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Karrie Reid

Karrie Reid

Building Resilient Gardens (26.33 min.)

Karrie is the Environmental Horticulture Advisor for UCCE in San Joaquin County where she serves public agencies and the professional landscape and nursery industries with applied research, education, and consultation.  She provides annual training to landscape professionals in sustainable practices including a 10-class Green Gardener Qualification Training series.

Karrie has been performing irrigation-based plant performance research trials since 2005 (UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials) on the UC Davis campus, and new rose cultivar trials with the American Rose Trials for Sustainability for the last four years at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center. Karrie also acts as advisor to the San Joaquin County Master Gardener program and oversees the Learning Landscape, a sustainable demonstration garden also at the San Joaquin County Ag Center.

She holds a B.S. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Horticulture from UC Davis, and is an avid gardener and plant lover.


Ed Laivo

Grow Fruit in Limited Space Using Size Control (10:11 min.)

Ed has over 40 years of extensive varied experience in plant production, nursery management, sales and marketing at both the retail and wholesale level. Ed is a fruit tree and edible landscaping specialist with a focus on small space gardening. He has been involved with the introduction or reintroduction of many popular varieties of fruits including figs, Pomegranates, and Blueberry selections to the home gardener. Focusing on techniques to better adapt these to the backyard grower. For some time, Ed has been working on developing Best Management Practices (BMP) for insect and disease prevention using espalier and covering techniques.

He has been a frequent guest on numerous TV and radio shows as well as a popular writer, contributing insightful articles on home growing fruit to many popular gardening periodicals. While with the Dave Wilson Nursery Ed produced the nationally recognized “Backyard Orchard Culture” High density pruning and planting of fruit trees.  He is a contributing editor of “Sunset Garden Book” and the popular UC publication #3485 “The Home Orchard”. Ed has extensive ecommerce nursery experience beginning as far back as 2000.

Ed contributed to the original development of the Fair Oaks Hort Center in both the fruit tree demonstrations and the original compost program all donated by the Dave Wilson Nursery.

He lends his time as a consultant and lecturer to nursery businesses, professional groups, Master Gardeners groups, and Universities.

Ed is the past director of Sales and Marketing of Dave Wilson Nursery and Four Winds Growers as well as running an ecommerce support service ‘Ed’Able Solutions, a consulting market management company, that specialized in plant access and network support for on-line retail nurseries. See his videos on varying fruit tree topics on Facebook at ‘Ed’ Able Solutions

He has recently joined the Burchell Nursery a well-known fruit and nut tree grower in Oakdale California as the Sale and Marketing Director.

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