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Magic of Landscaping - May 2004
John H. Classe, Jr., P.E. 

As Vice President of Planning and Infrastructure, John is part of the team that is redeveloping the former Naval Training Center Main Base property now known as Baldwin Park in Orlando, FL. The project is a unique greenfield/redevelopment opportunity on a 1,100-acre site that will transform the property into a new community with neighborhoods, shops, and offices. John is responsible for setting and managing strategic direction for all planning, design, and construction aspects of this project.

Prior to joining Baldwin Park, John was the Florida Region Service Manager for PBS&J located in Orlando, FL. John was responsible for the civil engineering, surveying, land planning,

and landscape architecture divisions in the state of Florida. In addition to his corporate duties, John was Principal Engineer for several key projects in Central Florida including the town of Celebration and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks.

Topic: John shared his first hand experience with Baldwin Park’s venture, highlighting the project’s successes and lessons learned with landscaping to create value and build a "livable community."

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Barry McKently

During the past 16 years, Barry has directed horticulture for Universal Orlando. While responsible for all aspects of ongoing maintenance, he has also been instrumental as the owners’ representative for design and construction of each phase of development within the Orlando Resort. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. He studied extensively under Roberto Burle Marx (Brazilian LA) during and after college. Barry spent 8 years with Walt Disney World, managing its tree farm as well as developing and maintaining the Epcot Landscape. For 3 years, Barry designed and constructed the landscapes for Lake Nona Estates in South Orlando.

Topic: Barry's presentation began by defining landscape development and discussing the process of place making, and then moved to looking at the 3 distinct measurements for quantifying landscape value, and ended with a discussion on landscape sustainability.

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Katy Moss Warner


Katy was named President and CEO of the American Horticultural Society in April 2002. The AHS is a national, non-profit, member-based organization. Her horticultural skills, business experience, and leadership qualities will drive the new vision for AHS to make America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens.

Katy’s experience stems from being the Director of Disney’s Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, responsible for the landscapes of four theme parks, 15 resort properties and over 70 miles of roads on the 30,500-acre property.

For over 24 years, she provided the leadership necessary to ensure that Disney’s horticultural traditions of beautiful gardens and themed landscapes were sustained. She led a team of horticulturists, agronomists, environmentalists, designers, gardeners, arborists, irrigation specialists and pest management technicians - encouraging them to reach broadly into their respective areas of specialization in order to share, with millions of visitors each year, the importance of beauty, the value of gardens, the richness of garden cultures, the necessity of growing food and the challenges that face those who love the earth.

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Timothee Sallin

Timothee is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Cherry Lake Tree Farm. His responsibilities include the coordination of educational outreach programs, as well as project and account management. Timothee has traveled extensively throughout the United States to meet with landscape architects and speak to them about emerging trends in the landscape industry. His presentations cover topics ranging from root manipulation techniques to plant procurement strategies. He is a graduate from New College of the University of South Florida where he earned a joint degree in Economics and International Studies.