Virtual Urban Landscape Summit starts Jan. 20


GAINESVILLE – Faculty and administrators from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), along with landscape industry professionals will speak at a virtual Urban Landscape Summit beginning Jan. 20. The Urban Landscape Summit will be held on Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each day.

Scott Angle, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of UF/IFAS, will open the virtual summit with an introduction. Then, a panel of business leaders will offer their perspective on the “State of the Florida Landscape Industry.”

During the introductory panel, water and fertilizer restrictions and their impacts on urban landscapes will be discussed. They’ll also talk about what they are doing to address water issues related to landscapes.

A different topic from the list below will be discussed on each of these days.

After the opening day discussion, the summit will continue, via Zoom, every Wednesday.

Topics for those discussions – in chronological order – include:
• Evaluating and comparing water conservation program impacts;
• Collaborative planning for the future of water resources in central Florida;
• Conserving bird habitat in cities;
• Reducing herbicide use while improving weed control in the landscape through integrated weed management;
• Breeding turf for our future landscapes;
• Homeowner behavior and the future of urban landscaping;
• What’s going on in our stormwater pond;
• Compost amending new residential landscapes in Florida.

To sign up for the seminars, visit