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Marin Sustainable Landscape Exhibit at San Francisco Garden Show

Novato, CA, March 15, 2007—For the first time the College of Marin Earth and Life Sciences and Environmental Landscaping departments, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) Salmon Protection Watershed Network (SPAWN) and Marin Conservation Corps have jointly created a special exhibit titled Balance on the Edge: The Urban Creek Interface showcasing sustainable landscape design for the prestigious San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. The Garden Show takes place at the Cow Palace starting Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25. Tickets are available at www.gardenshow.com/sf or by calling (800) 569-2832. Children five and under are admitted for free.

COM Biology/Landscape Professor Fernando Agudelo-Silva and Master Gardener Janice Austin, of COM's Transfer and Career Center, are coordinating the activities of the interdisciplinary design team for the exhibit.

“The exhibit’s theme addresses the compatibility of environmental protection and sustainability with garden and landscape design,” said Agudelo-Silva.

The completion of the project is a milestone for a new center at COM’s Indian Valley Campus focusing on sustainable horticulture in collaboration with community partners.

“This is one of the first projects that our new Environmental Landscaping Program’s Center for Sustainable Horticulture has worked on. We are very excited to be partnering with MMWD and SPAWN in this creative endeavor, and it is a great opportunity for our students to work with professionals in the field,” said Dean of Workforce Development Nanda Schorske.

Students from both the Indian Valley and Kentfield campuses worked with the community partners to build the exhibit, which will be installed at the COM Indian Valley Campus this year. The Center for Sustainable Horticulture focuses on the education and training of landscape professionals and Marin residents in low-water use and environmentally friendly landscape design and maintenance.

The Center is a growing community-wide collaboration, including COM’s Biology and Environmental Landscape Program, Marin Conservation Corps, Marin’s Water Districts, and Marin County’s Workforce Investment Board among others. For more information on the Center and programs e-mail Nanda Schorske or call (415) 457-8811 ext. 8506

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College of Marin is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. COM has been providing educational opportunities for students of all ages since 1926.

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