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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).

July 17: Good Earth Plants Rooftop Garden Tour and Social Event

5:30 – 8:30 pm, 7924 Armour Street, SD 92111. Living Architecture presented by GreenScaped Buildings and Good Earth Plants. View six green roof systems, see over a dozen living wall systems and learn about maintenance, irrigation, and plant palettes. Food and beverages provided. Download flyer HERE. RSVP HERE .

August 1: San Diego Chapter Night at the Ballpark

Padre vs. Braves. Jack Daniel’s Deck. 7:10 p.m. game time. Come have a great time with members of the San Diego Chapter and other chapters around the state. We are talking about our CLCA San Diego Padre Night. This year it is scheduled for Friday, August 1, on the Jack Daniel’s Deck, a private box over the right field wall at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The Padres will be facing the Atlanta Braves with a 7:10 p.m. game time. Join us in the box and get the evening started as early as 6:00 p.m.

The $95 per person cost of admission includes all food and drink. Buy a 6-pack (or more) of tickets and reduce the price to $90 each. All 6 tickets must be purchased at the same time.
Please RSVP and send payment early, to allow time for ticket distribution. Make checks payable to CLCA San Diego Chapter and send to:
Imperial Sprinkler Supply Inc.
Attn: Harry Funk
630 Enterprise St.
Escondido, CA 92029
For more infomation, contact Harry Funk at (760) 738-8301.

August 8: San Diego Chapter Golf Tournament

Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Rd., Poway. 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. check-in, 11:30 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch provided by Jersey's Mikes prior to shotgun start. Dinner, awards and raffle following the game. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the event or sponsoring the event, contact Amy Conrad (619) 312-1516.

Online Registration and Sponsorhip

August 12: 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 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.

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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