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2019 MFGA Summer Meeting for Greenhouse Growers and Garden Center Retailers

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm
Event location: 
Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc.

Join us for the MFGA Summer Trials and Education Program at Cavicchio Greenhouses. We will have a morning program that includes a pest update from the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab, a demonstration and discussion of dipping incoming plant material to reduce pest populations, and new seed products to grow and make you profits from PanAmerican Seed.  Plus - see firsthand how the new 2020 flower products preform in the great Trial Gardens at Cavicchio’s.  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. 

The program will include Allied Trade exhibit tables — come and visit with your greenhouse plant and supply vendors and pick up the new 2020 catalogs.


For registration, visit the MFGA web site at


7:00 - 9:00 AM Open House: J.P. Bartlett, 578 Boston Post Road, Rte.20, Sudbury. Stop by this wholesale geranium propagator and grower to see their operation and their new greenhouse addition. Just 5 minutes away from Cavicchio's... a must stop.

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration – At the trial garden area

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Pest Update from the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab
Dr. Angela Madeiras, Extension Educator and Diagnostician, UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab
Angie will discuss plant diseases and other greenhouse crop health issues observed in the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab this season, including seedborne diseases, Botrytis, broad mites, phytotoxicity, and problems associated with cool, cloudy weather.

9:45 – 10:30 AM

Utilizing Plant Material Dips to Keep Pest Populations in Check
Anna Chapman, Technical Services Manager, BioWorks
Start clean – stay cleaner!  Anna will discuss and demonstrate the techniques for dipping incoming plant material to reduce or eliminate insect and mite hitchhikers. She will cover the products to use and not to use, rates, tips and PPE.
10:45 – 11:30 AM New and Exciting Products from PanAmerican Seed to Add to Your Sales
Dr. Sonali Padhye, Technical Service Manager, PanAmerican Seed
Sonali will introduce and review some key new PanAmerican Seed products for 2020. This includes the new and exciting Beacon Walleriana Impatiens series. This highly downy mildew resistant series was just introduced. Other products include: Zesty Zinnias, Kabloom Calibrachoa, new Begonias, perennials and others. She will review their culture and how you can use these products to increase sales and profit.

11:30 – 12:30 PM

2020 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 provides a close look at the new varieties and how they perform. Plant vendors will also provide comments on these new introductions.
 12:30 PM

Lunch (provided with registration)

Pesticide Credits

1.5 pesticide credits for greenhouse category (26) have been approved for this program.


Bob Luczai, or 508-935- 8264; Geoffrey Njue, or 617-243-1932

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