The Ornamental Horticulture discipline examines the art and science of cultivating plants. The Horticulture program at MiraCosta also includes sustainable design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes, nursery and organic crop production, and wine technology. Students take horticulture courses to prepare for the major, complete job-related certificates, earn continuing education units CEUs for professional licenses, and fulfill general education requirements. Career options include nursery-industry work, urban agriculture, landscape architecture, irrigation design and water management, landscape design, landscape installation and management, golf and sports turf management, urban forestry, horticulture sales and services, grove and vineyard management, and winemaking. Academic and Career Pathway: Math and Sciences.
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The acre property is home to an upscale tasting room, a full-scale production facility, and vineyards. The landscape design embraces sustainable strategies-from treating and recycling wastewater on site, to supporting organic farming through the planting palette. Designing a tasting room and industrial production facility in such close proximity was a unique challenge.
The relaxing hospitality space needed to be buffered from farm operations, while the wine production needed to function without being impacted by visitors. The landscape team created dynamic zones between the buildings, giving visitors a variety of spaces to explore, while guiding them away from the busy industrial operations.
The architectural design depicts a strong mid-century modern vocabulary which is continued into the landscape. Concrete paths create modernist, biomorphic spaces which juxtapose the linearity of the surrounding vineyards. The strong shapes create enclaves for visitors to gather and delineate areas of gridded planting, permeable gravel paving, and playful rolling berms. The native-grass-covered berms pay homage to the hills in the distance while providing alternative places to lounge and enjoy the beautiful views.
The berms are constructed with recycled off-haul from the adjacent highway. The mid-century modern language is also incorporated into the landscape through subtle detailing. Bordering the tasting room patio is one such detail -concrete grass block pavers. In one condition, the blocks are incorporated into the ground plane and filled with stabilized decomposed granite to make an accessible path. In another, the blocks are filled with a drought tolerant grass and wildflower hydroseed mix.
The brightly coloured wildflowers highlight the graphic concrete blocks and bring new life to the mid-century breeze block concept.
To the north and east of the production facility, two fields of grasses and wildflowers serve more purposes than meet the eye. The design team pursued a higher level of treatment for the wastewater so that it can be reused as irrigation in the landscape.
The wastewater comes from two categories — process wastewater from the industrial wine production and domestic wastewater from the hospitality services.
Over one million gallons of combined wastewater annually flow into the dripfields after being treated in a cistern on site. During the three-month harvest season process wastewater flow increases dramatically. Plants that could survive the extremes of drought conditions and fully saturated soil were needed for these areas. A special grass and wildflower hydroseed mix was developed, and California redwood trees were added to the palette.
The redwoods are supplemented with well water during the driest months, which is offset through the use of low water use plants across the rest of the site. The landscape team addressed several other planting issues and opportunities. The winemaker called attention to the threat of the glass-winged sharpshooter. Plants that create habitat for the pest were carefully avoided. The team also collaborated with the winemaker to select insectary plants that support organic farming.
Finally, the planting color palette was carefully considered. The landscape highlights the architecture and surrounding area, creating a vibrant, sustainable site that is responsive to both historical design references and current environmental conditions.
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15 Sturdy Grape Vine Trellis Design Ideas for Your Backyard Arbor
Cold-hardy and highly decorative, award-winning Vitis 'Brant' is a large, vigorous deciduous climbing shrub or vine producing sweet and aromatic black grapes. They can be eaten fresh from the vine or used for making a decent wine. Providing a dense leafy cover, 'Brant' features deeply lobed, dark green leaves which turn vivid shades of scarlet, russet, gold and pink in fall. Insignificant greenish-white flowers appear in early summer, followed by clusters of small, edible black grapes in late summer or early fall. Give it plenty of sun, a sheltered spot and a study support and it will reward you with its best fruits.
I really like this backyard grape trellis. Yes, it's simple, but it looks super sturdy and would fit just about anywhere in the garden. It looks a lot like my.
Our Wine History
Thomas Jefferson accomplished much in his life — author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, founder of the University of Virginia. Following independence from British colonial government, Jefferson spurned port from Britain and Madeira from Spain, preferring French wines. Two stewards of his beloved University, however, have created a more rewarding experience. University Landscape Architect Mary Hughes and David Vermillion, an associate technical analyst in Information Technology Services , have successfully cultivated grapes and made wine for seven and five years, respectively. Many native grapes were grown more effectively … yet the poor quality of the resultant wine hindered the development of an established industry.
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Grape Varieties in Utah
Grapevines are versatile and beautiful plants to grow in a home garden. Their plentiful vines produce crisp grapes for eating, juicing, and making jams, jellies, and wine. In the right conditions, grapevines offer an excellent return for backyard gardeners. They provide fruit within a few years of planting and have the potential to yield fruit for decades. Read on to learn how to grow grapes in your own backyard for snacking, winemaking, and preparing jams and jellies.
A Most ‘Sustainable’ Vineyard in a ‘Completely Unsustainable’ Year
When John Harvey became President of the Garden History Society, in , the great medieval historian suggested bringing back the grape vine as an ornamental plant. As a climber, against walls or used to cover arbours and tunnels, the vine is outstandingly beautiful and, in several varieties, completely hardy in most of Britain. This is brought home to us when we realize that one of the largest and oldest vines ever grown was in the open air in the High Street of Northallerton, surely one of the coldest and draughtiest towns in England. The grape-vine was, and could be again, one of the greatest beauties of our gardens. The vine was probably introduced to England by the Romans and the image courtesy Gauis Caecilius is of a vine pergola at Fisbourne Roman Palace. Vines in America were much more popular as decorative plants for the home landscape in the 19th century than today. So the wine industry of California and New York, and now, many other states around the country took off. We used to have a beautiful vine in Edinburgh in a conservatory and I think that they will become more popular again.
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Edible grapes Vitis vinifera are vigorous deciduous woody vines native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. They climb by means of tendrils, which wrap around objects to support the weight of the vine. Grapes are well suited to hot, dry conditions and full sun. Cultivated grapes have hermaphrodite flowers both male and female and are therefore self-fertile, they do not need a second plant as a pollinator. The flowers are pollinated by wind, insects and are also self-pollinated, developing into dense bunches of berries which we refer to as grapes.
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Grapevines As A Part Of The Home Landscape
One of the oldest cultivated crops, grapes have been grown for its fruit that we eat fresh or dried or process into jam, jelly, juice, or wine. Choose varieties that are hardy and well-suited to your area. The long-lived vines require annual maintenance and a few years to come into full production, but the investment of time and care produces results that surpass any supermarket offering. Vines bear fruit the second or third year after planting. American and table grapes are ready when they reach full cultivar size and color, in about days.
How to Grow: Grapes
Grape vines can be a great addition to your outdoor space, whether they are growing along a fence, garden wall, arbor, trellis, etc. When choosing a type of grape plant, consult with your local nursery to determine which type of plant is right for your area and which will produce a fruit suitable for your purposes. The spot should have plenty of drainage and sunlight.