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Posted on: January 14, 2013

Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

Jan. 14, 2013

Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in February.

The "Sustainable Landscaping - Principle to Practice" workshop will teach landscape design, installation and maintenance professionals how to offer services that meet a growing interest in natural yard care. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W in University Place.

"Many homeowners want a healthy, low-maintenance yard," said Teresa Lewis, Public Works and Utilities outreach and education coordinator. "This workshop will address the benefits of sustainable practices from an environmental and business standpoint."

Presentations include practical knowledge from industry experts. Participants will learn how Swedish Medical is saving money at its Seattle campus by conserving water and eliminating pesticides. Attendees will also learn about rain gardens, pest management, permeable pavers, new regulations for low impact development, and how to work with natural systems to eliminate the need for pesticides.

The workshop is $20, which includes lunch and educational materials. Registration is required. To register, visit

The workshop is presented by Pierce County, in partnership with the Cities of Tacoma and Puyallup and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

For more information, contact Teresa Lewis, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities education and outreach coordinator, at
or (253) 798-2480.

MEDIA CONTACT:Teresa Lewis, Public Works and Utilities education and outreach
(253) 798-2480

Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information
(253) 798-2464

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