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ALL CREDITS ARE POSTED -- Summer Plant Symposium - at Cook Campus Student Center - Rutgers (Air Conditioned) There will be 2 Tracks loaded with Credits and CEU's, Great Food, Networking, and many Vendors! Pesticide Credits: NJ, PA and NY. CEU's Applied for: ASLA, ALPD, FERTILIZER, CNLP and NALP. Just Added LTE and LTCO. Check out the full schedule and Approved Credits NOW!!!!

 Export to Your Calendar 8/15/2018
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Map this event »
Cook Student Center - Rutgers
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901
United States
Contact: Jeanne Ondusko

Online registration is available until: 8/18/2018
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Join us for a day of Learning,

Great Speakers, Networking,

Good Food, Vendors and lots more!!!


Track One: Pesticide Credit Agenda


9:00 am-10:00 am          Speaker:        John Patten, PBI Gordon

                                        Topic:             “New Jersey’s Invasive Species Plant List, and Alternative Plant Options”

                                        Description:  Topics for above presentation will include;

                                                             ·       Definition of an Invasive Species plant.

                                                             ·       Economic Impact of Invasive Species in New Jersey.

                                                             ·       Most common Invasive plant species in New Jersey.

                                                             ·       Older, mature Invasive plants in the landscape.

                                                             ·       Removing Invasive plants from your property.

                                                             ·       Alternative Plant Choices for Replacements.

                                                             ·       Growing plants that are Native to New Jersey.

                                                             ·       Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers in the Landscape.

                                                             ·       Challenges in growing Native Plants including Deer Populations, and

                                                                     Availability of Native Plants.

                                                             ·       Benefits of growing Native Species, as opposed to Invasive Species.

                                                             ·       Pollinators Role in Native Plant Material.

                                                             ·       Natural Fertility Options for Existing Native Plant Material.

                                                             ·       Synthetic Fertility Options for Alternative Plant Material.

                                                             ·       Definition of Fertility Terms, such as Organic, Natural, Bioavailability,

                                                                     Biological, and Sustainable.

                                                             ·       New Fertility Options on the Horizon.

                                                             ·       Questions and Answers.


10:00 am-11:00 am        Speaker:        Paul Kurtz -  NJ Dept. of Agriculture

                                         Topic:            Spotted Lanternfly Update & Potential Management Options

                                         Description:  Talk to include:

                                                              ·       Identification & spread of the Spotted Lanternfly

                                                              ·       Ornamental damage created by the Spotted Lanternfly.

                                                              ·       Treatment and Identification of Egg Masses.

                                                              ·       Treatment of adult and other stages of the Spotted Lanternfly.

                                                              ·       Best Management Practices per the Pennsylvania Department of

                                                                      Agriculture, & Penn State.

                                                              ·       Host Plants of the Spotted Lanternfly.

                                                              ·       The role of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in the Life Cycle of the

                                                                      Spotted Lanternfly.

                                                              ·       Eradication of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).

                                                              ·       Chemical Controls of both Pests (Insects and Ornamentals)

                                                              ·       Biological Controls of both Pests (Insects and Ornamentals)

                                                              ·       What is next?

                                                              ·       Q&A.


11:00am-12 noon           Speaker:       Larry Freedman, Agronomic Sales Manager, Site One Landscape


                                        Topic:            What's in the Bag?

                                        Description:  What’s in the Bag outline

                                                                         Agronomics 101



                                                                         Understanding fertilizer raw materials

                                                                         Primary plant nutrients

                                                                         Better products equal better results


 12 noon-12:15 pm        Speaker:       David DeFrange & Rosalind Doremus

                                       Topic:            The Benefits of the CNLP Program & How it can Help Your Business

                                       Description:  They will discuss the Benefits of being a CNLP and how it can help

                                                            your business.



12:15 pm-1:00 pm         Lunch –          Silent Plant Auction, Vendors


1:00 pm-2:00 pm           Speaker:        Sabrina Tirpak

                                        Topic:            Winners of the Plant Diagnostic Lab Olympics

                                        Description:  Find out which plants win the gold, silver, and bronze medals at the

                                                            Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Lab. This 55-minute talk will provide updates on the insect

                                                            pest and disease hurdles faced by boxwood, rhododendron, and spruce. Basic

                                                            pathogen biology and integrated pest management training programs will be



2:00 pm-3:00 pm           Speaker:        John Patten - PBI Gordon

                                        Topic:           “Right-of-Way/Turf - Weed Identification and Controls”    

                                        Description:  Application Equipment

                                                            •     Right-of-Way / Roadside Specialized Spray Application Equipment.

                                                                Lawn and Landscape Specialized Spray Application Equipment.

                                                             Weed Identification (Broadleaf and Grassy weeds)

                     ·     Broadleaf weeds versus Grassy weeds.

                     ·     Annuals / Biennials / Perennial.

                     ·     Post-emergent versus Pre-emergent.

                     ·     Tough to control weeds in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

                                                            Active Ingredients; their strengths and weaknesses.

                     ·     The changing look of commercial herbicides. From single components,

                                 to three-ways, to four ways, to custom mixing.

                                                            Changes in the pesticide labels.

                     ·     Changes coming from the EPA / DEP.

                     ·     New Products.

                     ·     Weed control scenarios. (Group participation)

                           Soil Fertilities role in Controlling Weeds

                     ·      Soil Fertilities Role in Better Weed Control Results.

                     ·      Best Management Practices for Fertility in Right-Of-Way and Turf Lawn


                     ·      Definition of Fertility Terms, such as Organic, Natural, Biological, and



3:00 pm-4:00 pm           Attendees will be given the opportunity to visit with vendors, check out the

                                      results of the plant auction, and sign off on credits in assigned groups (to

                                      minimize lines)


                                      CREDITS:  NJ:  1A-2, 02-2, 3A-6, 3B-4, 6B-6, 8C-2, CORE-1, PP2-4

                                                         PA:  PC-5, 06-4, 07-1, 10-2, 18-7, 23-7

                                                         NY:  10-4, 3a-4,25-4,3b-1.50, 6a-1

                                                         ASLA:  5 Credits

                                                         APLD:  5

                                                         FERTILIZER:  4 Credits

                                                         CNLP:  1 Plants, 4 Environment and .5 Professional

                                                         NALP:  5

                                                         LTE/LTCO: 3.5



Track Two:  Landscape


9:00am-10:00am            Speaker:        Bill Ingalsbe – Yardville Supply              

                                        Topic:             Silica Dust, OSHA Regulations & Hands-on Demo

                                        Description:   This talk will provide an overview of the current OSHA regulations

                                                             regarding silica dust and how they apply to our industry.  The available

                                                             options to be in compliance with these regulations will also be discussed.  A

                                                             demonstration of using an apparatus while dry cutting pavers are included.


10:00am-11:00am          Speaker:        Pat Donovan & Darren Rafferty

                                         Topic:            Interactive Panel Discussion on Calculating Overhead for Profit &

                                                             Other Stuff!

                                         Description:  Job costing, Calculating Overhead for Profit and Other Stuff!

                                                             If you have ever asked yourself; How do I come up with a price for this project?

                                                             Am I really making what I should? Am I making money at all? If this sounds

                                                             familiar, you need to sit in on this presentation!

                                                             •    If you were asked to explain your pricing method and schedule to a potential

                                                                   client, could you?

                                                             •    Can you accurately predict your labor, equipment, overhead, material and

                                                                   profit on a project?

                                                             •    Do you recover all of your costs on every project or service you provide?

                                                             •    Are you in compliance with every law, regulation and standard in the industry

                                                                   you are involved in?

                                                             If you are finding it difficult to answer these and other related questions

                                                             honestly, you will not want to miss this educational session. Presenters Pat

                                                             Donovan and Darren Rafferty will help attendees fully understand a pricing

                                                             method that you can trust and relay on for any service you provide. Learn how

                                                             to calculate equipment costs, understand labor burden and quote a job based

                                                             on knowledge, not guess work. After listening to this presentation, you will no

                                                             longer bid on a project, you will produce a qualified quote you can confidently

                                                             submit for consideration. Take the guess work out of your business and pricing!


11:00am-12 noon           Speaker:        Joe Raboine, National Design and Training Specialist for Belgard

                                        Topic:             Outdoor Living Design, including 3D Renders, Animations & Virtual reality

                                        Description:   Joe will discuss current design trends in the ever-expanding

                                                             category of “Outdoor Living”.   He will talk about its universal appeal and the

                                                             possible reasons for why this is.    He talks about how millennials are driving the

                                                             movement toward clean modern lines and textures.  He will discuss how

                                                             outdoor living has become an “expectation” for consumers, and how features

                                                             such as fire pits, fire places, outdoor kitchens, showers, vertical gardens, and

                                                             even hanging beds, are reshaping how consumers are integrating their indoor

                                                             spaces with their outdoor environments.   Lastly, he will discuss how 3D

                                                             Renders, animations, and Virtual reality are powerful tools that transforming the

                                                             sales and design experience in our industry. 



12 noon-12:45pm          Lunch -           Silent Plant Auction, Vendors


12:45pm-1:00pm           Speaker:         Rosalind Doremus & David DeFrange   - CNLP’s              

                                        Topic:             The Benefits of the CNLP Program & How it can Help Your Business

                                        Description:   They will discuss the Benefits of being a CNLP and how it can help

                                                              your business.                                          


1:00pm-2:00pm              Speaker:        Bruce Crawford - Director of Rutgers Gardens

                                         Topic:            Planting for Wildlife Habitat

                                         Description:  Habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter, and space

                                                             arranged to meet the needs of wildlife. Landscape designs that attract birds,

                                                             butterflies, beneficial insects, and small animals are in demand. Planning and

                                                             the proper selection of plants is necessary for attractive and productive wildlife

                                                             habitat designs.  Learn how to meet the needs of your client with a landscape

                                                             that is both functional and stunning.


 2:00pm-3:00pm             Speaker:        Erin Pfarr – Rutgers University

                                         Topic:            Building on success: The Rutgers University Dogwood Breeding Program

                                         Description:  Exciting breeding and research is being conducted with big-bracted

                                                             dogwood (Cornus ssp.) at Rutgers University. The presentation will

                                                             cover the Rutgers ornamental program’s history, recent successes, breeding

                                                             objectives, and future research directions. Learn about the process of breeding

                                                             small trees and the story of Scarlet Fire® kousa dogwood.


3:00 pm-4:00pm             Attendees will be given the opportunity to visit with vendors, check out the

                                        results of the plant auction, and sign off on credits in assigned groups (to minimize lines)


                                        CREDITS:      ASLA:  3

                                                               APLD:  3

                                                               CNLP:  2.5 Professional, 1.5 Design and 1.5 Plants

                                                               NALP:  5

                                                               LTE/LTCO:  2.5 


Track 3:  Tour/Talk

(Track One and Track Two will Combined for the last talk and tour of the day.)


4:00 pm-5:00pm           Speaker:         Michael A. Coraggio, CEO and Founding Principal, EcoWalls

                                      Tour/Talk:       Tour/Talk of the Living Wall at the Rutgers New Jersey Institute for

                                                             Food, Nutrition & Health.

                                       Description:    Mike will be discussing the entire process from idea thru installation

                                                             and continued maintenance.  Presentation will cover everything from initial idea,

                                                             site analysis and design to the clients wish and how the process came together. 

                                                             Mike will also discuss the plant selection process and how to choose the correct

                                                             plants for each site as well as the requirements for the living wall, both in terms

                                                             of health and engineering.  EcoWalls will also explain how the system is

                                                             installed and maintained.



                                       CREDITS:       ASLA:  1

                                                               APLD:  1

                                                               CNLP:  .5 Design and .5 Plants

                                                               NALP:  1





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Less than 14 days NJNLA has already incurred costs for your attendance and no refund will be issued.




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