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2018 MFGA Summer Meeting for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Center Retailers

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:00pm
Event location: 
Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc.

Come join us for our MFGA Summer Trials and Educational Program at Cavicchio Greenhouses. This year we will have a morning program that will include a presentation on the use of biological controls, where we will see, hands on, how bio-controls are used in a poinsettia crop (1 pesticide credit approved). We will also have a presentation on perennials. Tim Anderson, Walters Gardens Inc., will talk about new and existing perennial varieties that you should be growing and offering customers. After the talks, we will tour and review the new annual varieties being grown in the enlarged Cavicchio plant trial garden.

Take this opportunity to see how annuals and perennials are performing in the landscape and containers to help decide when selecting plant material for next season.

Allied Trade exhibit tables—come and visit with your greenhouse plant and supply vendors. Pick up the new 2019 catalogs.


  Download program details and registration form


8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration – At the trial garden area

9:00 –10:00 AM

Implementing a Successful Biocontrol Program

Kerri Stafford, Head Grower/Greenhouse Manager, Cavicchio Greenhouses and Gregory Bryant, IPM Technical specialist Bioline AgroSciences

Kerri will give a hands on walk about tour on the use of biological pest control on poinsettia and other greenhouse plants. She will highlight specific tips and techniques that have made their program successful . Together with Greg, they will discuss essential strategies and common mistakes to avoid. (1 pesticide recertification credit)

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Perennials: “What’s New and What’s Best in Perennials”

Tim Anderson, Regional Product Director, Walters Gardens Inc.

Tim will review New Varieties and highlight the key perennials you should be selling to your customer for successful sales.

11:00 – 12:00 AM

2019 Annual Trials

Kerri Stafford, Cavicchio Greenhouses

We will tour the annual trial gardens at Cavicchio Greenhouses and see the new introductions for next year from many companies. This will provide a good look at the new varieties and how they perform. Plant vendors will also provide comments on these new introductions.

 12:00 PM

Lunch (provided with registration)

Pesticide Credits

1 pesticide credit for greenhouse category (26) has been approved for this program.


Bob Luczai, or 508-935- 8264; Geoffrey Njue, or 781-891-0650 ext. 12

110 Codjer Lane
Sudbury, MA 01776
110 Codjer Lane Sudbury MA