Field Session

FS-012 - Back to the Future: Seeking Sustainable Ideas at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

Friday, October 20
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Explore how a world-renowned botanical collection has stayed relevant within the 21st Century.  This walking tour will showcase the new entryway to the park and the on-going expansion of the beloved Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Participants will go behind the scenes as well as experience a treasured orchid show.

$175 per person; includes transportation, bottled water, and catered lunch. Moderate walking.

Learning Objectives:

Katharine Rudnyk

Urban Horticulturalist
AHBE Landscape Architects

Katharine Rudnyk is an urban horticulturalist at AHBE Landscape Architects exploring the sustainability, best practices, and evolution of urban landscapes. A third generation horticultural professional, Katharine worked Monrovia Nursery Company for over 20 years in various marketing and sales positions throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a member of the Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and UCLA Landscape Advisory Board. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Tulane University and a degree in Horticulture from Mt. San Antonio College.


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Jeremy Klemic

Associate, PLA, ASLA
SWA Group

Jeremy is a project manager and field specialist. His work through SWA directly addresses issues of drought and preservation of native landscapes in Southern California. His portfolio includes the City of Thousand Oaks Urban Forestry Master Plan, City of Santa Monica (Palisades Park, Chain Reaction Park, Reed Park, Public Safety Facility, North Beach Trail), and numerous water conservation landscape renovations for Cal State University Long Beach. As a member of SWA’s Field Group, Jeremy has performed Construction Observation and Administration services in the United States and internationally for civic, higher education, hospitality and resort renovation projects.


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Elisa Read

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Elisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, and her Master in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In architecture school, she developed a preference for blurring the lines between buildings and their sites, which paved the way for her transition to landscape architecture. Since moving to California, she has become an encyclopedia of local flora. Elisa joined RCHS in 2011 and has led a broad range of projects from design through completion. Her favorite part of the process is playing with plants in the field.


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James P. Folsom

Director of the Gardens
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, joined The Hunt­ington staff in 1984, serving as assistant curator before becoming director in 1987. Folsom oversees more than a dozen thematic gardens covering 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds.
Folsom received his bachelor’s degree in botany from Auburn University, a master’s degree in biology from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in botany from the University of Texas at Austin. His academic research centered on the orchid family, with much time spent in Central and South America—including a year in Colombia on a Fulbright Predoctoral Fellowship.


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John L. Pearson

Office of Cheryl Barton

An adept designer, O|CB Associate John Lambert Pearson brings extensive horticultural expertise to every project. Throughout his studies at UC Berkeley and over 10 years of experience, John has pursued his interests in the social and cultural factors of design alongside sustainability and phytoremediation. His range of work includes city parks, campuses, international resorts, and residences. Dedicated to the field and mentorship, he regularly volunteers his time for portfolio reviews and ASLA Emerging Professionals programs.


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Meghen Quinn

The Office of Cheryl Burton

Meghen Quinn provides expertise in conceptualization, design, and construction of institutional, commercial, and public landscapes of a variety of types and scales. While at Sasaki Associates, Meghen was first exposed to Revit’s capability of improving project coordination and collaboration. Her project experience includes working with derelict and adaptive reuse sites, as well as performance-based site systems. Prior to joining O|CB, Ms. Quinn founded Quinn Landscape Architects where she not only managed multiple projects using Revit, but also introduced her team to the program’s ability to streamline coordination across multiple disciplines.


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Bill Ropp

BrightView Landscapes, LLC

Bill Ropp is a Principal at BrightView, specializing in pre-construction services and Design-Build projects. Throughout his 21 years with this company, he has worked on various international projects, including start-up operations in the Middle East. During his 30-year career, Bill has applied his education, training, and experience in engineering, design, and construction to address the challenges associated with working internationally.


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