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President’s Message Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association Officers 2015 President Brent Rutley Capitol City Contractors, LLC 301-854-5620 1st Vice President Steve Black Raemelton Farm 240-416-0714 2nd Vice President Jessica Todd Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc. 410-775-7700 Secretary Greg Stacho Akehurst Landscape Service, Inc. 410-583-4018 Treasurer John Marshall Marshalls’ Riverbank Nurseries 410-677-0900 Director-at-Large Garet Bunting Bunting’s Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. 410-352-3371 Executive Director Vanessa Akehurst Finney

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Maryland Horticulture … Communication First, I’d like to correct a statement I made in my very first President’s Message penned last spring. Brent Rutley I wrote that my goal was to advance our mission statement and that one of those mission statement items was “Communicate to members”. Although that is a noble gesture, it misses the mark on many levels. Webster’s dictionary, (1900’s edition), defines communication as “giving and receiving of information, etc. by talk, gestures or writing”. Wow, I missed the most important part of communication …it’s a two way street! I think of how communication has changed since I first entered this trade; in 1976 a 2” stack of punch cards just to represent a mailing address. Then in the 80’s… my beeper, frantically looking for a pay phone to call that irate customer before we get fired! Then the 20 pound bag phone of the 90’s. Now I can run my entire company from a smart phone almost anywhere on the planet! Scheduling, payroll, vendor payments, client invoicing, I mean are you kidding me? We can market from Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest, Yelp, Tumblr and a whole host of media sites. We can reach employees and clients with input on Youtube via video loop. It almost becomes overwhelming at times! With that said, I believe one of your best communication assets lies right in front of each of us, (though we may over-look it) …your MNLGA website! It is packed full of great information, training opportunities, industry links, classifieds, meetings and events. Real simple, you just have to stop by and check it out … In the Bible, Matthew 28: 18-20 is known as “The Great Commission”, (para-phrasing verse 19), “go out and make disciples of all the nations”. In this case go out and share your wisdom and knowledge! Vanessa and her team has been great at spreading the word about our association, the question is, “how are we” at doing the same? Sharing our knowledge with one another, being a guest speaker at MNLGA events or simply responding when a “Root of the Matter” article needs feedback? Check out the website for info on upcoming events, especially the MNLGA/ UMD Extension “Alternative Crops Conference” coming up on August 5th. It’s another chance to learn and grow from one another’s experiences. In closing, I’d like to say THANK YOU to Jessica Todd and her parents Joe and Sharon Barley for hosting a fantastic Summer Field Day at Clear Ridge Nursery this past June 17th. If you missed it, you missed a great learning opportunity, great food and great fellowship. Also, a belated Happy Independence Day to you all. Hopefully you had the chance to take some time off to enjoy family, friends and maybe even set off some fireworks! The photo is from my son Dylan’s first fireworks “shoot”. As always, thank you for the privilege of serving as your president. ❦ Brent Rutley MNLGA, President



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25 Features


7 This Business of Ours – Mike Hemming

2 From the President

14 It’s Time for Sharing – Jerry Faulring

4 Director's Message

21 Field Day 2015

28 Affinity Programs

5 Growing with Education 2 – Ginny Rosenkranz\

2 Association Officers

4 MNLGA Board of Directors

28 New Members 36 Press Release 38 Calendar of Events

30 Total Plant Management – Stanton Gill

24 CPH

32 Featured Member Rawlings Conservatory

43 Directory of Advertisers

Executive Director: Vanessa A. Finney Quercus Management Staff: E. Kelly Finney and Chelsea Bailey Phone: 410-823-8684, Fax: 410-296-8288

43 MNLGA  Mission Statement

44 MNLGA Chairmen and Committees

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Director’s Message Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association Board of Directors Terms Expiring 2017 Mary Claire Walker Patuxent Nursery 301-218-4769 Andrew Thompson Foxborough Nursery, Inc. 410-836-7023 John Murphy Murphy John's, Inc. 410-928-3029 Ted Carter Pinehurst Landscape Company 410-592-6766

Terms Expiring 2016 Larry Hemming Eastern Shore Nurseries 410-822-1320 Carrie Engel Valley View Farms 410-527-0700 Peter Driscoll Dogwood Hill Farm 301-428-8175 Wm. Oliver Hardy Classic Lawn & Landscape Ltd. 410-335-6868

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This past March I began an endeavor as a fellow in a program called Leadership Maryland. Officially, Leadership Maryland serves to cultivate in current leaders a richer purpose through exploration and understanding of diverse issues across the state and then challenges its fellows to analyze the interconnectedness of these issues and then act to make a difference. The class fellows, of which there are forty-eight of us, come from a myriad Vanessa Finney of backgrounds and industry sectors, further enriching the experience of learning from one’s peers. For me, I have the opportunity to learn and grow, taking in all that my peers have to offer, but I also get to serve on the flipside. I have the opportunity to educate and enlighten my class peers in ag-related issues. Most of colleagues in the program have little to no ag background or in-depth knowledge of the industry. (And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you all, via the MNLGA board, who helped cover a portion of the program’s tuition for me. Thank you!) The Leadership Maryland program is a one-year commitment; eight two-anda-half-day seminars are held from April through November in regions spread out across the state. During the course of the year, we’ll cover such diverse Maryland-wide issues including education, health and human services, criminal justice, environment, multi-culturalism and diversity. At our first seminar we were treated to a presentation by Dr. Anirban Basu. Dr. Basu tidily covered in about two hours the complexities of Maryland economics, politics, health policy, education policy, and more. How he was able to intertwine and relate these issues and factors as they affect one another – and each and every Maryland citizen – was remarkable. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Dr. Basu speak, I would highly encourage it. Whatever the price, his thought-provoking analysis, based on some pretty raw data, is worth the cost of admission. His website is also worth review, So far, we’ve had three seminars – Orientation, Education, and Health & Human Services. The Health & Human Services session was held in Baltimore in June, with the riots and unrest fresh on everyone’s minds. I think the biggest takeaway for me from this session is, although I consider myself a Baltimorean, that I surely am sheltered and do not have enough micro-understanding of the issues that plague

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the State’s poorest and least served populations. I fully enjoyed listening to Molly McGrath Tierney, Director of Baltimore City’s Department of Social Services. What a game changer she is in how she’s turning around the culture of a “free-ride” for those on public assistance to a culture of “you can have assistance when you show that you’ve earned it.” Another interesting take-a-way from Molly, to which I’m sure many employers in our industry can relate, is that five is sort of the magic number of jobs that someone on public assistance will have before it “sticks” that one is expected to show up for work, be on time, work diligently, and act responsibly. People often quit jobs one through four, says Tierney, but the data shows that by job number five the understanding of what it takes to keep a job is engrained. This doesn’t explain work ethic, or lack thereof, and how that transcends culture though, and that’s another frustrating characteristic of our sometimes apathetic work-force. How can we change this culture? Overall, I am amazed at the breadth of intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, drive, and desire to effect change that my peers exude. This is a group of people juggling a lot of balls simultaneously and tackling issues beyond their own “9 to 5.” Right now my mind is swimming with issues and analysis and what to do with it all? And what can I do about it? That is the greatest challenge facing us all. In this column, I’ve just sort of skimmed the service, telling you about the program. In the next issue I’ll share some of my own thoughts and reflections on the program, how I’m choosing to make a difference, and an update on my class’ contribution back to the State. ❦

Vanessa A. Finney Executive Director

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This Business

Mike Hemming



Winter Behind Us and Looking Forward


ince my last article we have all gotten a final reading on winter damage from our below zero temperatures. We ended up having more Crape Myrtles damaged than originally thought. Hardest hit was Muskogee in two gallons and some in five gallons. Other varieties were not so hard hit, but did suffer die back here and there. So it has been not a surprise that there has been die back of them in the landscape. A few days ago my wife Flo started telling me about a flowering plant she saw near the edge of the road, coming home from the nursery. I couldn’t tell from her description what it was, so she took me to it. Lo and behold it was Monotropa uniflora or Indian Pipes, something I had never seen before in my seventy-one years. I assumed it was a fungus but I was wrong. It is actually an herbaceous perennial plant now included in the Ericaeae. It is described as generally rare or scarce in its range of Asia, North America and northern South America. The plants are white with no chlorophyll. It is parasitic on certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees - often Beech trees, though there are no Beeches near this group. Therefore it feeds on fungus associated with photosynthetic trees. This makes propagation difficult as you would imagine. The plant is comillimeteronly white but often has black flecks. It can be pink in color and rarely a deep red color. The ones, pictured left, are white with no pink. It reaches a height of ten to thirty centimeters and has small scale like leaves five to ten millimeters long. Each stem bares a single flower ten to fifteen millimeters long with three to eight petals flowering in early summer to early autumn. M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts all members of the Russulacae. No mention in the article about pollination or the seeds. (note information from Wikipedia) Not long ago some photographer friends and I went to Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County. It was a trip to see and photograph butterflies from all over the world that they have on exhibit. I admit I gave the gardens no more

Lo and behold it was Monotropa uniflora or Indian Pipes, something I had never seen before in my seventyone years. I assumed it was a fungus but I was wrong.

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I went to Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County. It was a trip to see and photograph butterflies from all over the world that they have on exhibit.

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than a cursory glance or two. When I am in a photographic mode anything other than my subject can get ignored even at my peril. So I will need to go back for the gardens for a possible article. We hit it just right, plenty of light in the conservatory but not a blazing sun to cook us, though it was pretty hot now and then. A nice crowd of

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photographers and families shared the space nicely. After shooting for a while, I talked to one of the guides who told me they had to be extra careful about escaping foreign butterflies, which I appreciated. Also she told me that any eggs from non natives found were to be destroyed, to prevent any escapes that way. It was the best butterfly shoot I have ever done. My experiences from previous shoots all clicked together with the nice light, small crowd and familiarity with my equipment. The only frustration was the Blue Morpho Butterfly which closes its wings quickly after it lands. So I never did get a good shot of it. At the recent MNLGA Field Day at Clear Ridge Nursery I saw their pot-in-pot-methods, one of which was to have the pots touching in a row for their native shade and flowering trees. This method is a wise use of the space and another method which they use to conserve water. Here at our place in Talbot County I doubt that pot-in-pot would work because of our heavy wet soils. I just see no inexpensive way to bury the socket pots so that they would not fill with water during the wet parts of the year, which for this year, includes the last half of April, May,

June and so far, July. So we use “Keeper Uppers” which is a regular pot in a wider base, which the plant pot is dropped into. Even this expensive method fails to keep a 20 gallon 12 foot tree upright in a wind. So we often use screws to attach the “Keeper Upper” to a pallet for additional wind resistance to falling over. We also screw down heavy wall pots to pallets or wooden frames which we get for free from a local fastener business. I use dry wall screws as they go in quickly through the plastic pot, but not always. Drilling pilot holes saves time and battered fingers from the bit slipping from the screw head. The only flies in this “free” ointment is that the untreated frames and pallets rot out in a few years and other people want the wood also, mostly to smash up for kindling. Now to the latest on invasive species weed risk assessment on Euonymus fortunei, or Winter Creeper. It ranks as a Tier One as it is already established in several areas in Maryland and Virginia. For more info on the whole process, copy and paste this address into your browser: http://mda.maryland. gov/plants-pests/Pages/maryland_invasive_plants_ prevention_and_control.aspx I see no reason to argue on this and many other plants that have and will be run through the risk assessment criteria. Where I am having a problem, is that some varieties are going to be guilty until proven innocent. This is already coming out in some clones of Nandina domestica. Experience tells me that Nandina is not and never will be problem enough to even get a Tier Two rating. However, that is not the way it is working out. What is worse is that if we go by the scientific literature, clones like ‘Firepower’, ‘Harbor Dwarf’ and some others are going to be lumped in as invasive because there are no studies that say, “yes or no”, it produces seeds. In the literature quoted in the Nandina assessment, four clones are mentioned as seedless, but I have only seen ‘Firepower’ in the trade. If the others are declared guilty until proven innocent, how do we prove them innocent? Tests could take years and cost a small fortune

to somebody. How would they be compensated? Are there some university professors that would do this? An upcoming problem in this line would be Buddleia; yes the species is a prolific seed source with a good germination rate. Here we have dead headed our plants to keep them from becoming weeds in nearby containers. It is a plant that should not be planted outside of a well cared for plant border. Never in an open area like I saw in England where it had been used as a roadside planting. Pretty, but an infestation for sure, and it must make the butterflies very happy though. What concerns me is this possible listing comes at a time when new dwarf buddleias are becoming available in the trade that are patented and listed as sterile. If they are patented by the government and listed as sterile who are we then to argue? And who gets to argue and where? Woe be unto those that would get between two arguing branches of government. Another expensive and time consuming mess it will be. Grab some popcorn and stay tuned; it’s going to be an interesting time to see if I can inject some sensibility into this situation. ❦ Mike Hemming Eastern Shore Nurseries 410-822-1320 Free State • 9

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It’s Time



Are You A Negligent Employer? The following is not intended to pass muster as legal advice so to avoid a law suit, I make no claim for accuracy or legality.


t a recent gathering I sat with an attorney that specializes in labor law and all manner of personnel/employer relations. Although there are many, many ways an employer can sink the ship by not diligently following the rules, he directed me toward a concern that many are not well versed in. Employer negligence has always been more or less something I didn’t want to know about due to its ominous concept. The discussion woke me up to the reality of how we can so easily become entangled in horrible outcomes. This concern is one reason large companies have a Human Resource department. Most of us are smaller employers and can not justify such a position but can cover the bases with a labor law attorney on the sidelines. There are several major employer negligence issues we should be concerned with. This list is not all inclusive. All of these concerns can cause liability for a company and its owners.

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Negligent Hiring. This basically revolves around due diligence related to background checks. Our problem is that public records are readily available to all, including those who may be victims, and we must do a search to look for a less than stellar background. If a staff member is wronged by another, he or she, or an attorney, can readily determine if an employer should have known about an individual’s prior misconduct. We, or our insurance company, should check driving records if an employee will be expected to drive a vehicle while conducting company business. This matter includes driving a personal vehicle on company business as well as company owned or leased vehicles. Sexual misconduct is another major concern. If an existing employee is violated, and you should have known the potential existed, you can be hauled into court by the violated employee and bear liability. To avoid concerns in the hiring process, we must be very diligent in all matters such as thoroughly checking references, educational background, criminal background, etc.

Negligent Retention. The high level concern here occurs when an employer becomes aware of an employee’s shortcomings and fails to act on the facts. This can occur when the employee exceeds the position description authority as in bending rules related to company policy or exceeding authority when managing other staff along with an almost infinite list of other activities.

Negligent Supervision. Negligent supervision is similar to negligent retention. If for example you discover one is addicted to prescription or illegal drugs and the addiction will impair the person, management can become liable for the actions of the addicted person. If the addicted person harms others or himself you could be financially and/or criminally liable. Hurting another is obvious. But if he hurts himself on the job, Workman’s Compensation panels may require you to pay for costs normally incurred by insurance. The attorney told me that once you are aware of this issue and the employee admits to it or is discovered through drug testing, you can recommend a rehabilitation program. However, the employee will be off duty for 60 to 90 days and rehab often does not succeed. Prescription drug abuse authorized by doctors is becoming an increasingly serious problem. One would think we are immune to liability

due to the doctor’s prescription but this is not the case. Most prescription pain medications come with specific restrictions regarding driving or operating equipment.

Negligent Training. Negligent training would appear to be fairly obvious. If you fail to properly train a person to perform work found in a job description, you could be liable for costs related to another staff person’s injuries or those of the improperly trained staff person. We can not assume that a prospective employee who had a previous job as a forklift operator, for example, was properly trained. If you thoroughly read the operator manual for a piece of equipment, you will be really surprised at the recommendations that the manufacturer provides. This can become the basis for liability if an operator is not aware of all the concerns.

Vicarious Liability. This liability occurs when an employee acts as an agent of the company. For example, a staff person alters or extends a company’s standard guarantee without the consent of management; a wronged customer would have a claim against the company if an unauthorized policy is given either verbally or in writing. In summary, lawyers are waiting at their phone to hear about our negligence and will be very pleased to bring an action against us in court. Company handbooks can go a long way in avoiding these and many other employment related concerns. Handbooks are often written and then mostly forgotten except to provide a copy for new staff. Handbooks should be reviewed annually, preferably by an attorney, to consider revision in laws and case law changes. For most of us we will not sink our business over these matters. Yet, one serious incident such as your driver harming or killing others while on drugs when we knew about the circumstance could end very badly. ❦

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Field Day 2015

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he MNLGA Board extends a huge “thank you” to everyone who made this year’s Summer Field Day a great success! Field Day was held on June 17th at Clear Ridge Nursery in Union Bridge. Located in rural Carroll County, Clear Ridge Nursery sits on 87 beautiful acres containing over 70 species of native and ornamental trees and shrubs, which provided an exquisite backdrop. A special thank you to Jessica Todd and Joe and Sharon Barley who opened up their family business for our event, and helped make the day an outstanding success. The first half of the day included networking followed by various informative briefings. The morning began with industry, legislative, and association updates from MNLGA Executive Director, Vanessa Finney. During this session, attendees also received legislative updates from AmericanHort’s Craig Regelbrugge. Mike Hemming of Eastern Shore Nurseries, shed light on recent updates on invasive species regulations that are soon to go in effect. Following this session was an informative IPM update from UMD Extension representatives Stanton Gill and Karen Rane. Dan Knezick, President of Pinelands Nursery provided a compelling session on provenance, what it is

and why it is important. Andrew Ristvey, Joe Barley, and Jerry Faulring then spoke on irrigation management as well as using sensors with controllers. Jason Wisecarver wrapped up the morning sessions with an informative session about crop insurance. One of the highlights of the morning sessions included a surprise presentation recognizing the UMD Extension members. Over the years, the UMD Extension office has been a major supporter of the MNLGA, and frequently steps in to lend a helping hand. All of the Extension members that were attending Field Day were asked to come to the front of the room while Joe Barley and Jessica Todd presented them with a special award thanking them for their years of service and dedication not only to the MNLGA but to the t industry as a whole. residen NLGA p y’s M , y le it ut Habitat for Humanity Brent R at for Human it b a H d an n representative Shanita Simpso Shanita Simpson was also on hand (continued on page 22) Free State • 21

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during the morning sessions. Shanita traveled to Field Day in order to recognize the MNLGA for its volunteer efforts in Brooklyn, Maryland with Habitat for Humanity. Shanita presented a beautiful frame with before and after pictures of the volunteer efforts to the MNLGA president, Brent Rutley. The MNLGA was humbled and honored by this show of appreciation. After the morning sessions concluded, everyone gathered for lunch which was an outstanding spread provided by Stambaugh Caterers. It was such a beautiful day at Clear Ridge that most everyone gathered beneath the trees to reconnect with their colleagues and discuss the latest industry updates and trends. After lunch, the attendees split into groups to travel the Clear Ridge grounds for various educational field tours. The stations were very intriguing and highlighted what is new and on the cutting edge for 2015 horticultural work. A crowd favorite was the tour of Clear Ridge, led on wagons, which allowed the attendees to view firsthand the over 70 species of native and ornamental trees and shrubs for which Clear Ridge is known. There were four separate field tours that took place in the afternoon that highlighted the various aspects of Clear Ridge Nursery. The first tour was focused around irrigation management; attendees toured the nursery’s irrigation facilities and were able to discuss irrigation methods using moisture sensors, monitoring, inspection, scheduling and equipment used. This tour was led by Andrew Ristvey of the UMD Extension and Joe Barley, Clear Ridge Nursery owner.

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The second tour led by Harry Kenney of Crop Production Services and Chuck Schuster of UMD was centered on weed control. The main topics of this tour were pre and post emergent methods, weed identification, as well as methods, equipment and products used. This tour was especially important to those in the industry, as there is an abundance of weed control products on the market. Integrated Pest Management, led by University of Maryland Extension faculty members Stanton Gill and Sara Tangren, as well as Stansbury Tree Service’s George Mozal, was the third field tour. This tour was well received and was interesting for attendees to learn how Clear Ridge Nursery uses beneficials in helping to controls pests. The fourth tour was a wagon tour through Clear Ridge led by Clear Ridge employees. This was one of the most well-received tours as attendees were able to get a closer look at the Clear Ridge property, and take in the beautiful landscapes and species in bloom. The MNLGA would like to thank everyone who not only attended Field Day, but all of those that came together to make the event an overwhelming success again this year. ❦


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Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist Program

Update Please mark your calendars for the upcoming CPH exam dates for 2016. If you would like more information on sitting for these exams, please contact the MNLGA at 410-823-8684 or All exams are held at the Maryland Department of Agriculture in Annapolis, Maryland. April 12, 2016 – Basic Exam October 4, 2016 – Basic Exam October 4, 2016 – Advanced Plant ID Exam

Revised 2015 Edition of CPH Basic Manual The CPH Basic Manual has undergone significant revision over the past two years. Every single chapter has been reviewed, re-written, and updated. Dated graphics have been replaced and new chapters added, including Propagation, Greenhouse Production, and New Technologies. In addition, the Basic Plant List has been thoroughly amended with notations added to show invasive tendencies, if applicable. This manual is ready for distribution; the MNLGA is making it available to current and active CPHers at a cost of $75.00 per copy. At this time, the manual is only available for distribution in print. The CPH committee is hard at work at this time preparing an electronic version of the new manual. The electronic version will be offered at the same cost, and is expected to be finished by Fall 2015. The new CPH manual is not only full of new information, it's a great resource for those who have already passed the exam and would like to stay abreast of industry updates. If you are interested in a sneak preview of a few pages of selected chapters in the new manual, please visit the CPH Program page on the MNLGA website. Please visit the MNLGA website, and select the CPH Program box to receive more information on purchasing a copy of the new manual.

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Garden Beauty for Only One Day

Ginny Rosenkranz


he Daylily (Hemerocallis) blooms for only one day but the plants have become such a staple in many perennial gardens that is continues to be difficult to find a favorite one. The older varieties, often called ‘ditch bank lilies’ came in warm tones of yellows, oranges and reds, had small flowers without any frills or extra petals, were on tall thin stems (scapes) with only a few flowers on them and never considered an encore of flowering. (continued on page 26) Free State • 25

The newer varieties span the arching rainbow in shades of palest yellow that is close to white through pastels, into truly vibrant colors and multi colors that complement or contrast. The only colors not available at this time are pure white, true blue and black, but it is only a matter of time before a daylily breeder makes a color breakthrough! The newer hybrids are combining the hardiness and vigor of the species to produce daylilies that grow to various sizes, evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage, larger flowers, fragrances, colorfast fade resistance, bi-colors and multi colors. What makes the Daylily so amazing is, of course, the flowers! The flowers can be singles, doubles,

triploids (3 sets of chromosomes), tetraploids (4 sets of chromosomes), fragrant and, of course, rebloomers. Flowers are formed of 3 petals on the top and 3 sepals under the petals and can be classed in many different shapes. The spider daylily flower has petals and sepals 4 times as long as the width of petal, while the cascade has petals and sepals that are not only very long but curl downward like a waterfall. Unusual forms also include crispate which has petals and sepals twisting, hooking, pinching, quilling, curling and reflexing. Doubles are flowers with 2 sets of petals (hose-in-hose double) or the Peony type which the stamens or the carpels may look like

With all the beauty of the flowers and how often they now bloom to consider, it is the hardy plant that creates such a wonderful herbaceous perennial. They love to live in a full sun location with moist but well drained, organically rich soils, but will grow and flower even in light shade and drought soils.

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more petals (petaloid stamen double). New hybrid flowers are often full of ruffles, midrib cristate (extrapetals on the midrib), picotee, wired, knobbed, braided, tentacled, fringed, toothed edges, and many contrasting or complementary colors that are very eye catching. Besides the shapes and colors of the petals and sepals, the daylily has throats, eyes, halos, watermarks, washes and diamond dustings which give many daylilies their distinguishing colors. And then there are the different shapes of the flowers, some are circular, some flat, some star shaped or triangular or trumpet shaped. Some varieties bloom extra early (from March to April), early (May), early mid-season (late May), Midseason (June), late (July), very late (August to September) and then again are the rebloomers that usually bloom in May or June and then again in the fall, but some newer varieties have a succession of bloom periods, one after the other for several months. With all the beauty of the flowers and how often they now bloom to consider, it is the hardy plant that creates such a wonderful herbaceous perennial. They love to live in a full sun location with moist but well drained, organically rich soils, but will grow and flower even in light shade and drought soils. They grow well in many different soil pH conditions and only need light fertilization in the spring and a light covering of mulch to reduce weed pressure and maintain soil moisture. Daylilies do not require a lot of maintenance beyond cleaning up in the early spring of old and dead foliage, removal of and damaged or diseased leaves and removal of the old bloom scapes after all flowering is done. Choosing what to plant in a landscape can be narrowed down by surfing the American Hemerocallis Society online Daylily Database of over 79,000 daylilies. This site breaks down each daylilies’ scape height, the bloom size, the time of bloom, the form of the flowers, the number of chromosomes, foliage type, fragrance, bloom period, bud count, number of branches, who their parents are and a wonderful description of the flower. ❦ Ginny Rosenkranz Extension Educator, Commercial Horticulture University of Maryland Extension Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County 410-749-6141 ext. 106

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Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA) Affinity Programs

Getting the Most of Your Membership Office Depot • High use office items

Commercial Friends and Family Program • Invoice pricing on all vehicles in stock. Pricing for locates

discounted up to 85% • Everday office essentials catalog items discounted up to 70% • Discounted copy, print and binding services • Full line promotional products catalog selection discounted up to 20%

are on a case by case basis. • Brands include Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ford and Ram. Expanding to other brands soon. • All incentives that are being offered will be deducted from invoice pricing • Up-fits offered at employee cost • $500 off any negotiated price for used vehicles • Honor all Fleet accounts and if needed can be established with Ford or Chrysler • Discount delivery vehicle program or if qualified, courtesy delivery to local dealer

PartnerShip • Discount shipping program through AmericanHort partnership • Small Package Discounts using FedEx • FedEx Express Discounts including Overnight, 2Day, International Services, and Saver programs as much as 27% • Save on Truckload and Tradeshow Shipments • FedEx Ground and Home Delivery discounts starting at 5% • PartnerShip LTL freight discounts 28 • Summer 2015

Plant and Supply Locator • All MNLGA members receive 6 months of free unlimited online Plant Booth listings • Free subscription to Plant Locator magazine • After free 6 month period, members will receive: – Ability to keep 5 listings online free for an additional two years – MNLGA members already listing in print will receive equivalent online plant listings – Discounted packages for listings in print and online • 5-10% discount on tire purchase • Free shipping on many products • Over 110 warehouses in the US, over 8,500 nationwide installation partners • All other purchases qualify for either free shipping or discounted shipping • Lower shipping rates than industry averages when shipping to a home or business

For full program description, discounts offered, and access to program contact information, log into the MNLGA membership portal on the MNLGA website. Portal access is located on the upper right hand corner of all pages of the website. If you do not recall your access credentials, simply select the link, “Forgot Your Password,” and you will be given instructions on how to proceed.

Shell – Fleet Plus Fuel Program • 15 cents off per gallon on fuel purchases from Shell for 12 months • After 12 months, tier structure rebate program • No minimum gallons required • Built in security and purchase controls • Online account management • Comprehensive reporting • No transaction fees, no card fees, and no report fees

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Total Plant Management

When it Comes to Roses – What’s Not to Like from an Insect or Mite View?


ose plants are a little like trying to raise chickens in an urban environment – there is always something out there ready to prey on them. We are seeing huge populations of sawflies attacking roses in 2015. I will cover more on the sawfly situation at the end of the article but first, I wanted to concentrate on a very serious disease/mite complex hitting roses. Roses have made a huge comeback in commercial landscape in the last couple of years, with the introduction of the Knock-Out Rose and the Double Knock-Out Rose that followed in the last couple of seasons. These roses, with their resistance to black spot and season-long blooming time, has made rose growing a joy again. That is until the wicked, wicked rose rosette and it companion mite showed up on the scene. Now we are getting in lots of samples of “Twisted Roses,” rose plant with tip growth that is distorted, stunted and yes, twisted. Roses appear to be the only plant type susceptible to this disease. Although multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) is extremely susceptible to rose rosette, different rose types also may be infected, including climbers, hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures, and antique or “old-fashioned” roses. The causal agent associated with rose rosette was initially considered a virus-like organism, but it has now been determined to be an aster yellows phytoplasma.

Mites that Love Roses This disease needs someone to transport it around the town, and an eriophyid mite, with 4 legs, has filled this role. The mite, Phyllocoptes fructiphilus, is native to North America, so this time we cannot blame this one on Asia. Phyllocoptes fructiphilus is one very small mite (about 50 microns, which means about a dozen could fit on the head of pin), that is spindle-shaped, and yellow to brown.

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The mites are typically located in the angles between leaf petioles and axillary buds and are extremely hard to find. I have to examine them with a dissecting microscope using 200 magnification in our labs at CMREC. Adult mites overwinter on rose canes between partly opened buds and the angles between rose stems and petioles. Phyllocoptes fructiphilus needs living, green tissue in order to survive. In early spring, the mites migrate onto developing shoots where females lay eggs. Females may live up to 30 days, laying one egg per day. Young mites develop within the leaf folds of new shoots or under leaf petioles. Here is the really wild part about how this wingless mite gets around town. The mites may move from plant to plant by attaching to insects, using the insects like we board planes to get about the country. They may also disperse via air currents (wind) from infested rose plants. Mites may start a new infection by feeding on succulent, rapidly growing tissues after landing on an uninfected garden roses or multiflora rose. Phyllocoptes fructiphilus most often transmits rose rosette disease to plants from May through July. Most infection symptoms appear in July and August. Mite populations are most abundant from June through July, with the peak occurring in September. Symptoms on rose may appear 90 days or more after mites have inoculated plants. Keep in mind that the disease can be spread by infected pruners. To prevent contamination, thoroughly clean pruners with a disinfectant, between cuts on each rose plant.

Besides Wring your Hands What can You Do? First off, there is no cure for rose plants once they exhibit symptoms of rose rosette disease. Infected or symptomatic plants must be dug up, including the roots,

and disposed of immediately. Remember that an IPM approach often involves cultural action and swift removal of the infested plants is the best thing you can do for your customer. If multiflora rose is growing in weed areas nearby, eliminate the plants from the vicinity, that is if your customer owns this land. Since the disease is transmitted by mite it would be logical to try to control the mites. The problem is you would need to obtain 100% control of the mite to ensure that the disease would not likely be transmitted to other plants. A 100% level of control is a rather high bar to aim for and will not be obtainable in most cases. That said, there are several insecticides/miticides that can be used to suppress P. fructiphilus including abamectin (Avid), bifenthrin (Talstar and Onyx) and/or petroleum-based horticultural oils (many brand names), if coverage is complete and applications are performed frequently enough from April through September. I just cannot see this being a practical solution and I would not guarantee anyone that you can obtain 100% control of these very small cryptic mites. The best solution is to destroy the infested plants quickly and monitor regularly during the season, taking action rapidly if symptoms occur on a rose plant.

Stanton Gill

Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist in Nursery and Greenhouse IPM, Central Maryland Research and Education Center, University of Maryland Extension and Professor with the Landscape Technology Program, Montgomery College

Sawflies – Huge Numbers on Roses in 2015 We are seeing large populations of rose sawfly, bristly sawfly, and pear sawflies devouring foliage of roses this year. With the large number of large plantings being put into the landscapes there is plenty of food for the sawflies. The larvae feed on the undersides of the foliage and often go undetected. For control, Spinosad materials are some of the safest and most effective materials I have used on this group pest. It is generally sold under the name Conserve. Acephate (ortherne) will also provide control of sawflies.�

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Featured Member

Howard Peters




& Botanic Gardens

n October 1st, MNLGA and University of Maryland Extension will hold an Interiorscape education conference at The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. However, the Conservatory will be open for business as usual, said manager Kate Blom. “We are up to our eyeballs in weddings, but we no longer close early for weddings or other rentals,” she explained. The indoor/outdoor venue, lush with colorful flowers, is ideal for weddings and other social or business functions. There are several indoor greenhouse settings as well as two display pavilions that are perfect for receptions. While these private functions are welcome, the facility remains open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The historic Palm House of the Rawlings Conservatory is the second-oldest steel framed, wood-and-glass Victorian conservatory still in use in the United States. Opened in 1888 as the Druid Hill Conservatory, the facility originally consisted of the Palm House and Orchid Room. In the 1920s, glass and brick greenhouses were constructed for production areas. These areas had dirt floors and lacked modern environmental systems, Blom said. These continued in use until 2002 when, for the first time in its history, the conservatory closed to the public for two years. Two pavilions were constructed to tie together the original structures and the greenhouses were completely gutted. Outfitted with ductwork and new hardscaping, the greenhouses now feature three biomes for plants from tropical, desert and Mediterranean environments. “We wanted to create a conservatory that was unique in age and position in the park, but we wanted to be educators, to involve the school system in the Greater Baltimore area,” Blom explained. The renovated conservatory has attracted students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to college botany classes. Recent visitors include younger students brought by the children’s arm of the (continued on page 34)

Glen Mandels

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Baltimore Symphony to gather inspiration for their music composition workshop. “It’s a magical place,” Blom continued. “The Mediterranean house has plants from areas where there are westerly tradewinds—Australia, Chile, the Mediterranean Basin, even California.” The tropical rain forest delights children with banana, guava, papaya and coffee trees, as well as pineapple plants and those that grow under dense canopies, such as orchids and bromeliads. “The Desert House contains a really great collection from Old World deserts—Asia and Africa — and those in the New World — the Southwestern United States, Central America and Mexico,” Blom said. In addition to these permanent exhibits, there are two seasonal shows, or displays. From early December to early January, there’s the poinsettia holiday show featuring 15 to 20 different “flavors” of poinsettias from ‘Strawberries and Cream’ to ‘Cinnamon Spice’, Blom said. The displays are wrapped around a different theme each year. Last year’s theme was “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and there were interior and exterior settings from George Bailey’s house in the movie. “The themes create excitement, a sense of something new. They’re a lot of fun, and the staff is renewed with each new theme.” In the spring there is a display of thousands of bulbs and other special plants. The bulbs are forced into bloom on site. “It’s quite a feat,” Blom said. The conservatory has partnered with the Friends of Druid Hill Park to host a farmers market for the past five years from June through September every Wednesday. Rules for the market require that vendors be the growers or creators of products sold. “It’s not a resale market,” Blom stressed. The market is really a community event which has tied the neighborhood together, she continued. “We have pony rides, hoola hoops, story time, free yoga classes and a world-renowned sprinkler for the kids to play in. We make sure there are lots of picnic tables to sit and enjoy the fresh produce. On the first Wednesday of the month there is a concert. Featured Aug. 5 will be George Mayo and his family’s bluegrass band.” (Blom explained that she and Mayo worked together at Bluemount Nursery in Monkton years ago.) The conservatory is open on Wednesdays during market season until 7 p.m. so that people who might not otherwise have the opportunity can visit. “We have a tiny staff and an army of volunteers—a lot of dedicated people and great energy,” Blom concluded. The Conservatory is owned and operated by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Horticulture Division. For more information about the Conservatory at 3100 Swann Drive in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Md., visit www. or call 410 396-0008. ❦

Carol Kinsley

Photo Credits: Howard Peters Rawings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, unless otherwise noted All images are copyrighted and used with permission

Press Release

Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ Website Launches Horticultural Industry Resource on Pollinator Health Contact: Jennifer Gray, Research Programs Administrator • or 614.884.1155 WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS, OH – June 29, 2015 – The Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, today announced the launch of the Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ website []. This resource is a key component of the Horticultural Industry’s Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative, which was created to provide leadership and guidance to the industry on pollinator health. The site serves as the communications hub for the latest research and developments related to the role horticulture plays in supporting pollinator health. Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ currently features information on the importance of bees and pollinators, threats to their health, and steps everyone can take to improve habitat and forage. Links to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and Pollinator Partnership further guide retail and landscape firms and their customers on how to plant and register new gardens and habitats for pollinators. As the Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ stewardship program for plant production is launched, and as funded and directed research yields results and guidance, the site will feature timely new information and insights. The Horticultural Industry’s Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative has three goals: • fund and guide research to answer urgent questions regarding impact of pest management practices and bee and pollinator attractiveness of major plants we grow and sell; • develop a plant production stewardship program based on best practices; and, • partner with other interested groups to improve and expand pollinator habitat and forage. Great progress is being made on all fronts. The Horticultural Research Institute has directly funded five related research projects totaling $160,100. AmericanHort and HRI helped to secure another $272,000 for a priority project that received special Farm Bill funding. A grower and scientist task force has developed key components for the stewardship program. And, AmericanHort was one of eight founding partners of the National Pollinator Garden Network, which in early June launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. “Horticulture, the health of pollinators, and the success of our industry are intertwined,” said Harvey Cotten, past president of the Horticultural Research Institute and a leader in the Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative. “We are the original green industry, and our plants and expertise can make a difference for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators,” he added. Funded by hundreds of green industry philanthropists and businesses, HRI provides effective, efficient, and relevant solutions for horticultural business. Supporting research and guiding efforts that form best practices is exactly how HRI helps build prosperous businesses, advance the green industry, and fulfill its core vision. ### The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), founded in 1962, has provided more than $7 million in funds to research projects covering a broad range of production, environmental, and business issues important to the green industry. Nearly $11 million is committed to the endowment by individuals, corporations, and associations. For more information about HRI, its grant-funded research, or programming, visit or contact Jennifer Gray at 614.884.1155.

COLUMBUS, OH WASHINGTON, DC 2130 Stella Court 525 9th Street NW, Suite 800 Columbus, OH 43215 Washington, DC 20004 P. 614.487.1117 | F. 614.487.1216 P. 202.789.2900 | F. 202.789.1893

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Press Release

Maryland Home & Garden Show Maryland’s largest consumer home & garden event will celebrate 35 years March 5-6 & 11-13, 2016 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The show is looking for quality landscape contractors to create beautiful gardens to generate leads and sales for your business. There is no fee to exhibit and the show provides mulch and a garden subsidy. Gardens are judged and compete for the “Best in Show” award which is provided by MNLGA. Gardens typically range in size from 700 to 1200 square feet. For more info, please contact Jay Plummer at 410-863-1180 ext. 11.


February 18 & 19 The Maritime Institute and Conference Center, Linthicum, MD Please save the date for our annual Horticulture Symposium, Chesapeake Green 2016. The MNLGA will be holding “Chessie Green”, as it is known in the industry, at the Maritime Institute again in 2016. This year’s dates will be February 18 and 19, 2016. We look forward to seeing all of you there in 2016! For a preview of what to expect at Chessie 2016, please view the Chessie 2015 webpage on the MNLGA website,

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2015-2016 Event Calendar AUGUST August 4-5, 2015 MAIPC Conference: Advances in Invasive Plant Science. Location: Juniata College Huntingdon, PA. Contact: MAIPC,

JULYAUGUST July 27August 1, 2015

Perennial Plant Association: Perennial Plant Symposium

August 5, 2015 Greenhouse Alternative Crop Production Location: Brookside Gardens Silver Spring, MD Contact: MNLGA, 410-823-8684

August 19-21, 2015

Location: Hilton Baltimore Baltimore, MD

VNLA Field Day & Summer Tour

Contact: PPA, 614-771-8437

Location: Northern Virginia Area

Contact: VNLA, 540-382-0943

August 21, 2015 Meadows Tour & Field Day Location: York County, PA

SEPTEMBER September 10, 2015 2015 Crop Insurance Workshop Location: TBA Contact: Howard Leathers,

September 15-17, 2015 American Hort, GrowPro Series: Greenhouse Solutions Location: Pittsburgh, PA Contact: AmericanHort

September 16, 2015 MAEF and MNLGA Annual Golf Tournament

Contact: CCLC

Location: Oakmont Green Golf Course

Contact: MNLGA, 410-823-8684

MARYLAND STATE FAIR August 28-September 7, 2015 Location: Timonium Fair Grounds

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For a full and updated calendar of events, and to find registration information and event links, please visit the MNLGA website at



October 1, 2015

January 6-8, 2016

Interiorscape Conference

The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Location: Rawlings Conservatory Baltimore, MD

Location: The Baltimore Convention Center

Contact: MNLGA, 410-823-8684

Contact: MANTS, 410-296-6959,

October 6, 2015

CPH Basic Exam Location: MDA – Annapolis, MD Contact: MNLGA, 410-823-8684

October 14, 2015 Figuring out Facebook Pages Location: Online Webinar Contact: Victoria Corcoran

October 31, 2015 National Holly Society of America 68th Annual Meeting and Holly Sprig Contest Location: Hunt Valley, MD Contact: Sue Hunter, 717-779-6516

NOVEMBER November 20, 2015 Environmental Law Conference Location: Doubletree Annapolis Contact: UMD Agriculture Law Education Initiative, 410-706-7377

FEBRUARY February 18-19, 2016 Chesapeake Green 2016 Location: The Maritime Institute Linthicum, MD Contact: MNLGA, 410-823-8684,

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New Members We welcome the following into MNLGA membership. Full contact information may be found within the member portal of the MNLGA website, We encourage you to reach out to your peer members — they may be a valuable business connection for you. Seasons Nursery Kim Coates

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Good Reasons Your Company Should Advertise in the MNLGA’s Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News is seen by members of Maryland’s Nursery, Landscaping and Garden Center Industries and is the leading publication for members of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (circulation to members and CPHers is about 600 unique individuals) Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News enhances your ad by providing important industry specific articles which are educational and informative, and with the new digital version, readers are sent directly to your website via links Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News helps promote your company and product while providing direct access to readers in Maryland’s Green Industries Articles appearing in Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News are contributed by highly regarded members of the industry, many of whom have a lifetime of knowledge and are frequently published Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News is a cost effective way to help keep your name out in front of and reach your customers Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News helps support the association in its endeavors on behalf of the green industry in the state of Maryland

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Directory of Advertisers



Mission Statement The purpose of the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association is to promote the use of ornamental plants, products, and services. The association supports all constituent groups of the horticulture industry including landscape, garden centers, interiorscape, grounds maintenance, nursery, greenhouse, and arboriculture. The association communicates the role of the horticulture industry in improving people’s quality of life.

Specific Goals Promote professionalism through education programs for members and the public and by encouraging enrollment in educational institutions.

Firm Name Angelica Nurseries, Inc. Babikow Greenhouses

Page Outside Back Cover Inside Front Cover

Braun Horticulture


Cam Too Camellia Nursery


Cavano’s Perennials


Chesapeake Green Horticulture Symposium


CPH 20 Foxborough Nursery

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Gregory J. Cannizzaro Graphic Design


Hanover Farms


Holly Hill Farms


Homestead Gardens Horticultural Supply


Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits


Manor View Farm


MANTS 17 Monitor state and local laws relating to horticulture industry. Participate actively in legislative and regulatory processes. Promote the use of environmentally sound practices in the horticulture industry.

MD Ag Ed Foundation MNLGA Affinity Programs

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OHP 1 Pender Nursery


Monitor and communicate to members developments in allied industries including agritechnology.

Walnut Springs


Waverly Farm


Support donations of plant products and services to state and community programs.

To join the growing list of companies who advertise in the Free State Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse News or for more information, please call Vanessa or Kelly in the MNLGA office at 410-823-8684.

Support research relevant to the horticulture industry. Participate in Maryland agricultural organizations.

Visit the redesigned association website at: E-mail Free State News at

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Chairman and Committees Education


Angela Burke Dave Clement Stanton Gill Hank Doong Brett Karp Mary Kay Malinoski Bayley Mullan John Murphy Ginny Rosenkranz

George Mayo – Chair Steve Black Shelley Hicks Cindy King Dr. Andrew Ristvey Martha Simon-Pindale Bob Trumbule Gaye Williams Scholarship


Mark Dougherty – Chair Richard J. Watson Finance and Planning

John Marshall – Chair Brent Rutley Steve Black Larry Hemming Link/Shanks Scholarship

Mark Dougherty – Chair MANTS

Jan S. Carter Bernard E Kohl, Jr. William A. M. Verbrugge Membership Committee

Rich Poulin Greg Stacho Awards - Professional Achievement, Carville M. Akehurst

Michael Marshall– Co-Chair Kevin Clark - Co-Chair

Bernie Kohl, Jr. – Chair Hank Doong Jessica Todd Leslie Hunter-Cario George Mayo Greg Stacho Mary Claire Walker Economic Survey

Steve Black Bernie Kohl George Mayo Brent Rutley Dr. John Lea Cox

Advisors to the Board Carol Holko MD Department of Agriculture Dr. John Lea-Cox University of Maryland

Advisors to Others LEAD Maryland Vanessa Finney Maryland Agriculture Commission Karl Fischer Marion Mullan Maryland Farm Bureau Larry Hemming Vanessa Finney MAEF Hank Doong Maryland Invasive Species Council (MISC) John Peter Thompson MDA Nutrient Management Advisory Committee Signe Hanson Young Farmers Advisory Council Jessica Todd Invasive Plants Advisory Council Mike Hemming

Signe Hanson Independent Horticultural Consultant


George Mayo – Chair Legislative/MaGIC

James R. McWilliams– Chair Signe Hanson Alan Jones Bernard E. Kohl, Jr.

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Every member of every committee listed above is an individual who volunteers their time in support for the MNLGA and it is with the utmost gratitude and appreciation that we thank you for your selfless endeavors. If your name is not listed above, please consider following the example of those who are. Contact Vanessa at 410-823-8684 with your interest.

Foxborough Nursery

3611 Miller Rd. / Street, MD 21154 / phone 410.836.7023 / fax 410.452.5131

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