Bernie Kerkvliet, a certified aquascape contractor, will speak to the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society of Garden Ponds at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at the Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands.
The presentation will focus on ponds, but the focus will be on wild edible and medicinal plants. Kerkvliet will bring plant samples for educational purposes and, if possible, one or two edible samples. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Ornamental Horticulture.
He has been a licensed landscape contractor since 1977, when he started Skyline Landscaping. In 1999 he was introduced to the world of ecosystem ponds and three years later he branched out to include ponds as the main focus of the business.
Skyline Ponds became a division of Skyline Landscaping. In 2002, Bernie became the first certified aquascape entrepreneur in California. He is now a master aquatic contractor and has taught other pond builders across the country for over six years.
At the Aquascape Pond Builders convention in 2016, Kerkvliet received the Conservationist of the Year award. Another area of ââinterest is ethnobotany, the study and uses of plants for food, medicine, and utility purposes.
He has lectured on this topic at California State University, San Bernardino, and Barstow Community College for several hundred search and rescue volunteers. For more information, visit Redlandsgardenclub.com.