NHLA, NHPGA, UNHCE Joint Winter Meeting

Wed, 01/16/2019
8:00am - 3:30pm
The Marriott Grappone Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301

Join us January 16th, 2019 for the Joint Winter Meeting. Co-sponsored by New Hampshire Landscape Association (NHLA), New Hampshire Plant Growers Association (NHPGA), and UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE).

See speakers and topics below. Feel free to print and post our flyer found on the right side of the screen!

Please direct all vendor display and arrangement inquiries to Jon Batson (jontree13@aol.com). Vendors can register at the below registration link as well as all attendees.

Discussion Groups:

  • Hiring and Working with Millennials
  • Potential NHLA/NHPGA Merger
  • Meet and Greet with New Commissioner of Agriculture

General Sessions:

New Hampshire Workforce: Outlook and Opportunities - Pam Szacik, Director of Employment Service Bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security - In
addition to the labor outlook in NH, Pam will discuss new state initiatives that may help our
industry in finding and retaining new sources of labor, including Medicaid, opioid recovery and mature citizens.

★ What's On The Shelf? - Cheryl Smith, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension - Cheryl will provide an update on new pests/diseaseas of concern, and new products for nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers and landscapes.

Concurrent Sessions:

Improving Labor and Production Efficiency in the Green Industry - Gerson 'Gary' Cortes, FlowVision, LLC - Many in the green industry are looking for ways to improve their profitability. Many growers, garden centers, and landscapers of all sizes have turned to Lean Flow techniques to increase profitability, through improved productivity, increased payload, and improved quality.

★ Ticks, Lyme Disease and Other Bad News - Dr. Abigail Mathewson, Public Health Program Manager for NH Department of Health and Human Services - How can you protect yourself when you're out there in the world full of ticks?! Dr. Mathewson will cover basic vector biology/life cycle information, discuss the risk of tick-borne diseases, and explain the best prevention methods.

★Encouraging Wildlife Diversity in Designed Landscapes - Dr. Matthew Tarr, Extension Professor-Wildlife Specialist, UNH Extension.   “An abundance of wildlife” is one of the best indicators of an ecologically well-designed landscape. By understanding how pollinators, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians select their habitats during each season of the year, we can design landscapes that effectively attract and support a diversity of wildlife. This presentation will provide practical methods for designing ecologically complete landscapes that invite human interaction and transcend simple aesthetics through their added interest and functioning interconnected elements.

Panel Discussion: Business Success Over the Years - George Pellettieri, Owner, Pellettieri Associates; Robbi Woodburn, ASLA, Principle, Woodburn & Company Landscape Architects, LLC ; Suzanne Maze, Owner, Black Forest Nursery; Rick Simpson, Owner, Rolling Green Nursery. Join us for this panel of successful industry leaders who will share with us the stories behind their business successes and offer key pointers for aspiring landscape professionals.


Please note: Registration opens November 1st, 2018. Early registration ends January 7th, 2019. No refunds will be granted after this date. Walk-ins are welcome on a space available basis by cash or check. Lunch is not guaranteed for walk-ins.

One pesticide credit available for each of the talks indicated. Be sure to sign the registration sheet at the beginning and pick up your certificate at the end of the session.


$65/person on or before January 7th. $80/person after January 7th and for all walk-ins.