Computer Generated Presentation with Script

Taylor Clem
Environmental Horticulture Agent
University of Florida
Alachua County

Clem, T.*1,
1 Environmental Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL, 32609

           Conserving water quality and protecting water quantity are integral components of long-term sustainable landscape management. Properly designing sustainable landscapes requires designers to consider the changing maintenance requirements that occur over the life of a landscape. Not considering changing maintenance requirements leads to higher maintenance inputs, which negatively impact water resources, both quality and quantity. “Beyond Installation: Designing with Maintenance in Mind” was developed after a needs assessment with professional landscape designers associated with Florida’s Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA) and the Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN). Both parties expressed a high-need for design professionals to be better prepared for designing landscapes that consider changing maintenance requirements. The program’s objective is for landscape designers to be familiar with long-term maintenance design considerations after completing the education program. Program participants are introduced to a maintenance model covering three major design considerations: The three “S”s of plant selection (site, selection, and source), time, and social capital. To best engage the audience with the PowerPoint presentation, many of the talking points are addressed through discussion, Q&A, Socratic questioning, and a case study. Since beginning the program, 98% of participants (n=64) indicated a knowledge gain and 78% (n=47) of follow-up surveys indicated designers are actively using the model while designing.