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Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program Upcoming Events

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 9:00am
** RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 22, 2018 ** An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed. This workshop is Session A3 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:00am
Come join us to learn about landscaping principles and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 10:00am
Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape, led by Sonia Schloemann. $35 fee.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 9:00am
This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. This workshop is Session B of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. Led by Jon Clements and Dan Cooley. $45 fee (if afternoon workshop is taken, fee is reduced for both)
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:00pm
Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Led by Jon Clements and Dan Cooley. $45 fee (discounted if morning seminar is combined).
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:00am
Have your landscape and eat it too! One of the biggest landscape trends currently is the incorporation of edibles into the landscape.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Come learn about the many types of pollinators present in our region and how to protect and encourage them in your landscape. Led by Sonia Schloemann. $35 fee.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00am
** RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 13, 2018 ** While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways. This workshop is Session A2 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape diseases, insects, weeds, and abiotic problems.