Landscape Designers Club

Club members (Shirley Smith)

Shirley Smith

The Landscape Designers Club meets under the shade cloth in the Saddleback College Nursery. They meet every other Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.. Lunch is included.

“The charter is to provide education for its club members who are current students of Saddleback, with interest in horticulture and landscape design,” Fred Velijanian, club president said. “So far, most of our members are enrolled in various horticulture classes, however the club is open to all students and staff. We provide meaningful projects for our club members to practice the art and science of horticulture and landscape design through real world projects, with supervisory oversights by two professors, Robert Farnsworth and Ken Lee.”

Even though the club only came alive this spring, it was resurrected from one that had been defunct for a number of years. It is getting off to a good start with six projects already in the conceptual stage. A vote was taken and the club name was established.

“We are going to have guest speakers ranging from sustainable practices to hand drawing techniques.” Farnsworth said. “It’s an opportunity to learn more about plants and landscape design, and intermingle with others that are interested in the same thing.”

Upcoming events include: Earth week on campus, featuring California native plants in April, design demonstration for Mission Viejo Arts Alive 2013 on May 4 and 5 and the Orange County Fair in July.

Lee raised many legal issues concerning their projects and how to proceed with the necessary information in preparation for presenting their concepts to clients. Lee announced at last Thursday’s meeting that the La Habra Fire Department is offering an unpaid internship.

You can get involved by showing up for the meetings or visiting their Facebook page.

For info on the horticulture department at Saddleback go to:

Fred Velijanian, president (Shirley Smith)

Ken Lee, instructor (Shirley Smith)

Robert Farnsworth, instructor (Shirley Smith)

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