Events/Educational Programs

November 14, 2019 – Conference: The Plant Pollinator Partnership; 8:30am  – 4:00pm EDT; Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE;  Offered in collaboration with The Delaware Center for Horticulture. Pollinators of all types are struggling and their reduced numbers put natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. Bees, beetles, butterflies, ants, birds, and bats all help with pollination and all are experiencing environmental stresses. In response, landscape professionals and concerned homeowners across the country are learning more about the habitat needs of all pollinators – and using that knowledge to make planting decisions. Read more and register.

November 20, 2019  – Ornamentals and Turf Workshop, Hockessin Memorial Hall, Hockessin, DE, Contact Valann Budischak at

November 20, 2019Development of Host Tree Resistance to Restore Landscapes Impacted by Invasive Insects and Diseases, 12noon – 1pm EST, Dr. Jennifer Koch USFS Biologist. Options for restoring forests degraded by invasive insects and diseases will be examined in the context of the goals of the forest manager, which may vary from restoration of ecosystem services to restoring the forest to its pre-invasion state. The value of genetics and the development of resistance breeding programs as a critical tool for restoration and maintaining healthy, resilient forests will be discussed with a focus on ongoing programs breeding for beech bark disease resistance in American beech and emerald ash borer resistance in North American ash species. If prompted for a password, use “Cornell”.

December 2, 2019 –Tick Surveillance Practices in the Northeast   2:00 – 4:00pm EST Free webinar on tick surveillance guidance and best practices tailored to the Northeast region. Our presenters include public health and academic experts working in our region, who will cover key components of a tick surveillance program, including: considerations for starting a surveillance program, field methods for targeted species, pathogen testing, data analysis and management, and lessons learned from existing programs.

December 3, 2019 – Webinar: Bell’s Woodland – Creating a Native Garden from Disturbed Woodland at Chanticleer 12:30 – 1:30pm EDT. Developing a native woodland garden, in suburban areas, comes with specific challenges such as soil degradation and erosion, abundance of invasive exotic plant species, and a need to manage stormwater runoff.  In his presentation, Mr. Walczak will discuss different soil restoration methods and the effectiveness of each .Read more and register.

December 6, 2019 -Turf Short Course, New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark.

December 10, 2019 Webinar: The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands  @ 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT. Constructed stormwater wetlands utilize a complex system of physical, chemical, and biological processes to address stormwater pollutants from impervious surfaces. They are one of many green infrastructure tools to manage and protect the quality of stormwater into nearby water bodies and beyond. Furthermore, as a stormwater asset, these practices are adaptable and can often capture and treat large volumes of runoff, allowing for a cost-effective opportunity for communities to address regulatory requirements, water quality goals, and climate resiliency. Read more and register.

December 16, 2019 – Quick Books: Using it in Your Green Industry Business. Instructor: Karen Remick, Summit CPA Group LLC Topics include: Creating Estimates, Job Costing, Job Cost Reporting, Inventory 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Location: Kent County Extension Office, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE  1990; DNLA members- FREE; Non-members- $25, Limited to 25 participants.  Pre-registration required; No more than 2 people/company; To register go to (do not use Internet Explorer).  Questions, e-mail at or call the DNLA at 888/448-1203.

December 17, 2019 – Biological Control Conference, Maritime Institute, Linthicum, MD, 7:30 AM to 5 PM. Contact: Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association, Inc. 410-823-8684;

January 15 and 16, 2020 – Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo, Modern Maturity Center, Dover, DE. For more information, contact Valann Budischak, Executive Director at

January 29 and 30, 2020 – Delaware Wetlands Conference. Join scientists, engineers, planners, educators, and students from across the Mid-Atlantic region to learn about projects happening right now in our wetlands. Full two-day or single-day registration options are available and include access to keynote speakers, sessions, posters, networking time, exhibitors, lunches, snacks and more. The full agenda will be released on December 4, sessions and format available online. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE.  Full Two-Day Registration: Early Bird (by Dec. 4), General Admission; $100; Student/Presenter: $60. Single-Day Registration: Early Bird (by Dec. 4), General Admission; $65,Student/Presenter: $45.

Longwood Gardens offers many continuing education classes appropriate for the nursery and landscape industry.  To see their offerings, visit

Mt Cuba Center offers lots of great classes for gardeners and professionals.  To see their offerings visit

University of Georgia Turfgrass Management and Gardening Courses. Winter is a great time for landscaping professionals to enhance their credentials! The University of Georgia’s certificate courses add to your skills and increase the confidence customers have in your business.The University of Georgia is known around the world for its perennial trial gardens and its research in turfgrass science. Learn from UGA experts and expand your knowledge of sun and shade perennials, turfgrass management, and turf for sports fields. For more information:







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