Randy graduated from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture in 1967, so it is most fitting that his college of choice for this award be his alma mater. The award is presented to a third year student who achieves the highest cumulative marks in the following courses that align with the principles of arboriculture: soil science, tree identification and practical tree maintenance. Randy, or his designate, presents this scholarship at the graduation ceremonies in March of each year.
Arboriculture II: This is a further study of trees including: tree selection process, planting techniques, tree care and pruning theory and techniques. Specific site considerations and site alterations and maintaining trees in urban conditions are also discussed.
Practical Tree Maintenance (non-credit compulsory course): This introductory level practical course for second year students is five consecutive days in duration and is intended to familiarize the student with two skill sets which are considered essential to arboriculture operations: tree climbing and chainsaw operation. The majority of this program will be dedicated to hands-on learning in the tree. Emphasis throughout is on workplace safety and proper techniques. The instructor, a certified industry professional, evaluates the students and their mark is reflected as a portion of their practical evaluation mark for the July to September practical term.
Soils I: An introduction to the origin and proper practical management of soil for horticultural purposes. Topics covered include nature, origin and classification of soil, mineral and organic soils, supply and availability of plant nutrients in mineral soils, soil components, physical properties, soil organism, organic matter, irrigation techniques, soil erosion and control.
Soils II: A further study of soils with emphasis on soil colloids, soil chemistry, macro and micro nutrients, as well as fertilizer calculations and general soil management for the landscape industry.
Plant Identification IV: This course in an intensive study of the identification culture and landscape use of conifers.
Randy Lidkea NPD '67 Scholarship