NHLA, NHPGA, UNHCE Joint Winter Meeting

Wed, 01/15/2020
8:30am - 3:30pm
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301

Join us January 15th, 2020 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 Pam Moreau (nhla@comcast.net).

Discussion Groups:

Labor Retention Poster Session
Contribute your labor tricks of the trade on our posters in the main ballroom. For every entry collect a raffle ticket to be chosen at lunch.

How can the Extension Business team help you?
Meet our Extension Agriculture Business team to discuss how their expertise can help with your business needs.

General Sessions:

The Transformative Power of Customer Reviews
Wayne Lamarre, Owner, Contractor Fuel - Asking your customers what they think about you delivers the most actionable feedback any business can hope to obtain. Reviews can be utilized for everything from enhancing client relationships and creating better service offerings, to a higher degree of sales success leading to more significant profits. This presentation will give you a new perspective on the critical role customer reviews and feedback can play to improve your business.

How to Build a Sustainable Landscape System
Josh Altidor, Director of Maintenance, Boston Parks & Recreation Department - Josh Altidorwill discuss effective leadership, retaining and influencing employees, as well as the importance of attractive sustainable design and how it relates to climate change in the Boston metro area. In 2019, Josh became the first Haitian and African American Director of Maintenancefor the Boston Parks and Recreation Departmentand went on to attain his graduate degree in Sustainable Urban Environment from Northeastern University and a Leadership Management Certificate from Harvard University School of Extension.

Concurrent Sessions(a.m.):

Neonicotinoids in Context: A Crash Course on Pesticide History, Including Uses and Environmental Concerns
Anna Wallingford, Entomology & IPM State Specialist, UNH Extension - Public sentiment regarding the role of neonicotinoids in pest management is poor. This seminar will discuss how these tools are used across industries and the place they hold in the trajectory of pesticide development.

Art in the Landscape
Thomas Berger, Owner, Green Art - Join Thomas Bergeras hedelvesinto the process of safely creating large scale sculptures, art placement in the garden, as well as the use of waterfeatures to promote wildlife. Thomas Berger grew up in a rural town on the Moselle river in Germany, where he developed a deep passion for the beauty of nature.In the mid 1990s, Berger moved to the United States, where he founded his landscape design firm ‘Green Art’.Berger has received awards both for his landscape design and his artwork. His sculptures can be found in private collections and at public locations in New England and beyond.

Concurrent Sessions (p.m.) :

Training Employees to Water
Jonathan Ebba, Landscape  & Greenhouse Field Specialist, UNH Extension - We all realize that watering is one of the most important jobs in the greenhouse/ production yard, and we all know that we should do a better job training our new employees on how to water properly, but few of us have a program or strategy in place for this training.  This seminar will discuss effective training on this topic and give you a method to implement this spring. Jonathan Ebba is a Field Specialist with Extension in Hillsborough County, with a focus on Commercial Horticulture.  Prior to joining Extension, he taught Horticulture at the Thompson School.  He had 15 years’ experience in the greenhouse industry in NH prior to joining UNH.

Invasive Plant Control and Habitat Restoration
Tracy Degnan, Senior Project Manager, Rockingham County Conservation District - Check back in with Tracy Degnantoreview the planning and conservation practices completed during the past decade aiming to restore coastal habitat types covering over 120 acres at Odiorne Point State Park.Tracy has completed management of habitat restoration activities, invasive species control, and land protection projects for almost two decades. She has been involved in the
on-going habitat restoration goals since its inception.  Her primary responsibilities includes project development, scheduling, and management of implementation for successful restoration/land protection projects.

Please note: Registration opens November 1st, 2019. Early registration ends January 6th, 2020. No refunds will be granted after this date. Walk-ins are welcome on a space available basis by cash or check.

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 6th. $80/person after January 6th and for all walk-ins.