MANTS 2020

January 8-10, 2020
Baltimore Convention Center
 

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Day 1 – February 20, 2019
 
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.          Opening Remarks, Ms. Jessica Todd – MNLGA President
 
Keynote

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote speaker:  Rebecca Lemos-Otero, co-founder and Executive Director, City Blossoms. 
 
City Blossoms’  mission is to foster healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. Since 2009, City Blossoms has designed, developed, collaborated on, and provided programming or trainings for over 100 projects throughout Washington, DC and nationwide. Through its work with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, and learnings centers, City Blossoms serves neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space.
 
In her presentation, Rebecca will present the story of City Blossoms – from conception to implementation of its myriad of programs, covering the trials and tribulations experienced throughout the way.  Rebecca will also share her beliefs on why outdoor access is important for everyone and what happens when cities do not encourage or provide this access. This presentation includes discussion on how to work with partners to build urban green spaces with reflection on how we, as green industry professionals, can take action to create beneficial green spaces in our communities. 
 
Nursery Grower
 
Trends, Counter-Trends and Game-Changers: What’s the Next Big (or Little) Thing in Horticulture?
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, GrowerTalks/Green Profit/Acres Online
 
We can look back on our industry’s history and quickly identify the major trends that marked each decade or so—from cut flowers to annual plugs to the mass market and automation. But today? Not so much! Chris will look at the trends that brought us to where we are today and analyze some of the big and not-so-big trends and events that may shape our future.
 
Boxwood, What's Next?
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Bennett Saunders, Saunders Brothers
 
The world of boxwood is not what it was ten years ago. We are facing many new obstacles including disease pressure as well as pest issues. How will we deal with those as we move forward and what will it look like ten years from now?  
 
Care and Maintenance for the Backyard Orchard
1:05 – 2:00 p.m.
Mr. David Kinderdine, Velvet Touch Rose Care
 
Many homeowners are adding fruit trees to their landscape expecting bountiful harvests every fall, only to discover their yields are small and their trees encounter a multitude of problems. This talk will offer suggestions to the professional who is growing and/or maintaining fruit trees. It will overview insects and diseases that affect fruit trees and suggest appropriate spray programs including traditional and organic. It will also review  pruning techniques, and fertilization.  
 
How Growers Make Decisions
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Dr. Alexa Lamm, University of Georgia
 
Many opportunities are available for nursery and greenhouse growers to consider when adopting new water conservation technologies and water treatments that allow for water reuse. While reducing water consumption is extremely important, many have opted not to adopt new technologies. This talk will explore the decision-making process growers go through when thinking about water conservation and what may be influencing adoption above and beyond the economic cost/gain that goes into an operational decision of this type.
 
Propagation Techniques
3:15 - 4:10 p.m.
Ms. Victoria Bolden, North Creek Nurseries
 
As a wholesale propagation nursery, North Creek Nurseries provides top quality starter plugs to retail and wholesale nurseries, garden centers, mail order and landscape professionals. From new varieties to tried-and-true favorites, North Creek offers a full range of horticultural and Landscape Plug™ sizes to help growers succeed and ecological designs thrive.  Victoria Bolden, Production Administrator, will discuss some of the propagating techniques, pros and cons, trials and tribulations of the production program at North Creek.
 
Landscape Contractor
 
The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification (CBLP): Defining a New Standard of Practice for Sustainable Landscaping
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Ms. Beth Ginter, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
 
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) is a new, voluntary certification program. Through regional collaboration with watershed groups, non-profits, local government, landscape trade organizations, education/training partners, and businesses, CBLP is building a network of professionals to design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes and stormwater practices throughout the Bay region. Because landscape professionals impact thousands of acres in the Bay watershed, they have a unique opportunity to effect positive change. The certification program includes foundational instruction on conservation practices that incorporate native species, promote biodiversity, and aim to reduce the negative impacts of invasive plants, all in an effort to create landscapes that mimic and support natural systems. This presentation will focus on the standards of practice taught in the CBLP program and on CBLP efforts to promote collaborate practice among landscape professionals.
 
Boxwood, What's Next?
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Bennett Saunders, Saunders Brothers
 
The world of boxwood is not what it was ten years ago. We are facing many new obstacles including disease pressure as well as pest issues. How will we deal with those as we move forward and what will it look like ten years from now?  
 
Composting: Soil Health and Turning Waste to Wealth
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Phil Westcott, Key City Compost
Mr. Justen Garrity, Veterans Compost
 
Phil Wescott of Key City Compost and Justen Garrity of Veterans Compost will present a joint session, “Composting: Soil Health and Turning Waste to Wealth”. Phil Wescott will cover soil health and the difference between bacterial dominant and fungal dominant soil, while Justen Garrity will cover the basics of composting yard debris and horticultural waste. This session will educate attendees on the multiple ways the compost industry intersects with nursery and landscaping and give them the tools needed to properly compost at their own homes and businesses.
 
The Joy of Bees
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, University of Maryland
 
Honey bees and other pollinators have fascinated human kind for centuries. Over the last ten years U.S. beekeepers have lost close to 50% of their colonies every year. We will discuss the major drivers of these losses, emphasizing the important role landscape architects can and need to play to help preserve the nations pollinators!
 
More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Contemporary Trends in Landscape Architecture
3:15 - 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Terry Burns, Mahan Rykiel
Ms. Alice Sturm, Mahan Rykiel
 
Terry Burns and Alice Sturm of Mahan Rykiel Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm in Baltimore, MD will discuss the increasing demands on designed landscapes. Whether driven by regulations, such as stormwater requirements, LEED or other ratings systems, profit maximization or simply ecological and social consciousness, there is a growing awareness in the field that our ornamental landscapes are working landscapes; they operate ecologically and socially beyond their site whether we intend them to or not. Research has shown the capacity of designed landscapes to impact human health and well-being, provide habitat, mitigate heat island effect, affect water quality, reduce flood damage, and many more. While the consideration of these impacts affects all aspects of site design, it brings planting design and plant selection to the forefront. Topics will range from stormwater management, green roofs, companion/ecological planting, healing gardens, edible landscapes, habitat gardens and more!
 
Greenhouse Grower
 
Trends, Counter-Trends and Game-Changers: What’s the Next Big (or Little) Thing in Horticulture?
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, GrowerTalks/Green Profit/Acres Online
 
We can look back on our industry’s history and quickly identify the major trends that marked each decade or so—from cut flowers to annual plugs to the mass market and automation. But today? Not so much! Chris will look at the trends that brought us to where we are today and analyze some of the big and not-so-big trends and events that may shape our future.
 
New Developments in Whitefly and Mealybug Control
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Stanton Gill, University of Maryland Extension and Montgomery College
Mr. Brian Kunkel, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
 
Extension experts, Stanton Gill and Brian Kunkel, will highlight the 2018 field trials used to evaluate new low risk materials for mealybug control, whitefly control, and root mealybug control in commercial greenhouse crops. New contact and systemic materials are being introduced by Syngenta, BASF, Bayer, and OHP. Brian and Stanton will cover which of these low risk pesticides are performing the best in our trials and discuss the best IPM approaches for growers to use.
 
Ten Ways to Figure Payback
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, GrowerTalks/Green Profit/Acres Online
 
Twenty years ago, growers calculated the cost of a new piece of equipment simply by calculating how many workers it could eliminate from the payroll. That’s still important, especially as labor gets more expensive and more scarce, but there are many (at least nine) other benefits to be gained from an equipment investment, from time gains to quality improvements. Chris will help you find more ways than just labor savings to justify that big investment you’ve been putting off.
 
 
Buzz Feed: Native Perennials and Prime Cultivars for Enticing Pollinator Species
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries
 
Pollinator species are all the BUZZ these days - join Steve as he navigates the latest research and top perennial species that provide the best sources of pollen, nectar, and larval food sources.
 
What Growers Will be Growing and What Garden Centers Should be Selling for 2019
3:15 - 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Proven Winners
 
Join horticulture professionals, Brett Karp and Paul Hartnett, 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 including both seed and vegetable material. Many breeders will be covered including: Proven Winners, Syngenta Flowers, Sakata, and PanAmerican.
 
Retail Growers and Garden Center
 
Eat Your Yard: How to Blend Edibles into the Landscape
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. George Weigel, Garden House-Calls
 
Just because plants are edible doesn’t mean they’re bad-looking and usable only if tucked away as far as possible in a back-yard corner. Many edibles look as good as they taste and have colors, textures, and other ornamental traits like any other plant. This program gives ideas both on how to make an edible garden an attractive landscape feature and how to mix edibles into the existing landscape.
 
Carnivorous Plants: What's the Big Deal?! How Can You Not Love A Plant That Eats House Flies, Yellow Jackets, Fruit Flies, and More?
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Mr. Scott Vergara, Woodland Gardens
 
Scott Vergara, Horticulture Overlord of The Bogs of Doom™, will present ideas of how to use carnivorous plants as a way to attract attention and ensnare prey - I mean lure new customers to your garden center and build interest from existing patrons. Increased awareness of these plants from TV and YouTube videos can be translated into visits to your operation by youngsters who learn about them in school and their parents who may have had a Venus flytrap of their own and remember the sense of awe when it captures a fly. Alternative marketing and workshop ideas will be presented. Discussion includes ways to properly display them and how to increase rate of customer success through providing information as to their care and feeding and creating suitable environments for their successful cultivation and enjoyment.
 
What Will Be the Hot Gardening Trends of 2019?
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. George Weigel, Garden House-Calls
 
Gardening – and how gardeners approach it – is a moving target with trends and twists that change every year. How do you keep up with the changes? Or better yet, stay one step ahead of them? This program takes a look at current hot trends and gazes into the 2019 crystal ball at emerging gardening trends for this season.
 
But you SAID it was… "What We've Got Here is a Failure to Communicate" Cool Hand Luke (1967)
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Mr. Scott Vergara, Woodland Gardens
 
We’ve all heard this from customers, “But you said it was…. hardy, drought tolerant, deer proof, a small tree,” when describing a problem with a plant they bought. The movie quote sums it up quite succinctly. Over my 50 years of working in horticulture (retail, wholesale and teaching) the meaning of words that we use as professionals is not what our customers understand them to mean. This goes beyond the “cotton-Easter” gaff that I did as a preteen. When we say a plant is “hardy” we mean “tolerant of some specific low temperature while dormant”. What the customer thinks of when hearing its “hardy” is that the plant is tough, resilient, easy to grow, resistant to pests and diseases, weather extremes, pets and small children – all of which may or may not be true. We’ll have a lively discussion of examples and solutions to this vexing problem.
 
What Growers Will be Growing and What Garden Centers Should be Selling for 2019
3:15 - 4:10 p.m.
Mr. Brett Karp, Griffin
Mr. Paul Hartnett, Proven Winners
 
Join horticulture professionals, Brett Karp and Paul Hartnett, 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 including both seed and vegetable material. Many breeders will be covered including: Proven Winners, Syngenta Flowers, Sakata, and PanAmerican.
 
 
Business Management
 
Hauling Ag: An Update on Trucking Regulations
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Mr. Tal Coley, AmericanHort
 
The Electronic Logging Device Mandate has had serious ramifications on logistics in our industry. Hear from AmericanHort’s Director of Government Affairs, Tal Coley, about efforts in Washington, D.C. on the ELD, Hours of Service flexibility, and exemptions.
 
 
How to Manage the Unexpected
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Panel
 
In this panel discussion, several growers and landscape contractors will share some of the unexpected issues they’ve experienced over the years, how they’ve managed it, and what and how they prepare now to mitigate the risks of unforeseen problems arising.  Audience participation and discussion will be encouraged to help surface ideas on problem solutions.
Ten Ways to Figure Payback
1:05 - 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Chris Beytes, GrowerTalks/Green Profit/Acres Online
 
Twenty years ago, growers calculated the cost of a new piece of equipment simply by calculating how many workers it could eliminate from the payroll. That’s still important, especially as labor gets more expensive and more scarce, but there are many (at least nine) other benefits to be gained from an equipment investment, from time gains to quality improvements. Chris will help you find more ways than just labor savings to justify that big investment you’ve been putting off.
 
You Reap What You Sow: Planning to Transfer the Ownership of Your Business to the Next Generation
2:15 - 3:10 p.m.
Ms. Marianna Batie, Law Office of Marianna Batie
 
You’ve spent decades building your business, understanding your customers, and your market. When it is time to transition into retirement you need a new set of skills and techniques. This seminar will not only inform you about different techniques to transition ownership, but also preview challenges and solutions you may face. Learn how a properly-funded buy-sell agreement can prevent inter-familial conflict. Consider different buyout techniques: gifting, self-financed, and lender financed and the effect of each on your retirement income and security. Discover how the use of trusts can protect your legacy from an unsavory in-law. 
 
Keeping Trade Engaged - MDA Addresses Issues Affecting Interstate Commerce
3:15 - 4:10 p.m.
Ms. Kimberly Rice, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Ms. Jaime Tsambikos, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Ms. Deborah Hayes, Maryland Department of Agriculture
 
As the world continues to get smaller and trade (both domestic and international) easier, and faster, we expect to continue to face pressures of invasive species. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is one of our industry partners that helps control the spread of invasives and assists businesses in navigating the myriad of laws and regulations in order continue interstate plant trade. This session will focus on the Why? How? And When? of Compliance Agreements, Phytosanitary Certs, and SLF Permitting/Quarantine. Additional questions from the audience will also be addressed.
 
Day 2 – February 21, 2019
 

7:30 – 8:05 a.m.          Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:05 – 8:15 a.m.          Opening Remarks, Ms. Jessica Todd – MNLGA President
 
Biocontrol
 
From the Field:  Field Trials Research Update - Low Risk Insecticides and Bio Controls
8:10 - 9:00 a.m.
Mr. Stanton Gill, University of Maryland Extension and Montgomery College
Dr. David Clement, University of Maryland Extension
 
Results of UME’s first year field trials of a combination of low-risk systemic chemical and biological control will be presented. Stanton and his team worked closely with the American Dahlia Society to develop an integrated approach to managing insect problems. Stanton will share the updates on this research and David will present findings on research of SAR products and bio fungicides. This session will cover some of the new SAR products and bio fungicides and how they are best used in the production facility. 
 
General Sessions:  Grower and Landscape
 
BMPs for Preventing the Spread of Boxwood Blight
9:00 - 9:55 a.m.
Dr. Margery Daughtery, Cornell University Extension
 
By now, horticulturists everywhere are aware of Boxwood Blight, the presence of which can be devastating in both the production nursery and landscaped environment. Despite Mother Nature sometimes working against us, we can take specific actions to mitigate the spread of Boxwood Blight. Margery Daughtry, Cornell University Extension, Long Island, will share the science behind how Boxwood Blight is spread and the best management practices for avoiding it.
 
Invasive Insects in Pennsylvania: Spotted Lanternfly and Allium Leafminer
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
Ms. Emelie Swackhamer, Pennsylvania State University Extension
 
The Spotted Lanternfly invasion has been in the news since 2014 and has now spread to several surrounding states. Emelie Swackhamer has been at SLF ground zero since the beginning. She will discuss management options and how SLF has affected residents and businesses. She will also talk about the discovery of the Allium Leafminer in Pennsylvania in 2016. 
 
IPM of Key Insect Pests in Nurseries and Landscapes
11:00 – 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Paula Shrewsbury, University of Maryland
 
Environments that support ornamental plants face a diversity of challenges including both native and exotic insects that can cause significant damage to plants. This session will discuss management practices that can be implemented to prevent and/or reduce the detrimental impacts of these pests.
 
 
Nursery and Landscape Hands-On
 
Hands-on Diagnostic IPM Session
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Karen Rane, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. David Clement, University of Maryland Extension
Mr. Stanton Gill, University of Maryland Extension and Montgomery College
Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski, University of Maryland Extension
Ms. Suzanne Klick, University of Maryland Extension
 
Hone your IPM Diagnostic skills by attending this intense multi-hour diagnostic training session. Build you confidence and skill level in insect and disease problems on nursery and landscape plant material. It involves lecture and use of scopes to ID insects, mites, and disease samples. Top flight faculty of the University of Maryland Extension will be teaching in this session including Karen Rane, David Clement, Mary Kay Malinoski, Suzanne Klick, and Stanton Gill. This session is limited to the first 25 people to register for this session.
 
 
Nursery Grower and Landscape Contractor
 
The Art and Science of Pest Prediction
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Extension
 
Can you predict the future presence of pests based on science? Yes, we think you absolutely can.  In this session, Ginny Rosenkranz will take you through the steps of predicting the who, what, when, where, and why of pest intrusion using one’s property map, as well as past and expected environmental factors. This presentation will include utilization of soil test results, plant lists, property geography, weather, etc. to establish a predictive calendar for your business and clients.
 
Technological Advances in Spray Drift Control
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension
 
Avoiding or minimizing spray drift on untargeted areas and crops continues to be a challenge facing pesticide and herbicide applicators. Each year there are untold financial losses on crops that are unwittingly or carelessly affected by drift. Fortunately, there are some answers and remedies. Chuck Schuster, UME expert on pesticide and herbicide applications, will share the latest, as well as the tried and true technologies to keep your targeted spray where intended.
 
Turf Management
 
Bay-Friendly Lawn Care
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Mr. Geoff Rinehart, University of Maryland
 
Since lawns are one of our largest landscape spaces, being able to properly care for these spaces is an important part of landscape maintenance. Geoff Rinehart will highlight the six main maintenance practices that will create a healthy lawn that is an asset to your client and the environment. Learn tips to find improved turfgrass varieties, develop a sound fertilization program, and spend less time on pest management, while maintaining a high-quality lawn.
 
Expectations of Synthetic and Organic Turfgrass Management Programs for Pest Management
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Mr. Joseph Doherty, University of Maryland
 
Turfgrass management programs based synthetic or organic products differ greatly in the types of materials available. A review of the latest research information and recommendations on the different products available will be discussed. The presentation will focus on the impact and efficacy of these products on weed and disease problems of turfgrass, and the keys to successful turfgrass management for both types of management programs.
 

Nutrient Management
 
Developing an Online Tool for Estimating Plant-Available Water in Soilless Substrates
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland
 
Plant-available water is the portion of water held in a soilless substrate that is readily available for plant uptake. Water availability in substrates is conveniently measured by volumetric water content (VWC), but this is not a true measure of plant water availability (PAW), which is more related to plant water stress. For example, a pine bark substrate and a peat moss substrate could have the same VWC reading, but the pine bark substrate has much less available water. We will demonstrate a new online tool which is being developed to help relate VWC and PAW in different substrates and mixes, which should help growers better define irrigation set-points that avoid plant water stress.
 
Nutrient Management Updates
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Ristvey, University of Maryland
 
Dr. Andrew Ristvey will present the latest published research on fertilizer and plant nutrient management, boiled down and presented to give growers the latest and greatest tools to improve nutrient management efficiency in their operations.
 
 
Turf Nutrient Management
 
Understanding Turf Fertility Needs, From Soup to Nuts
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
Mr. Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension
 
Quality turf is very important. A review of soil pH, and different forms of nitrogen will help you apply your amendments to get the longest release rate and best quality turf.
 
Calibration of Nutrient Application Equipment
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Ms. Ginny Rosenkranz, University of Maryland Extension
 
With soil amendments costing more every year, and many carrying herbicides, putting down the proper amount is very important. Is your unit calibrated accurately? Step by step procedures for all types of application equipment, from the synthetic to the organic products, dry and liquid, will be discussed.
 
Aquatics
 
Chemical Alternatives to Water Quality Improvement
1:00 - 2:55 p.m.
Ms. Kelly Billing, Water Becomes a Garden

Plants have been cleaning water bodies for millions of years. Learn how to empower them to be efficient consumers of excess nutrients, use them to reduce sediments and runoff, and plan for them to improve overall water quality. We will also review new alternatives for denitrification without chemicals. Get the know how to turn foul water clear. 
 
Recertification Updates
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Russell Noratel, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Mr. Alvin Harris, District Deparment of Energy and Environment
 
Representatives from the MDA and Washington D.C. Department of Energy and 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.
 
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