Training and education opportunities for clients and landscape professionals

What Should We Plant in Our Landscape?

By |2019-10-23T08:54:09-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Plant Selection, Sustainable Landscape Management, Training and Education|

Wondering what plants to choose for your associations renovation? Register here for our seminar focusing on landscapes for HOA sites!

Topics include plant choices for specific areas, risk management in the landscape, landscape specifications and maintenance contracts, and a landscape walkthrough on site with Tiffany Faulstich of Botanicon and Brad Brown of Tree Life Consulting.

Fri. Nov. 15 11am-4pm at Stonecrest Village Recreation Center, 3110 W. Canyon Ave., San Diego CA 92123. See you there!

Landscape Seminar For Property Managers and HOA Board Members

By |2019-08-02T16:54:05-07:00August 2nd, 2019|Sustainable Landscape Management, Training and Education|

Pink flowering landscape shrub

Providing education regarding site landscaping and offering clients an opportunity to ask questions is very important to us. Botanicon is here to support you in managing one of the largest line items on a communities budget, the landscaped environment.

Our independent, third party landscape vendor management, horticultural consultation and quality assurance services benefit plants and people. We facilitate all aspects of site landscaping on behalf of our clients, and sharing knowledge helps us all do our jobs better.

In June, we hosted our 1st educational event HORT 101: Landscape Plants for Southern California Landscapes at the Water Conservation Garden. Attendees were led on a tour throughout the garden to view and discuss low maintenance, water conscious plants. They loved it and asked for more!

The tour was outstanding. Excellent information!

Great tour! I’d love to learn more about focused areas in the landscape – islands, slopes, entrances.

Knowledgeable speakers. How about more on best practices for HOA Boards and Landscapes?

Well, here you go! Our 2nd Landscape Seminar, HORT 102 is being held on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 11am-4pm. We will host property managers, HOA board and landscape committee members, developer and municipal land managers for an afternoon of education and opportunity. Location TBD, but somewhere in Central San Diego. So, save the date!

Topics? Attendees decide! What horticulture, landscape, tree or irrigation topics would benefit your community? Email or call us to be added to our interest list, and choose from some topics below or write in some of your own.

HORT 102 Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Which topics interest you?

  1. Plant Choices for Specific Areas
  2. Landscape Specifications-What’s in My Contract?
  3. Planning for the Future-Landscape Master Plan for Improvements
  4. Benefits of Urban Trees in a Community
  5. Increasing Site Sustainability
  6. Saving Water and Money Irrigating Landscapes
  7. Is that Turf Really Necessary, or Maintenance Intensive?
  8. Tree Succession and Replacement
  9. Ecosystem Buffers and Open Space Management
  10. Site Inventories – Measuring What You Manage
  11. Industry Standards of Care – Pruning and Planting
  12. Managing Risks in the Landscape
  13. Are We on the Same Page? Contractor Communication
  14. Importance of Mulch and Building Soil Health
Landscape Seminar October 4, 2019 for Property Managers, Board Members, Developer and Municipal Land Managers
Landscape seminar Topics: Attendees Choose!

Want to Learn More About Plants?

By |2019-07-02T18:57:51-07:00July 2nd, 2019|Plant Selection, Training and Education|

I’ll be teaching OH 170 Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs again Fall Semester at Cuyamaca College. Class starts August 21. We will be having some of our class meetings at Balboa Park, the best place in San Diego to learn about woody plants!

OH 170 Informational Flyer
Please email me with any questions. We hope to see you there!

5 Takeaways From Our Garden Tour

By |2019-07-02T18:29:40-07:00July 2nd, 2019|Planning, Plant Selection, Training and Education|

Botanicon leads tour of the Water Conservation Garden

A couple weeks ago Botanicon led a tour of the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon, CA. Our focus was educating HOA Board members and Property Managers on low maintenance, water wise plant choices for their communities. And who doesn’t like to get outside and look at beautiful plant specimens? Thank you to all who attended and sponsored our event.

  • Weeping bottlebrush
  • Protea flowers
  • Toyon
  • Mesquite tree
  • Pink melaleuca
  • Grevillea cultivars
  • Acacia 'Cousin Itt'

What is Wrong With My Plant?

By |2019-07-10T14:48:57-07:00June 8th, 2019|Plant Selection, Sustainable Landscape Management, Training and Education|

Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems

All landscapes have plant health issues which arise. A question I am often asked is what is going on and how do I fix it? Some landscape plant health concerns are easy to identify, an aphid infestation for example. Often times issues have more than one causal agent. Abiotic factors many times will lead to biotic issues. Right plant, right place is applicable here.

An abiotic factor is a causal agent which is non-living, such as watering, soil conditions, chemical use, aeration, mechanical damage, etc. Biotic causal agents are living organisms, such as whiteflies, oak root rot, bacterial leaf scorch.

In order to fix the plant problem, it is critical to have an accurate diagnosis. Just like a medical doctor would do during a patient visit, many questions need to be asked and answered for us to be confident about what is going on. Ineffective treatments arise from inaccurate diagnoses.

Because plants and trees can not tell us what is going on, like a medical patient would, we need to ask lots of questions and look for answers to determine a diagnosis. What are the symptoms? A symptom is the plants reaction to a causal agent – stunting, chlorosis, spots, tissue death. Are there signs? Signs are a physical presence of a pest – excrement, casings, mushrooms, frass.

Questions about the plants location, species susceptibility, care, environment, irrigation, planting methods, etc. need to be answered. We are investigators looking for clues to point us towards a diagnosis. Then a treatment plan can be formulated.

Using a systematic, methodical, question based approach is the only way to approach diagnosing landscape plant problems with confidence. Here is a slide show I presented at a recent seminar which outlines the process. Need a consultation and diagnosis? Just ask us!

IPM Training for Landscape Professionals

By |2019-05-14T18:19:42-07:00May 14th, 2019|Sustainable Landscape Management, Training and Education, Trees|

Daisy flowers under magnifying glass

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting the IPM Training for Landscape Professionals on May 23, 2019. Location is the
Scottish Rite Event Center 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Topics of interest for pest management in the landscape setting and CEU’s available. I’ll be speaking on the topic of Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems, and highlighting the steps and resources useful for an accurate diagnosis.

For information, agenda and registration visit their webpage at: