Events/Educational Programs

June 21-23  – Pollinator Partnership Facebook Live Series,  1pm ET. Obscure Pollinators; Live from the Bee Yard; and Behind the Seeds – Seed collection 101 are the 3 topics.

June 22 – Pest and Beneficial Insect Walk at the Carvel Center – Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE. Learn to identify insect and disease pests, as well as beneficial insects in the landscape at the Sussex County Extension Office. Find out what signs and symptoms are used to identify pests and diseases. Instructors: Brian Kunkel, Jill Pollok, and Tracy Wootten.  $15. 2 pesticide credits. To register contact or

June 22 – Agriculture: Essential Workers – Essential Protections Initiative, 5:30pm ET, The US Dept of Labor Wage and Hour Division enforces many regulations that provide protections for agricultural employees – whether they are migrant or seasonal workers or temporary non-immigrant (H-2A) agricultural workers.  These protections range from those afforded under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), such as minimum wage and child labor protections, to those under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), such as safe housing for migrant workers, safe transportation for covered workers, requirements that all wages owed be paid when due, full and proper disclosure of the terms and conditions of employment, and that farm labor contractors be registered with the Department of Labor.  WHD also enforces the field sanitation standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Wage and Hour Division is pleased to offer virtual training for workers, organizations and employers in agricultural occupations on these critical workplace protections through our Essential Workers – Essential Protections Initiative.

June 22 –  Pesticide Labels Demystified: Guidance on How to Read Pesticide Labels, 2pm ET, A key component of integrated pest management (IPM) is the appropriate and safe use of pesticides. Understanding how to read, interpret, and follow instructions on a pesticide label is critical to the safe use of the product. EPA hosts this free webinar to gain a better understanding of the intent of the guidance provided on these labels. This webinar will be offered in English and Spanish.

June 23 – Insects and Biological Control: How do you monitor for key insects in the greenhouse and nursery? What are some of the biological and low risk chemical control options? How do you collect a sample to submit for ID? Speaker: Stanton Gill. Join Stanton Gill, Karen Rane, Dave Clement and Andrew Ristvey in this June mini-series event! The UMD Extension and MNLGA are hosting four IPM sessions in June covering all things from diagnostics, to nutrient management, to biological control. See the event details below – and register today! Register online via by selecting the 2021 IPM Scout Training for Greenhouse and Nursery Crops Event. Registration closes on May 28th. The cost to register is $10 and covers a certificate that will be presented to each registrant at the end of the series after June 23rd.

June 24Pruning is a Necessity, Not an Option,  7pm ET Have you ever seen plants that are so poorly pruned you feel embarrassed for them? Just like a bad haircut, plants don’t get to show off their best structural attributes with bad pruning. Once you have practiced a few times, pruning becomes intuitive or second nature. Pruning is a Necessity Not an Option with Eva Monheim will guide you through a series of detailed pictorials on how to prune so that you will feel empowered the next time you are out pruning

June 24 – Biological Control Across the Landscapes: What Agents Are Established and What New Tools Are on The Horizon, 11am MT, This presentation will cover the landscape-level implementation of biological control to curtail the spread and impact of several invasive species across NPS-managed lands and adjacent inholdings. Topics addressed will include the theoretical approach of biological control as a management strategy, making releases and monitoring their effectiveness, the pros and cons of biological control, a brief overview of the NEPA process, ideal biological control results, and specific cases of landscape level control with 15+ years of monitoring data using the Standardized Impact Monitoring Protocol (SIMP). Lastly, some of the newer systems that are or will be implemented in the near future will be discussed.

June 30 – Urban Forestry Today’s 2021 Summer Tree Summit, 12-2pm ET, fee, Join Dr. Dave Nowak, USDA Forest Service, for this expanded 2-hr presentation-discussion about the state of our urban forests, as he contextualizes current urban forestry research by re-visiting our roots, and highlighting our next discoveries.

July 8 – MD Greenhouse Growers Field Day, Catoctin Mtn Growers, Contact MNLGA Office, 410-823-8684; or

July 13 – T&O Sprayer and Rotary Spreader Calibration. 4-6 PM, $15. 2 pesticide and 2 nutrient management credits. UD Paradee Center, Extension Office, 69 Transportation Cir. Dover, DE.Come join us for a crash course on proper spreader and sprayer calibration relevant to T&O landscapes. This is a hands-on course designed to walk you through every step of the calibration process. Rotary spreaders, handheld sprayers, and backpack sprayers will be used during this event. Instructor: John Emerson . To register

July  22 – Hands on Diagnostic Pest Workshop. 4-6 PM. Room 012 Townsend Hall, 531 S College Avenue, Newark, DE.Learn what signs and symptoms the Extension Specialists use to identify pests and diseases! Tips and techniques will be shared. Fresh and preserved specimens will be available to look at using hand lenses and microscopes.Instructors: Jill Pollok and Brian Kunkel. 2 Pesticide credits. $15 register by contacting Carrie Murphy, courses  or

August 4 – Hold this date for the Summer Landscape Expo – more details coming.

September 27-30 – NASIMA (North American Invasive Species Management Association) Annual Conference, virtual/in person. Abstracts Due April 30. The conference’s purpose is to improve management, prevention, control and mitigation of invasive species. It is geared toward a broad audience to foster connecting science, policy, management, and outreach efforts. Attendees will include land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, foresters, environmental consultants, private landowners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations.

Summer educational programs – New Directions in the American Landscape, founded by Larry Weaner.

January 5-7, 2022 – MANTS, Baltimore Convention Center, Contact MNLGA Office, 410-823-8684; or

February 17-18, 2022 – Chesapeake Green 2022, Maritime Institute, Contact MNLGA Office, 410-823-8684; or

Other Future IPM Center Webinars:

Past IPM Center Webinars:

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







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