Events/Educational Programs

September 9 – October 21 – 2019 Plant Identification Distance Education, Online, Non-Credit Courses, From Longwood Gardens and NC State Department of Horticultural Science, Trees, Shrubs, Conifers and Gymnosperms REGISTER

September 9 – October 212019 Plant Identification Distance Education, Online, Non-Credit Courses, From Longwood Gardens and NC State Department of Horticultural Science, Edibles, Bulbs and Houseplants REGISTER

September 10, 2019 – UMD Extension Commercial Cut Flower Tour – Sponsored by: UMD Extension with the Assoication of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and Maryland Cut Flowers. 2019 Cut Flower Farm Tour: Visit Cool Hollow Farm in Hagerstown, MD and then it is on to Surreybrooke Farm in Middletown, MD for a tour, lunch and afternoon talks. In the afternoon, talks will be given by Dave Dowling, Ednie Bulb Company and speakers from UMD Extension are Stanton Gill, Karen Rane, and Dave Clement. Register online today! View the full event brochure.

September 11, 2019 – Webinar: The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening
Why Native Plants Matter to Songbirds and the Food They Eat 7:00PM – 8:00PM     Residential landscapes and gardening practices can have a positive (or negative) impact on wildlife. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying plant and wildlife interactions. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and non-native plants to food webs by studying breeding birds in Washington D.C. suburban yards. In addition, she will talk about the relationships between plants and insects, why insects matter to birds, and steps you can take. Read more and register.

September 11, 2019Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation of American Elm, Webinar  1pm EST. The USDA Forest Service and partner organizations across the country have been working to conserve, breed, and test new selections of American elm in the landscape. In this webinar, speakers will share how they are working to potentially restore these iconic species and the ecological niche they once filled. Carrie Pike will introduce the breeding process and practice, including how to be a good partner in finding and testing potential selections. Leila Pinchot and Charlie Flower will present current research and specific testing efforts in place in multiple cities across the U.S.

September 12, 2019 –Tree Growth & Development in a Changing Climate, Webinar  noon EST. Join Dr. Chuck Cannon Director, The Center for Tree Science @ The Morton Arboretum, as he discusses how researchers are employing high & low-tech means to better understand tree growth in a changing climate. Enter the ID code: 469-756-059

September 14, 2019 – DelaWild: Celebrating Nature in the First State.  Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate, Chris Strand, for a tour of the Winterthur garden followed by a presentation by Charlie Engelman, television host of Weird But True and Nature Boom Time! on National Geographic.  Engelman, a former garden intern at Winterthur, will share the energizing story about how discovering nature in his backyard led him to a career as a nature educator. The walk will begin at 10:00 am with the lecture following at 11:15 am.  Attendees are welcome to attend the walk, the lecture, or both.  Attendance is free of charge for UD students, however we ask anyone interested in attending to register their name with us by replying to this email.

September 21, 2019 – Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional “Know Your Biorention Workshop Series, Building a Better Bio: Blending design & ecology into stormwater BMPs.9 AM- 4 PM, Derwood, MD. Registration and More Information. See Informational Flyer.

September 24, 2019 –Boxwood Blight Webinar – 1-4PM -HRI is hosting a boxwood blight research update webinar. The webinar’s purpose is two-fold: first, to provide researchers opportunity to share key updates on their boxwood blight research and, second, to facilitate a discussion about revising current boxwood blight BMPs. If you’d like to attend, please use this registration link.  Webinar ID: 749-172-267. The following researchers will present: Dr. JoAnne Crouch, Ms. Margery Daughtrey, Dr. Chuan Hong, Dr. Fred Gouker, Dr. Jim LaMondia, Dr. Nina Shishkoff, and Dr. Jerry Weiland.

September 26, 2019 – Webinar: The Art of Integrating Rainwater 12:00PM – 1:00PM   Brookside Gardens, an award-winning public parking garden, is a showcase for celebrating rainwater within a high-profile public space hosting over a million visitors a year. The site design and green infrastructure were developed in tandem allowing for harmonious stormwater solutions within the overall site design. The design for the entry, parking garden, and associated plaza spaces solved numerous problems including pedestrian and vehicular access, flexible and beautiful gathering spaces, security, and expanded parking, while highlighting Brookside’s philosophy of sustainability. Read more and register.

September 30 – October 3, 2019 – North American Invasive Species Management Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. There’s still time to register for this conference, discounted hotel time has been extended. Nominees are being accepted for the NAISMA Annual Award as well. Eligible nominees can be individuals or organizations.

October 7-9, 2019 – Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanic Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio.   Presenting he partnership between Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference will continue traditions of connecting current research and educational outreach to participants.  Stay tuned as more information about the program becomes available

October 9, 2019 – Dirt to Soil, by Gabe Brown, Webinar 1pm CDT for the Organic-IPM Working Group (all are invited). Gabe Brown is an American farmer who in his short TEDx presentation below walks us through a common sense solution to the problems posed by unsustainable land use and industrial agriculture in general. He is one of the pioneers of the current soil focused sustainable agriculture movement that focuses on farming in ways that regenerate land-based resources, rather than deplete them. Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota.There are more webinars on Nov 12 and Dec 17 at  their page

October 11, 2019 – Webinar: Regional Effort on Invasive Species and
Climate Change (RISCC) Management 12:30 pm EDT – 1:30 pm EDT; Species are adapted to tolerate a certain range of climate conditions. As a result, species around the world are shifting their ranges in response to climate change. But, many of these species – especially plants – won’t be able to keep up with the rapid pace of climate warming. Read more and register.

October 15, 2019 – Webinar: Creating Beautiful Gardens While Rewilding the Landscape; 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT; There are several aspects of effective landscape designs that make them successful. Understanding the technology of specific plants and how they may integrate into any given landscape is the key to composing beautiful plantings. Designed space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies. Read more and register.

October 22/23, 2019 – Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware. This year the Urban and Community Forestry program with be hosting a variety of topics. There are several featured speakers coming from various backgrounds in the field of arboriculture. The seminar will touch upon soil analysis, emerald ash borer, drones in arboriculture, fertilization and many more. There will be CEUs for ISA, Maryland Tree Experts and Delaware Pesticides. Urban and Community Forestry Program <>

October 23, 2019 – Webinar: Plants with True Grit;  12:30 pm EDT – 1:30 pm EDT; Both in the designed landscape and in the wild, plants thrive or die within a wide variety of conditions, often surprising us with either outcome. Our observations and experiments can help us choose which plants have a greater chance of tolerating the conditions we want to place on them. Read more and register.

October 29, 2019 – Webinar: Climate Change and Its Effects on Trees and
Their Relationship to Insects; 12:30 pm EDT – 1:30 pm EDT; After slowly cooling throughout the past millennium, Earth has substantially warmed over the last 40 years, and effects on trees and insects are already apparent. There is a strong scientific consensus that this warming is caused by human emission of greenhouse gases. There also is a substantial discrepancy between this scientific consensus and perceptions of the public regarding climate change. Read more and register.

November 1, 2019 – The Craft of Design: Enhancing Skills and Landscape Function. Symposium sponsored by UD BSLA students.  Delaware Center for Horticulture. 8 AM – 6 PM. To register

Novemer 11, 2019 – Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT; Of the seven species of hydrangeas sold in New England nurseries and garden centers, two of these species are native to the US. This presentation showcases many gorgeous new cultivars bred from these natives, which can be more adaptable to our climate & soil variations. Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas. Read more and register.

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

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

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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