Pam - I agree with you to a degree, as the best horticulturists I know are
landscapers. However, to become an LA one has to undergo a rigorous training
that virtually assures they know a little about a lot of stuff, and lot
about some stuff. I agree that in general these folks are horticulturally,
botanically, and ecologically challenged -but they have had the benefit of
some training in soils, plant science, plant ID, IPM, etc.
However, to be a landscaper (in most places and at most times) one has to
have a pick up truck, a shovel, a mower, and some gumption - formal training
of any sort be damned. No flames here please - I have billed myself as a
landscaper for a portion of my career.
I know there are tons of exceptions, but after nearly 20 years at this these
are my opinions today.
Mike LaMana, MS
Heartwood Consulting Services, LLC
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