PGMS just returned from a dynamic, education filled summer conference hosted at the University of California, Davis, a 4-Star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation (LMOA) campus (For more information on LMOA click here). Attendees partook in exclusive tours of the UC Davis campus, arboretum and sports fields, Raley Field, home to the Sacramento River Cats, Maple Rock Garden and Farm and High Hand Nursery.
Day two began at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats, where Head Groundskeeper Chris Shastid provided an in depth look into his approach in maintaining the baseball field. Chris covered a variety of topics including the different preferences on aeration and the effects of wind damage and water reduction on his day-to-day operations. Chris also answered numerous questions regarding watering schedules, the technology utilized by the stadium, staff structure and daily operations.
Following the stadium tour attendees were treated to an exclusive visit to one of the best private gardens in Northern California, Maple Rock Garden and Farm. Only open four days a year to the public, PGMS Summer Conference attendees had the opportunity to take a private tour of the gardens. Participants were able to see how owner Scott Paris has significantly reduced his water consumption while keeping the 30 acre estate in pristine condition. For lunch PGMS went to High Hand Nursery, also owned by Scott, and had access to exclusive and rare selections of different plants. The Conference ended with a tour with of the UC Davis Nursery by Taylor Lewis who discussed the variety of drought tolerant plants.
To view the entire photo gallery from the Summer Conference click here. Photo credit: Stephanie Dodd.