What We Do

Seminars & Events

 

  • The Art of Landscape Lighting
     March 7, 2017
     MGIA Annual Trade Show and Convention
     Novi, Michigan
 
  • This is a Holdup: Builing Retaining Walls to Last
     March 8, 2017
     MGIA Annual Trade Show and Convention
     Novi, Michigan

 

 

  • How Green Are You? Sustainability in the “Green” Industry
    Iowa State University – Short Course
    Feb 26, 2015
  • Doctor’s Orders: Take a Walk (in the Garden!)
    Iowa State University – Short Course
    Feb 26, 2015
  • The Lawn-free Landscape
    Skaneateles Garden Club
    March 2014
    https://www.facebook.com/SkaneatelesGardenClub
  • This is a Holdup: Building Retaining Walls to Last
    Iowa State University Short Course
    Feb 27, 2013
    For more info: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/shadetree/home.html
  • The Lawn-free Landscape
    Iowa State University Short Course
    Feb 27, 2013
    For more info: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/shadetree/home.html
  • Healing Gardens
    GardenScape 2012: Rochester Flower and Garden Show
    The Dome Center, Henrietta
    Sunday March 18th at noon
    For more info: www.rochesterflowershow.com
  • Water we doing? Gardening and our most precious resource. Greentopia Festival
    High Falls District, Rochester, NY
    Sept. 2011
    For more info: www.greentopiafest.com
  • Gardens for the 21st Century
    Syracuse Men’s Garden Club
    April 2011
  • Gardens for Healing
    Ithaca Garden Club
    March 2011
  • Gardens for Healing: A Designer’s Journey
    Ohio State University: CENTS Conference
    January 2011
  • Gardens for the 21st Century: Green Roofs, Rain Gardens & Water Conservation
    Ohio State University: CENTS Conference
    January 2011
  • Doctor’s Orders: Take a Walk (in the Garden)
    Rochester Civic Garden Center Spring Symposium
    March, 2010
  • The Lawn Goodbye: The Lawn-free Landscape
    GardenScape 2010
    March, 2010
  • Gardens for the 21st Century: Green Roofs, Rain Gardens and Water Conservation
    GardenScape 2010
    March, 2010
  • The Woodward Therapeutic Garden at RGH
    Rochester General Hospital – Earth Day Program
    April, 2009
  • The Lawn Goodbye: Saying Farewell to a High Maintenance Relationship
    Penfield Community Center
    April, 2009
    www.penfieldlibrary.org
  • Rain Gardens
    American Public Works Association Conference
    Inn on the Lake – Canandaigua, NY
    March, 2009
  • Rochester Civic Garden Center Spring Symposium
    Eisenhart Auditorium – Rochester, New York
    March, 2009
    www.rcgc.org
  • The Lawn-free Landscape
    Ohio State University Short Course – CENTS Conference
    Columbus Convention Center, Ohio
    January, 2009
    www.onla.org
  • How Green are You? Sustainability in the “Green” Industry
    Ohio State University Short Course – CENTS Conference
    Columbus Convention Center, Ohio
    January, 2009
    www.onla.org
  • A New Stone Age: The Use of Rock in the Garden
    GardenScape: The Rochester Flower and Garden Show
    March, 2008
  • Inspire Me: Ideas and Inspirations for Your Garden
    GardenScape: The Rochester Flower and Garden Show
    March, 2008
  • Landscape Lighting – Two Part Series: Technical & Inspirational
    Ohio State University Short Course/CENTS Conference
    January, 2008
  • The Art of Landscape Lighting
    Aqua Show, Las Vegas, NV
    November, 2007
  • A New Stone Age: Rock and Stone in the Landscape
    International Pool and Spa Expo, Orlando, FL
    November, 2007
  • Thinking Outside the Shell: Landscape Design Around Pools and Ponds
    International Pool and Spa Expo, Orlando, FL
    November, 2007
  • The Art of Landscape Lighting
    New England Grows, Boston, MA
    February, 2007
  • Inspire Me: Ideas & Inspirations for Your Garden
    Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
    April, 2006
  • Landscape Lighting – Professionals Workshop
    Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
    April, 2006
  • Extraordinary Gardens for Ordinary People
    Rochester Flower & Garden Show, Rochester, NY
    March, 2006
  • Extraordinary Gardens for Ordinary People
    RCGC Spring Symposium, Rochester, NY
    March, 2006
  • The Art of Landscape Lighting
  • ANLA Conference, Louisville, KY
    February, 2003

The Lawn Goodbye:The Lawn-free Landscape
Lawns suck. Water, lots of water. And fertilizers. And chemicals. And let’s not forget all that mowing. Let’sstop the madness. Come explore alternatives to these enormous wastes of resources and energy. Just imagine: meadows filled with flowers. And butterflies. And birds. Without fertilizers. And chemicals. And even water!

How Green Are You? Sustainability in the “Green” Industry
The landscape industry is the real “green industry”. Oh, really? As landscape designers, we should have green flowing though our veins. But in the name of landscape design and installation,are we doing more harm than good?This talk will explore where we excel, where we fail and where we can be better: from proper plant choices to sourcing materials to water conservation and more. Let’s be better for our clients, for our companies and for the planet.

Doctor’s Orders: Take a Walk (in the Garden!)
It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. Well, they’re wrong: it’s gardens! Why? Well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Gardens are beautiful. They are pleasant to look at and be in. They make us feel better. But did you know that they can actually help us to physically heal faster, too? Find out why. Come with Dr. Bruce on an exploration ofgardens as healing devices, and find out why your love of the garden will keep you healthy in body as well as mind. We’ll explore numerous gardens and see why they are truly the best medicine.

Gardens for the 21st Century: Green Roofs, Rain Gardens and Water Conservation
Like it or not, we’ve entered a new era in garden design. The best designs for the 21st century will not only be beautiful, but they’ll also be practical. They’ll clean our water. Feed our populations. Insulate our buildings. And did we say they’ll also be beautiful? Let’s take a tour of 21st century garden design, incorporating rooftop gardens, green walls and rain gardens, and see what the future holds!

Green Roofs
Welcome back to the future! From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Scandinavia to Germany to the United States, green roofs have played an important role in protecting homes and buildings. Now, for many more reasons, including water capture and reduction of heat in urban areas, green roofs are an integral part of garden and building design. Let’s explore the reasons why, and tour some wonderful examples from the past as they inspire the future.

A New Stone Age: Rock and Stone in the Landscape
I admit it:I’m a rockhead!And after this seminar, you will be one, too. We’ll explore the history of stone work, how to use stone in landscape design, and how to specify, acquire and build with it. And, of course, we’ll look at dozens of projects large and small that will show how wonderful a properly designed and installed stone project can be.

Inspire Me! Ideas and Inspirations in Garden Design
Don’t take landscape design too seriously! Have fun! Relax! And while you’re at it,create inspiring and fun gardens. This presentation is simply a show and tell: we’ll look at various projects and discuss the inspiration for them, as well as coming up with new ideas in garden design. We’ll include numerous ways to get inspired, from other designers, publications, nature and even your own brain! A fun talk that focuses on the fun that is landscape design.

Rain Gardens
Did you know that the removal of wetlands around New Orleans contributed to Katrina’s devastation?Wetlands clean our waterand protect us from flooding. Learn how you can build your own personal wetlands, also know as rain gardens, and actually create less work for yourself in the process! We’ll review the installation of a large rain garden in the Town of Penfield, New York, and discuss ways to build your own.

Light Up Your Life: How to Create a Magical Nighttime Landscape.
Nightlighting is one of the fastest growing segments of the landscape industry. So what? More importantly, nightlighting extends the use of gardens for our clients. And it’sdramatic beyond words, especially when we use it to completely change the garden after dark. This presentation will focus on how to practically and creatively design and install lighting to complement your garden designs. A Part Two of this talk explains in detail the proper design and installation of landscape lighting.