Landscape Color and Professional Field Day

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

  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – 8:00 am12:30 pm

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Join us for the 2021 Landscape Color and Professional Field Day for a morning filled with helpful information for green industry professionals. The subject matter is across the board, giving professionals a wide variety of interesting topics they'll find useful in their daily tasks.

Color Trials in flower


8:00 am
Registration (closes at 8:30 am and welcome back!)
8:40 am
Concurrent Sessions (Color Field Trials and Horticultural Field Lab)*
12:30 pm
Program concludes

*Each session runs about 50 minutes and will be repeated four times throughout the three-hour period. Participants will rotate through each location in small groups.

Session Topics

"It's All about Color"
Mark Weathington, Bernadette Clark, and Douglas Ruhren

Tour the Color Trials, see the new plant introductions, and vote for your favorites. Join the JC Raulston Arboretum's horticultural staff as they discuss the Color Trials.

"Controlling Bamboo and Other Invasive Plants in Landscapes"
Joe Neal, Department of Horticultural Science

Running bamboos are some of the most difficult to control weedy ornamental plants. Once established, they spread aggressively by rhizomes. Control and containment measures are often inadequate because the infestations return again and again. In this presentation, Joe Neal, Ph.D., will discuss what makes bamboo and other weedy ornamentals so difficult to control, as well as guidelines for containment and control. Of course, the first step in controlling invasive plants like bamboo is to avoid planting such invasive plants.

Weed control discussion.

"Planting—It Is Truly All about Getting It Right"
Barbara Fair, Department of Horticultural Science

Join Barbara Fair as she shares research-based planting practices that illustrate root ball management, getting the depth correct, and staking that really works.

"So You Think You Know How to Operate a Chainsaw?"
Travis Black and Nathan Trull, Bartlett Tree Experts

Join Travis Black and Nathan Trull from Bartlett Tree Experts to learn how to operate a chainsaw in a safe manner. They will share the common safety features of a saw and share tips on starting and normal use.

Continuing Education Credit

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has approved the Field Day for one credit hour.

D: 1
L: 1
N: 1
X: 1

North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board

The North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board has approved the field day to provide continuing education for landscape contracting under N.C.G.S. 89D. This course has been assigned number CE 1971. They've approved the following credits:


Online registration (ends June 22 at 5:00 pm): $15.00, onsite registration (June 23): $20.00.
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.
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 field day. For help with registration, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or