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State Nursery Association Installs ‘87 Leadership

The 1987 Executive Officers of the Washington State Nurserymen are (left to right): President, George Gillett; First Vice President, Jack Snyder; Treasurer, Linda Malland; Second Vice President, Rick Wright; and Immediate Past President, Bob Schmitz.

A Federal Way retail nurseryman was installed as the 43rd president of the Washington State Nurserymen’s Association at the conclusion of the group’s recent annual meeting.

George Gillett, co-owner of L&R Landscape Materials & Nursery, became WSNA president January 10 in ceremonies at the Seattle Marriott, Sea-Tac. Gillett, a Washington Certified Nurseryman, was previously a president of the WSNA’s Seattle Chapter.

He was sworn in by Bob Schmitz, 1986 president of Wileywood Nursery, Bothell. As immediate-past president, Schmitz retains a seat on the Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Installed as first vice-president was Jack Snyder of Columbia & Okanogan Nursery, Wenatchee. Rick Wright, owner and operator of Sunbreak Nursery of Bellingham, became second vice-president. Linda Malland, manager of Griswold Nursery in Kirkland, began her second term as treasurer.

LAF Announces Scholarship Recipients

The following article is reprinted with permission from the LAF News Journal, Volume 7 Number 1.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation, established as an educational and research organization, is truly living up to its purpose. In 1986, thirteen individuals will receive financial prizes for their achievements and commitment to advancing the landscape discipline. We strongly urge all AGORA readers, especially students enrolled in landscape architectural programs, to note the availability of the following grants. We salute the winners of the 1986 LAF-administered awards, and wish them continued success in their studies and careers.

LAF Student Research Grants

Created to encourage student efforts in practical research which will benefit the profession and the general public. Each year, up to three $1,000 prizes are available and bestowed in the name of the LAF. The 1986 recipients are:

Linda Langer, MLA student at the University of Guelph, for her proposal, “Therapeutic Landscapes: Perceptions by Psychiatric Patients of Landscapes with Therapeutic Value.”

Charles W. Ware, MLS student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, for his proposal, “Assessing Post Occupancy Evaluation Methods with an Urban Plaza Test Case.”

Steven Weller, MLA student at Kansas State University, for his proposal, “Rehabilitation of Riparian Habitats for the Benefit of Wildlife on Surface Coal Mined Lands.”

Harriett Barnhart Wimmer Scholarship

Established by the firm of Wimmer, Yamada and Associates in memory of Harriett Barnhart Wimmer, a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture and founder of the above firm. The $500 scholarship is given to a woman in her fourth year of studies who has demonstrated excellence in design ability and sensitivity to the environment and quality of life. The 1986 Harriett Barnhart Wimmer Scholarship awardee is:

Dorothy R. Carter, a senior in the bachelor’s program at Cornell University.

Lester Walls III Memorial Scholarship

Started as a tribute to a former graduate of Cal Poly Pomona’s landscape architecture program and a former employee of the Peridian Group in Irvine, CA. The $500 prize is bestowed to an individual pursuing research in barrier-free design, or to a handicapped landscape student. The co-recipients of the 1986 Walls Scholarship are:

Casey Davidson, pursuing his bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University; and John A. Paglialunga, enrolled in the bachelor’s program at Ohio State University.

Raymond E. Page Scholarship

Instituted in recognition of Raymond E. Page, a landscape architect committed to well-designed parks and other public facilities. The cash prize was increased from one $750 award in 1985 to two $700 awards in 1986, and is given to those students in need of financial assistance who follow Mr. Page’s example of supporting the profession to answer the challenges of tomorrow. The co-recipients of the Raymond E. Page Scholarship this year are:

Kathryn K. Cerra, a student in the UCLA extension certificate program in landscape architecture; and

Michael W. Shippey, a MLA candidate at the University of Oregon.

Jan Bochnica Memorial Award

Created in memory of its namesake, a landscape architecture student at Purdue University, who was killed enroute to the 1978 LABASH Conference. The purpose of the award is to recognize scholastic achievements and accomplishments by students in the field of landscape architecture. The award is juried at the LABASH conference, and the financial prize varies from year to year with contributions coming from the conference registrants. The 1986 Jan Bochnica Memorial Award co-winners are:

Lori Newman Lazarine of Texas A&M University;

Donald Obemolte, a student at the University of Minnesota; and

Robert Soret of the University of Georgia.

The CLASS (Fund) of ‘87

The CLASS Fund has installed its 1987 officers and committee members. The ceremony was held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California.

The CLASS Fund is a group of highly motivated landscape architects and contractors, as well as suppliers, who joined together to raise funds in support of the university system. In their short existence they have already raised over $150,000.00 which is an endowment fund. The interest from the deposited money is given to deserving students of landscape architecture.

The 1987 Business Committee officers are Francis Sullivan (Sullivan Concrete Textures), Chairman; Bill Cathcart (Cathcard/Begin Associates), Chairman-Elect; Rick Davis (RainBird), Treasurer; John Hourian (Closson & Closson), Rob Sawyer (Land Concern), LAF Coordinators; and Bob Cardoza (Cardoza DiLallo Harrington), Past Chairman. Good luck, gentlemen!

The L.A.T.E. Show

In response to the demands of both the suppliers and the members of the landscape architectural profession to have a professional meeting held in the same place every year while providing beneficial seminars and product information, as well as providing a warm and exciting atmosphere, S&F Communications, Inc. has announced The First Annual Landscape Architectural Trade Exhibition and Conference (L.A.T.E. Show 87) to be held November 22-24 at the Bally (MGM Grand) Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among the many events planned for the L.A.T.E. Show 87 are 18 seminars, open workshops, over $8,500.00 in prizes given away (1st Grand Prize is a week for two in Hawaii, 2nd Grand Prize is $1,, 20 hours of trade exhibition time, fabulous accommodations, parties, get-togethers, golf, tennis and, of course, the excitement of Las Vegas!

The seminar package will focus on the business of being in business as a Landscape Architect. From private to public works. CADD, irrigation, masonry, erosion control, business practices, liability, xeriscape and site planning are just a few of the seminars scheduled.

According to a spokesman for S&F Communications, Inc., “the landscape architectural profession has grown to the point where it can support two major trade shows a year. Las Vegas was chosen to host the L.A.T.E. Show '87 due to its central location in the western states along with the inexpensive air fares and hotel accommodations. We’re holding the convention in the new Tracy Tower at the Bally (MGM Grand). The double occupancy room rates at that fantastic hotel are only $55.00 a night. Couple all the above with round trip air fare as low as $58.00 and the low entrance cost allowing unlimited access to all seminars, workshops, and regularly scheduled events, and you have a real learning experience and industry gathering all wrapped up in an inexpensive getaway.”

For more information write to: The L.A.T.E. Show 87, P.O. Box 1654, Costa Mesa, CA 92628 or call 714953-6763.

Xeriscape '87

This year’s Xeriscape ‘87 conference will be held March 25-26 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. The theme of the conference is Conserving Water.

Workshop sessions for day one include presentations about landscape design, maintenance, irrigation, and plant materials at both the introductory and advanced levels.

Day two workshop sessions will provide xeriscape information specific to coastal/foothill regions and desert/inland valley regions.

An added bonus this year will be the “Orientation to Landscape Water Audits” sessions. These sessions will actually take you “out in the field” to conduct a mini-audit of a nearby lawn. Then it’s back to the classroom to produce an irrigation schedule using a new lap-top computer developed just for this purpose.

Workshops will be limited to 40 people per session. In addition, the California Association of Nurserymen is sponsoring a bus tour, Thursday afternoon, scheduled to visit local wholesale nurseries. The tour will focus on low-water use plants for xeriscape. Be sure to register early and indicate on your registration form which one of the workshops you would like to attend or if you plan to participate in the bus tour.

Xeriscape ‘87 is cosponsored by the Municipal Water District of Orange County, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and the California Department of Water Resources.

Registration is $75 for both days and $50 for one day. A special student registration fee has been established at $60 for both days and $40 for one day. A full-time student identification card is required. All fees include registration, proceedings, and lunches.

For additional information write or call Xeriscape ‘87, P.O. Box 15229, Santa Ana, CA 92705, phone (714) 973-1023.

International Design Tour

An Introduction to Landscape Design is a 35-day journey into the niches and riches of European gardens, urban plazas, and open space systems of five European countries. Departing July 2nd the tour will explore and compare the architecture and landscape elements in and around the following cities: London, Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, Sienna and Rome. This is an excellent opportunity for students, design professionals, and the general public concerned with a better built and natural environment to experience firsthand the living human scale laboratory that is Europe.

Professor Chet Volski, registered Landscape Architect and senior faculty member in the School of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic Univ. – Pomona will lecture along the tour itinerary. He has lived and worked professionally in Europe for many years and has traveled extensively around the world comparing cultures and environments.

The price of $2696 includes round trip air fare, lodging in private homes, and tourist class hotels, most meals, sightseeing in major cities, deluxe air conditioned motor coaches and all entrance fees. A multilingual tour guide will also accompany the group. Shorter stays are possible.

For further details please contact Prof. Chet Volski at (714) 869-2718 or (714) 985-7474. Course credit is available.

Richdel Irritrol Now GardenAmerica

GardenAmerica Corporation, a leading manufacturer of components for residential and commercial landscape watering systems, has changed the name of its Richdel Turf Products Division to GardenAmerica to better identify the company’s direction for future growth.

The name change, according to James S. Fetherston, chairman and chief executive officer, “signifies our company’s commitment to provide produces that solve professional contractor and architects’ landscape problems.”

While the Richdel corporate name will be replaced by GardenAmerica, it will be used as a brand name for the rapidly expanding Richdel Professional Series of turf irrigation products. In December 1986 GardenAmerica strengthened its commitment to the turf irrigation market with the acquisition of Irri-Trol(R), a leading manufacturer of solid state controllers for professional landscape architects and installers. Both the Richdel and Irri-Trol brands will be marketed through the newly named GardenAmerica Turf Products Division.

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