BORDENTOWN, N.J. — New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association’s Summer Plant Symposium Lecture Series features keynote speaker. The summer’s “coolest” green industry event is going online this year, with a lecture series consisting of four nationally renowned speakers. Taking place on August 11, 13, 18th and 20th at 4:00pm, NJNLA members pay only $15/webinar when registering for more than one lecture. Non-members can register for only $25/webinar when registering for more than one lecture. Recertification credits are available, including NJ Pest Credits, ASLA, APLD, NJUCF, LTE/LTCO, ISA and CNLP Credits.
On Tuesday, August 11th, Ed Gregan of Bailey Nurseries will present, “Small Trees for Tight Places.” This talk will encompass the available medium to smaller ornamental, flowering and shade trees that work best for today’s smaller gardens, the locations they are well-suited for from a design sense as well as environmental situations. Ed will include different ways that these trees can be shaped (pruned) from a production nursery.
On Thursday, August 13th, Dr. Beth Brantley, Technical Support Specialist, Bartlett Tree Experts will present “Opportunities for Resilient and Sustainable Landscapes.” The changing climate is resulting in a changing landscape. If we consider this as an opportunity, we can create and maintain healthy plant communities. Climate, stressors, pests and pathogens will be discussed, along with mitigation options. Beth will incorporate plant selections from Ed Gregan’s presentation and provide suggestions for proactive landscape design and management.
On Tuesday, August 18th, Shannon Currey, Marketing Director, Hoffman Nursery will present “A Broader Vision: Green Infrastructure and the Power of Plants.” The plants and services our industry provides are often perceived as a luxury. But our own experience and a growing body of research tell us that green spaces are vital to the health and well-being of our communities. What can we do to better promote that connection and the power of plants? How can we demonstrate that our plants and expertise are necessities rather than luxuries? One obvious example is green infrastructure (GI). It uses the power of plants, soils, and natural systems to manage water and create healthier urban environments. GI generates cost effective solutions and economic, environmental, and social benefits beyond traditional infrastructure approaches. It also represents a broader vision for how we use and think about plants. In this presentation, get an overview of GI and some of the key factors that drive its implementation. Marketing Director Shannon Currey will share Hoffman Nursery experience growing for and learning about GI. She will suggest strategies to build new connections and promote the power of plants.
On Thursday, August 20th the Keynote Address presents Dr. Doug Tallamy. He will present “Nature’s Best Hope.” Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Dr. Tallamy has been invited to a Virtual Happy Hour following the keynote address on Thursday, and all registered attendees are invited to attend as well.
For details on recertification credits, or to register, please visit njnla.org.
–Lori Jenssen, New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association