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August 14th, 2019 - Summer Plant Symposium (SPS) at Rutgers Cook Campus Student Center. Pesticide Track, Landscape Track and CNLP Test. Full agenda below! MAKE SURE TO READ ABOUT RUTGERS ONE DAY PARKING PERMIT. ON LINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. YOU CAN REGISTER AT THE DOOR

When: August 14th, 2019
Where: Rutgers Cook Campus Student Center
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901
United States
Contact: Jeanne Ondusko

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Registrations at Door: There will be an additional $10.00 charged for registration at the door. 


Summer Plant Symposium (SPS)

August 14th, 2019 - 9am to 4pm

Cook Student Center - Rutgers

   59 Biel Road

    New Brunswick, New Jersey   08901

 There will be 2 Tracks - Pesticide Track and Landscape Track

At 8:30am the CNLP Exam will be given please see the bottom

of this page for instructions.

Back by popular demand - Silent Plant Auction 

****Please Note Rutgers' new advance parking registration****

You may park in Lots 76, 99C & 99D but you must use the below link to register for the event. Until this process is completed your vehicle is not registered and you may receive a citation.


  1. 2019 Summer Plant Symposium – Pesticide Track Agenda

Credits Offered: NJ, PA, CT, NY, Fertilizer, LTE/LTCO, ISA, NALP and CNLP

9:00 am-10:00 am        Speaker:  Dr. Bradley Park, Rutgers

                                       Topic: Fertilizer, Water Quality and Laws for Turf

                                       Description:  Talk will address practices related to soil fertility, fertilization,

                                      water quality, equipment calibration, fertilizer labels, and/or the fertilizer laws

                                      for turf.


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

                                       Topic:   Spotted Lanternfly Update, Potential Management Options & Latest


                                       Description:  Talk to include:  Identification & an update on the spread of the

                                      Spotted Lanternfly, ornamental damage created by the Spotted Lanternfly,

                                      treatment and Identification of egg masses, adults and other stages of the

                                      Spotted Lanternfly, best management practices, host plants of the Spotted

                                      Lanternfly, the role of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in the life cycle of the

                                      Spotted Lanternfly, eradication strategy 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, and Q&A.


11:00am-12 noon         Speaker:  Stephen Bross, NJ DEP

                                      Topic: Pesticide Regulations Update

                                      Description:  - NJDEP website navigation (license renewal, course and credit

                                     history, recertification courses available to applicators, exam information)

                                     - Consumer Information Notification (what applicators need to know as to what

                                        must be included in Consumer Information Notification to their customers)

                                     - Record Keeping Updates (what is mandatory information for pesticide

                                        application record keeping)

                                      - What to look for on Pesticide Labels


 12 noon-12:15 pm       Vendor Introductions


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


1:00 pm-2:00 pm          Speaker:  Dean Marzocca, NJ Tree Experts

                                       Topic:  NJ Tree Care Act Enforcement:  What You Need to Know

                                       Description:  Learn the new rules! The NJ Tree Care Act has been enacted and

                                      there are now current compliant inspections being done throughout the state.

                                      Not being compliant as a registered tree care company offering tree services will

                                      result in a Notice of Violation being issued. Learn what to do if you receive one

                                      and what to do to avoid getting one.  


2:00 pm-3:00 pm          Speaker:  Joe Griepp, Director of Robert A. Winters Arboretum

                                       Topic:    Interesting, Hardy, Tough and Rare. Trees We Should Be Planting.

                                       Description:  With an onslaught of new diseases and insect pests, it is becoming

                                      ever more important to make good decisions at the time of selection to ensure

                                      the success of landscape installations. There are undeniable attributes in many

                                      lesser used species from which we can all benefit. Innovative nurseries can stay

                                      ahead of the curve by planting and marketing a greater diversity of trees. Joe will

                                      bring his experience in managing an impressive collection of rare and exotic trees

                                      for an entertaining discussion of lesser used specimens worthy of consideration.                                


3:00 pm-4:00 pm          Speaker:  Mike Reed, Synatek

                                       Topic:     Pesticide Calibration Clinic

                                       Description:  This will be practical hands on training.  Demonstrating

                                      proper techniques to improve Results and reduce application variances to

                                      below 10%

                                      Granular Rotary Push Spreader Hands on Training:

                                                  Proper Spreader Technique

                                                  Determining Effective Spreader Swath

                                                  Mark out test plot based on ESS

                                                  Calibration Test

                                                  Measure Result

                                                  Adjustments if needed

                                                  Protecting the environment

                                      Back Pack Sprayer Calibration Hands on Training:

                                                  Proper Spray Technique

                                                  Determining Effective Spray Swath

                                                  CFV – Control Flow Valve for consistent flow rates

                                                  Mark out test plot based on ESS

                                                  Calibration Test

                                                  Measure Results    

                                      Hydraulic Power Sprayer Hands on Training:

                                                  Parts of a Sprayer

                                                  Setting Pressure Release Valve

                                                  Setting Pressure Valve

                                                  Proper Spray Technique

                                                  Effective Spray Swath

                                                  Metering Speed

                                                  Mark out test plot 1,000 sq. ft.

                                                  Time trial

                                                  Measure results


                                                  Figuring out pesticide rates



4:00 pm-5:00 pm      Plant Auction Results & Signing for Credits


NJ: Core - 6, 1A - 2, 3A - 2, 6B - 2, 8C - 2, 9 - 2 and PP2 - 2

CT: Core - 6, 1A - 2, 3A - 2, 6B - 2, 8C - 2, 9 - 2 and PP2 - 2

NY: 10 - 1, 3a - 1, 25 - 1, 9 - 1

PA: Core - 4, PC - 2, 06 - 2, 18 - 2, 23 - 2

Fertilizer: 3


ISA: Certified Arborist: 6, BCMA - Practice: 2, BCMA - Management: 4

CNLP: 2.5 Environment, 2.5 Professional, 1 Plant



2.  2019 Summer Plant Symposium – Landscape Track Agenda


9:00 am-10:00 am        Speaker:  Thomas Carman & Joseph Melillo, Melillo & Bauer Associates

                                       Topic: From the Coast to the Urban Rooftop: The New Backyard for Multi-

                                        Family Living

                                       Description:  With a continued shifting trend from the traditional single-family

                                      home to the mixed use multi-family developments, the thought of outdoor living

                                      must also evolve. Designing both public and semi-private spaces is of great

                                      importance to the success of these new communities. Where space is limited

                                      around the building, additional space is utilized on the rooftops of these mid and

                                      high rise structures. In this presentation two Principals of the New Jersey based

                                      Landscape Architectural firm Melillo + Bauer Associates will illustrate how they

                                      have creatively dealt with creating spaces for people both on grade and on

                                      rooftops in these types of developments. They will do a deep dive into 2 projects

                                      that exemplify the necessary landscape strategies.

                                      In this presentation attendees will learn the challenges associated with

                                      development along a coastal environment and urban rooftop. The presenters

                                      will share what they have learned over their years of experience and the   

                                      necessary design solutions to contribute to the continued success of these



10:00 am-11:00 am      Speaker:   Ira Grasgreen, Eason Horticultural Resources

                                       Topic:   Annuals Rock for all Locations!

                                       Description:  Annuals provide spectacular color and texture in the garden. 

                                      We now have some options for those who wish to grow Impatiens

                                      walleriana with a couple of Down Mildew resistant varieties for the

                                      coming years.  There are however a multitude of annuals which offer

                                      endless choices for your garden.  These can be used in the landscape as

                                      well as containers.  We will view some of the tried and true as well as

                                      some new selections for 2020.                              


11:00am-12 noon          Speaker:  Rob Swanekamp, KubePak

                                        Topic: Late Season Annuals & Fall Seasonal Plantings

                                        Description: Find out about the latest on annuals designed for fall seasonal

                                       plantings - what's new, what's not and how they can be incorporated into your



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


12:45 pm-1:00 pm         Vendor Introductions


1:00 pm-2:00 pm           Speaker:  Bruce Crawford, Rutgers Gardens

                                        Topic:  What's New at Rutgers Gardens

                                        Description:  Rutgers Gardens has witnessed a number of new physical additions

                                       as well as programs over the pasts several years that would be of interest to

                                       those in the horticultural industry.  From Green Roofs to Hydrangea Trails, Bruce

                                       will discuss the new additions and the benefits they provide for the industry and

                                       the community!                               


2:00 pm-3:00 pm          Speaker:  Daryl Kobesky, Sunset Farmstead

                                       Topic: If you plant it, they (pollinators) will come

                                       Description:  Pollinators are very important to our success.  This talk will

                                      enlighten the attendees of the many attribute’s pollinators bring to the garden

                                      and to us a people.  We will discuss ecosystem creation and management and

                                      plant varieties that are beneficial to pollinators.  Sunset Farmstead is only a few

                                      years old and they have seen the proof of “If you Plant it they will come” their

                                      farm is covered with a variety of pollinators from spring through late fall.

                                      Whereas just a few years ago it was a grass pasture for goats is now a pollinator

                                      buffet and community.


3:00 pm-4:00 pm          Speaker:  Larry Kuser, Fernbrook Nursery

                                       Topic: Trends & Techniques Using Shade Trees 

                                       Description:  Learn about new or improved varieties of shade trees & trends in

                                      their use.  Pruning techniques and care of these landscape essentials will also be



4:00 pm-5:00 pm         Plant Auction Results & Signing for Credits


CNLP: 1 - Design, 3 - Plants, 1 - Professional, 1 Environment




ISA: Certified Arborist: 4, BCMA - Science: 1, BCMA - Practice: 3

NALP Credits: 5


3. CNLP Exam

The CNLP Exam will be given at 8:30 am.

If you plan to take the Exam and stay for the rest of SPS you must register for one of the above Tracks and pay full price.  The Exams will be graded during the first half of the day and your score will be ready by lunch.

 If you are only attending the Exam you need not register for SPS you must contact the NJNLA Office to secure a seat.


Refund Policy:

You may receive a refund up to 14 days prior to the event.  Less than 14 days - NJNLA has already incurred costs for your attendance and no refund will be issued. 


Registrations at Door:

There will be an additional $10.00 charged for registration at the door. 


Please be on time!  Late arrivals will not be eligible for pesticide credits, per DEP regulations.



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