MANTS 2018

January 10 - 12, 2018
Baltimore Convention Center
 

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Session Information

Thank you all for a successful Chessie 2017 - we look forward to seeing you in 2018!


For more information on recertification credits, please see below.  
Day 1 – February 23, 2017
 
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.          Opening Remarks, Mr. Steve Black – MNLGA President
 


Keynote

 
867-5309: Are we STILL Sending an 80s Message in the 21st Century?
8:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Mr. Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm, LLC
 
We are so convinced that our vast knowledge and horticultural acumen provide the needed answers and products for our customers that we stopped listening and engaging in ways that resonate with much of our customer base, and they are rewarding us by staying away. We have taken the joy and the PROCESS away, because we believe strongly that ‘We know better’ and they just want EASY---except that is NOT what triggers them to buy now, or even to find you or know you exist. It is hard to engage consumers when they find personal interaction an invasion, but would rather listen to their ‘friends’ or Yelp or anyone BUT you as their go-to info source. Let’s look at the dynamics of this changed relationship and see how we can create wonder and desire and powerful emotional hooks. It is all about answering 2 crucial questions for which they demand answers---“What does this do for ME? How does it make me FEEL?” Make this clear to them and they will find you and tell ALL their friends about it!!
 


Nursery Grower

 
Boxwood Blight – Where Have We Been and Where We Are Going?
Please note this session will include both the panel discussion and a presentation from Robert Saunders. 
(Joint session with Landscape Contractor)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Norm Dart, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Ms. Dana Rhodes, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Mr. Robert Trumbule, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
Representatives from State Departments of Agriculture in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland will discuss what Boxwood Blight issues affect their states and how they are managing this disease from each of their respctive state agency’s point of view. Panelists will review how this is affecting their regulatory procedures as well. Attendees will be given a well-rounded view on the impact and management of Boxwood Blight in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Come prepared to learn from our neighboring states and be ready to engage in discussion on how Boxwood Blight impacts your business going forward.

The Future of Boxwood
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Robert Saunders, Saunders Brothers
 
Robert Saunders of Saunders Brothers, Inc. will speak on how the discovery of Boxwood Blight in the U.S. is specifically affecting their production nursery.  He will talk about steps Saunders Brothers is taking to keep the disease out of their nursery as long as possible and ways they intend to deal with it should it be found.  In addition, he will discuss varietal tolerance and how it is changing the production and landscapes of the future.
 
Green Side Up - Trees Need More Than This!
(Joint session with Landscape Contractor)
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Tim Zastrow, Bartlett Tree Experts
Mr. Josh Nadler, Bartlett Tree Experts
 
Josh Nadler, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and Tim Zastrow, ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist, work for The Bartlett Tree Expert Company in the Washington, DC Metro area.  Combined, these gentlmen have over 36 years of experience troubleshooting and correcting tree troubles.  Josh and Tim will share their observations of tree problems related to growing, planting, and maintenance practices.  They will also provide recommendations for preventing or correcting these problems.
 
Flowerbulbs to Bulb Flowers, How to Select, Grow, and go to Market!
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Ko Klaver, Botanical Trading Co.
 
Flowerbulb specialist Ko Klaver will help you to better understand the broad application range of flowerbulbs and other geophytes. How to best produce flowers in landscapes, a greenhouse potted forcing-environment, or even as a cut-flower production item will be addressed. This wide group of plants provides opportunities in a perenniating setting or as an annual crop. Geophytes (underground storing organs) provide a wide range of gorgeous plant material and are sourced from all over the world.  Any floriculturist’s appetite can be broadened by trying these beauties. Nothing ventured is nothing gained.
 
Green Roofs and Ecosystem Services
(Joint session with Landscape Contractor)
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Inc.
 
Green roofs are in the news more and more but did you know they can be designed to assist or replace civil engineering functions? Plants and soils are being used to serve in functions typically thought of as building or civil systems. This session will explore those ecosystem services and how they effect green roof design.

Message in a Bottle: Season-Long Container Weed Control
3:15 - 4:10 pm
Dr. Hannah Mathers, Mathers Environmental Science Service, LLC
 
In the spring of 2015, the oldest message in a bottle was found, 108 years and 138 days after being dropped into the North Sea.  It reminds me some research questions take a long time to be answered.  Sometimes the delay is because we are not asking the right questions.  We usually research herbicides as individual applications; however, we apply herbicides in consecutive applications.  We are told to rotate modes of action (MoA), but what is the effect of one herbicide following another on the crop and on weed control.  These and other questions will be answered in this talk, based on new research conducted in 2015-2016.
 


Landscape Contractor

 
Boxwood Blight – Where Have We Been and Where We Are Going?
Please note this session will include both the panel discussion and a presentation from Robert Saunders. 
(Joint session with Nursery Grower)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Norm Dart, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Ms. Dana Rhodes, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Mr. Robert Trumbule, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
Representatives from State Departments of Agriculture in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland will discuss what Boxwood Blight issues affect their states and how they are managing this disease from each of their respctive state agency’s point of view. Panelists will review how this is affecting their regulatory procedures as well. Attendees will be given a well-rounded view on the impact and management of Boxwood Blight in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Come prepared to learn from our neighboring states and be ready to engage in discussion on how Boxwood Blight impacts your business going forward.
 
The Future of Boxwood
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Robert Saunders, Saunders Brothers
 
Robert Saunders of Saunders Brothers, Inc. will speak on how the discovery of Boxwood Blight in the U.S. is specifically affecting their production nursery.  He will talk about steps Saunders Brothers is taking to keep the disease out of their nursery as long as possible and ways they intend to deal with it should it be found.  In addition, he will discuss varietal tolerance and how it is changing the production and landscapes of the future.
 
Green Side Up - Trees Need More Than This!
(Joint session with Nursery Grower)
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Tim Zastrow, Bartlett Tree Experts
Mr. Josh Nadler, Bartlett Tree Experts
 
Josh Nadler, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and Tim Zastrow, ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist, work for The Bartlett Tree Expert Company in the Washington, DC Metro area.  Combined, these gentlmen have over 36 years of experience troubleshooting and correcting tree troubles.  Josh and Tim will share their observations of tree problems related to growing, planting, and maintenance practices.  They will also provide recommendations for preventing or correcting these problems.
 
Diagnosing Long- and Short- Term Effects of Herbicides on Landscape Plants
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Hannah Mathers, Mathers Environmental Science Service, LLC
 
The conventional catastrophic injury symptoms normally associated with short-term herbicide use in diagnosing herbicide damage will be covered in this session. In addition, the long-term role of certain pre and post-emergence herbicides in chronic disorders—including disrupted acclimation, reduced hardiness, reduced nutrient uptake, and weakened tissue integrity—following repeated use near or on woody landscape plants, will be presented.
 
Green Roofs and Ecosystem Services
(Joint session with Nursery Grower)
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knoll Farms, Inc.
 
Green roofs are in the news more and more but did you know they can be designed to assist or replace civil engineering functions? Plants and soils are being used to serve in functions typically thought of as building or civil systems. This session will explore those ecosystem services and how they effect green roof design.
 
Transplanting Hazards of Woody Ornamentals
3:15 - 4:10 pm
Mr. Edmund Gregan, Carlton Plants
 
There are many factors involved in achieving transplant success of sensitive species. Relying on past practices or successes may not always give you the expected results.  This presentation will review commonly hard-to-transplant woody plants and provide recommendations on best transplanting practices to ease establishment. Everything from harvest to planting: timing; weather influences; location variations; soil conditions; methods of harvest; difficult species, and tips will be addressed.
 


 
Greenhouse Grower

 
What Growers Will be Growing and What Garden Centers Should be Selling for 2017
(Joint session with Retail Grower and Garden Center)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, SHS Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Pleasant View Gardens
Ms. Rebecca Lusk, Dummen Orange
Mr. Ray Greenstreet, Greenstreet Growers
 
Join our panel of horticulture professionals, Brett Karp, Paul Hartnett, Rebecca Lusk, and Ray Greenstreet as they reveal the new trends and varieties ready for market. This session will take a look at what's new and HOT for your spring sales.
 
Deconstructing Fertilizer Formulas
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Cari Peters, JR Peters Inc.
 
While it is common to focus on the 3 big numbers of a fertilizer’s formulas (N, P2O5 & K2O), it is also important to examine the label’s fine print.  Join Cari as she breaks down water soluble fertilizers into specific parts, to help you make choices about your fertility program.  Come with your questions and learn of current issues that the lab at JR Peters has heard over the last season.
 
RFID for the Green Industry: Current Research and Potential Uses
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Tom Fernandez, Michigan State University
 
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology with many potential benefits for the green industry. However, as with any new technology, there are several challenges that need to be overcome. We have conducted research over a range of nursery and greenhouse environments. Some results have been incredibly effective while others still have significant challenges. Join us as Tom shares Michigan State’s research results and the potential of RFID, based on experiences at green industry operations and through nursery experiments.
 
Pitting Your Wits Against Perennial Pathogens
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Ms. Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
 
Which diseases drive you crazy in perennials production or gardening? Chances are that Margery will cover them in her talk.  Learn how to anticipate and identify problems on herbaceous perennials from powdery mildews to downy mildew to Botrytis blight, from leaf spots to rusts, from Pythium root rots to Rhizoctonia stem canker. Both cultural and chemical management tools will be described for the most common diseases.
 
PGR Basics and Their Use on Herbaceous Perennial Plants
3:15 - 4:10 pm
Dr. Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech
 
You know how to feed and irrigate your Spring annuals and perennials in the greenhouse. But, have you planned how to integrate the use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) into your production plan to optimize the quality and shelf-life of your crops? Joyce will cover the basics of using PGRs on your Spring crops and focus on integrating PGRs into your production plan for a few specific herbaceous perennials.
 
 

Retail Grower and Garden Center
 
What Growers Will be Growing and What Garden Centers Should be Selling for 2017
(Joint session Greenhouse Grower)
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, SHS Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Pleasant View Gardens
Ms. Rebecca Lusk, Dummen Orange
Mr. Ray Greenstreet, Greenstreet Growers
 
Join our panel of horticulture professionals, Brett Karp, Paul Hartnett, Rebecca Lusk, and Ray Greenstreet as they reveal the new trends and varieties ready for market. This session will take a look at what's new and HOT for your spring sales.
 
Leveraging Edibles
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm, LLC
 
Edibles and consumables are the hottest growth area and best margin items at retail and is far beyond ‘FAD’!! It is also the single biggest gateway drug for hooking Millennials and Xers. You can offer clear BENEFIT-based marketing and strong emotional attachment. Even more important, it gives them the PROCESS of creation, something we have intently believed we needed to take away. Edibles are no longer just for a veggie garden, or a patio pot, but are placed in the FRONT YARD, part of the everyday landscape, whether urban or rural. See how you can leverage this powerful desire to take control of something in our confusing daily life and give your customer something they can do themselves---while you make some money.
 
HomeStyle® Merchandising: Tapping Into Your Most Important Demographic
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Ms. Judy Sharpton, Growing Places Marketing
 
Much has been made of demographic shifts that impact retail sales. This program describes the single most important demographic you can directly observe in your individual market and proposes a merchandising program that speaks directly to that demographic both in-store and on-line. To prepare for this program, drive a 15 mile radius around your store and identify at least three housing styles that represent the customers you most want to attract to you retail store.
  
The Top five Investments You Can Make in Your Store for 2017
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Ms. Judy Sharpton, Growing Places Marketing
 
So many ideas! So many plans for upgrading your store presentation! And then spring just slips up on you. Out of all the ideas you can consider, this program describes five that you can do without a bulldozer of a bank loan. And, each one meets one or more marketing goals: increasing customer count, increasing frequency, and/or increasing average sale. Come with your list of store improvement ideas and compare your ideas to these five specific store development projects that you can get done and track the real results.
 
Tough and Beautiful - Native Plants You Might Have Missed
3:15 - 4:10 pm
Ms. Joan Feely, U.S. National Arboretum
 
There are many relatively common wildflowers and shrubs that are extremely durable, but have been overlooked by most of us horticulturists.  They were thought not to fit into many traditional garden styles, but with the influence of new landscape designers like Piet Oudolf, Claudia West, and Thomas Rainer – these overlooked beauties become much more sought after.  In addition to their beauty, they provide habitat for essential pollinators and beneficial wildlife that many gardeners want in their projects.
 
 
 
 

Day 2 – February 24, 2017
 
7:30 – 8:05 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
8:05 – 8:10 a.m.          Opening Remarks, Mr. Steve Black – MNLGA President
 
 

Category 3 – Ornamentals and Turf Pest Management
 
All Commercial Applicators must attend the 3:00 MDA pesticide recert update to receive pesticide recertification credits.
 
Uncovering the Mystery Behind Effective Mosquito Management
8:10 - 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Paul Leisnham, University of Maryland
 
Dr. Paul Leisnham will discuss pest and disease-vector mosquitoes in the mid-Atlantic region. He will focus on some important social and environmental dimensions of mosquitoes in backyard landscapes, illustrating key concepts that drive risk and affect management from recent research in Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Let's Talk about Ticks - Awareness, Prevention and Control
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Mr. Wayne White, American Pest
 
Ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease around the globe;  in the United States, ticks are the most common vectors of vector-borne illness.  This session will examine the impact that ticks have as disease vectors, and how to best avoid tick-borne diseases through proper prevention and control from a pest management perspective.
 
Mitigating the Effects of Warming, Drought, and Insect Pests on Urban Trees
10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Adam Dale, University of Florida
 
Urban landscapes are composed of turfgrass and ornamental plants that provide a variety of services benefiting people and the environment. Unfortunately, they are also harsh environments that make it difficult for many plants and animals to do well. However, some plant-feeding insects thrive in these habitats and can significantly reduce plant health. In this presentation, we will discuss examples of these insect pests, what factors of urban landscapes make them thrive, and what effect they have on urban forests. We will also talk about new approaches to reducing these negative effects and increasing plant health.
 
Diseases, Dilemmas, and Diagnostics - How To Help Your Clients in the Landscape
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Dr. Dave Clement, University of Maryland Extension
 
This session will offer participants a practical approach to diagnosis of real world problems for your clients.  It will cover the logical questions you should ask to build evidence for the diagnostic process of common landscape diseases, as well as several environmental situations, that are often confusing to your customers.  Come prepared to adopt new diagnostic skills for solving your clients’ dilemmas.
 
 

Greenhouse Grower
  
Reduce Losses in your Greenhouse Crops with IPM Monitoring and Diagnosis
8:10 - 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Karen Rane, UMD Plant Diagnostic Laboratory
Dr. Dave Clement, University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Stanton Gill, University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Brian Kunkle, University of Delaware Extension
 
This hands-on session will let you get "up close and personal" with pests and diseases on greenhouse crops. Learn to diagnose thrips, spider mites, scale, aphids and whitefly, and  the latest in biological and chemical control for these pests. Minimize losses to plant diseases by learning  tips and tricks for diagnosing  fungal, bacterial and viral diseases. (Please note this session is limited to the first 35 registrants.)
 
Keeping Those Dratted Diseases Out of Your Greenhouse Crops
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Ms. Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
 
Margery will cover all those diseases that keep happening, no matter how much you try.  She’ll discuss the ins and outs of identifying and managing Pythium root rot, powdery mildew (on familiar and surprising hosts), Thielaviopsis root rot, and bacterial leaf spots of zinnia and ornamental kale. The latest sightings of Tomato spotted wilt virus and Impatiens necrotic spot virus will also be included. And there might just be a special guest appearance of a downy mildew or two…
 
 

Recertification Updates  
 
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Rob Hofstetter, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Mr. Baldwin Williams, District Deparment of Energy and Environment
Ms. Judy McGowan, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
Representatives from MDA and the Washington D.C. Department of the Environment will present the past season’s data and upcoming laws that may affect nutrient management planners and pesticide applicators.  Record-keeping and training will be addressed.  Attendance at this session is required for pesticide recertification credits.
 
 

Aquatics
 
To Herbicide or Not to Herbicide? Alleviating Client Fears
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Ms. Jackie Takacs, Maryland Sea Grant Extension
 
Jackie Takacs from the Maryland Sea Grant Extension is going to lead you down this path that many pond owners and managers struggle with daily. She will cover the various benefits of water plants along with the difference between natives and invasives. There are four main methods to aquatic plant control for both natives and invasives, which include mechanical, biological, chemical and preventative modes. Jackie will address each of these - come prepared to "dive" into pond management!
 
Big Opportunities in Small Ponds
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Ray Bosmans, University of Maryland - Professor Emeritus
 
Ray Bosmans, professor-emeritus at the University of Maryland, will discuss all  you need to know about small pond care. It’s more than just water and plants – small pond care requires management of water quality, filtration, algae management, and much more. Care of various aquatic plants will also be discussed. There are big opportunities in small ponds!
 
 

Turf Management
 
M & T Bank Stadium: From Turf to Grass
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Mr. Sean Kauffman, Baltimore Ravens
 
Grass or turf? Chances are you’ve seen a mixture of both in the NFL. Sean Kauffman, groundskeeper for the Baltimore Ravens will be discussing the Ravens’ transition from turf back to a real grass field. He will address the physical transition process from an artificial surface back to a grass surface, as well as some of the challenges they faced during the transition. He will further discuss some of the challenges that arose once the grass was installed, as well as some of the technology the Ravens are using the help sustain a healthy grass field through an NFL football season.

Rebuilding the National Mall: The Keys to Sustainable Turf
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Michael Stachowicz, National Park Service
 
This session addresses the National Park Service's three legs of a sustainable turf system: Infrastructure, Agronomics, and Use Management.  These concepts will be explored through the lens of the five year rehabilitation of the National Mall.
 
 

Nutrient Management
 
The Advanced Risk Assessment:  Implementing the Nutrient Management Plan
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland Extension
 
Every nursery or greenhouse operation has different irrigation and fertilization practices, not to mention site characteristics, which may contribute to the chance of nutrient runoff. The nutrient management plan process measures a set of 'key' variables common to all operations. In this "risk assessment," a set of criteria are developed specific to an operation. These criteria can be used as tools to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help reduce any risk of nutrient runoff.   Andrew’s presentation focuses on the Risk Assessment Process with the goals of helping growers to reconsider their plans, and implement the best management practices to increase their operational efficiency.
 
What's The Difference Between Soil Moisture and Plant-Available Water?  Why is This Important to You?
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
 
Are you ready for the next drought?   Measuring soil water content doesn't really mean all that moisture is actually available to plants.  This session will introduce you to the differences between the two measurements, how you can measure them and more importantly, how you can relate these two measurements to each other. Knowing how much water your specific soils or substrates actually provide will help you ensure that your crops avoid water stress, while maximizing your water applications, and reducing your nutrient leaching every time you irrigate.


Turf Nutrient Management
 
Use of Compost and Microclover as Lawn BMPs
1:00 - 1:55 pm
Dr. Mark Carroll, University of Maryland
 
The adoption of the practices of amending the soil with high volume amounts of compost prior to turf establishment and the use of turfgrass seeding mixtures containing microclover as turfgrass stormwater best management practices is dependent of the ability of the two practices to reduce pollutant loads, the up front and longer term costs of implementing the practices, and the aesthetic appeal of the resulting lawn. This presentation will present the results of a 3-year multistate project that examined the use of the two practices as stormwater BMPs.
 
Nutrient Management Strategies for Managing Diseases in the Landscape
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Dr. Joe Roberts, University of Maryland
 
Nutrient management plays a significant role in plant health and response to turfgrass pathogens.  This presentation will discuss the impact of critical macro- and micronutrients on turfgrasses and identify management strategies to correct for deficiencies and reduce the occurrence of common diseases.