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Spring Conference
for Landscapers


Spring Conference for Landscapers

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

The Puritan Backroom Conference Center
Manchester, NH

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:00 am -3:30 pm

Earn pesticide credits and NHCLP credits

Online Registration  |  Program BrochureDriving Instructions

See below for Schedule, Registration information, and Educational Session Review


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

General Session: Nature Integration, The Future of Design
Rebecca Lindenmeyer

  Track 1   Track 2
10:10 Shoreland Protection Review
Jason Aube
OR Birds in Designed Landscapes: Beauty and Function
Marilyn Wyzga

It's Not Easy Being Green: How to Make the Most of Your Green Sno/Pro Certification
Ted Diers

OR Caterpillars, Just Part of the Whole Story
Sam Jaffe
12:15-1:00 Lunch/ Visit Vendor Booths
Announcements, Scholarship awards, and Certification
1:15 Permeable Pavers in the Hardscape Profit Center
Bill Gardocki
OR Pruning Fruit Trees and Berries
Jeremy Delisle
2:20 General Session — Panel Discussion
Welcoming Diversity in the Landscape Profession

Melody Hughes, Lisa Mitrano, John Stephens
Earn pesticide credits and NHCLP credits

Registration Details

Early registration is $55 per person if paid before noon on March 14, 2018. Registration after noon on March 14 or payment at the door is $65 per person.

College student registrations: $25 before March 14. Please call 862-3208 if you would like to register as a student. Students must show ID at the door.

No refunds after March 14 and lunch is not guaranteed for registrations after March 14. Note: we cannot give refunds for non-attendance.

Register by March 14, 2018

Online Registration  |  Program BrochureDriving Instructions

Questions? For late registration, or if you are unable to register on-line, please call call 603-862-3200.

For any special arrangements including dietary, physical access, or other accommodation requests, including the ability to pay, please contact UNHCE at 603-862-3200. Ten working days are needed to facilitate special needs requests.

If you have questions specific to the conference, please call Cathy Neal, Extension Specialist in Landscape Horticulture at 603-862-3208, cathy.neal@unh.edu.

Exhibitors should contact Jon Batson, NHLA Ed Committee Chair at jontree13@aol.com or 603-335-5372.

In case the event is canceled or delayed due to weather, notification will be sent via email to those who have pre-registered.

Review of Educational Sessions

Keynote: Nature Integration, The Future of Design

Presenter: Rebecca Lindenmeyer
Get Ready – Biophilic design is coming to a neighborhood near you. Learn how a fundamental shift in demographics, social consciousness and science is changing how nature is integrated into the design of our buildings and landscapes and how that will affect the future of our industry. Specifically, Rebecca will describe the challenges of transforming how we approach design, our relationships with our employees and our clients, and how to maximize the opportunities that will be coming with the green building industry over the next 5-10 years.

Rebecca has a B.S. in Environmental Science, and worked for EPA as a consultant for 9 years before shifting her career to sustainable design in 2001. As co-owner of Linden L.A.N.D. Group from 2004 to 2017, a landscape and interior firm, she designed over 350 landscapes in Vermont, New York, and New England. Her creative designs integrate both indoor and outdoor spaces and allow clients to smell flowers and herbs, taste home-grown organic food, watch, hear and feel wind and water, birds, and other wildlife, and be surrounded by the vibrancy of green living things. Rebecca is also a WELL AP, a certification that focuses on the health and well-being of building occupants and integrates biophilic design for improved productivity and quality of life. Currently Rebecca is managing the flagship retail store of Gardener’s Supply and helping them expand their retail division throughout New England.

Shoreland Protection Review

Presenter: Jason Aube, Land Resources Management Shoreland Program Outreach Coordinator, NHDES
Jay’s presentation will cover a brief history of the Shoreland Protection Act, as well as a review of the minimum standards as they exist under today’s statute, NH RSA 483-B. Jay will also discuss the shoreland permitting process and emphasis will be placed on repairing and constructing walkways, patios, retaining walls, and docking structures.


Birds in Designed Landscapes: Beauty and Function

Presenter: Marilyn Wyzga, Landscaping with Nature
Enhancing much-needed habitat for birds in your clients’ landscapes helps ensure the future of these remarkable creatures, and joy for the people who experience them. We’ll discuss avian life stages and ways to address survival needs in every season, from plants to structure, water sources to window safety. You’ll learn what features to preserve and enhance for birds to thrive in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

It's Not Easy Being Green: How to Make the Most of Your Green SnoPro Certification

Presenter: Ted Diers, Watershed Management Bureau, NH DES
Ted Diers will address frequently asked questions about the program and provide some info on where the program is headed. There will be time for discussion about what NHLA members want from the program.


Caterpillars, Just Part of the Whole Story                                                                                                                                                                                    Presenter: Sam Jaffe, Director of The Caterpillar Lab, Keene NH
Sam will present a photograph and video packed talk that explores backyard pollinators, plants, and the many caterpillars that are positioned at the center of it all. He will introduce a “Whole Story” perspective of natural history study and appreciation that just might make you reconsider an herbivore’s place in our cultivated environments. After his talk Sam will be happy to discuss particular host plants and habitats that can be used to attract ever more native insects to our biodiverse gardens and managed landscapes.                                                  

Permeable Pavers in the Hardscape Profit Center

Presenter: Bill Gardocki, Interstate Landscaping
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP) are one of the fastest growing
segments of the hardscape industry. Learn the differences between a PICP installation and a standard interlocking concrete paver installation.


Pruning Fruit Trees and Berries

Presenter: Jeremy Delisle, Field Specialist, Fruit & Veg Crops, UNH Extension
Fruit crops are popular components of the edible landscape trend. Landscapers who care for these plants need to know the “how” and the “why” of proper pruning to maintain plant health, vigor and fruit yield. Jeremy will cover pruning tree fruits including apples and peaches as well as blueberries, brambles and grapes.

Panel Discussion – Welcoming Diversity in the Landscape Profession

Melody Hughes, Groundskeeper, Turbocam International (moderator)
Lisa Mitrano, Account Manager, Outside Unlimited
John Stephens, Stephens Landscaping LLC.


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