Kim Todd  Associate Professor, Extension Horticulture Specialist, Licensed Landscape Architect

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Contact Information

Area of Focus

Landscape Design

Degrees

  • B.S. landscape architecture from Iowa State University
  • M.A. adult and continuing education with emphasis on community and human resources from UNL

Research Interests

  • Landscape design and management landscape architecture and plant materials
  • Consumer preference studies on ornamental grasses in the field and in containers
  • Applied field studies on landscape plants, including shrub roses and herbaceous landscape plants
  • Rural entrepreneurship and the development of niche markets for landscape materials

Courses Taught

  • HORT/NRES 213 LANDSCAPE PLANTS 11
  • HORT/NRES 214 HERBACEOUS LANDSCAPE PLANTS
  • HORT 395, 396, 398 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND CAREER EXPERIENCE
  • HORT/ARCH 467 PLANTING DESIGN
  • HORT/ARCH 469 SENIOR DESIGN
  • HORT 470 LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
  • HORT 896 HERBACEOUS LANDSCAPE PLANTS (DISTANCE)
  • Workshops: Herbaceous Landscape Plants, Perennials and Ornamental Grasses, Landscape Management, Landscape Design, Landscape Solutions, Choosing and Using Trees and Shrubs

Extension Area of Emphasis

  • Landscape design and management for sustainable landscapes
    • Basic design, applied to home or commercial settings
    • Specific situations and solutions
    • Management of landscapes and individual species
  • Landscape plants
    • Identification; design use; cultural requirements; combinations; and management of woody and herbaceous landscape plants including perennials and ornamental in managed and naturalized landscapes
  • Selection and management of plant materials for use in sustainable landscapes

Major Project Activities

  • Undergraduate and distance education
     
  • Part of a team developing a statewide horticulture curriculum for extension
     
  • Part of a team completing an extension circular entitled "Perennial Landscape Plants for the Northern Great Plains-Selection and Management"
     
  • Horticulture Foundations publication series
     
  • Two-day workshop on herbaceous landscape plants for credit and non-credit
     
  • Working with a multi-disciplinary team to develop a plant database as part of the Library of Croptechnology
     
  • Helping coordinate state-based master gardener training; supervising several specific master gardener volunteer efforts, including management of plants in containers in downtown Lincoln and evaluation of roses and grasses
     
  • Supervision of a UCARE student working on a consumer preference study of ornamental grasses in containers
     
  • Developing a basic horticulture course in 'Backyard Plant Science' to be team-taught
     
  • Working with a small group of faculty members to develop a viable project with Nebraska Department of Roads
     
  • Developing a communications committee structure and plan of action for Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association
     
  • Co-authoring several NebGuides in a horticulture series
     
  • Developing the plans for the successful "Backyard Farmer Backyard Makeover" contestant and design suggestions for the weekly runners-up

Selected Publications

  • Lindgren, Dale T. and Kim Todd. 2004. Wildflowers for the Home Landscape: Perennials for Sunny Sites
     
  • University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Publication G92-1074
     
  • Todd, Kim and Dale Lindgren. 2003. Perennials in Water-Wise Landscapes.
     
  • University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Publication G94-1214-A
     
  • Lindgren, Dale, K. Todd and L. Giesler. 2003. Geraniums (Pelargonium)
     
  • University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Publication G74-190-A