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Magic of Landscapes 2008

Friday, May 9, 2008
Epcot International Flower
& Garden Festival
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John Thomas (pdf 7mb)
Phil Myrick (pdf 14mb)
Robert Bowden (pdf 2.7mb)


Optional Programs
Continuing Education Credits


Magic of Landscapes will show you how to create value for your community and development projects with quality landscapes. Learn to evaluate and quantify the value of quality landscapes. Discover the extensive research conducted at leading universities and learn from the experience of outstanding leaders in urban planning, landscape architecture, and real estate development. Experience the spectacular Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival and enjoy exclusive behind- the-scenes tours of the Walt Disney World® Resort world class landscapes.

Friday, May 9th

9:30-10:00 Arrival & Welcome

10:00 to 12:30 Tour (Select One)

· Rooms with a View

· Sharing Lessons Learned- New This Year!

· Epcot™ International Flower & Garden Festival Tour

12:30 to 1:15 Lunch

1:15 to 1:20 Tools You Can Use : AIB's 8 Criteria for American Cities

1:20 to 1:40 Tour Recap

1:45 to 1:50 Tools You Can Use: MOL's Contractor Qualification Form

1:50 to 3:00 John Thomas: Landscapes as Infrastructure

3:00 to 3:05 Tools You Can Use: 10 Underutilized Trees & Shrubs

3:05 to 3:30 MOL & United Arts present: Landscapes = Life

3:30 to 3:35 Tools You Can Use: Tree Caliper Credit Sliding Scale

3:35 to 4:45 Phil Myrick: Quality Landscapes & the PLacemaking Process

4:45 to 4:50 Tools You Can Use: 3 Bullet Proof Ways to Stake a Tree

4:50 to 5:00 Closing Comments

5:00 to 6:00 Cocktail Reception

6:00 to 9:00 Dinner on Your Own

9:00 VIP viewing of "IllumiNations™

*Worth 6 Continuing Education credits

Optional Session - Thursday, May 8th

Landscape Tour of Winter Park

1:15 to 1:45 Arrival and Welcome

2:00 to 3:15 Scenic Boat Tour

3:15 to 5:00 Downtown Tour

5:00 to 6:30 Reception in Central Park

*Worth 4 Continuing Education credits

Philip Myrick - Project for Public Spaces

Philip Myrick is a Vice President and director of Project for Public Spaces’ work in parks and plazas, campuses and downtowns. He is a certified planner whose expertise encompasses public space planning, Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), downtown revitalization, and facilitation. Phil joined PPS in 1995 and has led many of PPS’ major projects and programs. Phil has also managed and participated in many of PPS’ international projects and training programs: in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Scotland, Georgia, and Armenia.


Prior to joining PPS, Phil worked as a sculptor for a number of years in Zimbabwe and Portugal, which, along with his own observations, raised his awareness of public space and urban issues internationally.

Quality Landscapes and the Placemaking Process:
Dynamic Parks and Public Spaces

Phil will discuss the dynamics of successful parks and public spaces and the unique Placemaking process development at Project for Public Spaces. Phil will show how a successful approach starts by truly understanding how people will use a place and what activities will draw them there. Design cannot be the starting point for creating a great place. Within any successful park, there should be several dynamic destinations that attract different kinds of people. These destinations should offer many things to do, such as socializing, eating, reading, playing a game, interacting with art, and so on. Creating a great public space requires that communities articulate a vision for these activities and destinations. Phil will show how landscapes in particular can create a diversity of interests and destinations within a park or public space.

John Thomas - Edward Pinckney Associates
John Thomas

John Thomas has been the Senior Associate at Edward Pinckney Associates, Ltd. since 2000. John is a seasoned professional with 35 years of experience in major project design and construction. Using a hands-on approach, he has designed and developed projects as large as 5000 acres, working in nine states and more than 50 cities throughout the south. He is a recognized expert on Low Impact Development (LID), entitlements, LEED certifiable site design, and stormwater quality and mitigation systems utilizing “natural” storm drainage design.

TOPIC: Landscape as Infrastructure:
Demographic Trends, Stormwater and Green Development

There are many significant forces building nationwide that will change and shape our country as well as our industry for decades to come. John will talk about growth projections for the USA in the coming years and how this growth will affect real estate and the green industry. John will draw attention to the importance of better land use practices and the conservation of water resources. He will share specific methods on how to capture and treat storm water efficiently using low impact development (LID) practices. John will also explore the correlation between landscape best practices and green building and sustainable development practices. He will show how to maximize landscape design and site planning points in LEED certification.
Tools You Can Use

Five 5-Minute Updates on Best Practices -New This Year

• AIB’s 8 Criteria for American Cities
• Qualify your Contractor! MOL’s Contractor Qualification Form
• 10 Underutilized Trees and Shrubs
• The Tree Caliper Credit Sliding Scale
• 3 Bullet Proof Ways to Stake a Tree

Tours (Select One)
1. Rooms with a View: Resort Entrance Design Study

Join members of the Walt Disney World Horticulture staff and Disney landscape architects on a behind-the-scenes-bus tour of the Walt Disney World Resort grounds. From theme parks to resorts and vacation clubs, learn how Disney has used entrances and roadways to brand developments and announce the theme and character of a place. Get an inside look at how landscaping has been used to create a sense of arrival, inviting guests into a development, and building a sense of excitement for what lies beyond the threshold.

2. Sharing Lessons Learned: Design through Installation & Beyond -

Spend a morning at one of the newest resort locations to discuss the knowledge acquired over many years of project construction. See specific design and installation details implemented by Disney ® that ensure maintainable themed landscapes for years to come.

3. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Tour

Take time to smell the roses on this exclusive walking tour of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Your guide will take you on an around-the-world tour of horticulture and landscape design elements as you explore the gardens, displays and exhibits of the Festival. Ask questions about the use of specific plants, maintenance issues, design elements, or simply relax and enjoy a beautiful spring morning in the park.

Optional Programs
Thursday May 8rd Session - 1:30PM-6PM

Landscape Tour of Winter Park.

Discover the world-class landscapes of Winter Park. This educational tour will delve into two distinct sides of Winter Park: its urban avenues and the pristine chain of lakes. The urban core along Park Avenue and New England Avenue is renowned for its ‘sense of place’. The streetscapes exemplify many best practices in public horticulture and urban placemaking. The lesser known side of Winter Park is the beautiful chain of lakes that winds throughout the community. Learn how the community manages this precious ecological resource on a scenic boat tour of the chain. The tour will conclude with a refreshment break and reception in Central Park where attendees can get an update on projects they toured last year on the Rollins College Walking Tour. Winter Park


George Herbst
Vice President & Treasurer of Rollins College
John Holland
Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Winter Park
Sam Stark
President, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
David Barley
President, Palm Beach Land Trust
Laura Coar
Manager, Rollins College Landscape and Grounds
Tim Egan
Environmental Resource Manager, City of Winter Park
Lee Mackin
Chief of Forestry, City of Winter Park
Donald Martin
Martin & Vargas

Earn and Additional 4 CEU’s for attending Thursday Session!


Registration Price:

April 14, 2007

April 14, 2007

Full Time

Magic of Landscapes (May 4th):

$195 each

$230 each

$100 each

Optional Winter Park Tour (May 3rd):

$50 each

$65 each

$20 each

To Register online go to or contact Toni Wise at FNGLA 407.295.7994 or 800.375.3642

New This Year , Participants may choose to attend an optional Thursday afternoon Landscape Tour of Winter Park and Rollins College at the cost of $50.


Continuing Education Credit

Magic of Landscapes 2008 is approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Florida Landscape Architects. This is a new course different from past MOL events.

Provider # 0002080
Course #0008292

An additional 4 hrs of Continuing Education Credit for Florida Landscape Architects are available for the Landscape Tour of Winter Park.

Provider # 0002080
Course #0008293

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