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Spring Kickoff!

Spring Conference for Landscapers

This program is a collaborative effort between NHLA and
UNH Cooperative Extension

Sweeney Hall Auditorium
New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord's Community College
Concord, NH

March 16, 2016
8:00 am -3:15 pm

Pesticide credits pending;
NHCLP credits awarded available

Online Registration

Program Brochure



Registration, Visit Vendor Booths, Greet members
Coffee, Tea, Muffins

General Session –  State of New England's Native Plants: How Horticulturists Can Help Conserve Our Precious Flora
Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth

10:15-10:30 Break, visit vendor booths
  Track 1   Track 2
10:30-11:30 Quick Tips for Irrigation Repair
Jim Moreau
OR Updates from the State:
What's New that You Need to Know?

11:30-12:30 Lunch / Please take time to visit Vendor Booths
  Track 1   Track 2

Managing Turf and Landscape Insects with Minimum Environmental Impact
Stan Swier

OR Soils: An Engineer's Perspective
Brian Lenzi, PE, M.ASCE
1:40-2:0 Announcements, Scholarship awards, and Certification
2:00-3:15 Panel Discussion: Landscape Projects
Pesticide credits pending;
2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details

Early registration is $50 per person if paid in full by March 9, 2016. Late registration or payment at the door is $60 per person. Student registrations: $25 before March 9. (Please call 862-3208 if you would like to register as a student.) No refunds after March 9 and lunch is not guaranteed for registrations after March 9.
Note: we cannot give refunds for non-attendance.

RSVP by March 9, 2016

Online Registration

Program Brochure

Students, pleases call 862-3208 to register.

Questions? Questions about registration should be sent to: suzanne.hebert@unh.edu or call 603-862-3200.
Exhibitors should contact Jon Batson, NHLA Ed Committee Chair at jontree13@aol.com or 603-335-5372.
For other questions, contact Cathy Neal, UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist at cathy.neal@unh.edu or 603-862-3208.

Review of Educational Sessions

State of New England's Native Plants: How Horticulturists Can Help Conserve Our Precious Flora

New England Wild Flower Society recently released a comprehensive, peer-reviewed report that, for the first time, gathers together the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape. From these data, we can discern increases and declines in both rare and common species across all six states. We will discuss the report findings and discuss the importance of plants and habitats in supporting other organisms and in providing ecosystem services for humans. We identify hotspots of rare plant diversity, and discuss factors that foster this diversity. We document the primary ecological and man-made threats to both rare and common species. We discuss activities and initiatives by New England Wild Flower Society and many organizations in New England to conserve and manage rare plants and habitats throughout the region. This talk will focus on what horticulturists can do to help protect the viability of thousands of species that together comprise our diverse and vibrant flora.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, NE Wildflower Society
Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth. is Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society, and a biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator. At the Society, she has written a major regional report “State of the Plants of New England,” and she co-led the award-winning National Science Foundation-funded project, Go Botany, to develop an on-line guide to the regional flora for teaching botany. She has illustrated and/or written seven books, including The Nature of New Hampshire, A Field Guide to the Ants of New England, The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea, and the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns. She has taught at Smith College, Hampshire College, and the Conway School of Landscape Design. She has conducted scientific research on many ecosystems throughout the world, focusing on restoration, conservation, plant physiology, mangroves, and climate change.  She obtained her Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, M.Sc. from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. with honors in Environmental Studies from Brown University. In her spare time she sings semi-professionally and paddles her hand-built kayak. Full website and CV at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~efarnswo/

Quick Tips for Irrigation Repair

We’ve all broken irrigation pipes, wires and sprinkler heads while doing landscape installs and maintenance.  You will learn several tips on how to make quick and easy repairs yourself. 

Presenter: Jim Moreau, Associates in Horticulture, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Certified Irrigation Contractor - Outside Sales Northeast Turf & Irrigation Supply

Panel: Updates from the State. What's New that You Need to Know

New rules, regulations and recommended opportunities pertaining to landscape businesses will be summarized by panelists from our state agencies. The panel will include David J. Rousseau, Director, New Hampshire Division of Pesticide Control, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food;  A. Allen from NH Dept. of Labor; and Patrick Woodbrey , Salt Reduction Coordinator with NH Dept. of Environmental Services

Managing Turf and Landscape Insects with Minimum Environmental Impacts

The public is much more aware of the potential negative  impacts of  pesticides in their environment as well as  on non-target beneficial insects such as bees, parasites and predators. Landscapers must strive to minimize these impacts, not only to protect the environment but to maintain good  relations with the public. This presentation will review the major landscape and turf pests and review biological, cultural, and chemical techniques that  will help manage these pests  with least impact to the environment.

Soils: An Engineer's Perspective                                                                                                                                                                                       How do soil formation, morphology, classification and mechanics effect our projects? Specifically, how do they apply to cutoff walls, retaining walls, and foundations? Use of geotextiles and soil stabilization will be addressed.     

Presenter: Brian Lenzi, PE, M.ASCE                                                            

Panel Discussion: Landscapers' Projects

A group of landscapers will showcase their projects and discuss the different as aspects of creating a landscape design and following thru to completion.

Panelists from: Stephens Landscape, Salmon Falls Nursery and Landscape; Belknap Landscaping, Juniper Hill Landscapes

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