Landscape Color and Professional Field Day

Presented by NC State's Department of Horticultural Science and the JC Raulston Arboretum

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 8:30 am4:00 pm

Join us for the 2017 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a day filled with helpful information for green industry professionals.

This year, the subject matter is across the board, giving you a wide variety of interesting topics. Joe Neal, Ph.D., will focus on weed management in herbaceous beds and how to prevent herbicide damage to non-target plants. Matt Bertone will give you the tools to identify immature bugs—as we know that they can often be more damaging than the adults. Barb Fair, Ph.D., will share some new details on proper planting and staking techniques. And, as always, Brian Whipker, Ph.D., has invited a great group of folks speaking on plant management in the greenhouse.

2016 Field Day

Four pesticide applicator continuing education credits are available (three for the landscape and one for the greenhouse). We've also applied for credits through the North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board as well. Check out the agenda below and register soon!

Note: The Landscape Color and Professional Field Day is for green industry professionals only.


8:30 am–9:00 am – Registration

9:00 am–12:00 pm – Concurrent sessions (southern Arboretum Area, Color Trials, and Horticulture Field Lab)

Each session runs about 50 minutes and will be repeated three times throughout the three-hour period.

Color Trials Tour/New Plant Introductions and Landscape Professional Sessions

Located in the Arboretum and Horticultural Field Lab.

1) Group One starts at Station One at 9:00 am–9:50 am, then proceeds to Station Two from 10:00 am–10:50 am, then ends at Station Three from 11:00 am–11:50 am.

2) Group Two starts at Station Two at 9:00 am– 9:50 am, then proceeds to Station Three from 10:00 am–10:50 am, and ends at Station One from 11:00 am–11:50 am.

3) Group Three starts at Station Three at 9:00 am–9:50 am, then proceeds to Station One from 10:00 am–10:50 am, then ends at Station Two from 11:00 am–11:50 am.

Topics and Speakers

"What 's New under the Sun and Shade!"
Bernadette Clark and Tim Alderton, JC Raulston Arboretum

Tour Color Trials and see some new plant introductions.

"Planting and Staking Techniques for Trees and Shrubs"
Barb Fair, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Barb will demonstrate techniques for planting and staking that you should know.

"Do This, Don't Do That"
Joe Neal, Ph.D., Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Avoid herbicide injury to bedding plants by choosing the right herbicide for site preparation. With all the formulations of glyphosate on the market, it can be confusing to select the right one for the job. Weed control before planting color beds is no exception. Formulations with residual components are too often utilized in site preparation treatments, resulting in stunted, injured, or dying bedding plants. In this demonstration and presentation, attendees will learn how to avoid this common mistake and to recognize the symptoms of herbicide injury if it occurs.

One hour pesticide recertification credit applied for in categories: L, N, O, and X. 

12:00 pm–1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm–4:00 pm – Afternoon sessions

Greenhouse Professional Sessions

Ride a shuttle to and from the greenhouses in the Horticultural Field Lab.

1) 1:00 pm–1:50 pm
"Rooting Vegetative Cuttings Successfully"
Garrett Owen, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Rooting and producing your own vegetative liners has been increasing in popularity. Garrett will join us by Web cam and present some of the most important environmental and cultural aspects to consider to get your rooting success near 100%.

2) 2:00 pm–2:50 pm
"Plants Can't Be Prosperous … If They Don 't Have Phosphorus"
Josh Henry, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Josh's presentation will focus on the results of his Master 's thesis research investigating phosphorus nutrition. He will provide applicable information regarding deficiency symptoms and fertilizer recommendations that you can use in your operation.

3) 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
"Bio Control Strategies for Poinsettias and Gerberas"
Joe Brenton, Koppert Biological Systems

Biological control is an option that you may want to consider implementing into your poinsettia production program and to control thrips in gerbera. Joe will present an overview about bio-control and then cover specifics for these two crops.

One hour pesticide recertification credit applied for.

Landscape Professional Sessions

1) 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
"Weed Management in Annual/Perennial Beds"
Joe Neal, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

In this session Joe will share strategies for the most effective ways to manage weeds while keeping the good stuff alive. (Ruby C. McSwain Education Center)

One hour pesticide rectification credit applied for in categories: L, N, O, and X. 

2) 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
"All About Baby Bugs: How to Differentiate Between Common Immature Insects in the Landscape"
Matt Bertone, Extension Associate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State University

Juvenile insects (nymphs and larvae) are often the life stage of most concern, especially as pests, but in general are difficult to identify. In this presentation, you will learn diagnostic techniques for identifying some common immature insects in the field. (Ruby C. McSwain Education Center)

One hour pesticide recertification credit applied for in categories: L, N, O, and X. 

3) 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Tour JC Raulston Arboretum on your own, catch up with friends and colleagues, and chat with experts.

Early registration (ends June 23): $35.00, late registration (begins June 24): $50.00.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 200 people and is considered complete when payment is received. If you have difficulty paying for the event with your credit card, your account may be blocking our merchant typ. If that happens, please call Andrew Pais at (919) 513-7007 to register. Please do not leave your credit card number on his voice mail.
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 Barb Fair at for more information about this seminar.