2021 Virtual Education Program Descriptions

Learn new skills and update your credentials during Green & Growin’ Education. The education program will be 100% online this year, giving you the option of attending all sessions live Jan. 11-13, 2021, or viewing the sessions later on your own schedule. All registered attendees will have access to the sessions until April 30, 2021.

Sessions for growers, landscapers and retailers are listed below. Many sessions offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) toward a variety of industry licenses and certifications. CEUs are being added as sessions are approved.

A printable version of the schedule will be made available soon. The updates below were made Dec. 4, 2020.

Monday Sessions

The schedule below includes breaks at 10:30-10:45 AM and 2:15-2:30 PM.

Schedule
 
8:15-8:30 AM
  Welcome Message
NCNLA Board of Directors
 
8:30-9:30 AM
  New Plants for 2021: What’s New for Growers, Retailers and Landscapers for Spring from Proven Winners™
John Antonelli, Four Star Greenhouse; Jane Beggs-Joles, Proven Winners; and Josh Roggenbuck, Walters Gardens
SPONSORED BY PROVEN WINNERS
 
9:30-10:30 AM
  Gregory Poole Caterpillar: State of the Art Machinery
TBD
 
10:30-10:45 AM
  BREAK
 
10:45-11:45 AM
 
11:45 AM-1:15PM
  Yes, You Can Learn to Use Social Media and Grow Your Business!
Meredith J. Croom, Grants Creek Nursery
SPONSORED BY GRANTS CREEK NURSERY
  TBD
 
1:15-2:15 PM

 

Fundamentals of IPM: Pest Management Q&A
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting

SPONSORED BY BASF

IPM is a key approach for effectively managing and controlling weeds, pests, and disease on sustainable farms. By implementing IPM techniques, farmers can prevent problems before they happen and better control those that do. Insect pests can cause some of the most disruptive and damaging issues on your farm, especially in the greenhouse. Join pest management and biocontrols expert Suzanne Wainwright of Buglady Consulting to ask your pressing pest management questions and get answers in real time! This session will include a brief introductory presentation, then will focus primarily on an attendee Q&A, so come prepared with your questions!

 
2:15-2:30 PM
  BREAK
 
2:30-3:30 PM
  TBD
 
3:30-4:30 PM
  TBD
 
4:30-4:45 PM
  Closing Remarks
NCNLA Board of Directors

 

Tuesday Education Sessions

Multiple courses may be available for each time slot. You can view one at the time of showing and watch the recording of the second course at a later time. The schedule below includes breaks at 10:30-10:45 AM and 2:15-2:30 PM.

Schedule
 
8:00-8:10 AM
  Welcome Message
NCNLA Board of Directors
 
8:10-8:20 AM
  Update from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dean Richard Linton
 
8:30-9:30 AM
How to Host a Horticulture Intern/Apprentice
Dr. Helen Kraus, North Carolina State University, and Dr. Elizabeth Riley, Alamance Community College
The horticulture industry is desperate for workers and students are seeking hands-on experiences to broaden their learning. What is the answer to this conundrum? Host an intern or apprentice! Learn how easy it can be for your company to host a student studying horticulture-related curriculum. Creating these opportunities are important for students and may lead to long-term employees for the industry.
 
9:30-10:30 AM

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Lawn Care Pesticide Safety & Handling: How It’s Done and Tales from the Dark Side
Bob Mann, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
Lawn Care Pesticide Safety & Handling: How It’s Done and Tales from the Dark Side takes you beyond what’s taught in initial pesticide training to give you some real world examples of why it’s so important to pay attention to what you’re doing and to stay safe. Take a virtual field trip with long time lawn care industry champion Bob Mann as he gives you a deep dive into professional lawn care pesticide safety.
Pesticide credit for D,L,N, X.
Seasonal Color for Profit
Renee and Mark McGrady, Carolina Colorscapes
Seasonal color installation is a business, not just an add-on service. In this presentation, go beyond the basics of light, water, and compatibility to learn how to make color and aesthetics profit centers, not a drain. Renee and Mark McGrady provide valuable tips on creating beautiful flower beds and containers so you can exceed your clients’ expectations with gorgeous color.
Tax & Business Strategies in the “New Normal”
Kenneth Martin and Scott Hensley, Stancil CPA & Advisors
Ken and Scott provide an overview of the tax impacts of new legislation related to Covid-19 relief and discuss the best strategies for taking advantage of opportunities afforded by current legislation.
 
10:30-10:45 AM

BREAK

 
10:45-11:45 AM
Biting and Stinging Pests
Laurie Reid, City of Charlotte
Workers in the field may be exposed to various biting and stinging pests. This presentation teaches the outdoor worker how to identify pests and related control and prevention methods. Pesticide credit for B,D,N.
 
11:45 AM-1:15 PM
Keynote: Growing Weeders into Leaders
Jeff McManus, University of Mississippi

 

SPONSORED BY PLANTWORKS NURSERY

Jeff McManus describes the joys, the defeats, the brilliant problem-solving and the “best laid plans” that are proven worthless – until the bigger picture is told. Growing Weeders into Leaders takes you through the practical applications of empowering people to experience not only what it means to grow outstanding landscapes, but also to grow greatness in themselves and encourage it in others.

 
1:15-2:15 PM

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Bidding, Estimating & Project Pricing
Eric Jones, Turf Teacher, Inc.
This course demonstrates how to effectively bid, estimate and price a landscape construction job.
Residential Landscape Design Through the Lens of Permaculture
Jennifer L. Verprauskus, BareRoot Design
An ideal landscape nurtures itself and fits seamlessly into the natural environment. Jennifer Verprauskus from BareRoot Designs teaches you how to successfully create holistic spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and balanced through understanding design while developing beneficial relationships in the ecosystem; minimizing waste and energy; replicating natural systems; valuing diversity; and garden efficiency.
 
2:15:-2:30 PM

BREAK

 
2:30-3:30 PM

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Alternative Soil Amending Products
Debra Stringer, Stalite
Learn about alternative soil amending products, specifically expanded shales or slates, including one manufactured in North Carolina for over 70 years. Expanded aggregates are available worldwide and nationwide, and are key components for construction and green infrastructure. In 2017, the NC DEQ included ASTM C330 expanded aggregates in their stormwater manual updates because it has demonstrated such efficacy.
Planting for Pollinators, Part 1: Woody Plants and Vines
Annabel Renwick and Jason Holmes, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

SPONSORED BY UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT OLIVE

Woody plants and vines provide excellent habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Learn which trees, shrubs and vines attract and nurture native bees and butterflies, and how to structure plantings to foster year-round pollinator interest. This session will include plants commonly available and lesser-known plants for pollinators in your landscapes and gardens. The plants will be presented from the pollinator’s perspective to demonstrate how designers, nurseries, landscapers and retailers can profit from the surge in pollinator plant demand. Organized by the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance. Pesticide credit for D,L,N,X.

 
3:30-4:30 PM
Planting for Pollinators, Part 2: Annuals, Perennials, Herbs and Grasses/Sedges
Annabel Renwick and Jason Holmes, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Horticultural bling in the form of flowers provide pollinators with pollen and nectar rewards—both vitally important in sustaining populations. Most horticultural pollinator gardening or landscape plans rely on herbaceous plants. Dive below the surface of popular pollinator garden advice to talk about how the garden looks from the perspective of the pollinator. Learn why some common pollinator plants work and discover a other plants that are beneficial. This session is instructive to designers, nurseries, landscapers and retailers and will up your pollinator plant game for spring 2021.
 
4:30-4:45 PM
  Closing Remarks
NCNLA Board of Directors

 

Wednesday Education Sessions

Multiple courses may be available for each time slot. You can view one at the time of showing and watch the recording of the second course at a later time. The schedule below includes breaks at 10:30-10:45 AM and 2:15-2:30 PM.

Schedule
 
8:15-8:30 AM
  Welcome Message
NCNLA Board of Directors
 
8:30-9:30 AM

PICK ONE SESSION BELOW TO JOIN LIVE AND WATCH THE OTHERS LATER

Turf Pest Update
Tom Glasgow, NCSU Extension
Tom Glasgow presents an overview of some insect and disease issues of particular interest for turf managers in 2021. Pesticide credit for D,L,N,X.
  Robots in the Landscape
Oscar Holmberg, Husqvarna Group, North America
More and more we are seeing automation in daily lives. And now we have robots maintaining our lawns! But did you know this technology has been around for more than 25 years? Join us to learn how it all started, the concept and practical use in both residential and commercial applications.
 
9:30-10:30 AM

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  Introduction to the Green Industry
Leslie Herndon, Greenscape, Inc.; Lee Ivy, NCSU Horticulture Science; Tim Johnson, Tim Johson Landscaping; and Leslie Moorman, NC Urban Forest Council
Join a panel of NCNLA Board and Education Committee Members as they provide information on NCNLA membership, the Certified Plant Professional (CPP) designation, the advantages and requirements of the various industry licenses, and where to find job opportunities. This is an interactive session so please come prepared with questions for these industry experts!
NCDA&CS Disease Regulation Updates and Newly Reported Diseases
HT Tseng, NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division
HT Tseng returns to provide information on changes in regulatory diseases and provide information on newly reported diseases management practices that growers need to know.
 
10:30-10:45 AM
  BREAK
 
10:45-11:45 AM
Fig Buttercup, Floodplain Menace
Pete Schubert, NC Invasive Plant Council
In this session, learn about this invasive plant and how to recognize it on work sites so you can educate your clients about the damage it could do. Learn how to control it (either by manual removal or herbicide treatment) to prevent its spread and help eradicate it. This is a business opportunity waiting to be realized for landowners who want to get rid of this plant on their property. Pesticide credit for D,G,I,L,O,X.
 

Harness the Power of Mycorrhizae in Production and the Landscape
Blair Busenbark, Mycorrhizal Applications

SPONSORED BY MYCORRHIZAL APPLICATIONS

Blair Busenbark explores the science behind mycorrhizae and then moves his focus to how landscapers and growers can utilize the power of mycorrhizae in their operations. Greenhouse and nursery growers can experience the benefits of mycorrhizae in their own growing protocols to grow heartier, more vibrant, and more resilient plants for retail sale and landscape installations. Landscape architects, installers, and maintenance workers have been utilizing mycorrhizal inoculants in transplanting and sustainable landscape design for at least the last couple of decades. Whether it is a reduction in landscape plant loss or improved plant performance, mycorrhizae reduces plant stress and, simply put, reduces your stress so you can focus on increasing profits.

 
11:45 AM-1:15 PM
 

Keynote: Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Jeanie Y. Chang LMFT, CMHIMP, CCTP

SPONSORED BY GREENLEAF NURSERY

The historic pandemic has resulted in an altered workplace that has caused a strain on work-life balance. Managing our stress is vital now, more than ever. In her keynote address, clinician and national speaker Jeanie Chang shares insights on building stress resilience to prevent burnout by being solution-focused and proactive.

 
1:15-2:15 PM

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  Climate Change and Water
Adam Terando, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
DESCRIPTION TBD
Red Headed Flea Beetle
Danny Lauderdale, NC State Extension
The red headed flea beetle has been described by container nursery growers in North Carolina as their #1 pest problem. Understanding the life cycle is important to building an integrated pest management program to keep populations low and limit foliar damage that results in lost sales. This presentation reviews those practices and presents insecticide research on management of larva and adult stages.
 
2:15-2:30 PM
  BREAK
 
2:30-3:30 PM
Outdoor Power Equipment and Chainsaw Safety
Mark Harrison, STIHL
Everyone in the green industry should receive comprehensive training on outdoor power equipment (OPE) like chainsaws and small excavators. This session focuses on chain saws and addresses safety tips for both the novice up to the professional. Mark leads an interactive discussion that includes operator PPE, the dangers of complacency, avoiding and/or overcoming bad habits, chain saw safety features, chain saw usage techniques and preventative maintenance.
 
3:30-4:30 PM
Best Safety Practices for the Green Industry Newcomer
Mark Harrison, STIHL
Mark Harrison pulls from his 32 years of experience in safety instruction to provide a need-to-know best practices and techniques in keeping you and your employees safe in the field.
 
4:30-4:45 PM
  Closing Remarks
NCNLA Board of Directors

 

CEU Key
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Look for these icons in the education session descriptions to ensure you can earn continuing education credits toward your state or national accreditations. Some CEUs may be pending approval.


ceu__lc_greenLandscape Contractor License* (NC) - Technical CEU


Landscape Contractor License * (NC) – Business CEU


Landscape Architect License * (NC)


Irrigation Contractor License * (NC) – Technical Irrigation CEU


Irrigation Contractor License (NC) – Business CEU


International Society of Arboriculture - Certified Arborist


Pesticide Applicator License (NC)


National Association of Landscape Professionals – Landscape Industry Certified


Presented by members of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

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