Cloyd-Raymond-ADr. Raymond Cloyd, Professor at Kansas State University whose areas of specialization are Integrated Pest Management, Ornamental Horticulture and Biological Control of Insect Pests in the greenhouse and the landscape.  Potential Presentation Content:

    • Natural Pesticides: What Are These?
    • Is There Such-A-Thing As “Organic Pesticides?”
    •  Systemic Pesticides: Getting “Sucked-Up”
    • Effective Pest Management In Landscapes: What Does This Mean?
    • Climate Change: Impact On Pest Management

HallDr. Charlie Hall, Professor & Ellison Chair in the Department of Horticultural Sciences whose specializations include innovative management and marketing strategies, financial analysis and benchmarking and the situation/outlook for nursery and greenhouse crops.

Presentation Content:

    • Using Economics to Improve Profitability
    • Positioning for the Future of the Green Industry Marketplace

Debbie-Lonnee-updated-214x300Debbie Lonnee, Planning and Administration Manager at Bailey Nurseries

  • New Plants in the Industry: Perennials, Annuals and Woodies




Brian Minter,  Owner and Manager of Minter Gardens, a 32 acre operation in British Columbia that draws thousands of visitors each year.

  • Since 1972 Brian Minter has been the President and General Manager of Country Garden Store, a leading-edge retail garden center and grower, and since its inception in 1980 of Minter Gardens, a 32-acre world class show garden located 90 miles east of Vancouver, B.C. Throughout his career he has been a syndicated gardening columnist in a variety of newspapers, a radio columnist with CBC Radio in Canada and BBC Radio in Britain, a gardening host on the cable TV Knowledge Network and an international speaker.  He is the author of Brian Minter’s New Gardening Guide – Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners(1998). He is involved with many professional horticulture and tourism service organizations, including serving as a Regional Director of the Garden Writer’s Association, and he has won numerous awards for his enterprising, entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to horticulture and Canadian tourism.
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  • Listen to a Brian Minter podcast here.



Ed Lyon is director of Allen Centennial Gardens on the U.W.-Madison campus where he has to come up with novel plants and ideas every year. He also lectures and writes under Spellbound Garden Writing & Consultation. He writes the regular Ask the Expert column for Wisconsin Gardening magazine, a southern Wisconsin regional report for Chicagoland Gardening magazine and feature articles for both. He is currently writing a Midwest gardening guide book for Timber Press.

Ed’s talks:

Wednesday January 23:   Plants Don’t Die, We kill Plants. Ed Lyon is just finishing a manuscript for a Midwest gardening guide book for Timber Press that will be released in 2015. In the process he advising gardeners about why the Midwest is different than the rest of the country and why heavily marketed plants may thrive elsewhere yet fail for us. Whether you are selling plants to customers or designing landscapes for clients; it is to your advantage to know not only what plants pass or fail the Midwest test but WHY. Don’t fall into the zone dependent advice; successful gardens and landscapes in our unique conditions go far beyond zone and your customers will value your business when they see you have a broader understanding of plant durability.

Thursday, January 24:  K.I.S.S.  Whether assisting consumers in selecting plant materials or designing your customers’ landscapes; both processes involve providing pleasing designs that match individual client needs and interests versus “stamped” looks that are easily identifiable because you are recommending or using the same plants the same way over and over. Design can be complex but some basic and simple concepts can help you differentiate projects and create unique designs by thinking beyond plant materials. Give your client the pride and pleasure of something unique and distinctive by using design elements first and plant materials second.





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