 years, the firm has executed a wide range of projects, including diverse typologies and scales in Architecture, Urban design, and Landscape Architecture, and have been distinguished with national and international awards in all.

Mario’s best and more recognized work has been in projects in the public realm, in particular the design of large urban parks like Parque Tezozomoc in Mexico City, El Cedazo Park in Aguascalientes, both with President's Awards of Excellence from ASLA, and Parque Ecológico Xochimilco, which was distinguished with Harvard's Green Prize in Urban Design. MORE

September 18: Game of Stone Event at RCP Block and Brick, Encinitas

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Traverse the Kingdom of RCP with ASLA members on a Scavenger Hunt for the Stones of the Realm followed by a presentation on Hardscape Solutions for Storm Water Management. Guest speakers include David Kahler, County of San Diego Landscape Architect, and Jeremy Fantaroni, Department of Public Works. RSVP to Gina Adams (619) 247-6594 or


October 23: Rocktoberfest

Rocktoberfest returns to KRC Rock on October 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Join the CLCA San Diego Chapter at KRC Rock, 700 North Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos for our annual fall get together. Come unwind with fellow CLCA members around KRC Rock’s pizza oven. Share a couple of cold beers, pizza, and conversation.

Members come out of the woodwork for this one! Anyone who has attended this event in the past will tell you it is a great chance to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones.

Landscape Industry Certified Testing at Cuyamaca College

The CLCA will be holding the 2014 Landscape Certified Technician Test in San Diego at Cuyamaca College on April 4 (written test) and April 5 (field test). The deadline for applicants is February 28, 2014. For more information or to download the study guide, click HERE .

If you are interested in donating your time or supplies, contact Allison Weiner at 916.830.2780 or .

Click on the photo to view a
slideshow from the 2013 event.
Photos courtesy of Chris Roesink.

Rocktoberfest Rocks at KRC

There's nothing like a piping hot pizza fresh out of KRC's outdoor brick oven to compliment an ice cold beer shared with friends and colleagues. Over 80 CLCA San Diego members and their guests put this to the test on Thursday, October 27, during the chapter's annual Oktoberfest get together. With no agenda beyond socializing with other industry professionals, this get together is always well attended with members old and new appearing "out of the woodwork." This year's event was held at KRC Rock's demonstration yard, complete with a new outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. Thank you KRC Rock for hosting the event and for the great pizza, and thank you to all who came out to enjoy it!

Why Hire a Landscape Industry Certified Technician?

Hiring a landscape contractor for your property is not an easy job. An estimate alone doesn’t gauge the quality and professionalism the company can offer your community, but when a contractor is certified in the landscape industry, this speaks volumes. When looking for the best landscape contractor to do the job, consider those with “Landscape Industry Certified Technician” or the initials “CLT” on their business card... MORE

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