Bernie Kerkvliet, a certified aquascape contractor, will speak to the The Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society about garden ponds at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands.
The talk will touch on ponds but the main focus will be on wild edible and medicinal plants. Kerkvliet will be bringing plant samples for instructional purposes and, if possible, one or two edible samples. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree 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 contractor in California. He is now a master aquascape contractor and has been involved in teaching other pond builders from around the country for more than six years.
At the Aquascape Pond Builders convention in 2016, Kerkvliet was awarded conservationist of the year. Another area of interest is in ethnobotany, the study and uses of plants for food, medicine and utilitarian uses.
He has taught classes on this subject at California State University, San Bernardino, and at Barstow Community College for several hundred search and rescue volunteers. For more information, visit Redlandsgardenclub.com.