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Highlights from the 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo held on November 9 and 10, in Boxborough, MA was a great success with over 800 attending... (continue reading)
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2017-2018 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide On Sale at Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
The 2017-18 edition of the Guide will be available to attendees of the Northeast Greenhouse Conference at a special conference price of $30 per copy... (continue reading)
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Pesticide Recertification Credits Available at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
Keeping up to date with pesticide recertification is a fact of life for greenhouse growers. A total of 12 hours of presentations (credits will vary by state) will be offered for the six New England states plus New York... {continue reading}
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New: Spanish Language sessions offered on Wednesday, November, 9th
Understanding Plants: Why we do what we do in the Greenhouse.
Funcionamiento de plantas: Por qué hacemos lo que hacemos en el invernadero... {continue reading}
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Hands on Training Sessions featured at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference
Growers always value hands-on training sessions to learn the tools they need to be successful in today’s competitive environment. Come participate in the following hands on training sessions... {continue reading}
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Growing Greenhouse and Hydroponic Vegetables
With the increased interest in growing greenhouse and hydroponic vegetables, four educational sessions will be offered on Thursday November 10th... {continue reading}
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Kelly Norris from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden will speak on Thursday, November 10th
Kelly will give two presentations: Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden (1:30-2:20 pm), and Gardening with a Y (3:30-4:20 pm)... {continue reading}
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November 28, 2016
Highlights from the 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo held on November 9 and 10, in Boxborough, MA was a great success with over 800 attending.

Sue Adams (NEF President), Mark Adams Greenhouses in Poughkeepsie, NY hosted the Dazed and Infused Educational Cocktail the evening before the conference. According to Sue, "Everyone loved the Rosemary Infused White Wine Sangria."

The educational sessions on pest management were all well attended. Dan Gilrein, Extension Entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is sharing Tips on Thrips, Pot Drips, Mite Blips and Neonic Hit, Management Matters, from 2016.

Spanish language sessions were held for the first time and were much appreciated. Carlos Bogran, Technical Manager from OHP is sharing his knowledge with everyone.

5-5-5 Best Ideas for Marketing Grower Panel featured 5 panelists, including Sue Adams, Kirsten Smith Maskell, Teri Boardman, and Dustyn Nelson who shared what worked to attract customers and attract sales.

Inspiring and right to the point. Great session!

Thank you to our 2016 conference sponsors and exhibitors! Thank you for joining us and to everyone who helped make the conference a success.

View this press release with photos.
October 24, 2016
2017-2018 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide On Sale at Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo

New England greenhouse growers have long relied on the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide, for its unbiased, detailed information about insect and mite management, disease prevention and management, weed control, and plant growth regulation. The Guide is updated every two years to ensure that it provides up-to-date information about crop management methods and products. The 2017-18 edition will be available at the 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo, 9-10 November 2016, at the Holiday Inn Boxborough, in Boxborough MA.

In addition to updated recommendations, the new edition presents:
  • An updated discussion of Best Management Practices to minimize the threat to bees and other pollinators.
  • An update on OSHAs Worker Protection Standard, reflecting the changes that will become effective in January 2017. This information is invaluable to all greenhouse owners and pesticide handlers.
  • A greatly expanded section on biological controls, which provides details for beginners as well as for experienced pest managers looking for new researchbased information.
  • The pest and problem identification website, maintained by Guide contributors Leanne Pundt of University of Connecticut and Tina Smith of University of Massachusetts, is continually updated to include emerging pest problems. You can access it online at: http://negreenhouseupdate.info/photolibrary. This resource provides photographs and descriptions of cultural problems, diseases, insects, mites, nutritional disorders, weeds and algae. It also presents photos of biological control agents, and symptom look-alikes.
The Guide is updated every two years by floriculture faculty and staff from the six New England State Universities, and is published by New England Floriculture, Inc.

The 2017-18 edition of the Guide will be available to attendees of the Northeast Greenhouse Conference at a special conference price of $30 per copy. After the conference, it will be available for $40 per copy via the Northeast Greenhouse Conference website, and from the Extension publication offices of the Universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
October 17, 2016
Pesticide Recertification Credits Available at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo

Keeping up to date with pesticide recertification is a fact of life for greenhouse growers. A total of 12 hours of presentations (credits will vary by state) will be offered for the six New England states plus New York.

Please check the schedule on the program brochure, as some of the presentations are held concurrently. Licensed pesticide applicators will be able to earn up to four credit-hours on the first day, and up to three credit-hours on the second day of the conference.

Come learn from the following leading experts in their fields:

On Wednesday, November 9th
  • Thrips tips, pot drips, mite blips and neonic hits: Management matters from 2016, Dan Gilrein, LIHR, Cornell
  • Alternatives to neonicotinoids, Carlos Bogran, OHP
  • Diagnosis: disease, abiotic disorder or normal? Know enough to know the difference (Spanish language), Rosa Raudales, UConn
  • Advanced biocontrol panel, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Ron Valentin, Jeff Marstaller, hour #1
  • Advanced biocontrol panel, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Ron Valentin, Jeff Marstaller, hour #2
  • Cutting edge PGRs, Brian Whipker, NC
  • Identifying the good and the bad bugs (Spanish language), Carols Bogran, OHP
  • Being a plant diagnostic detective, Brian Whipker, North Carolina
  • Work Safely in the greenhouse (Spanish language session), Anna Meyerhoff
On Thursday, November 10th
  • Whats new and how do we stop it: disease management on flowers and herbs in the greenhouse, Margery Daughtrey, LIHR, Cornell
  • Mealybug management: how to deal with this fuzzy-sucking insect pest, Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State
  • The ins and outs of using biopesticides to manage diseases of greenhouse flowers and herbs, Margery Daughtrey, LIHR, Cornell
September 30, 2016
New: Spanish Language sessions offered on Wednesday, November, 9th

Understanding Plants: Why we do what we do in the Greenhouse.
Funcionamiento de plantas: Por qu hacemos lo que hacemos en el invernadero
Carlos Bogran, OHP from 9:00 to 9:50 am.

Diagnosis: Disease, Abiotic Disorder or Normal? Know Enough to Know the Difference
Diagnstico: Enfermedad, desorden abitico, o normal? Aprenda distinguir entre cada uno.
Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut from 10:30 to 11:20 am.

Identifying the Good and Bad Bugs
Identificacin de insectos buenos y malos
Carlos Bogran, OHP from 1:30 to 2:20 pm.

Work Safely in the Greenhouse
Seguridad Laboral en el Invernadero
Anna Meyerhoff, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
September 14, 2016
Hands on Training Sessions featured at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference

Growers always value hands-on training sessions to learn the tools they need to be successful in todays competitive environment.

Come participate in the following hands on training sessions:

Monitoring the Greenhouse Environment by Chris Currey from Iowa State University to be held on Thursday, November 10th from 9:00-9:50 am.

Come learn about some of the tools you can use to measure and monitor light and temperature to successfully grow your crops.

Monitoring Growing Media: pH and EC, by Rosa Raudales from University of Connecticut to be held on Thursday, November 10th from 10:30 to 11:20.

Come learn how to properly collect samples, how to measure pH and EC and how to interpret the results.

How to Get the Most from Your Beneficial Insects by Suzanne Wainwright Evans, Buglady Consulting to be held on Thursday, November 10th from 1:30 to 2:20.

Get tips and recommendations on how to get the most out of your beneficial insects and mites so you have the most efficient program possible.
September 9, 2016
Growing Greenhouse and Hydroponic Vegetables

With the increased interest in growing greenhouse and hydroponic vegetables, four educational sessions will be offered on Thursday November 10th.

Tom Manning, from Rutgers University will be speaking on Yield Response to Carbon Dioxide Enrichment at 9 to 9:50 am.

Celina Gmez from the University of Florida will be speaking on Yield Responses to Supplemental Lighting including the current research on different types of supplemental light for greenhouse-grown vegetables from 10:30 to 11:20 am.

Chris Currey from Iowa State University will discuss Growing Basil from Start to Finish from 1:30 to 2:20 pm. Come learn more about selecting cultivars, and managing light, temperature and nutrient solutions when growing basil hydroponically.

Neil Mattson from Cornell University will discuss Managing Nutrient Solutions for Hydroponic Leafy Greens and Herbs from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Learn strategies for managing pH and EC, formulating nutrient solutions, and identifying the common nutrient disorders on leafy greens and herbs.

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo is sponsored by the Extension programs of the six New England State Universities and New York State, and the New England Floriculture, Inc.
July 13, 2016
Kelly Norris from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden will speak on Thursday, November 10th

Kelly will give two presentations:
  • Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden (1:30-2:20 pm)
    Gardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Join 20-something plantsman Kelly Norris for a spirited provocative call for a garden revolution: out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall. For every environment, structure and season, he shines a spotlight on A-list plants - plants that will thrive, not merely survive.

  • Gardening with a Y (3:30-4:20 pm)
    With all the discussion around the issue of Generation X and Y gardeners, some might wonder what the future holds for horticulture. Confounding the issue is a general lack of demographic data and inaccurate perceptions of young or beginning gardeners. Why not talk to a Gen Y horticulturist about the needs, wants and interests of new gardeners under 40?
Kelly Norris is a 20-something, award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his career, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, Country Gardens, Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances.

At the Botanical Garden, Kelly directs and manages a team of horticultural professionals in all aspects of design, curation, programming, and garden management, after serving as the principal horticulture consultant to the $18 million renovation project completed in 2014. He is also the editorial director for the organizations award-winning member magazine Bloom and is the artistic director of the popular Spring Garden Festival, a four-day pop-up retail plant sale and garden show.

As a writer and photographer, he regularly contributes to popular gardening magazines like Fine Gardening and The American Gardener and industry trade publications, including Greenhouse Grower and Green Profit. Hes popularly known for his book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts from Timber Press, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award. His most recent bookPlants with Styledebuted in December 2015. As a speaker, he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture. Kellys career began at age 15 when he talked his parents into buying a nursery (Rainbow Iris Farm), and since then hes become one of the few gurus on marketing horticulture to emerging demographics. Kelly holds a bachelors and masters degree in horticulture from Iowa State University. For more information about Kelly follow this link: http://kellydnorris.com.
May 31, 2016
New Advances for Biological Controls for Indoor and Outdoor Production of Ornamentals

UConn Extension and UMass Extension are sponsoring, New Advances for Biological Controls for indoor and outdoor production of ornamentals. This one day educational program will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Room 331, Student Union, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

The speakers featured at this educational program include:
  • John Sanderson, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY who will be speaking on New Developments You Can Use from Biocontrol Research
  • Ron Valentin, Bioline Agrosciences, Oxnard, CA who will be speaking on Bio-control developments on a Global Level
  • Roger McGaughey, Pioneer Gardens, Deerfield, MA who will be speaking on Biological Control Agents (BCA) use in Perennial Growing
  • Mary Gardiner, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH who will be speaking on Good Garden Bugs: Identifying Native Predators and Parasitoids Common in Outdoor Ornamental Production
  • Paula Shrewsbury, University of Maryland, College Park, MD who will be speaking on Encouraging Beneficials to enhance biological control in outdoor production
A registration fee of $40 is due by June 14th payable by check only to the University of Connecticut. Included in the cost of admission: coffee, continental breakfast, lunch, informational handouts and parking. Five pesticide recertification credits will be offered for attendees in CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, and VT.

For more information contact: Leanne Pundt at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu or at (860) 626-6855. Or, visit the website: http://ipm.uconn.edu. Click here for the program brochure.
February 16, 2016
Save these Dates: November 9 and 10, 2016
Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
New Location: Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA


The Northeast Greenhouse Conference (formerly the New England Greenhouse Conference) will be held on November 9th and 10th at a new location, the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. Save the date for the Northeasts premier horticultural event! Dont miss the opportunity to network with growers and other colleagues, hear the latest updates from nationally recognized speakers and visit the trade show.

Educational sessions on both days will focus on pest and disease management, crop production techniques, greenhouse vegetables, greenhouse engineering and business and marketing strategies. There will also be an allied trade dedicated session, and hands-on workshops. Pesticide recertification credits will be available for many of the educational sessions. In addition to the educational sessions, the trade show will be held both days with dedicated hours in each day of the program.
September 23, 2014
2015-16 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide Available

Greenhouse growers in New England and New York have long relied on the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide, for its unbiased, detailed information about insect and mite management, disease prevention and management, weed control, and plant growth regulation. The Guide is updated every two years to ensure that it provides up-to-date information about crop management methods and products. The new edition presents several new features:
  • The disease management section has been rewritten into a new format, making it easier to use than ever before.
  • A discussion of neonicotinoid insecticides and their potential impact on nontarget insects such as bees has been added, to help growers make informed decisions about pest management products.
  • Several newly registered plant growth regulator products have been added to the 2015-16 edition.
  • All product registration numbers, REIs, application rates and application guidelines have been updated.
  • The pest and problem identification website, maintained by Guide contributors Leanne Pundt of University of Connecticut and Tina Smith of University of Massachusetts, has been expanded to include emerging pest problems. You can access it online at: http://negreenhouseupdate.info/photo-library. This resource provides photographs and descriptions of cultural problems, diseases, insects, mites, nutritional disorders, weeds and algae. It also presents photos of biological control agents, and symptom look-alikes.
Click here to read the full release.
Click here to order the 2015-16 edition of the Floriculture Guide.
September 11, 2014
Pesticide Recertification Credits Available at Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo

Keeping up-to-date with pesticide recertification is a fact of life for the greenhouse industry. At the November 5-6, 2014, Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo in Springfield MA, growers will have ample opportunity to learn valuable new information on all aspects of pest and disease management while earning the pesticide credits they need to maintain their certification status.

A total of 10 one-hour presentations (credits vary by state) will be offered for the six New England states plus New York. Please check the schedule on the program brochure, as some of the presentations are at the same time. Click here to read the full release.
August 7, 2014
Keynote Presentation: Acres Online Live at 2014 Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo

Presented by: Chris Beytes, editor GrowerTalks/Green Profit
Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA

Do you get the weekly email newsletter Acres Online from GrowerTalks editor Chris Beytes? Almost 27,000 industry insiders from around the world depend on his news and insights to help them keep up with the fast-paced world of professional horticulture. Chris combines 30 years of industry experience, professional journalism skills and a wry sense of humor to keep it informative, fact-filled and fun. And now hes live! In Acres Online Live, Chris will share the latest horticulture industry trends from around New England, North America and the worldthe most timely information you need for the coming season. From downy mildew in the U.S., floral trends from Europe and more, Chris will cover the gamut. And you can expect a few things he wouldnt dare put in print! Click here to read the full release.
February 3, 2014
Save these Dates:
Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
November 5 and 6, 2014


The Northeast Greenhouse Conference (formerly the New England Greenhouse Conference) will be held on November 5th and 6th at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. Save the date for the Northeasts premier horticultural event! Dont miss the opportunity to network with growers and other colleagues, hear the latest updates from nationally recognized speakers and visit the trade show.

Educational sessions will include 4 tracks throughout both days focused on edibles (greenhouse vegetables), pest and disease management, production techniques and crops, herbaceous perennials and business and marketing strategies. Pesticide recertification credits will be available for many of the educational sessions. In addition to the educational sessions, the trade show will be held both days with three dedicated hours in each day of the program.
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