Environmental Horticulture / Environmental Science
John Karlik 661-868-6220 email@example.com
The goal of environmental horticulture is to preserve and enhance the environment through planting and proper cultural practices for green plants, including shade trees, shrubs, and turfgrass. Environmental science includes preservation and enhancement of environmental quality of soil, water and air. Kern County is a leader in the U.S. in production of rose plants for landscapes and home grounds.
Cooperative Extension provides information on turfgrass, plant selection, cultural practices, arboriculture, landscape maintenance, and pest management.
Updated Shade and Ornamental Tree Guide for Kern County
This updated guide was revised and expanded in April 2017. You can download the Guide here.
Horticulture Classes for Landscapes, Gardens, and Orchards
Classes for 2017-2018
We continue to offer a series of horticulture classes in Bakersfield. Our goals are to conserve water, to enhance and expand green plantings, and to reduce pesticide applications. We will cover practical topics pertaining to planting and care of landscapes, orchards, and vegetable gardens, and offer plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. We welcome individuals who have little horticulture experience, as well as those who work in some aspect of horticulture. Please feel free to contact us for information, 661-868-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2017 Classes: Horticulture for Landscapes, Gardens, and Orchards
Starting August 29, the class will meet Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the UC Cooperative Extension office located at 1031 S. Mount Vernon Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307.
Starting August 21, the class will meet Mondays 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the UC Cooperative Extension office located at 1031 S. Mount Vernon Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307.
You can sign up for one or both classes at our on-line registration site.
I may also offer additional spring classes in Ridgecrest and Tehachapi.
General syllabi for the classes:
(Additional note:Kern County does not offer the Master Gardener volunteer program at this time. If you would like more information about that program in California, please refer to the website http://camastergardeners.ucdavis.edu/)
I have offered several horticultural tours, and plan to continue this educational effort. Our heritage of landscape and garden design includes the rich tradition of gardens of several parts of the world, including Europe and the Mediterranean, and some of the world's most interesting and beautiful plant arrangements and collections may be found there. A number of gardens and landscapes exquisitely illustrate design principles and have withstood the test of time. These sights are well worth sharing.
The overall tour objective is to broaden participants' knowledge and appreciation for landscape design and plant selection. The tour also provides an opportunity to experience the flavor of specific countries. Group sizes have ranged from nine to twenty-six.
2017 Horticulture Tour!
2017 summer: Iceland
Past Horticulture Tours
2005 England (London environs) and France (Paris environs)
2006 Italy (Lago di Como, Florence, Rome, Pompeii)
2007 West-Central Europe (Netherlands, Berlin, Prague, Vienna)
2009 England and Scotland (northeast)
2012 France and the Netherlands
2014 Scotland (northwest)
Future Horticultural Tours
Itineraries will be posted when available. Current plans include the following:
2018 early spring: Thailand
Possible Future Tour Locations
Central Europe (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
Croatia and Serbia
Please send me a note if you have particular interest in any of these. Your input is valuable and appreciated.
Green plants contribute volatile organic compounds (VOC) which can enter into atmospheric reactions that form ozone (a pollutant when found close to the Earth’s surface) and secondary organic aerosols. We have conducted a number of research projects pertaining to development of biogenic emission inventories, including measurement of plant VOC emission rates, leaf mass quantification, and evaluation of databases for plant species description. This works also informs shade tree selection for mass planting programs to enhance air quality. A link to selected publications is here.