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November / December 2013

The Official Publication of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Vol. 24, Issue 10




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President’s Perspective Working for You



Legislative Hotline SB 150 Still Being Discussed Among Stakeholders

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The Seed Has Been Sown

STAFF Kevin Thompson, Executive Director Jennifer Gray, Associate Executive Director Amanda Domsitz, Communiciations Assistant Amy Eldridge, CENTS Manager Roni Petersen, Membership & Certification Karen Lykins, Accounting OFFICERS Jim Searcy, President Hyde Park Landscaping, Inc.

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By Design: Integrated Hardscapes

ONLA Office Update The Heart of It All

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Certification Corner Why OCNT Certification is Important to Me


Management Today / Marketing Today School’s Out...of Touch


Safety First Protect Yourself (from Poisonous Plants) Before You Wreck Yourself


Retail Roundtable Do You Offer Education Seminars, Classes or Workshops at your Garden Store?

Steve Maddox, Board Member Snapshot Garden Design


Greenhouse Grower Viewpoint Ohio State Diagnostic Clinic Update

Dr. Hannah Mathers, Board Member The Ohio State University


Why Trees Matter Arboblitz 2013

Andy Harding, Immediate Past President Herman Losely & Son, Inc. DIRECTORS Jason Bornhorst, Board Member JB Design Group, LLC David Listerman, Board Member Listerman & Associates, Inc. Bill Mainland, Board Member Klyn Nurseries, Inc.

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The Official Publication of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

THE FINE PRINT The statements and opinions expressed herein are those of individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the association, directors or staff and do not constitute an endorsement of the products or featured services. Likewise, the appearance of advertisers, or their identification as members of the ONLA does not constitute an endorsement of the products or featured services.

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36 New Member • 37 ONLA Job Fair • 53 Industry Calendar • 54 About The Buckeye • 54 Classified Ads • 54 Ad Index


President’s Perspective

Working For You “Do great things today!” What a tremendous message to relate to a child leaving each day for school. I know a young lady whose father gave her that directive each and every day as she strode toward the school bus. That young lady is on our ONLA staff and we are fortunate to have her working for our membership. She remembers her father’s words every day and still strives to do great things. One of the truly great things she wants to accomplish in the future is to volunteer more with The Wounded Warrior Project. This is just one example of the quality type individuals we have working for you as a member of our organization. Her name is Amanda Domsitz and she is the Communications Assistant for the ONLA. Raised on a family farm, Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University and is an OSU football fan. Amanda’s goal for her work is to promote our association as the best in Ohio using the most effective communication tools. Another OSU football fan in our office is Amy Eldridge. Amy is the most recent full time individual hired to work for us having started in May this year. The Board of Directors and the balance of the staff are extremely pleased to have Amy on our team. Amy has a degree in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She accepted the position of CENTS manager with a clear understanding of the

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importance this position holds in our organization. When I asked Amy about her interests and hobbies, she mentioned running and completing the Pelotonia. One of her personal goals is to complete a full marathon. Amy spends many weekend hours enjoying her family which often revolves around sons Hayden and Gage and supporting their sporting events. Amy’s husband is Garth and they live in central Ohio. Another personal goal is to organize trips to Walter Reed National Military Center to take wounded military care packages. Her goal for ONLA is to insure CENTS continues to be the show and educational event most respected and attended in our industry. If you were in charge of welcoming new members, membership renewals, coordinating committee volunteers, and administrating all aspects of the OCNT certification program, would you have time to be the liaison to ONLA endorsed business providers? In addition we need you to work closely with the ONLA membership committee in maintaining and developing valuable membership services? My guess is you would agree with me this is a full slate. The individual we ask to perform all of those tasks is Roni Petersen. Roni has been married for 17 years and has two beautiful children. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). In her spare time, Roni enjoys teaching dance, watching her children play soccer, the

movies, and spending time with family as well as friends. She hopes to travel to Greece, Italy, and other European countries some day. Her goal for the ONLA is to assist in the organization remaining the largest and most effective green industry association in Ohio. Jennifer Gray is the individual behind the beautiful magazine we publish ten times a year, The Buckeye. Jennifer is married to Ben and is a proud, happy mom to Wyatt and Charlie. Her personal goal is to raise two “pretty cool human beings” and we applaud and admire that goal. She plans to accomplish her goal with a well planned and active schedule the boys will enjoy, while learning along the way. Jennifer is a graduate of Otterbein University having earned her B.A. in English. Her official title is Associate Executive Director, which also includes responsibility for our websites, advertising sales and sponsorships. If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she works on the brochure for CENTS which helps attract thousands of people to Columbus each January. We are very thankful to have Jennifer in a lead role on the staff of ONLA.

well in this position. Kevin’s goal for the association is to grow as a leader and constantly promote the mission statement. As with others in the office, he has a strong interest in CENTS and works diligently to position CENTS as the biggest and best green industry show in the region. Kevin is married to Leslie, his wife of 18 years, and keeps busy as a father of three children ages 14, 12, and 9. With two sons and a daughter, Kevin finds supporting their academic and athletic pursuits keeps the weekends and evenings full. Kevin is readily available to assist you as a member of our association with issues that require attention. We believe he will continue to lead our organization in a positive manner. My personal thank you is extended to these staff members of ONLA. It has been a pleasure to experience working on the Board and have the opportunity to interact with this group of dedicated and highly skilled individuals. I can assure you if there is a question or a service you need, you will receive a positive approach to your issue from our ONLA staff. B

Kevin Thompson is Executive Director of ONLA in his third year with us. He has a B.A. in Communications from Bowling Green State University which serves him

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Legislative Hotline


Belinda Jones ONLA Legislative Consultant

Following nearly a year and a half of interested party meetings and the issuance of a tri-agency (ODA, OEPA and ODNR) report on water quality, Senators Hite (R; Findlay) and Peterson (R; Sabina) introduced SB 150 which would “enact new sections of the Revised Code to revise the law governing the abatement of agricultural pollution, to require a person that applies fertilizer for the purposes of agricultural production to be certified to do so by the Director of Agriculture, to provide for an agricultural pesticide-use category on commercial and private pesticide applicator licenses, and to make other changes to the Agricultural Additives, Lime, and Fertilizer Law.” The bill is fairly lengthy and this article does not afford space for the finer details but there are two main silos of change in the bill: 1) changes in the ODA law that would, among other provisions, establish a certification program (that would be folded into the pesticide education/licensing program); and, 2) rulemaking authority for ODNR to encourage and in some cases require nutrient management plans in certain watersheds. In general, the bill affects only production agriculture. Restated: as of now, the proposal would not affect landscape and lawn care; however, it is anticipated that down the road, education programs may include all applicators. While the bill is a product of input from dozens of stakeholders, SB 150 is far from an “agreed to” measure. Recently, the tri-agencies convened yet another discussion meeting. Concerns voiced ranged from uneasiness about the broad rulemaking authority for ODNR in the bill, to how the ODA certification program would be implemented, to how

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a watershed is designated. ODNR and ODA are committed to working with stakeholders and keep asking for stakeholders to submit language that they could live with. But certain commodity groups, including the Ohio Farm Bureau are still grappling with the possible changes. One thing is certain; this is an important issue for Gov. Kasich. The Directors of the tri-agencies have made it clear that “doing nothing” is not an option. As such, hearings are expected in the near future. “Running point” for ONLA on this matter is legislative committee chairman Tom Demaline. Tom has been diligent in reviewing the various drafts and attending meetings on this subject, including interfacing with the Ohio Farm Bureau experts. THANK YOU, TOM! If you would like more information on this bill, please contact me at: bjones@

Invasive Plant Bill Introduced as SB 192 Senator Gayle Manning (R; North Ridgeville) recently introduced a new bill that would clarify the statutory governance of invasive plants. SB 192 is co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Patton (R; Strongsville), Sen. Bill Seitz (R; Cincinnati) and Sen. Mike Skindell (D; Lakewood). As reported in previous articles, the national, state and local attention being given to the subject of native plants has generally resulted in “purists” advocating for the planting of only native plants. This trend has given rise to a focus on

abstaining from planting “invasive plants.” There is an unsubstantiated assumption in the general public that non-native plants are also invasive. To date, “invasive plants” are an undefined term in the Ohio Revised Code. The goal of this legislation is simple: to establish the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) as the governing agency for invasive plants. ODA is the natural choice for this authority given their regulatory oversight for nursery stock, nurseries, plant health, and maintenance of the noxious weed list. As introduced, SB 192 defines invasive plant species as “plant species that are not native to this state whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health as determined by scientific studies.” It also gives rulemaking authority to the Director of Agriculture.

tion has been engaged in numerous interested party meetings, stakeholder negotiations and meetings with legislators. The bill has been pending in the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee which is Chaired by Rep. Peter Beck (R; Mason). At deadline for this article, we are awaiting yet another new draft of the bill as being proposed by Chairman Beck. State Rep. Grossman remains “optimistic” that the bill will ultimately pass out of committee and the full House; however, she is reserving the right to make finite predictions until she sees the newest proposal from Rep. Beck. Meanwhile, in a recent public forum, Ohio House Speaker Batchelder (R; Medina) referenced HB 5 as one of the key issues that the House is likely to take up before the Christmas break. Cross your fingers and toes and stay tuned! B

Interestingly, as soon as the bill was introduced, we received a call from a staff person at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). They had flagged the bill because currently in their wetland permitting program, permitees are not allowed to plant “invasive plants” in their wetlands. However, OEPA does not have a definition for “invasive plants.” At this writing, OEPA has not taken a position on the bill. But suffice it to say that the absence of a statutory agency of oversight and the undefined use of the term invasive plants is problematic. To date, the bill has not had any hearings but is likely to be assigned to the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. We will keep you posted on this bill and we may ultimately ask you to write letters of support to the members of the committee.

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HB 5 Gaining Momentum You may recall that one of our key issue briefs used during “Green Industry Day at the State House” was our support for HB 5, municipal income tax reform as sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R; Grove City). Under the leadership of the Ohio Association of Certified Public Accountants, ONLA, along with employers of over 350,000 employees in Ohio formed the Coalition for Municipal Tax Reform. Since its introduction, HB 5 has been the target of focused opposition from the Ohio Municipal League (OML) who has concerns that any change to the current structure may result in less revenue for the cities. As such, the coali-

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Kevin Thompson ONLA Executive Director

The Heart of it All

It’s that special time of year when our thoughts turn to family, friends and the holiday season. It’s also that time to turn your thoughts to the rapidly approaching 2014 CENTS & OSU Nursery Short Course, January 13-15 in Columbus, Ohio. By now you should have received the registration materials telling you all about CENTS and the many reasons you should attend. The trade show is filling up and many new and faithful exhibitors will be on hand. OSU has developed a great horticulture education program, and CENTS University will offer classes valuable to managing your business. New social events will add even more fun and extend your networking opportunities into each evening. Exhibitors and speakers from around the country will be here to share knowledge with you. With a robust green industry and improving economy, we’re poised to present an outstanding event that will remind you why Ohio refers to itself as “The Heart of it All”.

In my October Buckeye article, I wrote about how we hope to inspire you at this year’s CENTS show. Perhaps if I write it enough times, I can inspire those rare few of you who are not CENTS regulars, to attend this year. As a green industry professional, you are undoubtedly under pressure and may possibly be concerned about the future. Added to your long working hours and a focus on your bottom line, you may need to simply slow down, catch your breath, and be reminded why you do what you do. Maybe you just need to stop for a moment and apply creative thinking to your business. CENTS can inspire that creativity and provide the momentum to take action in 2014. With this in mind, I offer my Top 10 Reasons for attending this year’s CENTS (in no particular order): 1. Seek Inspiration – Remind yourself why you chose this great profession. Discover that inner drive to lead you into a new season. 2. Motivate Your Staff – Investing in key employees is a great motivator and has noticeable ROI.

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3. Stay Current – Conventions are a great place to learn about what’s hot, what’s fading and what your company needs to prepare for a new year. Don’t be left “out of the loop.” 4. Stimulate Your Creativity – Creativity leads to results. Besides, it’s more fun than P & L statements. 5. Better Serve Your Customers - Find new suppliers for the products and services you need to meet your customer’s expectations. 6. Enhanced Credibility – You earn respect having knowledge of the latest technologies, trends, and practices in the industry. 7. Grow Your Business – Networking opportunities assist you in forging new strategic alliances. Success is often about who you know. 8. Expand Your Knowledge – Impress your clients and colleagues with all the new knowledge you’ll gain.

is easy to get to, easy to get around, and its affordability is easy on your budget. 10. Shows are Fun – Get together with old friends. Make new friends. You work hard, take time to have fun. It’s up to you how much you get out of CENTS. Open your mind to the possibilities and come prepared for something new. ONLA and OSU have a lot of new and exciting plans for the 2014 CENTS & OSU Nursery Short Course. Whatever your reasons for attending, we hope you’ll join us. For more information about the 2014 CENTS & OSU Nursery Short Course, please call us at 800-825-5062 or visit On behalf of the ONLA staff and board of directors, we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday Season. See you in January! B

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CENTS wants to transport you. To take your breath away. To inspire you the way you inspire others every day. With color and images and ideas you just don’t see all the time—or maybe ever. With speakers and classes and surroundings that thrill you, engage you, and engross you. Who says a business conference has to be boring? CENTS thinks it should be amazing.

IMMERSE The phone is ringing, the orders are coming in, the customers need help. When is the time to think about anything else? To immerse yourself in something more? This is the time. Time for taking in an experience that surprises you. A course that fascinates you. A speaker that wows you. Time to listen and learn and ponder with those who share passions and perspective, and those who see the world altogether differently. This is the time.

INFORM You are our business, and we take our job seriously. That’s why CENTS insists on continuing education customized for you through the acclaimed OSU Nursery Short Course and Program Chair, Dr. Hannah Mathers. World-class curriculum customized to your interests, your needs, your wants. Add in powerful business courses through CENTS University on technology, sales, marketing, operations and more. Top it off with emerging industry trends. Information overload? Absolutely.

IMAGINE Imagine all of the best, brightest and greenest in the green industry come together in one place at one time. Imagine they’re together to learn, speak, laugh and enjoy. Imagine it’s the best of what it’s always been, yet this time it’s something wildly unexpected, too. Imagine in the middle of it all is you. Can you imagine?

IGNITE The stage is set to ignite your senses. To help you shake off the January bluster and take center stage. To find new motivation, new excitement and new direction. It’s time to really show up, to ignite your own fire and chart a new course to success. This is your moment to shine.

EXPERIENCE CENTS Sometimes you need to get away to remember why you want to go back. This is



close a successful day of CENTS with a surprising, upbeat party You’re at CENTS for an experience. To gain inspiration to do what you do even smarter, better and with more enthusiasm. To be amused, amazed, surprised. To get away, so you can remember why you want to go back. everyone’s invited CENTS Exhibit Hall Concourse Convention Center

HAVE FUN @ CENTS TUESDAY, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.


hang out, dance, play pool, try your luck at “name that tune” You can even wear your favorite concert t-shirt and maybe win a prize. Bring out your 80s hair band tribute shirt, your Achy Breaky Heart Tour relic, your favorite indy band homage. We won’t judge your music taste. everyone’s invited

serious work and serious play equals a seriously good show, just for you

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7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CENTS Exhibitor Move-In Exhibitor Registration Open Attendee Registration Open Pre-Conference Workshop: Diving Into Irrigation Installation 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: APLD’s Landscape Design as Ecological Art 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: Bioplastics Horticultural Container Conference 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: Built to Last: Dry-Laid Stone 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: Identifying Winter Plants

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga Registration Open Coat Check ANLA Wholesale Plant Sales Professionals Meeting 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OCNT Grower Exams 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CENTS EXHIBITS 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. OSU Bookstore 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ONLA Luncheon & Business Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PLANET Certification Exams 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes 4:00 p.m. –­ 5:30 p.m. ONLA Job Fair 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CENTS Party @ Brothers Bar & Grill

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7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga Registration Open Coat Check Convention Keynote: Victory By Design! 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OCNT Garden Center Exams 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CENTS EXHIBITS 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. OSU Bookstore 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PLANET Certification Exams 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ONLA Management Master Class 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CENTS Opening Night Party 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ONLA Landscape Awards Presentation 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Blue Jackets NHL Game (614.246.3280 for tickets)

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Morning Yoga Registration Open Coat Check OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OCNT Landscape & Core Exams 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event & Student Tours 9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ONLA Conference of Women Leaders 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CENTS EXHIBITS 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. OSU Bookstore 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. OSU Nursery Short Course ONLA Business Classes


NOTE!: Reasonable efforts are made to provide the sessions, speakers and topics detailed in this publication. Sometimes, however, speakers and sessions change, up to and including the day in question. Note that changes and substitutions may occur without attendee notification and no refunds should be expected.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 (PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS @OSU) 8:00am-12:00pm Diving Into Irrigation Installation Workshop

9:00am-4:00pm Built to Last: Dry-Laid Stone Workshop

9:00am-4:00pm Bioplastic Horticultural Container Conference

1:00pm-4:00pm Identifying Winter Plants Workshop

9:00am-4:00pm APLD’s Landscape Design as Ecological Art: Workshop with Darrel Morrison





Landscape Contracting

Plant Knowledge


Overcoming Challenges to Managing Ambrosia Beetles

Nursery Grower

Landscape Design

Retail Garden Center

ONLA Business Track

Convention Keynote Address: Victory By Design D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas

Newly-Sprouted Turfgrass Insect Pests

Landscapes Worth Their Salt: Choosing Salt-Tolerant Plants

Plant Pests: A 2013 Review

A Quest for New Plants

Growing a Business: Tactics and Objectives

Caught with Your Plants Down?

Stem the (Off-Site) Tide: Managing Nursery Irrigation and Runoff

Permaculture 101: Beyond Sustainable Design

Down with Impatiens Downy Mildew

9 Tools for Creating Smart Brand Strategy

The Unbiddable Landscape Plan

Commercial Landscape Management vs. Landscape Maintenance

Cover Your Assets: Improving Plant Health with Cover Crops

Landscape Design for a Sense of Space

Cultivating Customers – How Plant Selection Creates Loyalty

The Do’s and Don’ts of Photography in Business


Dirty Deeds Done Cheap-er

Reflections of Nature - Landscaping to Enhance Water Features

From Design 2 Build

Ditch Warfare: Industrial Vegetation for Roadside Weeds Management

Trouble in Paradise: Disease Control in Herbaceous Perennials

Permaculture 201: Edible Landscaping

Turf Wars: Diagnosing and Managing Turfgrass Pests


Plant, Algae and Nutrient Management for Ohio Ponds

Great Grasses and Spectacular Sedges

Exploring the Prairie - Successful Native Grassland Plantings

Industrial Vegetation Management 101: Basics and Control Options

New (and NotSo-New) Nursery Fungicides

The Buzz About Bees – Are they Surviving in the Modern Landscape?

Perennial Vegetables and Fruits for Cold Climates

Landscape Design

Urban Forestry

1:30pm-3:30pm Five Keys to a Workplace Where Employees Want to Work

12:30-5:00pm Management Master Class (additional fee required) see page 20 for details

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 Pest Management

Plant Knowledge

Landscape Contracting


ONLA Business Track

State and Local Issues Affecting Turf Application

Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Sales


This Means War: Identifying and Addressing Ohio’s New Invasive Insects


2013 Ornamental Plant Disease Problems

Container Gardens and Tropical Plants: A Match Made in Paradise

Lighting Up The Night

Understanding Sustainable Landscaping

Color of Carbon is Green

The Environmental Impact of Turf Pesticides

Value Based Selling for the Small Business Owner


Weeds Just Want to Have Fun!

Look What They Did to My Marigolds, What is a Calibrachoa Anyway?

Issues with Phosphorus in Ohio Soils

Panel: Sustainability of Landscape: Maintenance Related to Design

Gentle Giants: Preserving Large Trees in the Landscape

To Compost, or Not to Compost: The Costs and Benefits for Turf

Show Me the Money! Business Financing Directly from the Experts

Super Session: The Horticulture Industry, Through One Man’s Eyes Dr. Allan Armitage


Practicing Pesticide Safety: A Practical Look at Labels (repeated on Wed.)

Lincoln, Land-Grants, and Historical Trees

Moving Towards the Light: Mastering Light in Design

Panel: Permeable Pavers, Porous Asphalt and Porous Concrete - How Good Are They?

The Changing Urban Landscape

Disease Issues in Turf


Reviewing Pesticide Regulations and Complaint Investigations

Incorporating Tropical Hybrids into Landscape Design

Treating Trees with Arborceuticals

Intelligent Irrigation: Using Technology to Regulate Water Use

Of Plants and Pruning: Techniques for Trimming Woody Plants

Controlling Pests with New Turfgrass Insecticide Technology

1:30pm-3:30pm Cultivate or Prune: Preparing the Next Generation to Lead the Family Business (and What to Do When They’re Not Ready)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 Pest Management

Plant Knowledge

Landscape Contracting


Landscape Architecture

Retail Garden Center

ONLA Business Track


Managing Wildlife Conflict in the Landscape: Moles, Voles, and Rabbits


Going Back to Nature: Biologically-Based Pest Management

Knowing and Growing Native Perennials

Welcome to the Stone Age: Using Stones in Gardens and Design

Adding Consumer Value Through New Claims and Uses for Plants

Stormwater Management Techniques

Pesticides, the Public, and You

Ugh! It’s Time to Report Sales Tax –AGAIN?!


Smart Sprayers for Tree Pesticide Application

Landscaping with Productive Native Plants

Outdoor Living: Wood, Water, and Fire Features

The Importance of Water Quality

Creating Self-Sufficient Gardens

Pop of Color: Using Tulips and Minor Bulbs

Workers’ Compensation: Finding the Plan that Fits

Super Session: Networks for Life­—Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together Dr. Doug Tallamy

Financial Statement S.O.S.


Developing a Pest Management Program

New Flowering Shrubs: The Jouney to Market

Diseases and Plant Health Problems: A 2013 Review

Managing Greenhouse Pests

Weed Control in Turf: A Historical Perspective

It’s All in the Tag


Practicing Pesticide Safety: A Practical Look at Labels (Repeated from Tues.)

Brewing Opportunities: North American Pawpaw

Correcting Calamitous Pruning Cuts

Going Green: A Cost/ Benefit Analysis

Gardens in the Sky – A Compendium of Urban Green Projects

Sustainable Trees and Shrubs for the Urban Landscape

1:30pm-3:30pm Identifying Likely Employee Injuries and Effectively Preventing Them

9:15-11:45am Conference of Women Leaders (additional fee required) see page 20 for details


Persuasive. Powerful. Timeless. Green industry professionals have the potential to do amazing things. But, after speeding through your daily challenges, when is there a moment to get to what really matters most? There isn’t. So CENTS created one. Warriors defend, protect and motivate, whether on a traditional battlefield or on the frontlines of business. When obstacles drain people of vision, drive and success, it’s a warrior spirit, a will to win, that gets a team moving forward. But how? CENTS is providing a new way to tap into your warrior energy: D.J. “Eagle Bear” Vanas. A former U.S. Air Force Captain, D.J. rose through the ranks of poverty to become an entrepreneurial leader who inspires others to practically apply the power of the warrior spirit in business and life to stay resilient, lead with courage, and thrive in tough, changing environments. He’s coming to CENTS 2014 to “strengthen our tribe” as he has other top corporate audiences (IBM, Walt Disney, NASA) and governments (Belgium, Germany, Italy). This motivating, funny, and thought-provoking presentation will show you how to be resilient, be fearless, increase results, and engender a new sense of purpose and performance. Grab a seat – this one you don’t want to miss.

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MONDAY 01.13.14 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

1 Business CEU

Victory by Design

Victory is not born from waiting for a better economy, a new administration, the perfect moment or the exact mix of resources – it’s about using what we have right now, around us and within us, to create success. Our clients and customers deserve the best service we can provide them – regardless of circumstances – and this program will empower and inspire you to do just that. After all, what we have (or don’t have) in resources is not most important – it’s how we use what we have that delivers victory! We’ll learn how to use traditional Native American warrior spirit principles to leverage our precious supplies of time and energy into results, do more with less, adopt a resilient mindset that is fiercely focused on solutions, and to understand that the business of warriors can make us warriors in business. The program is created to be engaging, motivating and entertaining but most importantly, it’s created to show your people that victory in what they do does not depend on luck, chance or hope. Victory is by design! 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


9 Tools for Creating Smart Brand Strategy

1 Business

Successful brands build upon smart strategy. During this presentation, we’ll discuss: Internal and external forces that you should consider while creating your brand strategy, specific simple tools that you can use to define your strategy and how strategy drives other elements of your brand. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of what you should consider in your brand strategy, a list of ways that you can define your strategy and a working knowledge of how your new strategy will affect your brand’s design and marketing. 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Business Photography

Photography has fundamentally changed. Everyone has a camera in their pocket or purse. Photos are everywhere, but not many people think about what their images communicate or how their shots support or detract from their brand. We’ll discuss how photography can move your business forward and how photos can damage your brand and cloud your message. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

2 hr;

2 Business

Five Keys to a Workplace Where Employees Want to Work

Finding, motivating, and retaining good employees is a constant battle you face every day as a small business owner. Reducing employee turnover is a must to maintain customer relationships and minimize recruiting and training cost. Learn how to find and hold on to your best employees: 1. Attract and get the right people in the right position; 2. Establish a company culture that leads to a productive work environment; 3. Develop work processes that engage your employees and help your company grow; 4. Use motivation strategies that increase productivity and employee retention; and 5. Invest in the future of your company and your employees with training and development.

TUESDAY 01.14.14

WEDNESDAY 01.15.14

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Sales

1 Business

Have you ever wondered how having a social media presence can aid your company’s sales capability? Going beyond the most basic use of these sites can and will help your business tremendously. Find out based on proven examples how social search can help your business too! • Tips for creating engaging content. • Interesting and engaging content is one of the most important tools when using social media. Learn what content drives user interactions and keeps them coming back for more. • Using search engines to find and engage potential leads. • How and where do I find potential leads? How do I engage with them? Where to begin? Your questions will be answered and your leads will increase in no time. • How to measure your success with tracking and Google Analytics. If you still haven’t jumped on the social media bandwagon, now is the time. Learn these easy and adaptable social media tactics today to boost sales, ROI, and build brand awareness. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Value Based Selling for the Small Business Owner

1 Business

“Nothing happens in your business until somebody makes a sale.” You may not be thinking of yourself as a sales person, but you are. There is no better sales person in your business than you. Why? Because you know the value of your product or service better than anyone else. In “Value Based Selling for the Small Business Owner” you will learn to compete for sales based on “value” rather than “price.” You will develop your unique business message and learn how to move through a sales presentation to the “close.” This session is for anyone tired of the closing techniques and pressure sales situations.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Learn the “how-tos” of financial statement interpretation. Explore the key relationships among the three major financial statements: balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Discover how to recognize and address potential problems revealed through financial statement interpretation. Leave this session better equipped to apply your own financial statement interpretation and make decisions that can positively impact your company’s bottom line. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

1 Business

Show Me the Money! Business Financing Directly From the Experts

At some point in the life of your business you are going to need to seek financing. Whether it’s to open your doors, pay your employees, or buy product or equipment, the need will arise. When it does, you need to be ready and bankable. Attend this panel session and hear directly from local lenders and business development professionals the facts on how to get the money you need when you need it. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Cultivate or Prune?

2 hr;

1 Business

Preparing the Next Generation to take over the Family Business (and what to do when they’re not ready or able to lead) You’ve worked hard to build your family business and create a financial legacy. But how can you be sure the next generation is prepared for the transition? And what do you do if they aren’t? Learn the ins and outs of successfully transferring a family business and its assets to the next generation of leadership, whether that’s inside or outside of the family. It’s equally as important to prepare for the actual business and management transition as it is to complete the necessary financial plans and transactions. Learn why cultivating the necessary management skills and taking the time to prepare for all aspects of succession pays off and paves the way for a smooth transition and a successful future for your organization.

1 Business

Ugh! It’s Time to Report Sales Tax--AGAIN?!

We agree reporting sales tax can be complicated. Online sales, retail sales, taxable, non-taxable, point of sale, three different types of vendors licenses and it’s due on the 23rd of the following month, end-of-quarter, or twice a year. How do you figure out what your business needs to do in order to comply? Come get an overall view of what is required and have your questions answered about all the variations of charging sales tax. 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Is Workers’ Comp Truly an Uncontrollable Cost?

1 Business

Many employers think of workers’ compensation as an uncontrollable cost of doing business. However, this is not the case. A representative from ONLA workers’ compensation partner CareWorks Consultants will explain how a basic understanding of rate-making, claims management strategies, cost-saving programs, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in the workers’ compensation system can help empower employers to maximize premium savings and control workers’ compensation expenses. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

1 Business

Financial Statement S.O.S.


1 Business;

Identifying Likely Employee Injuries and Effectively Preventing Them


This must-attend session is crafted to teach optimal safety prevention for green industry businesses. You’ll learn how to identify the injuries most likely to happen within your business plus techniques to employ to effectively eliminate them.

All three days of ONLA business classes for $50* *$50 on/before 12.30.13 / $75 after

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MONDAY, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. sessions by thought leaders with direct focus on outcomes

Professional and personal development sessions that will give you the mind-set, the skill-set, and the the tool-kit to get your 2014 off to the best start.

$75 on/before 12.30.13 / $95 after *includes trade show and ONLA business class admission


position yourself for the top job: personal branding for women on the move

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Why Prospects Don’t Buy and What to Do About It Isn’t it frustrating when you know you have something a prospect needs but they just won’t buy it? The reason is that you’re not communicating the value in a way that is meaningful to that person. To get the sales you want, you have to understand the four personality types of buyers. When you know the internal language they speak in their minds, you can unlock the secrets of helping them make good buying decisions – and choose you! Participants walk away from this session understanding how to quickly identify a prospect’s personality type and understand exactly how to position their product so the prospect willingly chooses to buy.

Women have made great strides progressing up the ranks of leadership. But only a few make it to the top spots. Why? Many women do not know how to position themselves for a seat at the table. They often do not exude the same level of confidence and presence associated with CEOs, heads of state and successful entrepreneurs. Learning to master the art of personal branding can be the difference between moving up the ladder and being stuck on the middle rung. Annie Gallagher, president of Gallagher Consulting Group, will share insights to help you shatter your glass ceiling. In this highly interactive and fun session, you will learn: How top leaders gain the competitive edge…and how you can too; How to avoid the four communication pitfalls most female professionals make; How to project your unique voice so it is heard; The ins and outs of achieving your goals by leveraging your personal brand; and Five practical tips you can use right away to position yourself for success. You can’t win the game by sitting on the sidelines.

$50 on/before 12.30.13 / $70 after *includes trade show and ONLA business class admission

This conference earns: ;

2 hrs; 2 hrs

1 Business;

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. 8 Great Traits of Superstar Entrepreneurs Mike started a small company in Columbus in 1971. It is now the largest company of it’s type in Ohio. He is a past president of the National Speakers Association and has spoken to over 3,000 groups on sales, customer service, leadership, and entrepreneurship. In this session, he will cover eight points that he feels are among the most critical aspects of building and maintaining a solid business. Among the items he will include will be: creating “want to” staff meetings instead of “have to” meetings, leading by example…positively, the reality that asking questions and apologizing for company errors are signs of strength…not weaknesses, as some people believe. 3:20 - 4:10 p.m. How To Plan Your Entire Year In 20 Minutes On One Sheet Of Paper It’s no secret that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Yet most business owners can’t or won’t take the time to create a strategic plan for their business. As a result, they often flounder helplessly or simply fail to reach their true income potential. Many, sadly, end up closing their doors, all for lack of a plan. This fast-paced session not only explains the value of a strategic plan, it leads you through the creation and completion of a strategic plan. This means you walk out of the session with your


12:35 - 1:25 p.m. The R Factor – Maximize the One Thing You Control Life is a constant flow of events. But success is not determined by the events you experience. Success is determined by how you choose to “Manage the R.” Learn tools and skills to produce better results at work and at home. Using the simple but powerful framework of E+R=O (Event + Response = Outcome), The R Factor teaches people how to “Manage the R.” E+R=O is how life works. Our job is to get good at it.

work done! Whether as a kickoff to a new year or as a kick-inthe-pants in the middle of the year, this session is guaranteed to pay huge dividends. Many of Laura’s clients have doubled their sales after completing their plans with her. 4:20 - 5:00 p.m. Power Relationships The Carnegie Foundation says that the ultimate key to our life’s success is 15% due to our technical knowledge and 85% due to how well we get along with people. In this fun, fast-paced, interactive session, we will learn more about ourselves and also how to treat our customers, family and friends the way that THEY want to be treated. As a result, we will improve our relationships, as well as our emotional and financial bottom lines. The session will also include a few valuable tidbits on networking and social media, which are vital today in building positive relationships. Attend all classes in the Management Master Class and earn 5 hrs; ;

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The OSU Nursery Short Course has been devoted to providing expansive and diverse education that encompasses the needs of the horticulture industry. All three days for $219 (early bird rate)

*includes trade show admission *One-day and two-day rates available; group, student, and educator discounts available; early bird rates expire 12.30.13 Note: this is a shortened version of our conference brochure. For a copy of the full brochure with additional class details, such as speaker names, visit www. or call 800.825.5062. SUNDAY 01.12.14 HSW

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3 hrs; Tier 1, 4 CEUs; 3 Diving Into Irrigation Installation This can’t-miss workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on demonstration of irrigation installation, plus some tips and tricks from expert Scott Knowles. The class is specifically designed to assist irrigation installation beginners, and attendees will learn how to be more productive and efficient during installation. Leave with a good sense of how to avoid common mistakes and how to properly install an irrigation system for the nursery, landscape or greenhouse. $65 on/before 12.30.13 / $105 after HSW

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 6; 5.5 APLD’s Landscape Design as Ecological Art (with Darrel Morrison) Join Darrel Morrison for this inspirational and fun workshop. Morrison will be discussing the relationship between ecology and design and will show examples of his work in which art and ecology intersect. The workshop will include a series of hands-on quick design concept studies and musical exercises to provide initial designs, which will then be translated into preliminary planting plans for a hypothetical site. Students should bring 18” tracing paper, chalk pastels, colored pencils, triangles/circle templates and their creative minds. $195 on/before 12.30.13 / $235 after

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Chaired by: Dr. Hannah Mathers Program Chair & Jennifer Emerick Program Coordinator

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bioplastic Horticultural Container Conference Over four billion plastic containers are used each year in the container-crop horticultural industries. 98% will end up in US landfills representing more than 1.6 billion pounds of discarded petroleum-based plastics. This tremendous waste is the most substantial sustainability issue facing horticultural industries. Bioplastics researchers and extension specialists in ag engineering, ag economics, sustainability, greenhouse and nursery production will discuss cutting-edge research which demonstrates that biorenewable, biodegradable containers, engineered at Iowa State University, function as well as, or better than, petroleum-based containers for horticultural crops. The program offers ample time for direct

interactions with the developers of these bioplastics. $75 on/before 12.30.13 / $100 after HSW

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 6 hrs Built to Last: Dry-Laid Stone Workshop This stimulating workshop with John DeVore is back on the schedule due to popular demand. Built for all experience levels, from beginners to advanced, participants will learn the basics of wall construction, the physics of dry-laid stone and the tools of the stonework trade. As a hands-on course, attendees should be prepared to work with stone and will construct both serpentine and straight walls, as well as features like corners and arches. $210 on/before 12.30.13 / $255 after HSW

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 3 hrs; 3; 3 Bs Identifying Winter Plants Woody plants lose many of their conspicuous identifying features during the winter, like leaves, flowers and fruit. Yet, correct identification of trees and shrubs is still possible, and can even be easy if you know where to look and what to look for. Attendees will take a hands-on plant walk with Dave Gardner, and will participate in a discussion of tips, tricks and strategies for identifying common landscape plants. $65 on/before 12.30.13 / $105 after MONDAY 01.13.14 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


1 Business CEU Victory by Design Victory is not born from waiting for a better economy, a new administration, the perfect moment or the exact mix of resources – it’s about using what we have right now, around us and within us, to create success. Our clients and customers deserve the best service we can provide them – regardless of circumstances – and this program will empower and inspire you to do just that. After all, what we have (or don’t have) in resources is not most important – it’s how we use what we have that delivers victory! We’ll learn how to use traditional Native American warrior spirit principles to leverage our precious supplies of time and energy into results, do more with less, adopt a resilient mindset that is fiercely focused on solutions, and to understand that the business of warriors can make us warriors in business. The program is created to be engaging, motivating and entertaining but most importantly, it’s created to show your people that victory in what they do does not depend on luck, chance or hope. Victory is by design! 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.


6A; 1 M, 1 Bp; Overcoming the Challenges of Ambrosia Beetle Management Non-native ambrosia beetles are challenging pests that target hundreds of tree species in landscapes and ornamental nurseries. Attend this session and learn how to identify, monitor and effectively manage the beetles, while understanding their preferences for certain landscape/nursery trees. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING Growing a Business: Tactics and Objectives Enviroscapes CEO and founder Todd Pugh, will demonstrate how to grow a business and form a longterm plan. Setting a clear path, with concrete objectives, can improve business operations and jumpstart expansion.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



1 Bm; ; ; Permaculture 101: Beyond Sustainable Design Permaculture is the fastest-growing environmental movement in the world, and is based on the principles of caring for the earth, delivering real benefits and minimizing wasted resources. Join this session to learn more about creating landscapes using the permaculture model and increasing sustainability. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the movement and will receive an overview of how to design using patterns found in nature.

; The Unbiddable Landscape Plan This intriguing course, led by Jody Shilan, includes a detailed case study of a sustainable permaculture homestead in Hardiness Zone 5. Attendees will learn about permaculture landscape design, its beneficial effects and how permaculture can be incorporated into landscape design throughout Ohio. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


6A; 1 M, 1 Bp; Caught with Your Plants Down? Understanding the signs and symptoms of plant disease is the best way to prevent it. Attendees will learn simple ways to manage the most common plant diseases found in landscapes and will leave with a better understanding of how to identify and treat affected plants. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



1 Bp; ; Stem the (Off-Site) Tide: Managing Nursery Irrigation and Runoff This session will cover how to improve irrigation practices to reduce the volume of runoff and to control nutrient and pesticide leaching. Participants in this discussion will learn the benefits of a well-managed nursery irrigation program, including reduced expense and other economic benefits. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


; 1 Business CEU 9 Tools for Creating Smart Brand Strategy See “Get Schooled” page for description 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


8; Newly-Sprouted Turfgrass Insect Pests Pest species and population pressures change from year-to-year. This session addresses turf-infesting pests on the horizon, including new invasives and emerging natives. In particular, the impact of European crane flies and their management will be emphasized. PLANT


1 M, 1 Bm; ; Landscapes Worth Their Salt: Choosing Salt-Tolerant Plants Salt can devastate plants placed along busy highways, at the edges of parking lots, or even in a rain garden. This session discusses the attributes of salt-tolerant plants and how to evaluate sites for salt conditions. Selecting hardy plants, chosen specifically for their tolerance of site conditions, can be the difference between success and failure. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



1 Bm; ; Commercial Landscape Management vs. Landscape Maintenance This course will provide an overview of the commercial landscape management profession. The presentation will include a review of landscape, snow, and irrigation management. Specifically, we will identify the distinction between landscape management and landscape maintenance. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.




9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

; ; Landscape Design for a Sense of Place Join Darrel Morrison for an exploration into how the native plant communities of a region can provide the basis for designing landscapes that are uniquely of that region. After looking at naturally-evolving landscapes, we will show a series of designed landscapes which have drawn on native plant communities for information and inspiration, with the goal of being ecologically sound, aesthetically rich, and “of the place”.


; Cover Your Assets: Improving Plant Health with Cover Crops This nursery/grower course will teach attendees the basics of using cover crops to improve soil ecology, increase soil nutrients, reduce water run-off and improve water quality. Cover plants impact soil microbes and how they recycle soil nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, and provide a wide array of other benefits, such as pest management, to value crops. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Business Photography See “Get Schooled” page for description 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


6A; 1 M, 1 Bm; Plant Pests: A 2013 Review Join Joe Boggs for an overview of 2013’s plant insect challenges and discuss old and new strategies for managing them. Attendees will leave with knowledge of what to expect in 2014 and the upcoming spring season, including insect identification tactics, chemical and cultural treatments, and effective management tools.


6A; Down with Impatiens Downy Mildew Impatiens downy mildew has negatively impacted impatiens sales in the Eastern United States and is a growing issue. In this course, participants will learn to identify which cultivars impatiens downy mildew primarily affects, how to spot early and advanced symptoms, and preventative measures and treatment options.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



1 M, 1 Bp; ; A Quest for New Plants The quest for new plants is an ongoing pursuit for members of the green industry, with new discoveries and various cultivars launched every year. Join Tim Brotzman as he leads a discussion on the latest plants on the market and their best attributes. Specifically, Tim will cover the latest cultivars and characteristics of Cercis canadensis that are hardy enough for Ohio’s cooler climate.

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10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Cultivating Customers – How Plant Selection Creates Loyalty When selecting plants to sell in the garden center, the most important factor to consider is whether customers will be successful when planting and cultivating. Sussessful customers earn the garden center loyalty and repeat business – the essence of retail. Participants in this session will learn how to choose retail plants using a system of customer success. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


From Design 2 Build Landscape construction companies are characterized by two departments that occasionally conflict: design/ sales and production. Creative innovation often clashes with construction realities, leading to project delays, lost profits, dissatisfied customers and even lawsuits. Attendees will work with Jody Shilan to strategize resolutions to this unique landscape construction problem and learn management tips for handling employees. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



; ; Permaculture 201: Edible Landscaping Using the latest permaculture trend, Ethan takes sustainable landscape design to the next level and discusses what it takes to create beautiful, edible and organic landscapes. Join in the conversation to learn the principles of edible, permaculture landscaping, and to review the top 20 edible landscaping plants for Ohio. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



5; Ditch Warfare: Industrial Vegetation for Roadside Weeds Management Reid Smeda, an expert in industrial vegetation, provides an extensive overview of invasive weeds and how they encroach on road sides and natural areas. Case studies regarding two species of roadside weeds in the Midwest, cutleaf teasel and bush honeysuckle, will be presented and discussed. Prevention, identification, and management and a solid understanding of roadside weeds and effective control strategies will be discussed. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



6A; ; Trouble in Paradise: Disease Control in Herbaceous Perennials Although these plants are often marketed as “troublefree,” some of the most beloved herbaceous perennials have stubborn disease problems that come back year after year. In this session, Daughtrey demonstrates how to use cultural and chemical methods to prevent, identify and manage these diseases in the nursery and the landscape. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



; Reflections of Nature - Landscaping to Enhance Water Features Bobbie Schwartz leads a conversation about plant selection and design based around water features, including why some plants are more applicable to waterscapes than others. Attendees will learn how to choose plant material that reinforces the color and patterns of water, and will explore how to create the illusion of water using plants and placements.

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8; Turf Wars: Diagnosing and Managing Turfgrass Pests Without an accurate diagnosis of pest problems, pest management efforts will fail. This class summarizes how to recognize the signs of major turfgrass insect pests, and how best to diagnose and manage them. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


2 hr; 2 Business CEUs Five Keys to a Workplace Where Employees Want to Work See “Get Schooled” page for description 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



; ; Exploring the Prairie - Successful Native Grassland Plantings Grassland plantings are an interesting addition to the landscape. Kehres will lead attendees through the definition of a native grassland and the key steps to successful plantings. Emphasis will be placed on site preparation, proper seeding methods, and care and management strategies. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



Core; ; The Buzz About Bees – Are they Surviving in the Modern Landscape? Bees are critical to the green industry. They pollinate crops and ensure the propagation of many plant species. Due to chemicals and the reduction of bee nesting sites, many colonies are failing, and the bee population is in decline. To maintain the health and abundance of the modern day landscape, bees must be protected and nurtured. This crucial class delivers a snapshot of the current bee situation, including the status of bee keepers and region-specific issues. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



5; Industrial Vegetation Management 101: Basics and Control Options Responsible vegetation management at industrial sites establishes safe work areas and complies with regulations. This session will present the basics of industrial vegetation management, including its effects on industrial sites, options available for control, and integrated management methods including herbicides. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



Core; 1 Bp; Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap -er Simply understanding the modes of action (MoA) of all pesticides – including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides – can decrease costs. Using the same MoA repeatedly will lead to resistance build-up, which reduces the pesticide’s effect, limits options and decreases profit. A pesticide used repeatedly with minimal efficacy can indicate an incorrect MoA for the situation. If this sounds familiar, join this class to learn more about pest management with cheaper, faster and more effective tactics. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


6A; 1 Bp; New (and Not-So-New) Nursery Fungicides Janna Beckerman discusses newly-released nursery fungicides with pros and cons, as well as how to integrate them into a successful rotation. Attend this session for a holistic discussion of fungicide use and the best fungicides currently on the market.

; Great Grasses and Spectacular Sedges This exciting course offers a full review of the beauty and practicality of grasses and sedges. Participants will discover their advantages in the landscape, as well as smart plant selection and unique design attributes. Currey will present the most popular cultivars and varieties on the market today, along with exceptional selections. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



3A; Plant, Algae and Nutrient Management for Ohio Ponds Aquatic vegetation and algae within recreational or ornamental ponds can grow to a nuisance size if not well managed. Eugene Braig provides an overview of plant, algae and pond nutrients, and some basic techniques for maintaining balanced and healthy growth. Attendees will learn identification, nutrient analysis and management basics for Ohio’s man-made ponds. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



; Perennial Vegetables and Fruits for Cold Climates Perennial foods are the latest trend for nursery growers and landscapers, and they save time and money for thrifty homeowners. Ethan will introduce attendees to the top ten edible perennials for the Ohio climate, and how to maximize their impact. TUESDAY 01.14.14 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.


The Horticulture Industry, Through One Man’s Eyes “When the path forks- take it” is an expression that likely describes how we all got to where we are today. In our business, if there is anything that is constant, it is change. We are always looking for the next great plant, the next great fad or the next great trend. There is no such thing as the next great anything - but we can always do things a little better. We will look at possible forks in the path together. 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.


; 1 Business CEU Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Sales See “Get Schooled” page for description 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.


6A .5hr, 8 .5hr; 1 M, 1 Bm; This Means War: Identifying and Addressing Ohio’s New Invasive Insects Each year new invasive insects affect Ohio’s trees, shrubs and turf. These pests require new, customized management and control solutions to prevent the decimation of plant crops. Dave Shetlar addresses these concerns leaving attendees with advanced knowledge of how to identify invasive pests, recognize their presence and protect Ohio’s plants. 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.



Core; State and Local Issues Affecting Turf Application Gina Zirkle will cover pesticide application and fertilizer use for turfgrass pest and growth management. Attendees will be given a broad-based overview of issues affecting turfgrass pesticides and fertilizers, as well as a more drilled-down explanation of the environmental and policy concerns at the state and local levels.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.




; Lighting Up the Night: Make the Garden Come to Life When the Sun Goes Down! Learn how to use both old and new lighting techniques to spotlight the best aspects of a customer’s landscape. Carl Hastings will specifically discuss LEDs, including how to find quality LED lights and best practices. Attendees will leave with an understanding of placement, light color and lighting design.

1 Bp; Issues with Phosphorus in Ohio Soils Typical Ohio landscape soils are highly deficient in phosphorus, which frequently causes plantings and seeded turf grasses to fail. Join in this informative session that explains how phosphorous affects soil composition, and learn best practices in phosphorous fertilizer use. Leave with an understanding of environmentally sound soil adjustments with phosphorous for Ohio landscapes.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.





; ; Understanding Sustainable Landscaping This examination of sustainability and sustainable landscape design covers 12 principles that epitomize the movement, and demonstrates how to make it successful. Examples of sustainable design and application of sustainable strategy will be covered in this course led by Hannah Mathers. Participants will learn how sustainability improves the bottom line, saves resources, benefits the environment and energizes the landscape design market with fresh ideas.

; ; Panel: Sustainability of Landscape: Maintenance Related to Design Imagine a superior landscape design executed to perfection with flawless plant selection and placement. Now imagine that landscape failing through uncoordinated upkeep due to miscommunications between the design and maintenance teams. Learn tips from the expert panel of Bill Gerhardt (Greenscapes), Mario Cammarata (Cleveland Clinic), and Forrest Gibson (Brickman) for seamlessly integrating the needs of design and maintenance. Walk away with confidence and a clear picture of successful landscape design through maintenance coordination.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


; 1 Business CEU Value Based Selling for the Small Business Owner See “Get Schooled” page for description 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



6A; 2013 Ornamental Plant Disease Problems Join this discussion to review the 2013 growing season and discuss the plant disease issues encountered in ornamental plants. Attendees will be updated on the latest diseases striking Ohio’s ornamental stock and will learn vital management methods to reduce loss and plant injury. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



; Container Gardens and Tropical Plants: A Match Made in Paradise Brian Williams takes attendees to paradise with his discussion of the latest tropical plants on the market and how to use them to create lively container gardens. Topics include plant selection and combining traditional container choices with tropicals for a unique final product. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



8; The Environmental Impact of Turf Pesticides Turfgrass pest damage is a serious issue that requires well-thought-out pest management solutions. However, even with the perfect management method and early detection, turf – and surrounding areas – can be negatively impacted by unwanted environmental contamination. Dave Gardner demonstrates what happens to pesticides and management chemicals after application, and explains how to prevent spread and leaching. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



1 M, 1 Bs; ; ; The Color of Carbon is Green Earth’s climate is changing, making urban forests more critical than ever. Urban forestry can significantly impact and reduce climate change by decreasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Dave Norwalk leads this session and will explain the benefits of urban trees, including how they lower utility costs, sequester carbon dioxide and lessen energy use. Attend this course for tips on maximizing the impact of urban trees.


; 1 Business CEU Show Me the Money! Business Financing Directly From the Experts See “Get Schooled” page for description 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



6C; Weeds Just Want to Have Fun!!! This session covers the 10 most common container weeds that affect container design and the surrounding landscape. Dr. Mathers will teach attendees the top four reasons why these weeds have landed on the mostcommon list. Topics covered include weed growth strategy and range, and the latest OSU research on new herbicides. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



; Look What They Did to My Marigolds, What is a Calibrachoa Anyway? Dr. Armitage will look at the breakthroughs and the quiet movements in the annuals trade. From plants we never heard of 10 years ago, like Angelonia and Otemeria to favorites that have changed significantly, like Pelargonium and Euphorbia, we will journey though the land of the Annuals. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



To Compost, or Not to Compost: The Costs and Benefits for Turf This session will evaluate various compost materials and their effect on turf and soil health, paying particular attention to soil chemical properties and some of the practical, real-world issues associated with compost application. Attend to learn the benefits of compost application on turf and superior strategies for monitoring soil composition. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



1 Bp; ; ; Gentle Giants: Preserving Large Trees in the Landscape Protecting trees during landscape and right-of-way development, construction and rehabilitation projects can be a logistics challenge. Yet, with proactive planning and

the implementation of innovative protection measures, successful tree preservation can be achieved. Attend this session to master large urban tree preservation techniques. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



; Moving Towards the Light: Mastering Light in Design Participants in this class will benefit from a comprehensive look at lighting, whether it’s for functional or design use. Gain knowledge of landscape lighting basics, including choosing fixtures, embracing LED technologies, understanding specialty options and deciding on implementation. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



; ; Panel: Permeable Pavers, Porous Asphalt and Porous Concrete - How Good Are They? Permeable construction materials are relatively new to the green industry, and are offered in a wide array of materials like pavers, asphalt and concrete. This expert panel of Bob Banka (Concrete Management Solutions), Cliff Ursich (Flexible Pavements of Ohio), and Drew Snoply (Unilock Ohio, Inc.) will examine available permeable materials and compare and contrast based on installation, cost and durability. The discussion will expand to include a review of when to use permeable material, and installation guidelines for different design situations. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


1 Bm Lincoln, Land-Grants, and Historical Trees Bill Graves explores the earliest land grants established in the United States. Topics covered include an overview of how and why land grants were established under Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and a look at campus trees that are living legacies of the horticultural revolution that changed America’s green industry. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Core; 1 Bm; Practicing Pesticide Safety: A Practical Look at Labels *This session is repeated on Wed. at 2:45 p.m. This session focuses on basic pesticide practices geared toward protecting the community and the environment. Joe Boggs will teach participants the construction of a pesticide label, with a play by play of listed application instructions to ensure correct use. The presentation of insect pest and plant disease case studies will teach attendees how to maximize efficacy while reducing chemical exposure. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



8; Disease Issues in Turf The hallmarks of healthy turf are consistent growth and vibrant color, yet there may be underlying issues hidden in the grass. Joe Rimelspach reviews lawn diseases and disorders, especially those prevalent in 2013, that can have a big impact on turf. Participants in this course will learn how to maintain a healthy lawn by identifying, treating and managing issues caused by plant diseases. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



1 M, 1 Bm; ; ; The Changing Urban Landscape There are numerous natural and human-made forces shifting the landscape of urban forests. To better protect, preserve and benefit from urban forestry, these changes must be reviewed and clearly understood. Dave Nowalk will walk through the current state of urban forests and present attendees with new data on changing conditions in the United States.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


2 hr; 2 Business CEU Cultivate or Prune? Preparing the Next Generation to take over the Family Business (and what to do when they’re not ready or able to lead) See “Get Schooled” page for description

a detailed explanation of the best pruning methods for an assortment of woody plants in Ohio. Attend to learn successful practices and prevent unnecessary plant loss. WEDNESDAY 01.15.14 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

; 1 Business CEU Ugh! It’s Time to Report Sales Tax--AGAIN?! See “Get Schooled” page for description 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

6A; 1 Bp; Treating Trees with Arborceuticals Tree health care treatments – fittingly referred to as arborceuticals – include everything from soil adjustments and nutrient supplements to tools designed to protect trees from injury. With the variety of tree protection methods available, attendees will surely benefit from Greg Suver’s overview of tree evaluation, treatment and prevention methods, and the equipment available to make any arborceutical strategy a success.

; Networks for Life: Your Role in Stitching the Natural World Together Today, natural areas are too fragmented and isolated to maintain the plants and animals that support ecosystems. Using native plants in landscape design and plant selection has the potential to restore healthy ecosystem function. This exciting keynote presentation, led by Doug Tallamy, explores how to supplement ecosystems by incorporating and establishing beneficial native plants back into the area. Join in the discussion to learn more about native plant species, enhancing ecosystems and restoring nature’s balance.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.




1 Bp; ; Tier 1, 1 CEU; Intelligent Irrigation: Using Technology to Regulate Water Use Technology advances allow irrigation system operators to easily match irrigation application to specific plant water requirements. This control system measures on-site weather conditions, then calculates how much, if any, irrigation is necessary that day. Join the smart irrigation technology conversation with Scott Knowles to discover the benefits of weather-based control systems. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



; Incorporating Tropical Hybrids into Landscape Design Join Williams as he discusses the details of his plant breeding program and the new tropical hybrids that it has recently released. Tropicals are characterized by bold colors and striking structure, making them a showstopping addition to any landscape or garden. Brian’s presentation will cover the best techniques for adding tropical plants to existing landscapes and creating stunning displays in new designs. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


Core; 1 Bm; Reviewing Pesticide Regulations and Complaint Investigations Presented by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, this session will closely examine current pesticide regulations, including potential upcoming changes to Ohio’s guidelines. In addition, attendees will benefit from a review of 2013’s pesticide-related complaints and their investigations and outcomes. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



8; Controlling Pests with New Turfgrass Insecticide Technology New insecticide chemistries and combinations can now provide turfgrass managers with essential tools for season-long insect control. Learn how these new formulations in pesticides and pest management can battle unexpected outbreaks and prevent extensive injury to turfgrass. Topics covered include an overview of the latest chemicals, application discussions and control methods. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



1 Bp; ; Of Plants and Pruning: Techniques for Trimming Woody Plants Executing proper pruning techniques can be the difference between plant success and failure. This course provides


; 1 Business CEU Financial Statement S.O.S. See “Get Schooled” page for description 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.



7; ; Managing Wildlife Conflict in the Landscape: Moles, Voles, and Rabbits The green industry has a healthy respect for the relationship between nature and wildlife, yet occasionally the two can conflict. This session is designed to address the interaction between wildlife, including moles, voles and rabbits, and managed landscapes. Learn to identify the animal causing trouble, evaluate solutions and control the situation using integrated pest management strategies. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Adding Consumer Value Through New Claims and Uses for Plants Understanding the mind of the customer is a critical resource for choosing plant stock and displays. Join Creel’s conversation to analyze the results of consumer brainstorming, including the ideas and product concepts generated from it. Attendees will gain insight into customer demand and mindsets that can be transferred to successful spring sales. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



; ; Stormwater Management Techniques Stormwater management is critical for the reduction of flooding and managing water quality impacts due to various pollutants. Attend this course for a complete overview of alternative stormwater management approaches, all from the perspective of a civil engineer. The conversation will include an analysis of the different approaches – from bioswales and soil mixes to LEED solutions – using Ohio case studies. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.



; Welcome to the Stone Age: Using Stones in Gardens and Design Stone offers a fantastic opportunity to build long-lasting appeal and year-round interest in landscape. John DeVore’s presentation will demonstrate the structural uses of walls and outcroppings, the types of stone available for landscapes, and methods for incorporating stone into design. Attendees will receive an all-inclusive review of the aesthetic uses of rocks as evergreen elements, boulder arrangements and sculptural effects.



6A; 1 Bs; ; Going Back to Nature: Biologically-Based Pest Management This presentation focuses on strategies for the biological management of insect pests, including solutions for nursery growers and landscapers. Attendees will leave the session with knowledge of pest-enemy conservation and how to strengthen natural plant defenses. The discussion will also cover techniques for enhancing the presence of natural pest-enemies, in addition to available biological pesticides and application instructions. PLANT


; Knowing and Growing Native Perennials Native perennials are hot in today’s market. Take this opportunity to learn which varieties offer the best performance for retailers, designers and the landscape trade. The session will review a mix of old plant favorites, underused native varieties and new perennial introductions. Participants will leave with a solid idea of smart plant selection for spring and popular perennial picks. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Core; 1 Bp; Pesticides, the Public, and You Answering consumer questions regarding the selection and use of pesticide products can be time-consuming and occasionally frustrating. However, these questions typically arise from concerns regarding chemical interactions and perceived potential harm, so it’s important to be thorough, accurate and professional when answering. Participants of this session with be given comprehensive guidelines for replying to concerned members of the public, and will leave feeling confident about providing informed responses. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



The Importance of Water Quality Even if the water in a landscape or greenhouse is safe to drink, it may not be the right quality to sustain plants growing in soilless mixes. With Claudio Pasian, participants will learn the most important aspects of water quality and how to identify issues. The potential effects of poor quality water on plant growth, and the best tactics for avoiding and solving these issues, will be covered. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



; ; Creating Self-Sufficient Gardens While no landscape is maintenance free, careful planning, insightful installation and judicious management can greatly reduce a garden’s costs, hassles and requirements. Tracey Williams explains that no matter the size, location or environment, self-sufficient gardens positively impact the ecosystem and the bottom line. Attendees will be given tips and techniques for creating gardens that can help take care of themselves and add value to any landscape. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.



; Outdoor Living: Wood, Water, and Fire Features Hardscapes are low-maintenance extensions of a client’s

living space, providing relaxation, entertainment and simply more room. So when a client mentions a patio, it’s likely they are really asking for an outdoor living space. Jeff Rak will take attendees on a journey through outdoor space design opportunities, focusing on elements like wood, water and fire features. Get ready for spring with innovative hardscaping ideas that will enhance projects and increase profits.

For those involved in plant health management, 2013 was another challenging year. Take part in this review session with Jim Chatfield as he explains the blights and botanical trials, including control solutions and treatment tactics, from the past 12 months. Attendees will gain insight into recurring issues and potential problems for 2014. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


; 1 Business CEU Is Workers’ Comp Truly an Uncontrollable Cost? See “Get Schooled” page for description 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


Core; 1 Bp; Smart Sprayers for Tree Pesticide Application Technological advances affect industries throughout the world, and the green industry is no exception. Join Zondag and Zhu as they introduce the latest smart sprayers specifically developed for tree crop pesticide applications. Two sprayers will be examined that feature advanced sensors to measure canopy structures and apply sprays as needed to reduce pesticide use and off-target loss. Participants will be ready for spring’s application season with the latest and greatest in sprayer technology. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


; New Flowering Shrubs: The Journey to Market Tim Wood takes attendees on a plant-hunting journey in search of new and useful flowering shrubs for Ohio landscapes. The class includes a close examination of a number of new plants, the interesting people and breeders who created or discovered them, and what makes them great options for growers, garden centers and gardeners. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Core; 1 M, 1 Bm; Developing a Pest Management Program Participants will benefit from Zondag’s overview of integrated pest management tools that can assist with comprehensive control program development. Strategies for identification, appropriate timing and long-term management will be thoroughly discussed, preparing attendees for a great start to the season.



1 M, 1 Bp; Correcting Calamitous Pruning Cuts Pruning is essential to the growth of woody plants, yet it can pose serious plant health risks if performed incorrectly. Attend this session for comprehensive instructions for determining pruning needs, preventing injury and helping abused plants recover from calamitous pruning. Erik Draper will teach participants dependable principles and practices of pruning that will stop future plant disasters. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


1 Bp Brewing Opportunities: North American Pawpaw North American pawpaw, North America’s largest native fruit, has fresh appeal for farmer’s markets and Consumer Supported Agriculture. Taking a close look at this Ohio native, Ron Powell presents attendees with the variety of uses for the pawpaw fruit, including frozen pulp production for sale to restaurants, micro-breweries and jam/sauce producers. Leave with a new appreciation for this tree and with a better understanding of the opportunities it provides for any landscape. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



1 Bs; ; Landscaping with Productive Native Plants Not all native plants are equal in their ability to support food webs, and proper plant selection requires knowledge of the ecosystem, soil and plant characteristics. Tallamy teaches attendees about the ecological importance of productive woody plant genera, including an in-depth look at plants on the Ohio market. Leave with knowledge of a number of methods for tastefully incorporating natives into residential landscapes.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

It’s All in the Tag Plant tags provide instructional information and persuasive marketing. Plant tags sway consumers in just a few moments, so including the right information can make or break a deal. Join Kip Creel as he discusses what consumers really want in a plant tag, from marketing messaging, design and placement to the critical plant facts consumers look for. Learn about customer requirements in this first-of-its-kind consumer research study.

Core; 1 M, 1 Bm; Practicing Pesticide Safety: A Practical Look at Labels *This session is repeated from Tues. at 1:30 p.m. This session focuses on basic pesticide practices geared toward protecting the community and the environment. Joe Boggs will teach participants the construction of a pesticide label, with a play by play of listed application instructions to ensure correct use. The presentation of insect pest and plant disease case studies will teach attendees how to maximize efficacy while reducing chemical exposure. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



10:45 - 11:45 a.m.


1:30 - 3:30 p.m.



; Pop of Color: Using Tulips and Minor Bulbs Good landscape design requires the right plant selection, diversified plantings and effective design elements such as unity, scale and balance. However, great landscape design ensures that visual interest and bold color are incorporated into the plan. Brian Jorg demonstrates how best to add impressive color into the spring landscape using bulbs, from popular tulips to lesser-known varieties in the Midwest. Installation techniques, effective placement and naturalizing will all be discussed. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



6D; Managing Greenhouse Pests Luis Canas discusses greenhouse pests such as thrips, aphids and spider mites, among others and will provide participants with suggestions for the effective use of insecticides, miticides, and biological controls.

2 Bp; 2 hr; 1 Business CEU Identifying Likely Employee Injuries and Effectively Preventing Them See “Get Schooled” page for description 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



1 Bm; ; Going Green: A Cost/Benefit Analysis Green, sustainable and LEED-certified are popular buzz words, but what are the best methods for implementing “green” programs into a nursery operation? This conversation with Steve Castoriani will present a case study of North Creek Nurseries and how it’s transforming its operation in order to reduce waste, recycle resources and use organic alternatives. Attend to learn more about integrating biological controls to a growing and fast-paced operation, without losing ground or revenue. 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.



8; Weed Control in Turf: A Historical Perspective Dave Gardner’s presentation provides a full evaluation of old and new herbicides, culminating in the latest and greatest product options for turfgrass weed control. Join this comprehensive session to prepare for the growing season with the most effective herbicides available. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.



You can get ALL your pesticide recertification credits at OSU Nursery Short Course, including categories 3A, 5, 6A, 6C, 6D, 7, 8, and Core?



1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

1 M, 1 Bp; ; ; Sustainable Trees and Shrubs for the Urban Landscape This class provides recommendations on which trees and shrubs are most sustainable for the urban landscape. By using regional information regarding successful tree and shrub plantings, landscapers can use a wider diversity of plant material, and diversity is the key to incorporating wildlife into the urban environment. In addition to receiving valuable information on sustainable plant selections, attendees will be introduced to the plant website, which can help communities and green industry members track successful plants in their region.

; ; Gardens in the Sky – A Compendium of Urban Green Projects Urban green projects are skyrocketing in popularity, with projects ranging from garden retreats in city high-rises to rooftop food production - and even sustainable, resourcesaving green roof systems. Tracey Williams will review exciting installations and the power of project potential, and will teach attendees more about this exciting horticulture opportunity.


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Hardscapes do not exist in a vacuum but, too often, they might as well because they bear little or no relation to the house to which they appertain. Paying attention to textures and patterns of both house and hardscapes is crucial to creating a meaningful relationship. The easiest way to achieve this goal is using identical materials. Thus the eye sees a unit rather than disparate pieces. A beautiful design can be ruined if the eye skitters from one material to another without any repetition. A well designed and well built brick chimney at the front of a house is a lovely focal point that would be enhanced with brick steps, perhaps a brick walk or a combination of stone and brick, and a brick or brick colored entertaining area with a brick-colored pergola. Contrasting hardscape materials can help divide large back yards into spaces that serve different purposes. I visited a home in Chicago that illustrates this point. The

please see page 32

Figure 1: (facing page) An unusual house in Cincinnati is part Craftsman, part Tudor, and built with stone, brick, stucco, and timber with a cut stone door frame. Clockwise From Top Left: Figure 2: The entrance courtyard is floored with brick colored tile and the risers are colorful painted tiles Figure 3: Contrasting hardscape materials can help divide large back yards into spaces that serve different purposes. Figure 4: A simple repetition of stone can be very effective.

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Figure 5: (Left) Between the house and the shed is a large swath of lawn with a sunken stone fire pit that is surrounded by low stone seating walls. Figure 6: (Right) At the far left end of the property is a very modern L-shaped pergola that is painted the same color as the barn and the shed.

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frame house had inlaid brick detail on the back wall. The area closest to the house was a formal, cut stone patio for entertaining. Beyond, but contiguous, was an informal brick patio with lounging chairs. The stone picked up the color of the frame while the brick repeated the inlay on the house. Thus both materials related to the house. (See Figure 3) Another example of repetition of hardscape material is a house I saw in Palo Alto, California. A small stucco house with Spanish style roof tiles on a corner lot needed privacy and landscaping. The designer created a stucco wall close to but not abutting the sidewalk in order to leave room for plants. The wall itself is not a straight line but jogs as does the house. The entrance courtyard is floored with brick colored tile and the risers are colorful painted tiles that are repeated at the top of the stucco wall around a planting bed and at the outside wall near the entrance gate. The flooring and the decorative tile are use again on the back patio. (See Figure 2) A simple repetition of stone can be very effective. At the back of a house, a door opens to a sidewalk with a horizontal pattern of one large and one small stone. The pattern is reversed at each succeeding set. The steps are stone slabs between walls of thin pieces of stone that appear to be dry laid but are actually cemented. Centered on the door is a small stone area beyond the walk for an outdoor grill. No Weber for this family. Instead, a high

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the ones by the steps. (See Figure 4) An unusual house in Cincinnati is part Craftsman, part Tudor, and built with stone, brick, stucco, and timber with a cut stone door frame. The new walk in front of the house is also cut stone the same color and similar colors as the frame, set into a diagonal pattern that echoes the lines of the house. (See Figure 1) Working with older homes is always a challenge. In Hudson, Ohio, formerly farm land but now virtually a Cleveland suburb, a couple purchased and renovated an old barn that they painted brick red. At the back of the house is a cut stone patio. They also have a shed painted the same color at the far right end of the property. Between the house and the shed is a large swath of lawn with a sunken stone fire pit that is surrounded by low stone seating walls. (See Figure 5) At the far left end of the property is a very modern L-shaped pergola that is painted the same color as the barn and the shed. Leading up to it are stone slab steps. (See Figure 6) Using hardscape materials to integrate house and landscape is not difficult. These examples are just a reminder of how effective such integration can be. B Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD Bobbie’s Green Thumb

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Certification Corner

Why OCNT Certification is Important to Me As we are aware, our industry is a very competitive marketplace. Customers are learning more about us and our competition every day as they look for the best landscape or nursery company to meet their specific needs for services and or products. Any way we can set ourselves apart from our competition in a positive way is a benefit to our businesses and our customers. As defined by Webster’s pocket dictionary: A “Professional” is a person paid because of their study. “Certify” is a formal declaration to be true or a guarantee. “Reputation” is another’s opinion of one or one of good character. As a professional educator and small business owner in the Landscape and Turfgrass Industry I take my personal reputation very seriously. In this belief and feeling of personal pride I know that I am not alone. Our industry is filled with many professionals. They have the same belief as I do. One of the ways we can set ourselves apart from the competition is to become certified through the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) program. As a member of the Landscape Industry, you have an opportunity to become certified through the ONLA. The certification program has four different types of certifications. • Landscape Technician • Grower Technician • Garden Center Technician • The Master Technician (For those that have passed all three certification tests.) The ONLA is in the process of updating their study materials. The Core and Landscape Training Manuals are newly produced and recently updated. These updates include a CD with presentations on every section of the manual. The information detailed in the manuals has both a

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written and audio visual component so a person can both see and hear the information being presented. The detail of the information is technically sound and understandable so everyone can gather new knowledge or reinforce knowledge that has already been learned. This information is accurate and any business owner should want their employees to have this basic knowledge of the plant growth, plant parts, soils, landscape construction, plant naming, sales, industry professionalism and many other industry related topics. The certification process is a simple one. All a person needs to do is acquire the particular training manual for the given certification they are wishing to gain. Call Roni Peterson at (614) 899-1195 in the ONLA offices and she will be glad to send you whatever copies you need. The cost is $125 for the Landscape and Core books together. The Garden Center and Grower books are $75 each. To buy all the manuals together the price is $250. The Core training manual is consistent for all types of certifications a person may seek. Put the CD into your computer and learn. It is important to take notes so you can review what you have learned later. The ONLA offers the certification tests several times a year. The next tests will be held at CENTS, January 13-15, 2014. (January 13, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Garden Center Test; January 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Grower Test; January 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Landscape and Core Test). Test fees are $35 for members and $70 for non-members the first time. To retake the test, the price is $30 for members and $60 for non-members. Once you pass any certification test you only need to re-certify once every three years. This process includes getting five certification credits in any area of the landscape and nursery industry. Honestly, it is a very simple process. In conclusion, any way we can build and maintain our personal and business reputations in a positive way makes our companies better. By having an educated workforce willing to help customers with their specific needs, we are working as true professionals! OCNT training and certification is one way you can strengthen your personal and business reputations. Please consider becoming part of the ONLA Certification program today! B Jody Germann Master OCNT Penta Career Center, Landscape & Turfgrass Instructor ONLA Certification Committee Member

National Garden Bureau Annouces “2014 Year of the...” Year of the Petunia These incredibly versatile plants come in an abundance of sensationally bold colors, are widely adaptable, vigorous, self-reliant and largely pest and disease free. They are low maintenance and drought tolerant, available nation-wide, are a great value, sport a variety of forms and colors, and some even exhibit a light, sweet fragrance. Additionally, these failproof, tried-and-true beauties are easy to grow, bloom ceaselessly from late spring to fall and settle in comfortably whether planted in gardens, trailing from containers or spilling out of hanging baskets. They’re beautiful, desirable and completely irresistible to butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners alike.

Year of the Petunia ‘Cascadias Rim Chianti’

Year of the Echinacea Echinacea was chosen as the perennial for the National Garden Bureau’s 2014 Year of program because of the vast assortment of flower colors and shapes available to today’s gardener but also because they are such an American staple. The classic flower shape continues to be a favorite in home and public gardens so it’s time we highlight the history of the “tried and true” classics as well as some of the newer varieties sure to please any home gardener.

Year of the Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Year of the Cucumber The cucumber is one of the top five most popular garden vegetables. Cucumbers are very adaptable. They have been grown in space and a mile underground in a nickel mine. Very easy to grow from seed, cucumbers deserve praise and a place in the modern garden. B Year of the Cucumber ‘Corinto’

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Welcome New ONLA Members The following firm has been approved for ONLA membership, pending the completion of the application process, which includes requesting comments from the current ONLA membership regarding the qualifications and/or dues classifications of applicants within three weeks following receipt of this issue of The Buckeye. The following company is applying for ACTIVE membership: SB Landscaping 2743 Easthaven Drive Hudson, OH 44236 Jonathan Steedly, Category 5

The following people are applying for Affiliate membership: Chris Donohue, Plain Local Schools Kenneth L. Noble, A-Tech, Ashtabula County Tech & Career Campus Stephanie Plumly, Barnesville High School The following people are applying for Student membership: Amber Conley, Lorain County JVS Sarah Fenske, Cincinnati State& Community College Jody Huenke, Clark State Community College Stephen Knizner Jr., Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Linnett Leisner, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Jessica Miller, Lorain County JVS B




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SAFETY FIRST Fast Facts: Protect Yourself (from Poisonous Plants)

Provided by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Any person working outdoors is at risk of exposure to poisonous plants, such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. When in contact with skin, the sap oil (urushiol) of these plants can cause an allergic reaction. Burning these poisonous plants produces smoke that, when inhaled, can cause lung irritation. Workers may become exposed through: • Direct contact with the plant • Indirect contact (touching tools, animals, or clothing with urushiol on them) • Inhalation of particles containing urushiol from burning plants

Symptoms of Skin Contact • • • •

Red rash within a few days of contact Swelling Itching Possible bumps, patches, streaking or weeping blisters NOTE: Blister fluids are not contagious

First Aid If you are exposed to a poisonous plant: • Immediately rinse skin with rubbing alcohol, poison plant wash, or degreasing soap (such as dishwashing soap) or detergent, and lots of water. • Rinse frequently so that wash solutions do not dry on the skin and further spread the urushiol. • Scrub under nails with a brush. • Apply wet compresses, calamine lotion, or hydrocortisone cream to the skin to reduce itching and blistering. • Oatmeal baths may relieve itching. • An antihistamine may help relieve itching. • NOTE: Drowsiness may occur. • In severe cases or if the rash is on the face or genitals, seek professional medical attention. • Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room if you have a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, or have had a severe reaction in the past.

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Protect Yourself • • • • • • •

Wear long sleeves, long pants, boots, and gloves. Wash exposed clothing separately in hot water with detergent. Barrier skin creams, such as lotion containing bentoquatum, may offer some protection. After use, clean tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and lots of water. Urushiol can remain active on the surface of objects for up to 5 years. Wear disposable gloves during this process. Do not burn plants or brush piles that may contain poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. Inhaling smoke from burning plants can cause severe allergic respiratory problems.

When exposure to burning poisonous plants is unavoidable, employers should provide workers with: • A NIOSH-certified half-face piece particulate respirator rated R–95, P–95, or better. This recommendation does NOT apply to wildland firefighters, who may require a higher level of protection. • These respirators should protect against exposure to burning poisonous plants, but will not protect against all possible combustion products in smoke, such as carbon monoxide. • Respirators must be worn correctly and consistently throughout the time they are used. • For respirators to be effective there must be a tight seal between the user’s face and the respirator. • Respirators must be used in the context of a written comprehensive respiratory protection program (see OSHA Respiratory Protection standard 29 CFR 1910.134). • For more information about respirators, visit www. B Adapted from the CDC website.

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Retail Roundtable

Do you offer education seminars, classes or workshops at your

garden store?

Ah, yes, time for another round of “Let’s Ask the Retailers!” And, with this esteemed panel of retailing experts and our guest contributor, you never know what types of answers we’ll get! So what do say; ready to get started? All righty then, say it with me,” Let’s Ask the Retailers!” Here’s our retailing question for this round: “Do you offer education seminars/classes/workshops at your garden store? If yes, then looking over the past couple years, what has been the BEST seminar or educational opportunity for your customers? If no, then why not?”

“Yes, Oakland Nurseries gladly offers educational seminars.  Late winter and early spring we get geared up and have our Spring Fling. This event includes many seminars and workshops.  We discovered that any program is at the mercy of Mother Nature, which we are all acquainted with in our business.  We may have a fabulous speaker but customers shy from attending because there is a blizzard! I do recall our biggest attendance was for small space gardening.  We held it in early spring at our education facility. This year we did a spring and summer series of classes and workshops.  The canning and cooking topics received the largest audience. Many of our staff will attend garden club meetings to present a workshop.  That is usually a success because it is something different for the members.  A topic that is always a hit- terrariums! It is always fun to present at garden clubs.  They are so appreciative!  It is more work packing up necessities for travel.  Planning ahead is key; be prepared for any obstacle. Our customers are always inquiring about classes.  As long as the interest is there, we will keep trying.” –Jodi Dawson/Oakland Nurseries

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“We do offer a few regular educational programs each year that we promote. First in Mid-April we hold our “Pond College” which is a comprehensive program over a 2-day weekend cover all things pond related. Second, in early summer we include some educational programs during our Ohio water Lily festival weekend. Finally, one weekend in early fall we do a pond-winterizing program. Of these our Pond College program has been the most effective and well attended over the years. We do charge (about $10/program, 8 programs over 2 days are offered.) We put considerable effort into that weekend each year since it does serve as a “crash course training” for our seasonal staff as well as a great kick-off for our spring season. By using the “Get the same training we give our staff” marketing angle, we have never had an issue with the fee charged and it provides a nice little influx of cash early in the season for us.” –Steve Blessing/Green Vista Water Gardens

“As a vendor with different product lines, I do offer my customers through The Andersons Fertilizer Company training on both the basics more technical aspects of fertilization, timing, quantity, what results to expect, etc. Most retailers appreciate this type of training. I also provide my multi store customers descriptions and origin of our mulches.” –Tony Sciambi/Buckeye Resources

“We have done seminars for as long as I can remember. Over the years we have had success and failure with the seminars; a lot has to do with timing and the weather.  Our best seminars have been on pruning and lawn care.  Customers seem to enjoy those seminars.  We have in the past done seminars from Roses to fall bulbs. In fact back when I was a boy we did a whole landscape seminar weekend.  It was decently successful. But, regrettably, the guys we have helped with those seminars have all passed away.  My concern today is that customers seem to be time constrained and getting them to spend an hour in your store is asking a lot. Will we continue to do seminars, yes. Are they as successful as in the past; probably not.  In the end the goal is to get the customer in the store, so any way we can do that at a minimal cost we will continue to do.” –Johnny DeHaven/DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace

“Yes, we offer educational seminars throughout the course of the year. Some are well attended (40 people) others not so much (5-10 people).  We offer both lectures as well as hands on projects.  The one class that repeatedly been the most attended is our spring hanging basket workshop.  We usually get close to 50 people for this class.  For $45 we give them a moss basket, 4 or 5 super size plugs, soil and instruction.  The class is offered in late March and we will hold the baskets in our growing facility until mid May when the customers return to pick them up.  One thing we have found to be challenging is coming up with new topics as we try not to repeat the same classes twice in a row.  Overall we think classes are a good thing.  It positions us as an authority and it brings people to the garden center.   –Tim Clark/H.J. Benken Florist & Greenhouses

“Ah, what a great question! I remember the golden age of the garden center when seminars were a regular event! If our customers knew it was happening, they were there. And then came the crash, recession, whatever you want to call it, and many of us independent garden centers had to make tough decisions to control our spending (and/or profitability). Since then, as we slowly recover, I’m seeing a resurgence of extra curricular events. The most successful garden centers (the ones who are actively seeking to boost or retain their customer counts) are offering these opportunities. They are doing this on a consistent basis and they are reporting successful turn outs. This proactive approach is what will separate the wheat from the chaff. You’ve got to want the business and you’ve got to go get it! Our most successful events are usually “after hours.” Typically they are a “Girl’s Night Out” theme. Women are such an important piece of our demographic!!! Just ask me, I’m one and I think I’m important! We are social and a little competitive, so we love tips on just about everything. Make and take containers are huge, and can be offered several times a year. This keeps your customer interested in you and your plants and gives them a reason to buy things from you repeatedly. It also lets them become more intimately acquainted with your staff which is incentive to return and begin what we hope is a long time, gratifying relationship. It’s okay to suspend these gigs when your traffic count is slower (thinking July and August), but in my humble opinion, this is the best time to keep them going full bore so that folks don’t forget about you. You’ve just got to be creative and keep the cost down. The most crucial mind set to take away from all this is that spending customers don’t fall from the sky; we’ve got to be the magnet that draws them in and keeps them! –Darlene Cooper (Special Guest Contributor)/Sharon Nursery please see page 42

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continued from page 41 “We offer all of the above; seminars, classes and workshops. Over the last year we have started offering more paid workshops, we call them ‘Make & Takes’, and fewer seminars.    We noticed that most of the seminars had the same group of customers attending and that not enough of that group was shopping after the seminar.   So we started the Make & Takes to try and get more paying customers into the store.  These Make & Takes are mostly prepaid workshops with 18-25 customers attending.  Classes on pruning, vegetable gardening and new plant varieties always had the highest turnout.  The problem we started having was we would have 50 people show up for the seminar on pruning and then have 10 show up for the next week for a seminar on organic gardening.   With the switch to more workshops we have similar numbers each week and if the early signup is high we add another time for the workshop.  The most attended workshops have been during the holiday season, with holiday porch pots and hanging pine baskets being two of the best.  Terrarium workshops are also popular in the winter months.” –Tom Hilgeman/White Oak Garden Center

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So there you have it folks. Another exciting round of “Let’s Ask the Retailers!” So now, let me ask you. Do more education opportunities exist on the horizon for your customers? I want to leave you with these words from our esteemed E.D. Kevin Thompson, who shared them while sitting on top of his desk (in a very unusual yoga position), immediately following a Board meeting. “He, who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Believe in Rocky Raccoon.” Not sure what that meant, but wanted to share it with you. Hey Retailers, can we talk? B

Ron Wilson ONLA Retail Committee’s Ghost Writer in the Sky

Greenhouse Grower Viewpoint


Updates from the Ohio State University’s C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic Ohio State University’s “C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic” serves Ohio’s green industries through identification of the plant disease and insect problems which growers and managers encounter on a daily basis. A review of some of the common greenhouse diseases observed at the Diagnostic Clinic over the past year include root and stem rots and virus diseases. Root diseases observed included black root rot, Phytophthora root rot and Pythium root rot. An inspection of plant roots is always warranted when plants appear nutrient deficient even when being fed, are growing poorly, unevenly, or are dying. Black root rot, caused by Thielaviopsis basicola, was observed on million bells, petunia and itea. This fungal pathogen can infect many types of plants ranging from annuals, perennials, woody plants and even agricultural crops. The root system of plants severely infected with black Active Ingredient/Common Name Cyazofamid Dimethomorph Etridiazole Fenamidone Fludioxonil Fluopicolide Mefenoxam Phosphorous acid Propamocarb Thiophanate-methyl Triflumizole

root rot is blackened and very much reduced compared to a healthy plant. Infections may not be quite so obvious with healthy roots and diseased roots intermingled. Above ground the plants may appear to have nutrient deficiencies or may be stunted. Great care with sanitation practices is needed when this disease shows up in a greenhouse. The spores are very resistant and can persist in plant or media debris for long periods. Fungus gnats in the greenhouse may feed to diseased material and transmit the fungus to healthy plants by carrying the spores in their digestive systems and depositing the spores anywhere in the greenhouse when they deposit their wastes. Never reuse pots or containers; the fungal spores may persist in used pot debris. If you must reuse pots or containers first carefully clean them of any media and debris, then soak them in a sanitizer. If you wish to protect your crops against black root rot a number of fungicides are available and should be used in

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rotation to protect against resistance development. Among them are thiophanate-methyl, triflumizole and fludioxonil. During the 2012-2013 season Phytophthora and Pythium root rots were also observed, both in the greenhouse and in the landscape. These pathogens are no longer considered fungi; they are more closely related to algae. No wonder they continue to be difficult to manage! Among the plants positive for Phytophthora were wave petunia, snapdragon, million bells, and fragrant sumac. Strict attention to sanitation is required when growing plants which may contract Phytophthora diseases. Growing media should be carefully stored to avoid contamination with old, used media or infected plant debris. Keep work surfaces in the potting area clean and use surface sanitizers. Make sure media drains well; Phytophthora and/or Pythium root rot development is favored when media stays saturated for long periods. Pay close attention to fertility and the possibility of root damage from high soluble salts. If watering by hand make sure that nozzles never contact the floor. If using a recirculating irrigation system keep in mind that these pathogens may be spread via the irrigation water; if these pathogens are detected in plant material growers should consider the risk of spread via the irrigation system. Fungicides can be used to protect plants from infection. Among the fungicides labeled for water molds are cyazofamid, dimethomorph, etridiazole, fenamidone, fluopicolide,

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Figure 2: (Below) QR Code for Sample Submission app Figure 3: (Left) Image of sample categories Figure 4: (Right) Tips Image

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mefanoxam, phosphorus acids, and propamocarb. Not all products can be used in all situations so it is necessary to read and follow label directions. Virus diseases continue to be a problem for the ornamental industry. Infected plants cannot be cured and should be discarded. Among the virus problems observed over the past year was impatiens necrotic spot virus in several begonia, coleus and lobelia samples. In some of these samples the Western flower thrips which transmits the virus was also present making the virus a threat to other ornamentals in the same greenhouse. OSU’s Clinic joined with 7 university-based plant diagnostic laboratories in the development of the app which is available for free from the i-Tunes Store and can be found here: or by scanning the QR code. Anyone may download and use the app which will guide the users with questions customized for greenhouse, nursery and landscape situations. Partners in this effort, in addition to Ohio State’s clinic include: Purdue University, Alabama Cooperative Extension, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois Extension, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and University of New Hampshire. The user of the app can select which laboratory will receive the digital samples during installation and set-up of the app. The samples are sent using the iPhone or iPad built-in mail app which requires an email account on the device. OSU’s diagnostic clinic will charge its basic diagnostic fee for digital samples submitted through the app. While pictures are worth a thousand words they do not always tell the whole story. Many plant disease samples require microscopic examination or other type of specialized tests. If a physical sample is required as a follow-up the

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basic fee will be waived for the physical sample. Nancy J. Taylor, Program Director, C. Wayne Ellett Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic, The Ohio State University Francesca Peduto Hand, Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

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Tree Campus USA status is something that both the OSU Main Campus in Columbus and the OSU Wooster Campus have earned in the past several years. Each year these OSU campuses recertify this status, and one of the key activities required by the Arbor Day Foundation for Tree Campus USA is the involvement of students in service learning projects on campus and in the community. One of the key activities at the OSU Main Campus this year is the undertaking of a tree inventory and i-Tree environmental audit of the community forest for the entire campus, which proceeds most Fridays throughout the year through a student project known as STICKS (Sustainable Tree Inventory CareKeeperS). Students, led by OSU Geology graduate Christine Voise, identify, georeference, and conduct the ecological audit for the trees one section of the campus at a time. In connecting with this project, the OSU Tree Campus USA group in Columbus, organized by Mary Maloney and The Chadwick Arboretum, Steve Volkmann, Campus Landscape Architect, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Horticulture and Crop Science Department and the OSU Extension Why Trees Matter program conducted an Arboblitz Tree Identification Workshop for students and horticulturists this past October 4 at the OSU 4-H Center on campus. Christine Voise started our day detailing the ongoing tree inventory on campus and presenting some key

facts about Chadwick Arboretum on the Columbus main campus. This 60 acre green reserve is home to over 3000 trees and shrubs. The Chadwick highlights a number of wondrous features including the white redbud-rimmed labyrinth modeled on the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral, a research lake and a new green roof. Chadwick has over 250 volunteers and 10 student employees under the direction of Mary Maloney. Projects and needs abound. Deb Knapke taught the Arboblitz class about the nuances of tree identification. About the opposite leaf arrangement of maples and the alternate leaf arrangement of oaks; about the key definition of leaves as having next year’s buds in the leaf axils, with simple leaves such as linden with that single axillary bud and leaf, and compound leaves with that single axillary bud for each leaf which then has numerous leaflets, such as the pinnately compound leaf of white ash and its five leaflets and the palmately compound leaf of Ohio buckeye with one axillary bud and 5 leaflets; and about the terminology of the leaf, with blade and petiole (leaf-stalk) and the extended leaf stalk known as a rachis along the axis of all the leaflets of a compound leaf. Group leaders such as Professors Emeriti Dan Struve and Davis Sydnor and others took groups out into the please see page 49

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Clockwise from top left: Image 1: Key Arboblitzer instructors; Image 2: The wonderful Arboretum in a Box of Sharon Treaster; Image 3: Arboblitzers on their Walkabout. Note droopy leaves of black maple; Image 4: Christine Voise of STICKS and Chadwick teaching at Arboblitz 2013; Image 5: Salmon-pink sepals showing now on seven-son flower; Image 6: Bottlebrush buckeye rapidly oxidizing at Arboblitz 2013; Image 7: Mary Maloney of Chadwick Arboretum; Image 8: Arboretum in an Egg Container a la Sharon Treaster.

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Image 9: (left) Cathy Herms New Favorite Invasible: The GoodTastiness of Invasiveness Image 10: (right) Autumn olive fruits harvested for pate de fruits

Image 11: Beech twig in woods with upper right leaf showing pointed bud. Also note maple fellow traveler

Image 12: White ash leaf (compound) atop ash leaflets

Image 13: Mass of ash leaflets along boardwalk at Johnson Woods Nature Preserve near Orrville OH. Tree ID can be studied not only by looking up but this time of year by looking down

Image 14: Beech leaves along different part of the trail at Johnson Woods

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wonderful October day which finished with light rain to look at trees on the OSU Campus of Chadwick Arboretum, teaching and learning…forever. We all learned a great deal about tree identification, the first step in proper plant selection decisions and plant problem diagnostics. From the group I went around with, here are seven short tips for you to remind your employees of, and to your customers, to show off your arboskills. •

Pines have needles in bundles of 2,3 and 5. Spruces, firs, hemlocks, yews have needles individually attached.

Spruces have needles that are square or triangular in shape, while firs have flat two-sided needles.

Sugar maples and black maples are considered by some to be different sub-species of the same species, by others as separate species. Both yield sugary sap great for maple syrup. Black maple leaves droop.

Beeches have pointed, linear leaf buds.

Species of oaks have distinctive clustered buds.

Species of Prunus typically have leaves with glands near the petiole-leaf base connection

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Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconoides), flowers for months in late summer and fall, first with white petals, then with salmon-pink sepals.

We all learned that trees taste good. Pecan pie, apple pie, nuts upon nuts, apples, cherry pie, these were our refreshments. Trees taste good. Even invasive plants taste good, as Cathy Herms of the Horticulture and Crop Science Department at the OSU Wooster Campus proved the next week at our ArborEatUm program of Secrest Arboretum with her autumn olive pate de fruits. Removing invasives, one gulp at a time. Jim Chatfield The Ohio State University Extension Nursery Landscape and Turf Team


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Image 15: Arboblitz 2013 Shirt illustrates environmental services trees provide via i-Tree. Check out Clockwise from left: Image 16: Name These Leaves! (At the least oak, maple, beech (not birch Image 17: Hemlock with singly attached needles with falling twoneedled pine tangled up Image 18: Glands on Prunus petioles Image 19: (Left) Deb Knapke teaches about compound leaves at Arboblitz 2013

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THE SEED HAS BEEN SOWN BY RICK DOESBURG Scholarship seeds! Okay you ask what is a scholarship seed, what does it look like, how does it grow? A year ago I introduced you to The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Scholarship Fund, and I’m here to tell you it is living and growing. Our fund has now reached $358,000 which gives us 13, $1,000.00 scholarships. And that isn’t money that once spent goes away. It is part of a larger foundation (PLANET’s AEF- Academic Excellence Foundation) which will continue to give those funds in perpetuity. We are spending the interest not the equity. That’s a good investment for our Association and our industry, giving to those in school now so that they continue to learn and become our future. So yes, these seeds are growing and prospering. The key now is to continue to plant more seeds so that our industry can continue to grow. At the annual meeting in January our first company stepped forward and gave a named scholarship. The Fullmer Family Scholarship will be presented at our upcoming annual meeting in January where they will have the wonderful experience of giving this $1,000.00 scholarship to a deserving student. Let me tell you that will be a WOW moment for

them as well as for the recipient. The good news to go along with that is that the ONLA matched that initial donation of $25,000 and will continue to do so when the next seven people or companies step forward. Last year I asked you to give this some thought and to plant the seed and make the step forward to fund a scholarship so that our seeds can grow and make more seeds that will help our industry flourish. It can be a onetime payment of $25,000 or a pledge of $5,000 for the next five years to become an Ambassador and have your own named scholarship. The ONLA has always been known for its forward thinking and its generosity throughout the history of our association. We’ve never been shy when confronting challenges that have been put in front of us. Our leadership over the last 100 years has been exemplary, but the challenges keep coming. Student enrollment unfortunately has begun to decline at most horticulture schools and it is up to us to quickly change that direction. We must help shore up these institutions by creating the demand for good people to choose enjoyable and profitable careers in the green industry. That is one of the

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major endeavors of the Student and Scholarship Committee, educating the public, the student, and their parents on the wonderful opportunities that are associated with growing plants and planting seeds. Our challenges become two fold and all of us in the industry must understand these challenges. One is to help our horticultural institutions be successful by supporting their programs and by becoming a positive influence in our communities related to the benefits of a career in the green industry. Secondly, we must then support those students with our scholarship programs. The benefits for all of us can be great if we understand that we need to help sow these important seeds. Our industry depends on it. The students are our future, so help us promote our industry and financially support the students by becoming an Ambassador and having your own named scholarship. What a great way to sow our seeds! Rick Doesburg Student and Scholarship Committee Member

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Industry Calendar

View for seminars, events, trade shows and more! O designates qualifying OCNT recertification events O November 9, 2013 20th Annual “Grateful Embrace” event. Sponsored by The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association and The Ohio Lawn Care Association. Dayton and Rittman, Ohio. The ONLA and the OLCA join lawn care volunteers from across our great state give up a Saturday in November to provide the manpower necessary to apply fertilizer plant greenery so generously provided by our suppliers.

January 12, 2014 OSU Nursery Short Course, Columbus, Ohio,

December 11-12, 2013 Invasive Species Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, There will be an Invasives Plants Symposium in conjunction with MIPN (Midwest Invasives Plant Network). Topics will include invasive plant biology and management, assessment of invasive plants, plenary lectures, mapping applications and much more!

O January 13, 2014 Management Master Class (At CENTS), Columbus, Ohio, These sessions will be led by dynamic professional business speakers will cover the topics such as sales skills, business development, industry-specific management, and more. Send your managers to this conference, or attend yourself, and be sure that your best employees become your top managers,

January 13, 2014 CENTS, Columbus Ohio, Attend the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS), with over 225,000 square feet of exhibition space, and soak up the innovation and ideas in an expanded market,

O January 13-15, 2014 ONLA Business Classes and OSU Nursery Short Course (at CENTS), Columbus, Ohio, or 800.825.5062 for more information. January 14, 2014 Career Marketplace, ONLA’s Green Industry Job Fair, Columbus, Ohio, Held in conjunction with the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS) on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (setup is 1:00 - 3:45 p.m.), the Career Marketplace will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring display boards, brochures, job descriptions, business cards, etc. Booth spaces are limited: return registration form by December 1, 2013 to ensure your spot, 800.825.5062 or

O January 15, 2014 Conference of Women Leaders, Columbus, Ohio, Women in business face daily challenges that require a wide range of skills. This session, seeks to inspire, motivate and advise women working in the green industry. Enhance your skills during an upbeat, multifaceted, and information-rich session specifically for women. Whether you’re a female entrepreneur, a critical component in a family business, a woman invested in the success of your company, or all of the above, you’ll want to be part of this emerging group for women leaders, January 17, 2014 Tennessee Green Industry Expo. Join the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association at the Green Industry Expo. Nashville, Tennessee.


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Advertisers’ Index Acorn Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Boulders Direct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Official Publication of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

330.324.5336 Buckeye Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

The Buckeye is the nursery and landscape industry’s authoritative voice in Ohio. Second to none in editorial and graphic quality, The Buckeye publishes a wide range of editorial features on the green industry’s key issues. The Buckeye is another example of how the ONLA leads, promotes, and facilitates the success and growth of green industry businesses. CENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Decker’s Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Ernst Seeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc.. . . . . . . . . 53 Gilson Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The Buckeye is published 10 times each year with a circulation of over 5,000

each issue and an estimated readership of over 10,000. Advertisers benefit from an industry-specific audience, with distribution to professional nursery, landscape and independent garden center businesses and individuals, certified green industry professionals, educators/ researchers, and subscribers. Access Ohio’s $4.9 billion industry. Contact Jennifer to learn how your business can benefit from becoming an advertiser in The Buckeye.

800.825.5062 Grayhawk Greenhouse Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Hobby Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Kentucky Landscape Industries Expo. . . . . . . 39 Klyn Nurseries, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Medina Sod Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Millcreek Gardens, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Oberfield’s LLC .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC ONLA Publications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OBC Pickens Tree Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

ONLA Classified Advertising:

The online classified service can be found on along with the complete postings. New ads will be added as soon as they are submitted to the ONLA. For more information, please contact the ONLA office at (614) 899-1195. The ONLA reserves the right to refuse ads. As we go to press, here are the ads posted on’s online Classified Section:

Help Wanted • Manufacturer’s Rep Territory Openings, ProLine Equipment Division, Heritage Oak Farm, Inc., Galena, Illinois Pound’s Nursery, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Scarff’s Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Spring Meadow Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

For Sale • Used Nursery Pots, Pre-sorted by size and manufacturer. We have thousands available. Great buy! GreenScapes Landscape Co., Columbus, Ohio

Unilock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

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The Buckeye, November/December 2013 Volume 24, Issue 10  
The Buckeye, November/December 2013 Volume 24, Issue 10  

The Buckeye is the nursery and landscape industry's authoritative voice in the Midwest, published by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Associatio...