The 2017 Western Landscape Symposium is proud to present the following speakers.
Keynote Speaker: Marcia Tatroe
Garden Writer and Lecturer
Marcia Tatroe writes the monthly “Mountain Garden Checklist” for Sunset Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Colorado Gardener and other gardening publications. Her photography and gardens have been featured in numerous books, magazines and nationally televised gardening shows. She lectures throughout the West focusing on garden design, rock gardening, xeriscape, and native plants.
In her most recent book, Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West, she advocates using drought-tolerant and native plants and indigenous materials to create a gardening aesthetic unique to this region. Her garden was awarded Habitat Hero Gold Status by the Audubon Rockies in 2015 as an outstanding urban wildscape.
Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Hero Coordinator for Audubon Rockies, a regional office of The National Audubon Society. Along with earning a B.S. in Marine Biology and Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she is also a Certified Interpretive Guide as appointed by the National Association of Interpretation. Jamie previously worked with Colorado Parks & Wildlife at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an Educational Interpreter, providing families and individuals of all ages an awareness of conservation.
When not working, she can be found tending to her own garden or leading an active lifestyle. She enjoys hiking, especially “14ers”, backpacking, snowboarding, horseback riding, as well as long-distance running with her deaf Border Collie, Fievel.
Joel Reich is a private horticultural consultant, based in Longmont, Colorado. Mr. Reich has expertise in many realms of horticulture, from nursery/greenhouse production to landscaping and commercial farms, but his real passion is for growing fruit. Mr. Reich received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. from Oregon State University. Since childhood, Mr. Reich has had a deep fascination with plants, especially those producing tasty fruit. Farming, gardening, teaching and consulting have allowed him to work closely with diverse fruit crops in both field and laboratory settings. Currently, Mr. Reich is focused on helping Front Range growers expand the number and variety of fruit crops being grown in our region.
Tony Koski has been the Extension Turf Specialist and a professor at Colorado State University since 1988. He teaches turfgrass management and advises turf management students in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. As Extension specialist, he works with all facets of Colorado’s professional turf management industry, including golf courses, sports turf, professional lawn care, and sod production. He is also an instructor in the Colorado Master Gardener program. His favorite areas of research include turf irrigation management and water use efficiency, turf weed control, turf fertility and soil management and the development and evaluation of turf species and cultivars for adaptation to the Rocky Mountain region. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University.
Elizabeth Inman is the owner of the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm and has been growing lavender on her agritourism farm for 14 years. As an Agritourism farm, the farm hosts 10,000 lavender enthusiasts each year. The farm grows 15 different varieties of lavender used in many different value added products. With over 5000 lavender plants in the ground and more than 50 lavender products in the farm store, Elizabeth brings her knowledge and experience to her teachings on growing lavender. Elizabeth has developed culinary and bath and body lavender products and is a Aromatherapist. She shares her knowledge of the beneficial qualities of using lavender in our daily life.
Thia Walker is an Extension Specialist for Pesticide Safety Education and is the Coordinator of the Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program (CEPEP) at Colorado State University. She is licensed as a Colorado Pesticide Applicator – Qualified Supervisor, and uses many of her experiences as an applicator in precertification and recertification training. She is a member of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.
Dr. Meredith Shrader graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in vegetable row crop IPM and a PhD in small fruit IPM. Her studies also include wine grape pest management and large scale commercial vegetable production. She is passionate about the implementation of IPM strategies for use in commercial and organic crop production. She is a recent addition to Colorado State University and looks forward to meeting and helping all the growers in the area reach the pest management goals.
The Western Landscape Symposium Planning Committee would like to thank all of our speakers for sharing their expertise, enthusiasm and vision.