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North Coast Journal CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION January Educational Dinner Meeting Tuesday January 19, 2010 Rooster Run Golf Club – Petaluma 6:00 PM $30

April Philips – April Philips Design Works

SUSTAINABLE SITES INITIATIVE New Rating System April is the founder and National Chairperson of ASLA’s Sustainable Design and Development. Learn more about how these guidelines will apply to all developed landscapes, with particular focus on construction and maintenance

See RSVP flier inside for more information Website – www.clcanorthcoast.org 2008 North

Coast Chapter Calendar of Events

January 19th ……..Sustainable Sites Initiative - New Rating System – Rooster Run Board of Director’s Meetings- First Tuesday of the Month @ Petaluma Community Center

North Coast Chapter CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

JANUARY 2010


NORTH COAST CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman of the Board – Past President Brigid Flagerman Bertotti Landscaping (415) 897-4097 b.flagerman@verizon.net President Charlie Thompson Cagwin & Dorward (415) 892-7710 Charlie.Thompson@cagwin.com Secretary Ben Kopshever Sonoma Mountain Landscape (707) 538-8286 sonoma_mountain3@msn.com Treasurer Lisa Stratton Cagwin & Dorward (415) 892-7710 lisa.stratton@cagwin.com Web Guru Michael O’Connell O’Connell Landscape ocl@oclandscape.com

Associate Member Chair Russ Clarke Park Ave Turf (707) 217-9669 rmclarke07@yahoo.com Resource Chair Susie Dowd Markarian Susie Dowd Markarian Design bloomful@sbcglobal.net

CLT State Committee Liaison Dave Iribarne City of Petaluma (707) 778-4591 diribarne@ci.petaluma.ca.us Programs Co-Chairs Owen Mitchell Mitchell Landscapes (415) 717-6214 mitchland@att.net Tyler Doherty Cal West Rentals (707) 763-5665 tyler@calwestrentals.com Legislative Chair Chris Zaim Akita Landscape (707) 486-2548 akita@aceweb.com Education Co-Chairs Jason North Wheeler Zamaroni jnorth@wzsupply.com

Will Jenkel Lampson Tractor wjenkel@lampsontractor.com

Membership Co-Chairs Kevin Kohl Ewing Irrigation kkohl@ewing1.com

Salvador Ledezma Jr. Gardenworks, Inc slj@gardenworks-inc.com

Chapter General Board Members Luis Lua Integrated Design Studio lelua99@yahoo.com Steve Hewett Gardens & Gables skyggen@comcast.net

CLCA 2009 State Officers PRESIDENT Heath Bedal JPH Group LLC Phone: (916) 457-5925 heath@jphonline.com

PRESIDENT-ELECT William Schnetz, CLP Schnetz Landscape, Inc Phone: (760) 591-3453 bill@schnetzlandscape.com

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Peter Dufau, CLT Dufau Landscape Inc. Phone: (805) 985-2421 dufauland@aol.com

SECRETARY/TREASURER Eric Watanabe Majestic Pools & Landscape Phone: (818) 831-1390 ewooc@aol.com DIRECTOR OF CHAPTER SERVICES Andrew Simpson Quillen Enterprises (916) 721-1635 quillent@aol.com

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sharon McGuire Phone: (800) 448-2522, ext. 13 FAX: (916) 446-7692 sharonmcguire@clca.org

North Coast CLCA Executive Director Journal Editor Connie Salinas P.O. Box 1621 Sebastopol, CA 95473 Phone 707-829-5487 Fax 707-829-5487 heyconniesalinas@hotmail.com


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January 2010 In this Issue PAGE 3 ……………President’s Message by Charlie Thompson PAGE 4……………..Holiday Party Recap and BOD Installation PAGE 6….................Turning Desert into a Garden/Food Forest PAGE 8……………..HR Motivational & Acknowledgement Techniques by Larry Levy PAGE 10……………Garden Tour of Italy #2 – Baroque Era by Cathy Edger PAGE 16……………Elder Creek’s Rain Garden in the Press Democrat PAGE 19……………Bio-Based Wood Composite PAGE 20…………...Using California Native Grasses Workshop This Publication’s Masthead is Printed on Recycled Paper North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association


President’s Message Charlie Thompson –Cagwin & Dorward As I begin what promises to be an exciting journey as your chapter’s president, I have been thinking a lot about what makes our chapter special and what role my leadership may play in maintaining and growing this spirit, which inspires us to want to participate. The spirit that helps makes it ok to take our personal time away from our businesses and families for the sake of our membership. Wikipedia defines servant leaders as: leaders who achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. Servant-leaders are often seen as humble stewards of their organization's resources (human, financial and physical). This definition embodies what I experience from the leadership and membership in our chapter. The members of the NCC that I have had the privilege of knowing and interacting with exemplify servant leadership and this, in my estimation, is one of the main reasons why this association and our chapter in particular, is so strong and so rewarding to be a part of. So it becomes clear that a large emphasis from me in 2010 will be in preserving and growing our spirit of servant leadership. A few other thoughts and goals that I have for 2010: •

I am looking forwarding to hearing from our membership on how we are doing, what is working and what we can do better.

Please let us know what you need from us to get even more value from this chapter. We are here to serve you and our industry.

Each year we have an opportunity to build on the successes of the previous year. This can be greatly accelerated with your input and support. Please give us your ideas and opinions. They will be this year’s successes that get built upon in 2011…..only if you give them.

In closing I would like to extend a huge thank you to Brigid for her tireless efforts and energy as last year’s board president.

Charlie Thompson – 2010 Chapter President

Happy New Year North Coast Chapter


Holiday party Sponsors

Hunter Industries Cal-West Rentals Wheeler Zamaroni John Deere Landscapes Sonomarin Materials Sweetlane Nursery Urban Farmer Store Sonoma Compost SBI Materials Thank you


2009 Holiday Party, Casino night & Board member induction

Outgoing and Incoming President’s Brigid Flagerman of Bertotti Landscaping passed the “golden sledgehammer” over to Charlie Thompson from Cagwin & Dorward. Brigid and Charlie have been working closely together over the last few months to make a smooth transition and to carry on the great work Brigid did in 2009. It is going to be another super year for NCC.

The 2010 North Coast Board of Directors was sworn in by Jan Gross. In attendance were; Front (L to R ) Steve Hewett, Sal Ledezma, Ben Kopshever, Dave Iribarne, Brigid Flagerman, Kevin Kohl, Back (L to R) Jason North, Tyler Doherty, Owen Mitchell, Chris Zaim, Lisa Stratton, Charlie Thompson and Russ Clarke. Not pictured; Will Jenkel, Susie Dowd Markarian, Michael O’Connell & Luis Lua

Casino Raffle Prizes Donated By Marin Landscape Materials Lagunitas Brewing Company Buckeye Nursery Landscapes Unlimited WeatherTRAK Sand Piper Inn – Stinson Beach Sweetlane Nursery Charlie & Heidi Thompson Lampson Tractor Fairfax Lumber Shamrock Materials Ditch Witch Cal-West Rentals

Santa? No, Steve Hewett THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED


Turning Desert into a Garden/Food Forest About two kilometers from the Dead Sea and two from where Jesus was christened, in the country of Jordan, Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute and his crew created a near miracle turning desert into a lush permaculture garden. In August in this location, Lawton says that temperatures could rise above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). People farming there were farming under plastic strips and using tons of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. The idea to grow a lush forest or garden of edible plants would probably make people laugh or roll their eyes. Nonetheless, the permaculture crew had exactly this vision in mind and a little funding to help them to do it. 400 Meters Below Sea Level

Lawton and his group were given about 10 acres of extremely salty and flat soil 400 meters below sea level. They designed a system to collect as much of the rainwater as possible into swales (”water-harvesting ditches on contour”), bordered the swales with mulch and, on the uphill side, nitrogen-fixing trees that helped to shade the water and prevent evaporation. Underneath the mulch, they put miniirrigation systems. On the downhill side, they planted fruit trees — date palms, fig trees, pomegranate trees, guava trees, mulberry trees, and some citrus — mixed in with non-fruit trees and more mulch (very non-traditional Within four months, they had figs growing. Local agriculture experts had told them that figs could not grow there, so when the figs started growing they invited these local experts to come determine if they had de-salted the soil or if they were growing things in salty soil which “could not” grow in salty soil. They found the salt levels were dropping, but could not determine why, initially (watch the video to see why, exactly, the soil was “de-salted” — at about minute 6:00). In December, the locals were shocked to find mushrooms growing underneath the mulch, something they had never seen due to the extreme dryness in the area. The ecosystem itself had created deep, extremely fertile soil, an amazing feat there! Continued on next page


The project ran out of its main funding source (due to the nature of the funding) but even without the money, the place is now “developing itself” and producing more and more on its own. It essentially just relies on the area’s small amount of rainfall now. As a result of this project (on the most horrible land for such a project), Lawton concludes that they could regreen the Middle-East or any desert. A garden could be grown in the driest, saltiest soil. Deserts thought to be ruined by grazing, deforestation, harmful agriculture, or nearly anything else, could be re-greened with permaculture practices. This is an amazing discovery based on simple, but well-thought out design. The methods could help solve problems in countless places. Permaculture, if ever spread to the broader world, could bring relief to millions (or more) people. EcoWorldly – 11-14-09 by Zachary Shahan Image Credit 1 & 2: Geoff Lawton (Jamal Al Deen)

Bay-Friendly Garden Registration in Marin MMWD is looking for residential gardens in our service area to participate in the Bay-Friendly Garden Registration program. Plant enthusiasts, wildlife gardeners, urban food growers, and other natural gardeners are encouraged to apply. BayFriendly gardeners can make a real difference by inspiring others to use environmentally-friendly practices and by providing neighborhood models of what a Bay-Friendly garden can offer. Bay-Friendly registered gardens can be nominated for the Eco-Garden Tour on May 15, 2010, which will feature Bay-Friendly gardens. Please check the MMWD website www.marinwater.org or contact Elena Freeman at (415) 945-1164 or efreeman@marinwater.org.


Larry Levy’s H.R. ALERT - January 2010 Motivational and Acknowledgement Techniques that are Fun and Rewarding As all of you know this has been a very difficult year for all of us. You may have had to lay off employees. Clients have been slow to pay. Clients who have historically used your services or products have put you off. You have had to delay paying your vendors because you didn’t have the money. Well, your employees have suffered as well having their hours or pay reduced; work long hours; having their bonuses postponed or eliminated; having to accept mandated furloughs, etc. So I propose you try some of the following as means of rebuilding your morale, lifting employee spirits and acknowledging your employee’s hard work. To be successful each of these techniques or ideas must incorporate two important elements: 1) they must be fun and 2) they must come as a surprise. Without these two elements your plans will probably bomb. Incidentally, this may cost some money but the payoff will be worth it. So here goes.

Cal/OSHA Safety Training:

This works great in a construction, manufacturing or marina environment. You announce on a Monday morning that all your employees must return to the shop the following Friday at 3:00 P.M. for two hours of safety training. That will create a lot of excitement! Beginning Tuesday you have your secretary contact each spouse and girlfriend of your employees with instruction to come to the shop with their kids for a holiday ice cream building party on Friday at 3:00 P.M. Also tell them the importance of keeping this party a secret. Contact your local caterer and arrange to have the finest ice cream with all the fixings delivered at 1:00 P.M. on Friday. Imagine all your employees driving into your parking lot on Friday afternoon despondent over the prospect of two hours of boring training only to see their wives, husbands and kids waiting for them to start a party. The only down side is with all this sugar your kids won’t get to sleep until 3:00 A.M., Saturday morning.

Rotating Floral Arrangement: This works well in an office with women employees. Over the weekend buy yourself a festive Christmas floral display that would fit nicely on a desk top. On Monday morning gather your office staff and announce that you are giving the floral display to the worker who helped you the most the week before. While extolling her virtues give her the floral display with the caveat that she can only keep the display on her desk for a 24 hour period. At 8:00 A.M. Tuesday morning she must present the floral display to the office worker who most helped her the previous week. Each day for the five day work week the flowers are given to a new worker until Friday where the group selects a worker to take the flowers home. Trust me the women will love it!

Tool Buying Spree: This is ideal for the construction and/or remodeling company. Let’s say you have a construction crew that worked very hard to bring a remodeling job in on time and under budget. On a Friday afternoon arrange to take the crew out for a long lunch at a restaurant close to Friedman Brothers, Home Depot or Mead Clark. Tell your crew the lunch is their reward for a job well done. At the end of the lunch pull out a newspaper and tell your crew you plan to read the paper for an hour. Then hand each crew member a crisp new $100.00 bill (the amount is not important) and tell them they have exactly one

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hour to spend this money on any tool they want at the Home Depot. Also tell them whatever they do not spend must be returned to you. Note the look on their faces (it will be like looking at a bunch of kids on Christmas morning). I have seen this work with tremendous success.

Nordstrom Clothing Buying Spree: Virtually the same as the tool buying spree but with several women employees dining close to Nordstrom’s.

In-house Shoulder and Neck Massages: Ideal for the office environment where there is significant tension and long hours of work, e.g. CPA’s, attorneys, financial institutions, real estate firms, engineering and architectural firms. Arrange for a Certified Message Therapist to come to your office with a portable massage chair and provide a fifteen massage for each of your workers. Beforehand, ensure that none of your employees have a neck, back or shoulder problem.

Sexual Harassment Training: This is basically the same format as the Cal/OSHA Safety Training where employees will be told to participate in training only to learn at the last minute you have arranged to take them to the Dickens’ Faire or a festive lunch at a favorite restaurant. Don’t forget to provide them with festive hats to get them into the mood. In the spring consider a game at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.

Theme Lunches: Arrange to have catered lunches at your office for a holiday event or to celebrate a culture, e.g., Mexican, French, English, Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, British, etc. Decorate the office and provide hats. Salsa dancing after lunch is encouraged.

A Very Special Dinner with a $40.00 Bottle of Wine: You may wish to acknowledge a very special employee (and his or her spouse) who has knocked his/her socks off for you within the past year. She or he may never have the experience of dining at an exclusive restaurant where they were free to choose anything off the menu and you insisted they buy a $40.00 bottle of wine. This actually happened to me twenty years ago when my wife and I were sent to the Caprice in Tiburon overlooking Angel Island. I never forgot this meal; I can tell you exactly what I ordered; I remember what my wife ordered; and yes, my host (who knew me well) insisted I buy a $40.00 bottle of wine. Giving your employees monetary bonuses can never replicate an evening like this.

Kidnapping Employees: Kidnap an employee who has done an exceptional job for you and take them out for a long lunch followed by a fun event, e.g., miniature golf, baseball game, musical, symphony or a buying spree, etc. I would love to hear your feedback if you try any of these ideas or perhaps you tried ideas of your own.

Larry Levy Employee Relations Management (415) 892-1497 llevy@employeerelationsmanagement.com

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A Garden Tour of Italy - Baroque Era Last month I shared photos of Renaissance gardens that I took during the APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) 2Oth anniversary tour of Italian Gardens in September. The era covered approximately 200 years running from 1400 to 1600. The Baroque period covered the next 200 years: 1600 -1800. As the Renaissance ran its course, design in Italy became more complex. The Baroque period that followed developed those concepts. The use of curved lines in architecture and gardens increased, and embellishment was sometimes carried to extremes. An island villa on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella has ten terraces. The top five are in this photo. Note the ornamentation: obelisks, statues, carved balusters, and curving boxwood hedges. The top terrace has a large patio with a cistern underneath it. Garden theaters are structured with clipped shrubbery. They feature wings, on either side of a slanted stage floor and upstage niches for . popular commedia del arte figures. The small boxwood balls downstage represent footlights while the two larger balls at center stage represent the conductor’s podium and the prompter’s box. Sunken gardens such as this one at Villa Torrigiani provide protection from cold winter winds on sunny days, and incorporate grottoes for escaping the summer heat.

Double staircases are found in gardens as well as villas

Next month I’ll show examples of the romantic influence of the English Landscape Gardening School. To see these photos in color see the new North Coast Journal online - www.clcanorthcoastchapter.org/newsletters/ Landscape Designer Cathy Edger lives in Novato. She is glad to have finally had a chance to visit some of the gardens that she studied during her design classes. She is currently organizing the photos from her trip into a slide show. (415) 328-7772 cathy@edgerlandscapedesign.com www.edgerlandscapedesign.com Quote: It is hard to explain to the modern garden-lover, whose whole conception of the charm of gardens is formed of successive pictures of flower-loveliness, how this effect of enchantment can be produced by anything so dull and monotonous as a mere combination of clipped green and stone-work.

Edith Wharton, Italian Villas and their Gardens


Hear Ye Hear Ye Special Announcements from The North Coast Chapter

PLANET SAFETY AWARDS Heritage Landscapes & Cagwin & Dorward were recently awarded an Overall Safety Achievement Award from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) at the association’s recent Green Industry Conference awards banquet in Louisville, Kentucky. The award, part of PLANET’s annual Safety Recognition Awards Program and sponsored by CNA, honors those companies with thorough, high-performing safety programs that create and maintain safe work environments in the green industry. It is designed to reward green industry companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety.

CLT Training Thank You’s The following companies helped sponsor the annual CLT Trainings in 2009:

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Sonomarin Landscape Material – Bill Bertolucci American Soil & Stone – “Doc” King Wheeler Zamaroni – Louis Zamaroni Buchholz Landscaping Company - John Buchholz

“Thanks for you generosity towards the education of our members and their crews!”

REMINDER!!!!! The North Coast Journal can now be viewed online and any of you who wish to go a little greener, can opt out of the paper version of the Journal.

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A rain garden designed by Rick Taylor, owner of Elder Creek Landscaping, made to not only capture rainfall, but channel the water via swales and filter it through plants before it seeps back into the earth. Such gardens are more common in the eastern United States, but are catching on in California. If you live in a typical tract-style home in a place like Santa Rosa, some 25,000 gallons of water will drain off your roof this winter. That water will race across your property, perhaps via a pipe, winding up in the street and down a storm drain. Laden with debris, silt, pet and bird waste, motor oil from the driveway and any herbicides and pesticides you might have put on your lawn or planting beds, the runoff will make its way to a creek and eventually the ocean. That is 25,000 gallons of water wasted, water that could have been used to replenish the water table and feed the plants in your garden. That figure boggles the mind of Barb Triol. A retired Agilent engineer, Triol contemplated that figure with consternation. Multiply 25,000 gallons by however many residential roofs there are in Sonoma County and you have an astonishing volume of dirty water that could be put to far better use. And that is just roof runoff. Other hard and impermeable surfaces, like driveways and patios, also repel rain water that otherwise would seep into the ground. Triol took up the cause. She teaches free classes through the Sonoma County Master Gardeners on how to capture some of that precious liquid by making a rain garden. "It's one thing people don't realize," she said. "When water goes into the ground and is seeped into the ground, it's filtered. The roots and the microbes in the earth cleanse and filter the water and clean all the pollutants out. It's a natural thing that has been happening forever." Rain gardens are shallow, man-made depressions in the ground that capture rainwater, and slowly drain and filter it back into the earth. Talk "drainage" and many people's eyes glaze over with visions of engineering plans, backhoes, pipes and big dollar signs. But for the average homeowner, a rain garden is a fairly easy, do-it-yourself weekend project that doesn't require specialized skills. And it can be made into an attractive landscape feature when planted with native plants that are drought tolerant in the summer but can take a heavy inundation of water in the winter. Triol, whose mantra has become "Slow it, spread it, sink it," will share tips on how to install a rain garden - along with other ways to capture rainfall - during a two-hour drop-in workshop at 10:30 a.m. today at the Cloverdale Library. More common in wetter climates in the East, Midwest and Northwest, rain gardens are just starting to catch on in California, parched by three years of drought. They are seen not just as a way to capture rainfall to feed the garden, but as a way to reduce runoff, erosion, street flooding and pollution of waterways. "Roofs have nitrates in the dust and potassium and phosphorus coming from bird excrement. When those are taken through the riparian system it's detrimental," said Rick Taylor, who teaches in the Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate program at Sonoma State. "Nitrogen can cause algae blooms in water, which can suck the available oxygen out. It alters the ecosystem in a profound way."


A rain garden is one of a number of tools to capture rainwater. Many homeowners are starting to install rain barrels under their downspouts to capture rainwater to feed their gardens. But that requires multiple barrels or a very large tank, and the water can be used up quickly. Several years ago, Taylor, owner of Elder Creek Landscapes, found himself, almost at the last minute, installing his first rain garden in Sebastopol. He said he was going forward with a standard front yard installation, figuring that it just wasn't big enough to have any impact if he were to take any water retention measures. "Then I realized I wasn't being nearly as creative as I could be, and I looked at what we really could do in that yard." He ran a pipe from the downspout to a swale or trench dug into the ground that would guide the runoff to a rain garden, which he planted with carex pansa, a native California grass. For good measure, he added a very small gravel bed beyond that to further capture and filter any water than might spill over the rain garden. All of that was strung out within a space of only about 25 feet. The whole thing didn't really cost any more than a conventional drainage plan. "The budget had built in (an allowance) for grading and drainage. It just took a little more thought and a bit more effort than the standard pipe and trench," he said. But creating your own rain garden isn't too hard. First, you will need to find a location. The best place is at least 10 feet away from the house, in full or partial sun. You also want to make sure the depression is large enough to handle the amount of water you're going to divert off your roof. Factors that determine the proper dimensions of your rain garden include the size of your roof or surfaces you will be capturing water from, the distance from your collection point and the type of soil you have. For instance, clay retains more water than loamy or sandy soil, so you'll need to amend it, typically with 50 percent sand, 25 percent topsoil and 25 percent compost, according to Triol. You'll also want to add 3-4 inches of mulch. Determine your soil type by digging a hole 12 inches deep and six inches wide and filling it with water three times. Let it drain completely each time. Fill it again. If it drains in an hour it's sandy soil. If it takes up to 8 hours, it's loam. If it takes longer, it's clay. The Master Gardeners have an 8-page handbook detailing how to build a rain garden, which includes tables and formulas to help you calculate how big you need to make your garden. If it is more than 30 feet from the house, it doesn't need to be as big because the rain will have had more time and space to be absorbed into the soil. Sandy Metzger, who has installed her own rain garden in her rural Santa Rosa garden and has written about the topic for the Master Gardeners, said most rain gardens are about 6-8 inches deep and flat at the bottom, with a deeper depression in the middle. You'll want to divert water from your roof's downspout with perforated piping or by creating an attractive rock-lined swale or dry creek bed leading from the downspout to the rain garden. Now comes the fun part - adding plants to gussy it up. Remember, it isn't a pond, but a garden. Not all plants will thrive in this environment. Triol said you will need to pick plants that can tolerate a lot of water and "wet feet" in winter and need little or no summer irrigation. Metzger and other experts recommend using natives and Mediterranean plants. Things like California poppies and other native wildflowers, goldenrod, buckwheat, butterfly bushes, milkweed, blanket flowers, verbena, catmint salvia, native ornamental grasses and purple coneflowers, to name a few. By Meg McConahey – The Press Democrat


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Using California Native Grasses in the Water-Conserving Landscape A California Native Grasslands Association Workshop Friday, February 5, 2010, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm $70/CNGA members & SCWA Staff, $110/Non-members, $50/Students w ID Landscaping that conserves water is fast becoming the number one focus of conservation programs. Not merely a passing trend, water conservation is the future of urban landscape principles in “thirsty” California. Are you ready to meet this challenge? Let the experts from the California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA) show you how to use native grasses, sedges, and rushes successfully in a variety of settings to create beautiful residential, commercial, and public landscapes. Besides saving irrigation water, native grasses can rebuild soil and prevent erosion, enhance wildlife habitat, and lower maintenance costs. The latest applications of native grasses for treatment, attenuation, and infiltration of storm water in bio-swales will be addressed. This workshop is appropriate for landscape architects and contractors, engineers, planners, parks & recreation staff, biologists, regulatory staff, land & resource managers, nursery practitioners, and homeowners.

Reduced workshop fees are made possible by a generous donation from SCWA! Instructors: Steve Nawrath, David Amme, and Wade Belew (Go to www.CNGA.org for more information on instructors or to register online.) Location: SCWA, Redwood Rooms B & C, 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa.

Registration Form: Using California Native Grasses in the Water-Conserving Landscape Complete and return promptly. Maximum enrollment is 40. Mail to: CNGA, P.O. Box 8327, Woodland, CA 95776; Fax to: 530-661-2280

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Happy New Year •

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. ~Mark Twain

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. ~ James Agate

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. ~ Bill Vaughan

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. ~ Eric Zorn

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions! - Joey Adams

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year's resolution. ~ Jay Leno

Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. ~Unknown

A dog's New Year's Resolution: I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand! ~Unknown

A friend asks his friend for a cigarette. His friend says, "I think you made a New Year resolution to quit smoking". The man says, " I am in the process of quitting". Right now, I am in the middle of phase one. What's phase one? I've quit buying.

It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money. ~ P. J. O'Rourke

Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of proven criminals? ~ Ogden Nash

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

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