Landscape Color and Professional Field Day

Onsite Registration Opens Wednesday

Sponsored by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association and the Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 9:00 am4:30 pm

Presented by JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State's Department of Horticultural Science, and the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association

Join us at the JC Raulston Arboretum for a new twist to the annual color and landscape professional field days.

The theme of this year's event is "Functional Plants for the Landscape." Our keynote will be presented by Debbie Hamrick. As many of you may know, Debbie has been a strong supporter of the green industry in North Carolina and has become a passionate advocate for green infrastructure. We are excited to have her here! Debbie will start off a great day of events we know you will enjoy.

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Continuing Education Credits

There will be a total of 5.5 North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board continuing education credits and 3 pesticide continuing education credits available for the Landscape Professional Sessions, and 2.5 credits available for the Greenhouse Professional Sessions, as well as 1 pesticide continuing education credit for the afternoon.

Note: This program is open to green industry professionals only.

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8:00 am–8:30 am – Flower Grower's Association Annual Business Meeting

8:30 am–9:00 am – Registration

9:00 am–9:45 am – Keynote – "Importance of Plants to the Development of Multi-functional Landscape"

Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops, NC Farm Bureau

In this session, Debbie will provide guidance for growers and landscapers regarding the increased needs for species options and landscape use in today's multifunctional systems.

9:45 am–10:00 am – House Keeping: Information for the Day

Mark Weathington, Director JC Raulston Arboretum

Concurrent Tours (Southern Arboretum Area, Color Field Trials, and Horticulture Field Lab)

Each tour runs 30 minutes and will be repeated twice during the two-hour period before lunch. Check back soon for details about the concurrent tour options.

10:00 am and 11:00 am – Color Field Beds

Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum

Join Mark at the Color Trials as he presents current evaluation results.

10:00 am and 11:00 am – Functional Plants in the Arboretum

Barbara Fair, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State

Take a stroll with Barbara through the Arboretum and explore plants that are key to the functionality of our landscapes (soil erosion reduction to stormwater mitigation).

10:30 am and 11:30 am – Rain Gardens

Helen Kraus, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State

Rain Gardens are a designed and constructed landscape feature that remediates stormwater pollutants in an ornamental way. Rain gardens come in a variety of sizes but must be built with certain design elements in mind. We will explores the design, substrate, and vegetative partners in rain gardens.

10:30 am and 11:30 am – Substrates

Brian Jackson, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State (meets at the Substrate Processing and Research Center)

Brian will show you the latest and greatest technologies and discoveries in the world of Substrate Science and discuss the vital changes and improvements that you need to know! Let's "talk dirt" together at the SPARC (Substrate Processing and Research Center) located at the Horticulture Field Lab!

10:00 am–12:00 pm – "New Plant Introductions"

Stop and chat with N.C. growers and learn about some of the new plants being introduced.

10:00 am–12:00 pm – Tour on Your Own

Stroll through the Arboretum and Color Trials.

12:00 pm–1:00 pm – Lunch

Lunch with sponsors and pollinator plant displays.

Be sure to bring along any plant problems, such as insects and disease, to have the folks from the NC State University Insect and Disease Clinic to assess.

1:00 pm–1:50 pm – "Managing Pests and Protecting Pollinators in Urban Environments"

Steve Frank, Ph.D., Department of Entomology, NC State

Learn about the best pesticides to control the unwanted insects, but protect those pollinators and other beneficials.

2:00 pm–4:30 pm – Concurrent Sessions (choose from the following)

Landscape Professional Sessions (Arboretum and Horticulture Field Lab)

2:00 pm–2:30 pm – "Designing Gardens that are Pollinator Friendly"

Danesha Seth-Carley, Ph.D., and Anne Spafford, Department. of Horticultural Science, NC State

In this session, the researchers will discuss plant layout and choice and the elements necessary to create a landscape for protection and conservation of insect pollinators.

2:40 pm–3:10 pm – "Best Plants for Pollinators for North Carolina Gardens"

Barbara Fair, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State

Barbara Fair will show you just a few of the many plants offered by N.C. growers that can serve a wide variety of pollinators for a wide variety of sites. She may provide ideas on plants you never thought of using before!

3:20 pm–3:50 pm – "Herbicide Impregnated Mulch: Weed Control and Plant Safety"

Chris Harlow, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State

Join Chris Harlow as he shares the results of a research project conducted by Joe Neal's group. In this case, you will learn about the implementation, effectiveness, and other issues related to the use of herbicide impregnated mulch.

4:00 pm–4:30 pm – "Common Diseases of Ornamentals in North Carolina"

Sara Villani, Ph.D., Department of Plant Pathology, NC State

Meet NC State's new plant pathologist and learn how to identify, prevent, and control the most common pathogens of landscape ornamentals.

Greenhouse Professional Sessions (Horticulture Field Lab Greenhouses)

Ride the shuttle to and from the greenhouses.

2:00 pm–2:30 pm – "Revising Your Phosphorus Fertilizer Strategy"

Joshua Henry, NC State

Joshua Henry will discuss new research at NC State that is looking at the optimal level of phosphorus to use as strategy to control plant height, and avoid iron deficiency problems.

2:40 pm–3:10 pm – "New PourThru App!"

Brian Whipker, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State

On July 1, a new PourThru monitoring app for greenhouse, perennial, and nursery growers will be launched. This free app was developed by Extension specialists at Virginia Tech, Clemson, and NC State. The use of the app will be demonstrated, along with discussion about optimal pH and EC ranges for greenhouse crops.

3:20 pm–4:30 pm – "Be on the Lookout! Major Diseases of Pansy, Garden Mum, and Poinsettia"

Emma Lookabaugh, Ph.D., NC State

Emma Lookabaugh will provide an overview of the most common diseases affecting fall crops and how to control them. Identification and control of black root rot and Cercospora leaf spot of pansy, Pythium root rot and Fusarium wilt of garden mum, and Pythium root rot of poinsettia will be discussed.

Early registration (ends June 20): $35.00, late registration (begins June 21): $50.00.
Onsite registration opens on Wednesday, June 29 at 8:30 am. Registration is limited to 200 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or for more information about this course.