Sprint Session Schedule


Think fast! Catch up on the latest industry info from Extension personnel, leading suppliers, and other industry experts in quick educational bursts right on the Expo floor. Sessions typically run between 15-30 minutes long.   Open to all registered attendees (ALL ACCESS and EXPO pass)

* Located on the Expo Floor between the north lobby escalators.

Wednesday, November 29

9:45 a.m.   
Do Your Landscape Crews Need Training?
Arden Urbano, President, Greenius, Inc.

10:45 a.m.
Alternative “Lawn” Options for New England Landscapes
Vickie Wallace,
Extension Educator, Sustainable Turf & Landscape, University of Connecticut

Think outside the box, if your client is hankering for something other than standard lawn seed mixtures. This presentation will highlight alternative options for consideration.

11:45 a.m.
Recognizing Natural Enemies in the Landscape: Don’t Squash Your Allies
Tawny Simisky, Entomology Specialist, University of Massachusetts Extension

This presentation will cover the most commonly encountered natural enemies in landscape settings. Listeners will learn to recognize arthropods that help provide natural pest management and will gain insight into which pest insects are “on the menu”. Specific examples of predators as well as parasitoids will be discussed.

12:45 p.m.
Diseases and Pests of 2017
Ann Hazelrigg, Ph.D., Plant Diagnostic Clinic, University of Vermont

An overview of the insect and disease problems in the landscape that came into the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic this past season.

1:45 p.m.
It’s Good to Know: Advice & Thoughts from a Landscape Designer
Leisha Marcoccio, Principal & Lead Designer, Gardens by the Yard

2:45 p.m.
The Latest OSHA Regulations: Are You in Compliance?
Peter Barletta & Edward Conway , Compliance Assistance Specialists, U.S. Dept. of Labor/OSHA

Thursday, November 30

 9:45 a.m.
The $400 Shovel
Arden Urbano, President, Greenius, Inc.


10:45 a.m.
Mandy Bayer, Extension Educator, University of Massachusetts

Think xeriscaping is just for the desert? Learn how the concepts of xeriscaping can be used in New England to create beautiful water-smart landscapes


11:45 a.m.
Bacterial Leaf Spots in Nursery Crops        
Joan Allen, Assistant Extension Educator, University of Connecticut

Wet conditions are conducive for both fungal and bacterial leaf spot pathogens and bacterial leaf spot diseases showed up on many plants in 2017.  Learn what to look for and how to manage them.


12:45 p.m.
Mother Nature Ends Gypsy Moth Outbreak          
Heather Faubert, Research Associate, University of Rhode Island

Talk will inform audience about Entomophaga maimaiga and NPV controlling gypsy moth outbreak in 2017 and what to expect from defoliating caterpillars in 2018.

1:15 p.m.
On the Horizon: Biological Control of Invasive Swallow-worts
Lisa Tewksbury, Ph.D., Manager, Biocontrol Lab, University of Rhode Island

URI research update, including the potential for management of swallow-worts and plans for release in 2018 of their bio-control agent for invasive black and pale swallow-worts.

2:00 p.m.
Advance Your Site Design Process with Vectorworks Landmark 2018
Eric Gilbey, Product Marketing Manager – Landscape, Vectorworks

With updates in tools that automate your planting, grading, irrigation, and hardscape designs – now more than ever landscape design professionals can be more efficient in their design workflow to help reate, model, and present with Vectorworks Landmark 2018.

2:45 p.m.
Writing Newsletters that Connect with Customers
GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators

Whether you're a landscape professional, grower, designer or IGC, staying in touch with current and potential customers has never been easier. Learn how to write and easily deliver newsletters that keep your business foremost in your customer's minds and generate sales.

Friday, December 1

9:45 a.m.
The Dirty Dozen of Tree Decay Assessment
Chris Luley, Ph.D., President/Pathologist, Urban Forest Diagnostics LLC

A dozen points to consider when assessing trees for decay.  Learn the importance of different decay types, decay and tree biology, methods of decay assessment, and selected decay fungi to help avoid critical mistakes when evaluating trees in the field.

10:45 a.m.
Sub-mist: A Novel Approach to Plant Propagation
Stephanie Burnett, Associate Professor of Horticulture, University of Maine

At the University of Maine, we have been exploring the use of sub-mist for plant propagation. This system applies mist to the roots, rather than overhead and appears to promote earlier rooting in some species.


11:45 a.m.
Providing Forage for Pollinators Emerging from Winter Hibernation
John Campanelli, Ph.D. candidate, University of Connecticut

Pollinators emerge from hibernation far sooner than many realize and often lack sustenance in the form of pollen and nectar from early blooming plants, especially native ones. This sprint session will provide examples of early blooming New England native plants that will help ensure healthy pollinator populations for the rest of the season. 


12:45 p.m.
Landscape Adaptable Native Perennials for Butterflies
Jessica Lubell,
Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Hear about several native herbaceous perennials that will work well in most landscapes and provide nectar and or forage for butterflies.


1:45 p.m.
Productivity & the New Employee
Arden Urbano, President, Greenius, Inc.


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