January 15, 2011
The annual LO Growers’ Group Short Course in February promises to provide an opportunity for nursery growers to network, share information and learn more about important issues affecting their businesses.

This year’s Short Course takes place on Feb. 9 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington. As always, the day concludes with the always-popular Growers’ Good Idea session.

The line-up of topics is diverse, including weed management, developing and testing woody plants and effective IPM strategies. Again this year, there will be several exhibitors who supply products used by the nursery industry.

The New Products Showcase returns after its successful debut in 2010.  Exhibitors will have two minutes each to highlight new or significantly improved products for 2011. Agrium Advanced Technologies is this year’s Short Course sponsor.

Register online at www.horttrades.com by Feb. 4 to take advantage of pre-registration fees: $65 for LO members, $75 for potential members and $25 for students. Onsite registration is $90.

Short Course line-up:

A Digital Guide to Nursery and Landscape Pests - Dave Cheung, University of Guelph
Testing and Developing Woody Ornamentals - Rick Durand, Prairie Shade Nursery
Weed Control in Container Production - Charles Gilliam, Auburn University
Fungus Gnat Biocontrol: Mites vs. Nematodes? - Ernie Morimoto, Niagara College
Using Native Plants in Green Roofs - Joanna VanLuttikhuizen, Niagara College
Root-Pruning Pots for Native Oaks - Jason Wrixon, Niagara College
New Product Showcase - Various exhibitors
Boxwood Blight and Dogwood Anthracnose - Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph
Reduced Risk Controls for Insect Pests on Cuttings - Cythia Scott-Dupree, University of Guelph
Sustainable Nursery Production and Green Roofs - Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph
What the World Needs Now is Trees - Hannah Mathers, VRIC
Biocontrol of Black Vine Weevil - Michael Brownbridge, VRIC
Management Strategies for Verticillium - George Lazarovits, A&L Biologicals Agroecology
Under-utilized Trees for the Urban Landscape - Sean Fox, University of Guelph Arboretum
Nursery Crops Specialist Update - Jen Llewellyn, OMAFRA
Better Weed Control in Field Production - Charles Gilliam, Auburn University