Nursery Views - Summer 2018

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VOL. 48/NO. 1

Summer 2018

The Official Publication of The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association

Redbud Revolution New Cultivars Bring Color And Variety

Louisville’s New Botanical Garden Plus, Make Plans to Attend Our Summer Outing

VOL. 48/NO. 1

Summer 2018

Top Features

10 Upcoming

Summer Outing


12 Feature Story

ouisville’s New L Botanical Garden

14 Cover


A Redbud Revolution

18 Recent



Recap of KNLA’s A 2018 Spring Training & Showplace


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6 From the President, Michael Mueller 6 Welcome, New KNLA Members! 7 News from KNLA 16 New Nurserymen 19 Index of Advertisers

The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association serves its members in the industry through education, promotion and representation. The statements and opinions expressed herein are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the association, its staff, or its board of directors, Nursery Views, or its editors. Likewise, the appearance of advertisers, or their identification as Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association members, does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services featured in this, past or subsequent issues of this bi-annual publication. Copyright © 2018 by the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association. Nursery Views is published bi-annually. Subscriptions are complimentary to members of the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association. We are not responsible for unsolicited freelance manuscripts and photographs. Contact the managing editor for contribution information. Advertising: For display and classified advertising rates and insertions, please contact Leading Edge Communications, LLC, 206 Bridge Street, Franklin, TN 37064, (615) 790-3718, Fax (615) 794-4524.


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P.O. Box 5006 l Frankfort, KY 40602-5006 502-330-8300 Email: KNLA Officers President Michael Mueller Inside Out Design, LLC 100 Old Georgetown Road • Frankfort, KY 40601 Tel: 502-695-7020 • Vice President Pat Carey Riverfarm Nursery 2901 N. Buckeye Lane • Goshen, KY 40026 Tel: 502-228-5408 • SECRETARY Stephanie tittle (2019) 4716 Greenhaven Lane Goshen, KY 40026 Tel: 502-303-4852 • TREASURER Kim Fritz – Past President Village Green Wholesale Nursery 4251 Bloomfield Road • Springfield, KY 40069 Tel: 502-460-0764

Executive Director Tammy Carey Riverfarm Nursery 2901 N. Buckeye Lane • Goshen, KY 40006 Tel: 502-216-9122 • Directors Eric Garris (2018) Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest P.O. Box 130, Hwy. 245 • Clermont, KY 40110 Tel: 502-955-8512 • Brent Grunfeld (2018) Monrovia Tel: 615-584-0116 • Wes King (2018) King’s Gardens 4560 Nicholasville Road • Lexington, KY 40515 Tel: 859-272-7077 • Adam McClanahan Carlton Plants 299 Hill Ave • Franklin, OH 45005 Tel: 800-442-1453

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206 Bridge Street l Franklin, TN 37064 615-790-3718 l Fax: 615-794-4525 Email: Jeff Wallitsch (2018) Wallitsch Nursery & Garden Center 2608 Hikes Lane • Louisville, KY 40218 Tel: 502-454-3553 • David Wraith Site One Landscape Supply 13909 Aiken Road • Louisville, KY 40245 Tel: 502-245-0465 Educational Advisors Dr. Winston Dunwell UK Research & Education Center P.O. Box 469 • Princeton, KY 42445 Tel: 270-365-7541, ext. 209 Dr. Dewayne Ingram University of Kentucky, Horticulture Dept. N-308F Agri. Sci. Center • Lexington, KY 40546 Tel: 859-257-8903 • Dr. Robert (Bob) E. McNiel (Emeritus) Highland Moor 226 Shady Lane • Midway, KY 40347 Tel: 859-509-2719 •

FROM THE PRESIDENT l Michael Mueller

Get Busy Living Wow!

Just Wow! It’s hard to believe it is the middle of 2018. Where does the time go? The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association is getting bigger and better every day, and I can honestly say that our board of directors is one of the best I have ever worked with. They are dedicated to our members and to our industry. Let’s be honest, you have to love this type of role, if not it would be work. I would like to formally welcome our new Executive Director, Tammy Carey. She has been involved with our industry for many years and now she is in the right position with the KNLA. She is and will be doing some really important projects with our organization. Please take the time to read her article in this issue and feel free to reach out to her with any comments or questions. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we have an outstanding summer show scheduled on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in La Grange, Kentucky. The facility is really cool, easy to get to and our board has lined up some amazing speakers. Since our last two winter shows went very well, we decided our members needed more, so we stepped our game up and moved this year’s show to the newly renovated Holiday Inn in Louisville. The show will run January 23–24, 2019. I look forward to having all of our vendors and exhibitors in one place so we can do some old fashioned networking. Get Busy Living,

Michael Mueller KNLA President

Welcome, New KNLA Members! Jason Anderson Kentucky Kingdom Louisville, KY Justin Anderson Caudill Seed Company Louisville, KY Mike Brown Tenbarge Seed New Albany, IN John Day Construction Machinery Company Louisville, KY Timothy Deffy Premier Tech Horticulture Indianapolis, IN Pat Greeson Natorp Nursery Mason, OH Blair Leano-Helvey Entomology Solutions/ Idlewild Butterfly Farm Louisville, KY Patrick Johnson Patrick Johnson Landscaping, LLC Louisville, KY Sue Massey Massey Nursery Sales Crestwood, KY Terry Raby Airtech Tools Knoxville, TN

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Ashley Short Highlandbrook Nursery Elkton, KY Charles Stanton Stewarts Nursery McMinnville, TN Gus Wolf Wolf Tree Farms Turner Station, KY 6

News from KNLA

Introducing New Board Members and Executive Director F

irst, we would like to thank Cora Martin of Ammons Nursery and Jeff Moore of Signature Landscapes for all of the effort and time they have spent over the years helping the KNLA be the best we can be. It was a rough past couple of years for our Board Members, but they helped pull us through to where we are today. Thank you, Cora and Jeff, we miss you! We have also added two new board members to our team this year: Adam McClanahan and David Wraith both come to us with a variety of plant industry experience and we are excited about the new ideas and perspectives they can bring to our team.

Adam McClanahan began his jour-

David Wraith was Born in Lincoln,

England and moved to Louisville in October 2001 via an Ohio State University Agriculture Internship. He is married with two boys, ages nine and twelve. When he’s not in the plant world, he lives on the soccer field, watching his sons play and coaching 2 x U11 teams in club soccer. David currently works at SiteOne Landscape Supply in Kentucky, where he is a Regional Nursery Buyer. He has vast amount of prior experience managing rewholesale centers in the Southeast, but made his way back to Kentucky in 2015 where he started out at John Deere Landscapes (now SiteOne) in 2002. We’re glad to have you back home, David!

Tammy Carey is our new Executive Director. KNLA has been without one for quite some time, so we are thankful for the help! Tammy has worked for Riverfarm Nursery for 12 years as the Office Manager responsible for sales, marketing, billing and a variety of other duties. Tammy never considered herself a “plant person”, but after 14 years of internal auditing, landing in her role at Riverfarm opened her eyes to a new challenge that has enabled her to glean much on-the-job experience. She is married to Pat Carey, General Manager at Riverfarm, and they have two wonderful children, Owen (15), and Cheney (12). She is very excited to have this opportunity to help manage the day to day tasks for the KNLA and help to plan exciting trade shows and learning opportunities for our members. She will be reaching out to members and non-members alike doing what she can to grow the membership and improve our current product. 2

Adam McClanahan

David Wraith

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ney watering plants for a local garden center at the age of 15 and the seed was planted, so to speak. After completing his education in Horticulture and Landscape Design, he spent a few years in golf course construction and as an arborist, climbing trees before settling into the nursery side of the industry. Adam has spent the last 22 years traveling extensively to nurseries throughout the country, the first 12 as a Green Goods Purchasing Manager and the last 10 years as a Field Representative for Carlton Plants, a bare root nursery in Oregon where he covers Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. He’s an Ohio Certified Nurseryman, past member of the ONLA Board of Directors, former president of the WCCC Horticulture Advisory Committee, current member of the ONLA Legislative Committee and has sat on numerous other trade committees. Born and raised in southern Ohio, he and his wife Jennifer have three children: a son, Sam (16), and two daughters, Mickey (20) and Kristen (27). Adam is passionate

about plants and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and cooking.

News from KNLA l Continued

Industry News:

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Tax Law Changes for Landscape Service Providers E

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ffective for services provided on or after July 1, 2018, Kentucky tax law (KRS 139.200) applies the 6% sales tax to charges for landscaping services, including but not limited to, lawn care and maintenance services; tree trimming, pruning or removal services; landscape design and installation services; and snow plowing and removal services. All providers of these services will be required to register to charge and collect Kentucky sales tax from their customers.


As a landscaping business, you can register for a Kentucky sales tax account at the following site: The registration application will allow your business to obtain the sales tax number needed to collect Kentucky sales tax. Please call 502-564-3306 if you need help with the registration application. Landscaping businesses will now charge sales tax on the full sales price charged to their customers. Landscapers may also purchase items they will sell

to their customers as part of the service without paying sales tax to their suppliers. To purchase inventory exempt for resale, businesses performing landscaping services may provide a completed resale certificate (Form 51A105) at the time of purchase to their suppliers. Businesses may access the Department’s website at to find the resale certificate for completion. The resale exemption claim is limited to tangible personal property or digital property sold to and received by the customers as part of the retail sale. Some examples of the property that can be purchased for resale are mulch and the bed liner that goes under it. Landscaping services are not eligible to be purchased tax-exempt using the resale exemption. For example, a landscaping business may have a contract with a homeowner to provide lawn care and snow removal but hire another business to complete the snow removal portion of the contract. Sales tax will be due on the snow removal service provided to the landscaping business as well as the total consideration paid by the homeowner for the landscaping services contract (lawn care and snow removal). In this example, the landscaping business cannot purchase the snow removal service sub-contracted out using the resale exemption. In those situations where a business has paid sales tax on tangible personal property that is subsequently resold in the regular course of business (for example, mulch), the business may claim a credit for tax paid by reporting the price of the property on Line 17 of the Kentucky Sales and Use Tax Return (Form 51A102). The business should make a notation of “Tax Paid on Purchases Resold” in the description box for Line 17. The credit taken for “Tax Paid on Purchases Resold” cannot result in a negative tax due calculation for the period of the sales and use tax filing. The Department of Revenue has set up a website where you can submit any questions you have regarding this change in the sales tax laws. This site is http://tax You may also contact the Department of Revenue by telephone at 502-564-5170, extension 1 if you have any further questions on the information provided. 2

Update: Common Reed on Last Issue Cover By Win Dunwell, UK Professor of Horticulture


If control is desirable, NRCS lists methods of control as: 1.) Biological Control; currently there are no commercially available biological methods for the control of phragmites. 2.) Mechanical Control; cutting or pulling, cut below the lowest leaf ~6 inches or less. 3.) Black Plastic; black plastic is feasible on small areas, and heavy tarps or other type mats should be used, as Phragmites can pierce through typical black plastic used for vegetable operations. 4.) Prescribed Burnung can actually do more harm than good. 5.) Chemical Control; glyphosate and Imazapyr (Rodeo/Roundup and Arsenal) have proven successful treatments. As always read and follow label instructions. 2

Figure 1: Cover photo of common reed

Figure 2: Hairs on stem.

Pest Management – Invasive Plant Control Common Reed – Phragmites australis. Conservation Practice Job Sheet, NH595. Accessed June 12, 2018, https:// DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1081651.pdf Tulbure, M.G., C.A. Johnston, and D.L. Auger. 2007. Rapid invasion of a Great Lakes coastal wetland by non-native Phragmites australis and Typha. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33(sp3):269-279.

Figure 3: Reed Bloom Common Reed on Last Issue Cover


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cover photo on Nursery Views Winter issue was selected by the late Liz Nutter from a group of images I took around the time of the 2017 KNLA Summer outing. I did not mean for Phragmites australis, common reed, to end up on the cover, although I told her to use whatever she wanted. This reed is taking over west Kentucky roadsides and ponds, particularly mine field renovated areas. I thought common reed a native, but the National Invasive Species Information center says of it “Native to the U.S., but the more invasive strains originated in Europe (Tulbure et al. 2007)”. In Michigan State University Extension: Phragmites: Native or Not, there is discussion of the differences between the subspecies Phragmites australis subsp. Americanus which is the native and European Phragmites australis subsp. australis, sometimes known as Haplotype M. (See MSU publication at http://mnfi.anr.msu .edu/phragmites/native-or-not.cfm) Obviously, the plant on the cover is the invader based on the tight, dense purple head seen in the plants by-the-sideof-the-road in west Kentucky. Also, the purple color does not fit with the brown bloom of the new England native. Yet the thin foliage compared to images online always makes me wonder, and resulted in some panic when I saw the picture on the cover and I was not sure exactly what it was. The fuzzy hairs on the stem add to the confusion. The plants in the photo are not in a dense patch typical of those found on pond banks but maybe just a matter of time or possibly the partial shade of the site of the pictures. In his book, Plant Life of Kentucky, Ron Jones only lists Phragmites australis as occurring in Kentucky infrequently as a facultative wetland species. While common to wet “cattail areas”, where common reed is found, rarely do you see cattails.

Upcoming Event

at CityPlace in LaGrange

Thursday, September 13th


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ark your calendars for what promises to be a great day for everyone! This year, we chose to have our event at CityPlace in LaGrange, KY. CityPlace was formerly the old Southern States on Highway 53 in the heart of town. The Rawlings Foundation purchased the location a few years ago, and boy do you need to see the magic they have created! There is plenty of room in the two buildings for training and the expo, and a beautiful courtyard that we also have at our disposal for the event. We’re even going to close the side road to make room for more fun! We are getting back to the basics a little bit this year and bringing in some speakers and exhibitors that can really help you in your day-to-day business. From landscapers and growers to designers, billing specialists and fleet managers, there’s something for everyone! Calling All Landscape Crews: Isn’t the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Well, not to worry, your team will get plenty of fun! Think back to field day when you were in Elementary School and there were things like sack races, three legged races and tug of war. Yes, we’re doing this, but Landscape Crew style! Come one, come all and compete against other crews to determine the best in Kentucky! We’re going to do things like: fastest/best paver build, auger relay races and more. Stay tuned for more information, but start getting your team together! Also, in the spirit of keeping things local, we will be serving amazing Bar-B-


Que from a restaurant right across the street, and wonderful deserts from a bakery right next door to them. You will not leave hungry and we bet you’ll be back to eat again with your family! You can sign up to either exhibit or attend our show online at We can’t wait to see you all there!

crops and cropping systems. The basis of weed control principles will be discussed from an Agronomic point of view and related to the similarities in a landscape and nursery systems.

Plant Problem Trends for 2018 from the UK Diagnostic Lab

Sgt. Jason Morris, KSP

Nicole Ward Gauthier, Ph.D. Each year the UK Diagnostic Lab receives samples from around the state related to disease, insect, weed, etc. problems on landscape plants. Each year there are changes in the samples received, and we will discuss the 2018 observations and sources for controls.

Weed Control Basics – Different crops, Same concepts Travis Legleiter,Ph.D. Weed control and management basics remain the same despite differences in

CMV Safety Related to Landscape Enterprises A general overview of CMV laws and regulations with a focus on how they apply to landscaping related businesses. Topics covered will include: General applicability, vehicle registration, driver licensing, credentials, hours of service, and load securement. Vehicles will be present for inspection and discussion. Ask anything Q&A will follow the presentation!

Designing the Modern Landscape Garden Tom Smarr “Green” is important in all parts of our lives from supplying food to nourish, beauty to observe, space to recreate, and air to breathe. As gardeners, we get to choose how to shape our small to large

lands, often deciding whether they are ornamental gardens or ecologically fit landscapes. However, both horticulture and conservation values can be utilized in our livable landscapes. Learn about design methods, plant selection, and management techniques used in various public landscapes and how these principles are translatable to residential gardens. Examples derive from the gardens on the High Line, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, and The Parklands of Floyds Fork that all are part of the modern public park movement that shape our modern landscape gardens.

Important Changes to the Tax Law Effective July 1st Tim Bennett, Kentucky Department of Tax and Use Effective for services provided on or after July 1, 2018, Kentucky tax law (KRS 139 .200) applies the 6% sales tax to charges for landscaping services, including but not limited to, lawn care and maintenance services; tree trimming, pruning or removal services; landscape design and installation services; and snow plowing and removal services. All providers of these services will be required to register to charge and collect Kentucky sales tax from their customers. At this point, a couple months in, you will have had time to change your billing processes and most likely come up with many questions about the particulars and would like to ask questions directly to those enforcing the new law. We can help!

How Selections are Determined For Sale to the Landscape Industry Josh Miller, New Product Development Manager, Four Star Greenhouse


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This presentation will focus on the process of working with plant breeders to select products for our catalog referenced against input from our sales, marketing and growing team. Our brands (Proven Winners and Proven Selections) are consumer-facing brands that yield direct feedback to help guide our efforts. This helps us move quickly and identify plants that will make consumers successful. 2

Feature Story

23 Acres of Extraordinary Beauty Now Growing:

By Kasey Maier, Executive Director


aterfront Botanical Gardens is being built on a 23-acre plot of land that was formerly a landfill in Louisville, KY. Botanica Inc. is the non-profit organization building the gardens; it was founded in 1996 with a focus on plant and garden education. In 1999, a member of Botanica left a $1.5 million trust to build a botanical garden for this region. In 2013, Botanica hired architects Perkins+Will, based in Chicago and Atlanta, to develop the master plan for the site. In 2017, Waterfront Botanical Gardens purchased the 23-acres from Metro Louisville. Groundbreaking was held in September 2017 and sitework and preparation started shortly afterward. Construction of the first building will start in June 2018 with a goal of opening the first building in Fall 2019. The site for the future gardens is 40 feet above the flood plain of Frankfort Ave. The landfill was active from the mid1940s to the mid-1970s. It was capped with dirt and plantings in 1980, and had been sitting vacant since that time. There are many challenges to building on a landfill. Thousands of volunteer plants and trees covered the site, but many were not healthy. When growing on a landfill, a tree must adapt to the soil cap provided. Oftentimes the root systems of

these trees were not stable, and many were diseased and generally not in good shape. Since the start of construction, we have cleared hundreds of unhealthy and unstable trees from the site, but will be planting over 1,000 new trees as part of the development. Our plans for the plantings include a wide variety of native and nonnative trees. The Master Plan for the site includes a variety of gardens, along with three main building structures:

1. Phase I – Graeser Family Education Center, an education and event space that will hold 250 people seated. 2. Phase II – Visitors Center, to include ticket sales, a restaurant, and office space for staff. 3. Phase III – Conservatory for the display of plants that don’t typically grow in this region. This building will include classrooms, and a display space in addition to the conservatory area.

Conservatory Exterior

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WBG Donor Recognition


The entire project is expected to cost $60+ million at full build-out. A definite timeline has not yet been defined and will depend on funding. The mission of Waterfront Botanical Gardens is to develop experiences that promote an appreciation and understanding of plants for a more harmonious and sustainable world. Our vision is to create a botanical garden and conservatory of extraordinary beauty that engages, enlightens, and inspires people about plants and nature. Our main focus is education. We are creating a learning environment of beauty where art, nature, and science intersect. When our first building opens in 2019, we will welcome students from all over Kentucky and southern Indiana. In addition, we will offer classes for adults focused on everything from composting to clean water. Our facilities will be a cultural center for Louisville residents and visitors alike. We believe that our project has a tremendous impact on our residents today and for future generations. Waterfront Botanical Gardens will have an impact on:


1. Neighborhood Revitalization, helping to regenerate the neighborhoods of Butchertown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and more. 2. Economic Development, impacting land value in this area, creating a new area of town where people want to live and play. 3. Tourism, bringing an estimated 400,000 visitors every year to Louisville. Our research shows that people who visit a city with a botanical garden tend to stay 1 1/2 days longer. 4. Environmental Education, playing an important part in educating the

future stewards of the planet through structured programs and casual visits for events and displays. 5. Connectivity, linking the urban core of Louisville to the many surrounding neighborhoods. There are many reasons someone would visit Waterfront Botanical Gardens, whether it may be science, art, music, botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, or simply exercise and meditation. Waterfront Botanical Gardens is this region’s newest cultural asset. 2

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Cover Story


Redbud Revolution

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By Patrick Carey

astern redbuds have long been a staple ornamental tree in landscapes here in Kentucky, and for good reason — they are tough and very adaptable to many different soil types and sites, but most of all they are showy in the Spring. Most people in our area know that when they see redbuds blooming, spring and the basketball tournament is finally here. Many of us also have a story of our grandmother’s favorite redbud tree that she loved so much. It gave her hope in the spring that warm weather was on the way and provided a cool spot in the summer to have a cold drink while working in the garden. Plus, it gave her grandchildren the perfect tree to climb. Redbuds have come a long way in the past 30 years, and they are not your grandmother’s redbud anymore! There are many different shapes, sizes and colors to choose from these days. We have multiple colors and sizes of foliage on redbuds like green leaf, red (maroon) leaf types and even yellow leaf varieties. We have bloom colors across the spectrum, from white to light pink to a very bright (almost florescent) pink and ending with a deep magenta (almost purple) color. Also, you can find almost any structure you want. They can vary from multi-stem to weeping and single stem; some with high limbs and some with low limbs, it’s all out there. Many of the redbud selections before the 1990’s were natural crosses or a natural genetic mutation that gave us some great trees like ‘Silver Cloud’, ’Forest Pansy’ and ‘Appalachian Red’ that were the building blocks for the newer cultivars of today. Then came the man I like to call “The Grand Pooh-bah” of redbuds, Denny Werner at North Carolina State University. Denny really started to crank up his breeding program at NC state in the 1990’s and we are reaping the benefits now, with more to come! He crossed the glossy leaf of ‘Texas White’ with the renowned ‘Forest Pansy’ to give us an improved cultivar called ‘Merlot’ with glossy purple leaves that will hold its color later into the summer. He also bred ‘Covey’ (Lavender Twist) and ‘Forest Pansy’ the result being ‘Ruby Falls’ which is a great weeping form with purple leaves and traditional pink blooms. Also from NC state, Tom Ranney crossed ‘Silver Cloud’ and ‘Forest Pansy’ for a really cool tri-color (kind of) redbud called Carolina Sweetheart with whites, pinks, purple and green…I know that’s four, but you get the picture. I would get a beating for sure from my wife if I didn’t mention The Rising Sun redbud from Ray Jackson in Tennessee. It is truly a show stopper, it starts with a light green leaf on the inside fading to yellow and finally to an apricot color on the new shoots. This one really changed the game and opened our eyes that redbuds are not just your grandmother’s tree anymore! They can wow us, they can stun us, and they can be in the front of the garden, not just tucked in the back for a little shady spot when you need a cold drink.


Alley Cat Redbud

Merlot Redbud

Rising Sun Redbud

Carolina Sweetheart Redbud Leaf

We are in exciting times, this is the REDBUD REVOLUTION. All of these great plantsmen are working every day to bring new and exciting redbuds to the marketplace for us to use. Thirty years ago, I never thought I would see a purple weeper or tri-color (quad-color?), and certainly never dreamed of a redbud with yellow and orange leaves… it’s crazy! Most of all I have seen some of new ones on the way…and they are even better! Stay Tuned… 2

New Nurserymen

Ian Claus

Jack O’Daniel

Beau Hoffman

Congratulations, New KY Certified Nurserymen


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Kentucky Certified Nurseryman (KCN) Program was developed in the 1980s by a group of leading nursery owners and landscapers to provide a training opportunity through the study of the KCN Manual and to recognize those individuals who have experience (experience is a requirement to be


a KCN) in Kentucky’s nursery/landscape/ garden center industry. These individuals must also exhibit a knowledge of plant identification, how to keep plants healthy and pest free, soils, turfgrass management, proper planting and maintenance of nursery stock, landscape design and more. This exam is given once per year at the KNLA training. Achieving such a certification is determined by passing this three-part exam on plant care, plant and pest identification, landscape design, and personnel management. The exam takes most of a day to identify 125 woody, perennial, annual and tropical plants and insects and diseases of the hundreds in the manual, a 125-question multiple choice and true/false exam. Candidates must also design and draw a landscape plan and provide the landscape characteristics of the plants used. To receive a passing score, an average score of 70% must be achieved. Due to the number of hours of preparation, we usually have only a handful of professionals that choose to sit for the test each year. This year, we tested six individuals, and two achieved the required points to pass the exam and become Kentucky Certified Nurserymen! We would like to congratulate Ian Claus and Jack O’Daniel for putting in the hard work and dedication that it takes to attain this certification. Those that pass the exam have defined themselves as professionals in nursery/landscape/garden center industry and are worthy of the name Kentucky Certified Nurseryman. In addition, we would like to congratulate Beau Hoffman who took the exam

last year and also achieved a passing grade. Unfortunately, the method used to score Beau’s test was not consistent with the way they’d been scored in the past. So, congratulations to Beau for this wonderful achievement and thank you for your patience. Please see and read a bit about our new Kentucky Certified Nurserymen below: Ian Claus has worked for King’s Gardens since the spring of 2013. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture in 2018, and he has been King’s landscape designer for three years. His hobbies include playing golf, hanging out with friends and exploring nature. Jack O’Daniel is a married father of three, step-father of two and grandfather of five. He is a lifelong gardener, landscaper and hardscaper. Jack enjoys creating new landscapes and hardscapes for friends and family. Beau Hoffman works at Frank Otte Nursery, where he began 14 years ago slinging mulch on the back line. He then graduated into landscaping and today works as the Retail Service Manager. His main focus is providing excellent customer service and offering expert advice on choosing plants to meet the customer’s individual needs. Beau spends his free time with his five year old daughter, Brooklyn. They enjoy spending time outdoors, being together, and just having fun! Beau also plays in a men’s basketball league through his church. 2

Recent Event



hat a wonderful couple of days we had! Not only did attendance increase from last year, but it was standing room only in the education sessions! From Irvin Etienne’s helping us see the beauty beyond those plants that flower to Steve Foltz’s expert advice for landscape planning to Paul Cappiello’s advice of how to glean “new” ideas from some of the best gardens in the world, it seemed everyone had much to learn from our keynote speakers. In addition, we had the pleasure of learning from the best. Representing the University of Kentucky were Nicole Ward Gauthier, Joe Collins, Ric Bessin, Carey Grable, Bill Fountain, Stacy Borden, Adam Baker, Joshua Knight, and Dewayne Ingram, who provided us with a wealth of information about disease, bugs, pruning, monarch conservation, and much more. We always appreciate help and support from our friends at UK! Last but not least, we had the pleasure of welcoming Sergeant John Morris from the Kentucky State Police to help keep us all legal on the road, Zeke Cooper from Cooper Stewart Landscape Architecture, who grew our understanding of pest management while creating and implementing a landscape design, and Jason Reeves from the University of Tennessee Gardens who shared the principles of bringing color to the winter months and helped us to understand how to attract good bugs to our landscapes! Thank you to all who worked hard to put on a great event for our attendees. We got great feedback and that is due to not only the organizers of the event, but mostly the educators keeping everyone rapt with attention.

(left to right) David Listerman (Listerman & Associates) Mike Ray (Carl Ray Nursery) and Tommy Bachman (Goshen Gardens)

Blair Leano-Helvey (Entomology Solutions/ Idlewild Butterfly Farm)

This was quite a special event from the time spent with “old” friends to the introductions to new faces that will also grow into lasting friendships! A special THANK YOU to those of you who have been supporting the KNLA for ages and we hope that the contacts and relationships that you’ve built along the way make it a “no-brainer” to attend each year. For those of you attended or exhibited for the first time, THANK YOU, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend our training and expo! We hope you enjoyed your experience and we hope that you will return next year!

Save the Date – January 23 – 24th

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Winter Training and Expo! Since we had so much fun this year, please SAVE THE DATE for our Winter Training and Expo in 2019! The dates are January 23 – 24th. We listened to your feedback on the surveys and CHANGED THE VENUE!!! Although the Ramada has been great to us and we have all enjoyed the venue space over


the years, the hotel left us yearning for more. We have moved across the highway to the Holiday Inn Louisville East. It has been 100% newly renovated and will provide us all with a wonderful place learn, conduct business, socialize and lay our heads to rest for the evening. 2

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