Perennial Plant Conference To Be Held March 20 At University Of Connecticut

Perennial Plant Conference 2014The Perennial Plant Conference – A Conference for the Landscape and Horticultural Professional will be held at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

This all-day educational conference will address a wide range of topics focusing on herbaceous perennial production, sustainable landscape design and retail marketing. Topics were selected to appeal to professional landscapers and designers, nursery and greenhouse producers and retail garden centers. Two concurrent educational sessions will feature nationally recognized speakers from both industry and academia.

The speakers featured at the conference will include:

• Stephanie Cohen, Horticultural Consultant, Collegeville, Pa., who will speak on flowering shrubs for the mixed border.

• Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks in Northford, Conn., who will speak on the challenges of running a landscape business with today’s extreme climate events.

• Jim Engel, from White Oak Nursery in Geneva, N.Y., who will present “Top Native Shrubs and How to Use Them in Your Landscape.”

• Robert Herman, horticultural consultant from New Hartford, Conn., who will present a talk entitled “Garden Design Trends in Europe.”

• Jane Nadel-Klein, from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., will be speaking about gardeners and the green industry.

• Cheryl Smith, plant pathologist from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension in Durham, N.H., who will be presenting “Cultural Practices and Pest Management Strategies for Low-Input Gardens.”

• Lloyd Traven, owner/partner of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, Pa., who will discuss “Bringing Fantastic New Plants to Market.” In a second talk, Traven will speak on “Bringing The Awesome Everyday!” He will discuss some of the ways, methods, plants and a change in attitude that will set your business apart as the local expert and go-to source.

• Mark Weathington, from the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., who will speak on water wise plants that pack a punch and “Green Screens aka Life after Leyland.”

Program and registration information, including online registration, is available at www.2014perennial.uconn.edu. A pre-registration fee of $100 per person is due by March 13. The fee is $110 per person if postmarked after March 13 or for walk-ins. Registration is limited and nonrefundable. Please make checks payable to the University of Connecticut and send to Donna Ellis, University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067, Storrs, CT 06269-4067.

Included with your registration: an information packet, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, free parking and the opportunity to meet speakers and purchase autographed books from the Perennial Plant Conference bookstore. One pesticide recertification credit will be offered for attendees from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (pending state approval). Additional CEUs are available.

For more information contact Donna Ellis (860-486-6448; eMail donna.ellis@uconn.edu) or visit the Perennial Plant Conference website.

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