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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects, according to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Toro Company is adding five new ¾-inch rotor models to its best-selling T5 RapidSet Series rotor product line. This includes the Shrub, Shrub Effluent, 12-inch High Pop, 12-inch High Pop Effluent and Lawn Effluent models.
HERNDON, Va. – The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) recently announced the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award – Greg Davis, head of academic advising in the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources department of Kansas State University. The award was presented March 15, at PLANET’s Student Career Days event, hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications, and doctorate degree in ornamental horticulture from Kansas State University. He now teaches six different courses throughout the year at Kansas State, mostly in horticultural design.
Davis’s interest in horticulture and landscaping stem from an ongoing love of the outdoors and a small lawn care business he had in high school, making the decision to explore horticulture in his undergraduate work evident. His hands-on approach to teaching is credited for preparing students to take on careers in the industry.
In each landscape design class he leads, Davis schedules designs for real clients in real locations, allowing his students the opportunity to meet with clients, take site measurements of their home or business, create the design for the area, and present that design to the client. He sees the value in providing students with real-world challenges and opportunities, and encourages students to seek internships in the industry.
“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award from AEF,” said Davis. “It means a lot to me professionally because it suggests validation for our program from this industry, whose leaders I respect greatly, for what we do day-to-day to prepare students for satisfying careers.”
The Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, developed by the PLANET AEF in cooperation with the PLANET Accreditation Committee, recognizes professors who have made significant contributions to landscape industry education. Educators nominated for this award have devoted time, energy, and enthusiasm to their programs and to the education of future leaders of the industry.
Fifty-three scholarships were also presented at a special reception, sponsored by STIHL Inc., which kicked off the event March 12. In 2015 alone, the PLANET AEF has given a total of $91,100 in awards and scholarships. A list of the recipients of the PLANET AEF scholarships and awards can be found on the PLANET AEF website.
“On behalf of the entire PLANET AEF Board of Directors, we congratulate the 2015 scholarship recipients,” said Tom Fochtman, Landscape Industry Certified, PLANET AEF president. “Because of the passion that lies within these students, our industry will be that much stronger with these future leaders.”
This year’s PLANET AEF President’s Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Matthew McKernan from Kansas State University. The President’s Scholarship is awarded by the PLANET AEF judging panel, which looks for a student who demonstrates all the criteria set forth by the PLANET AEF Board of Directors and who has high scholastic achievements, industry-related activities, and community service.
At the Closing Ceremonies held March 15, the Foundation also awarded the three, highest scoring competitors, referred to as the event’s Superstars, a total of $3,000:
1st Place – $1,500 Zach Van Dyke, Michigan State University
2nd Place –$1,000 Levi Johnson, Brigham Young University - Provo
3rd Place – $500 Matt Case, Alamance Community College
Sponsored by Kawasaki Engines, Lawn & Landscape put together a month’s worth of Smart Fuel tips, stories and research. Along with the stories in the magazine, where contractors share ideas on managing fuel costs, we will also sent out fuel-related information via social media. Just search #smartfuelmonth on Facebook and Twitter to receive tips on reducing fuel costs and to share your thoughts on the topic.
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- Problems at the pump - We surveyed more than 100 contractors to find out what challenges they were facing.
- Go the distance - Contractors use a number of strategies to manage fuel costs.
- Unforgiving prices - A strong emphasis on fuel-cost savings can spread and become a company-wide mindset.