Nursery/ Landscape Conference to be held at DelVal

Jan 03, 2012

The Penn State Extension’s annual Nursery/Landscape Conference will be held at DelVal on Thursday, Jan. 5. The college teamed up with the Penn State Extension, the Pennsylvania Nursery Landscape Association and the Professional Grounds Management Society to plan this year’s event.

It will be held in the Moumgis Auditorium (located in the student center) on DelVal’s Doylestown Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be two keynote speakers, as well as morning and afternoon breakout sessions. In the afternoon there will be a “Women in the Green Industry” panel discussion. Bill Hendricks, owner of Klyn Nurseries in Ohio, will be a keynote speaker. He will present, “Shrubs for the mixed border…great complements to perennials.”

Klyn Nurseries is a wholesale nursery that supplies plant materials to contractors, retailers, and municipalities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Western New York, West Virginia and Kentucky. Hendricks is a renowned plant materials speaker.

Greg Hoover, of Penn State, will also be a keynote speaker. He will present, “Some Invasive Pest Species in Pennsylvania: Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer and Thousand Cankers Disease.”

Angela Palmer, founder of Plants Nouveau, a company that introduces and promotes new plants, will teach participants about social media’s role in the industry.

Pete Landschoot will provide an update on recent issues relevant to turfgrass.

DelVal Associate Professor of Horticulture Dr. Jackie Ricotta will talk about capitalizing on the “grow your own food” movement, which continues to gain momentum.

Todd Hagenbuch, vegetation management specialist for Arborchem Products, will discuss invasive plants.

The event is a great opportunity to network with horticulturists.

The cost for the general public is $49 and includes light breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. Those who are interested in participating should call Scott Guiser at 215-345-3283 as soon as possible to reserve a spot.

DelVal students are welcome to attend for free if they bring student ID (however lunch is not included as part of the free registration).