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2017 Trial Garden Tour and Educational Program

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event location: 
Cavicchio Greenhouses

 Cost: $40 per person

Join us for our MFGA Summer Meeting Thursday, August 10.  This year we will have a Trial Garden Tour again but also add an educational program at Elm Bank Reservation.  We will have a special presentation, with audience participation, by Ellen Wells, Editor at Large, Grower Talks Magazine, on Garden Retail Trends.  This will followed by pest management program on “Integrating micro-organisms to supplement your IPM Program” by Dr. Debbie Palumbo-Sanders, Technical Specialist, BioWorks.

We will begin at Cavicchio Greenhouses, Sudbury, where Kerri Stafford, Head Grower, will walk us through their extensive Trial garden.  Next, we will car caravan around the corner and visit J.P. Bartlett to see their new Geranium introductions trials.  We then will drive to Wellesley and regroup at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington St, where we will view the MFGA trial gardens and AAS trials with David Fiske, Trials coordinator. Then Lunch and finish the day with the 2 speakers mentioned above.


8:30 am

Registration: Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc., 110 Codjer Lane, Sudbury, MA

Complimentary Coffee and snacks provided by our host Cavicchio Greenhouses

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Kerri Stafford, Head Grower, Cavicchio Greenhouses
Review of 2018 Annual and Perennial varieties in their Trial Gardens

10:15 am – 10:45 am

J.P. Bartlett Geranium Trials, 578 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20), Sudbury, MA
Robin Messer, Trials Manager
, Review of potential New Geranium Introductions

11:15 am - 12:30

Mass. Horticultural Society Elm Bank Reservation, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA David Fiske, AAS Judge and Garden Trials Coordinator will review 2018 New introductions
of annuals and perennials sent to the MFGA gardens this year.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch (during which we’ll talk about the PlantSomethingMA program)

1:30pm – 2:30 pm

Trends and Ideas for Independent Garden Retailers: Ellen Wells, Editor at Large for Green Profits, Grower Talks Magazine. Ellen will discuss some of the trends and ideas she has seen to supplement your IPM Program with independent retailers around the country and in Canada. How can they help you in your business? Ending with an open discussion of the spring season Massachusetts.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Integrating Micro-Organisms to supplement your IPM Program.  (1 Pesticide Credit)

Debbie Palumbo-Sanders, Technical Service Specialist, BioWorks

Biocontrol using insects, mites and nematodes are becoming the backbone of control for growers here in Massachusetts. The use of microbial and natural products adds another supplement to the IPM program. Debbie will discuss the uses of microbial and natural products, the conditions to maximize their effectiveness and their compatibility with all the other parts of your IPM program to provide maximum control

Download program and registration form

For information Email:
Bob Luczai ( or Geoffrey Njue ( )

Sponsored by: Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and University of Massachusetts Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program

Note: Registration at the door (day of the meeting) is available but the lunch may not be guaranteed.
We will try to accommodate as many people as possible.

Contact's name: 
Geoffrey Njue
Contact's phone: 
781-891-0650 ext. 12
Contact's email: 
110 Codjer Lane
Sudbury, MA 01776
110 Codjer Lane Sudbury MA