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Magic of Landscapes 2009
Where Economic Development & the Environment Meet.

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Continuing Education Credits

Florida Landscape Architects


Optional Programs
Continuing Education Credits


Local communities across the country seek to stimulate economic development while protecting our natural resources and the environment.  The Magic of Landscapes 2009 will explore how investment in quality landscapes can be a highly effective economic development strategy and a means for achieving functional environmental goals.

MOL 2009 will be hosted in Lake County and focus on the issues that the County faces as it works towards promoting economic development,  protecting its natural resources, and defining a compelling regional vision.  The conference will present research, quantitative metrics, and best practices to the community in support of these goals.  Attendees will be invited to engage in a facilitated workshop to help community stakeholders incorporate the values of the Magic of Landscapes into the economic development plan and regional vision or Lake County.

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Friday, June 26th

9:00- 10:00      Arrival & Welcome
10:00 – 12:30 Tour of South Lake County Municipalities (Each group tours 1 city)

Attendees will split up into five groups. Each group will tour one of the five South Lake municipalities.  These tours will be led by city officials and focus on high priority areas including gateway roadways, key public gathering spaces, parks and community centers.  Tour leaders will discuss the cities challenges and opportunities with the landscape and point out efforts being made to enhance and beautify the community.

  • Clermont
  • Groveland
  • Minneola
  • Mascotte
  • Montverde

12:30 – 1:15    Lunch
1:30 – 3:00      Panel of Presenters on Community Design Ideas

  • Brian Canin:  New Urbanism and Defingin a Regional Vision
  • Randall Arendt:  Conservation Design & Community Approaches to Sustainability

3:00-4:30 Community Workshop
Each MOL Team will work in their group to develop recommendations and feedback for their municipality.  Groups will be led by MOL alumni, board members and our guest speakers.

4:30 – 5:00      Report Out
5:00 – 5:30      Closing Remarks / Next Steps

*Worth 6 Continuing Education credits - Application Pending Approval.

Randall Arendt

Randall Arendt is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and an advocate of "conservation planning". He received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.Phil. degree in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was a St. Andrew's Scholar. He is Senior Conservation Advisor at the Natural Lands Trust in Media, Pennsylvania, and is the former Director of Planning and Research at the Center for Rural Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts at


Amherst, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London. In 2004 he was named an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in 2005 he received the American Institute of Architects' Award for Collaborative Achievement. In 2008 he received an Honorary Degree in Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, in Conway, Massachusetts.


Brian Canin - Canin Associates

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa and president of Orlando-based Canin Associates, Mr. Canin has focused on creating sustainable communities for the last 40 years through the practice of urban design and creative placemaking. Mr. Canin’s talents have resulted in award-winning and enduring communities such as Solivita, Avalon Park and Hunter’s Creek. Canin Associates practices urban planning, landscape architecture and architectural design regionally and internationally designing complex mixed-use projects from concept to approvals. The firm also develops plans, codes and urban design guidelines for

the public sector including a form-based code currently in development for commercial corridors in Winter Park, FL. Mr. Canin is working on innovative projects integrating land use, design and transportation solutions for sustainable community building and regional planning in Florida. With his wife Myrna he founded the nonprofit Central Florida Sustainable Communities Initiative, which offers technical visioning assistance to growing communities in the region. Mr. Canin is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

TOPIC: Conservation Design :
Community Approaches to Sustainability

Community Workshop

Attendees will work in their original tour groups led by conference speakers, community leaders and members of the Magic of Landscapes board of directors.  Each group will focus on defining specific recommendations for the municipality on how they can strategically invest in landscape to drive economic development.  The groups may chose to work at a macro planning or at a detailed design level.  The workshop will incorporate the ideas and concepts presented by the speakers, input from the Lake County Economic Development Advisory Council and insight gathered during the tours.

Each group will have an opportunity to present their recommendations and ideas to the general assembly at the end of the workshop.
Optional Sessions - Thursday, June 25th
All About Trees - Field Day at Cherry Lake Tree Farm

Thurdsay 1:30 -5:00PM

Come celebrate trees at Cherry Lake Farm.  This field day is “All about trees” and will cover a range of critical topics relating to the selection, installation and maintenance of trees.  Arborists and horticulturists from Cherry Lake will conduct a series of workshops and outdoor demonstrations to illustrate best practices in tree installation, staking, maintenance, tree relocation, cultivar selection and tree grading.

Course Outline

Station 1:  Installation Best Practices

Attendees will watch as three trees are planted demonstrating best practices for small, medium and large tree installation.

    1. Preparing the Planting Site
      1. Using a soil probe
      2. Excavating the planting hole
      3. Proper hole dimensions
      4. Planting on slopes
      5. Planting in clay soils
      6. Planting in high areas
    2. Preparing the Root Ball
      1. Removing the tree from the container
      2. Removing excess soil or matted roots
    3. Planting the Tree
      1. Proper methods for placing tree in hole
      2. Proper depth of root ball
    4. Staking methods
    5. Mulching
    6. Fertilizing

Station 2: Florida Grades & Standards

Attendees will review the 10 step process for grading trees based on the Florida Grades and Standards and given the opportunity to practice grading trees at the demonstration site.

    1. Brief History of the Florida Grades and Standards
    2. The four different grades
    3. The ten-step process.
      1. Determine the quality of the trunk structure
      2. Determine the quality of the branch arrangement
      3. Choose the appropriate matrix
      4. Measure trunk caliper
      5. Determine crown spread
      6. Determine the structural uniformity of the crown
      7. Record lowest grade from steps 1, 2, 5 & 6
      8. Answer 7 true or false questions
      9. Answer 10 true or false questions
      10. Determine the quality of the root system

Station 3:  New Varieties and Cultivars

Attendees will compare new varieties and cultivars side  by side and learn about their growth characteristics, origins and horticulture properties

    1. Ulmus parvifolia Cultivars
    2. Quercus virginiana Cultivars
    3. Ilex Cultivars
    4. Acer rubrum Cultivars
    5. Taxodium distichum Cultivars
    6. Palm Cultivars
    7. New shrub varieties

Station 4: Tree Relocation Best Practices

Attendees will be shown several mature Live Oaks in various stages of the tree relocation process illustrating best practices in preparation, relocation and post transplant establishment practices.

Pre- Transplant Preparation

  1. Root Pruning
  2. Irrigation
  3. Fertilization
  4. Canopy Pruning

Tree Relocation

  1. Equipment
  2. Methods
  3. Safety

Post-Transplant & Establishment

  1. Irrigation
  2. Fertilization
  3. Monitoring


*Worth 4 Continuing Education credits - Application Pending Approval.

Lake Front Reception & Tree Planting Ceremony

Thursday - 5:30-7:00PM

Join us as we celebrate the value of quality landscapes at the City of Clermont’s beautiful Lake Front Park. A ceremonial tree will be planted in honor of the 5 cities of South Lake County who have come together to define a compelling regional vision and who have made a commitment to investing in the beautification of their community.

This optional reception is included with all registrations.


Registration Price:

On or Before June 12, 2009

June 12

Students & Lake County Residents*

Magic of Landscapes
June 26th
Full Day

$110 each

$165 each

$50 each

Community Workshop Only**
June 26th 1:30-5pm

$35 each
$50 each
$10 each

Optional Field Day
June 25th

$35 each

$50 each

$10 each

* Full Time Students and Lake County Residents may attend these events at discounted price.

** Magic of Landscapes is approved as a full day course for continuing education. No credit is available for attending the Community Workshop only.

Please register online at

Contact Toni Wise at FNGLA 407.295.7994 or 800.375.3642

New This Year , Participants may choose to attend an optional Thursday afternoon All About Trees Field Day at Cherry Lake Tree Farm at the cost of $35.


Continuing Education Credit

Florida Landscape Architects: APPROVED!!!

Magic of Landscapes 2009
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.

Please check back at the end of April for confirmation.

Provider # 0002080
Credit Hours: 6
Course #0008457


All About Trees Field Day
Approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit for Florida Landscape Architects

Provider # 0002080
Credit Hours: 4
Course #0008458


Magic of Landscapes 2009: CM 6 (hrs) Approved

All About Trees Field Day: CM 4 (hrs) Approved


Program approved fro 4 Continuing Education Credits per day for FNGLA Certified Professionals

Florida ISA

Program is pending approval for Florida ISA please check back in May.

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