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April Designated as Landscape Architecture Month in San Diego

Mayor Jerry Sanders and the American Society of Landscape Architects’ San Diego chapter have recognized April 2007 as Landscape Architecture Month in San Diego.

Representatives of the local ASLA chapter received an official award proclamation from the mayor in his office on April 12.

Accepting the award were Chris Gustard, current San Diego chapter president; Glen Schmidt, San Diego chapter trustee, and Pat Caughey, the organizatinon’s national president.

At the award presentation, representatives discussed issues surrounding the landscape architect industry, such as environmental policies, new storm water regulations, the importance of parks and recreation and park maintenance in the city, as reported by the ASLA of San Diego, said Gustard.

The chapter received an additional proclamation from the San Diego City Council on April 24 in the council chambers. City Councilman Kevin Faulconer presented the award.

“National Landscape Architecture Month provides a great opportunity for ASLA members to introduce landscape architecture to students in their communities,” said Caughey.

Caughey said there are many opportunities for young people to enter the profession, as there are only 30,000 landscape architects in the country, and the demand for landscape architecture services has experienced steady growth.

“The chapter used the month of April as a platform driven towards letting kids know what we do in the industry, kind of a career outreach,” said Gustard.


Learning About Landscaping

One such activity on April 21 teamed the local ASLA chapter with Boy Scouts of America troops in the 97th Annual Boy Scouts Merit Badge Fair at Qualcomm Stadium. In exchange for merit badges, the scouts learned about the different professions within the landscape architecture field.

Roughly 75 Boy Scouts attended the event where Pardee Tree Nursery donated trees and shrubbery for the scouts to learn about and identify by name.

Water conservation was also discussed with Mayor Sanders, as well as proposed water regulations by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The water district has reached capacity has reached its goals for its water conservation efforts directed to residential customers, and is now looking into sustainable options for outdoor water use.

According to Schmidt, conserving water while maintaining local landscapes and encouraging efforts to better support a sustainable environment to live in will require a paradigm shift.

Significant dates celebrated during April that reflect the ASLA’s local efforts are Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, who on April 26, 1899, founded the American landscape architecture profession.

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