Learn more about the dynamic speakers lined for the 2020 educational session.

Keynote Addresses

Join us Tuesday and Wednesday to gain insight into the local green industry from our special keynote speakers. Complimentary breakfast provided. CEU available.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

steve-troxler

State of the N.C. Agriculture Industry
Steve Troxler, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture
Steve Troxler has served as the N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture since 2005. He is an avid supporter of the state’s nursery and landscape industry. He worked to include nursery crops in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act, which earmarked $240 million in relief funds for agricultural businesses adversely impacted by Hurricane Florence and/or Hurricane Michael. Join him to gain insights into the state of the agricultural industry in North Carolina.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 – 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

tony-avent

Plant Exploration and Conservation
Tony Avent, Owner & Operator of Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Tony Avent has a passion for plants and nature. In 1988, he established Plant Delights Nursery, a retail mail order nursery, and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a not-for-profit 28-acre research, education and display garden with more than 26,000 taxa, including an array of unusual specimen plants unlike any other in the world. Learn about his life’s work of plant exploration and conservation, and what drives him to search the world for new, rare and unusual plants.

Lunch Speakers

New this year, lunch speakers on Tuesday and Wednesday will talk about challenges facing the green industry. Complimentary lunch provided. CEU available.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Kerry Scott
Program Manager, masLABOR

 

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 – 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Kathie Dello, Ph.D.
Director of NC State Climate Office & NC State Climatologist