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VNLA 2018 Summer Meeting & Trade Show Attendee Registration

August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


WALK-INS WELCOME THE DAY OF ($15/extra the day of)

Lunch will not be available.

Registration to take the VCH exam is below. 

The Day’s Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 am – Trade Show Registration

8:00 -10:30 am – VCH Exam

9:00 -10:00 am – Keynote Address w/Dan Jaffe, New England Wild Flower Society.  “For Us and Them: Native Plants for Both Us and the Pollinators to Feast Upon” – There are a variety of reasons why people chose to grow plants. The most common reason is often aesthetic in nature. We like the look of a garden, it gives us a place to relax, or play, or drink wine with friends. However simple beauty is not always enough for people, the popularity of edible and pollinator gardens has skyrocketed of late but these trends can be complicated. Which plants attract which pollinators? Which edibles are resistant to diseases and pests? What if you could have it all? A beautiful, edible garden that supports a myriad of pollinators, what if it could be easy? Learn how low maintenance native plants can feed us and the pollinators together.

10:00 – 10:30 amVisit with Vendors/Trade Show

10:30 am-11:30am – “Lyme Disease, the Black-Legged Tick, and its Key Ecological Factors” w/Bill Landesman, Green Mountain College microbiologist.  Lyme disease is the one of the most common vector borne diseases in the United States, affecting an estimated 300,000 people per year. The disease is especially prevalent in Vermont, which has the second highest rate of Lyme disease reporting in the nation from 2014-2016. Prevention remains a key public health tool but one for which information on transmission risk is urgently needed. In the eastern United States, Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, and transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis). The black-legged tick may also transmit other pathogens as well. During this presentation we will discuss the life cycle of the black legged tick, vector-pathogen dynamics that help to maintain Borrelia burgdorferi in nature, and key ecological factors that influence the risk of disease transmission to humans. Bill will describe some preliminary results of his research, as well as his research into the tick microbiome – the community of bacteria and other microbes that inhabit the black-legged tick.

11:30 – 12:00pmSpecial Membership Meeting

12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch

1:00 – 2:00 pmGreen Works Live Auction – Please donate a plant, book, tool, or item of your choice for the live auction! Proceeds from the auction fund horticulture-related education awards the Association grants each year. These students are the future of our industry. Bring your wallet!


2:00 – 2:30 pmVisit with Vendors/Trade Show


2:30 – 3:30 pm “Plants are Better than Mulch” w/ Dan Jaffe. We have a strange relationship with mulch in America. Landscaping often means a sea of red mulch dotted with a few over-pruned arborvitae shrubs. But how many gardeners got into the hobby for a love of mulch? Yet there are good reasons to use mulch, it helps to control weeds, prevents soil erosion and maintains soil nutrients. Yet for every advantage that mulch offers well-chosen plants work even better. From groundcovers to larger mat-forming species there is a plant for every area in the garden. Dan will speak about the myriad of plants that can take the place of mulch on your landscape.


“Mean Green Products Demonstration on the Lawn” w/ AJ Bavaro, Church Hill Landscapes, Inc. and Steven Wisbaum, Eco-Equipment Supply, LLC – AJ will talk about Church Hill’s “Greener Lawn Care” program using all electric mowers and trimmers which was launched last year. AJ will share details about the operation, use and management of these machines. Steve will be on hand to talk about the various product details, specifications, environmental benefits and cost savings.

3:30 – 4:30 pm – “What have we here? A Round up of Pests and Diseases” w/Judy Rosovsky, VT State Entomologist for a review of pest and diseases that you are likely to encounter on your nursery stock this year. Learn proper identification and cultural, biological and chemical options for managing these problems. Earns one (1) pesticide credit.




3:30 – 4:30 pm – “Shelburne Farms Inn Garden Tour w/ Birgit Deeds, head gardener. Join Birgit for a tour of the beautiful gardens at the Inn and learn more about the garden restoration project that has been underway for the past few years.



Speaker Profiles

Dan Jaffe is the Propagator and Stock Bed Grower at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods. His past experience includes a degree in botany from the University of Maine, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society, and nursery management experience.  Prior to his role as propagator Dan spent a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden after an internship in that same role. Dan Jaffe’s photography has been used in numerous publications and his first book is due to be released this March.

Bill Landesman is an environmental microbiologist who applies molecular techniques to study how microbial communities – that is, the assembly of bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms – affect ecosystem processes of importance to humanity. Bill maintains two major areas of research: a) the microbial ecology of Lyme disease and b) the biogeography of soil microbial communities. In recent years he has diverted all of his attention to studying the ecological factors affecting the risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Vermont. Specifically, Bill is studying how tick population sizes, as well as the infection prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete bacterium that causes Lyme disease, change over time and space. In addition, he is investigating a potential link between the composition of the tick microbiome and the probability that a tick is a carrier for Borrelia burgdorferi. Bill’s research is carried out in collaboration with a team of undergraduate researchers at Green Mountain College. When he is not in the field or the lab, he teaches Ecology, Microbiology and Soil Ecology.

Judy Rosovsky has spent over 30 years finding, identifying and managing pest species in Vermont, particularly invasive pest. She received her master’s degree from UVM’s Entomology Research Lab, and is currently the state entomologist with the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Part of her job is inspecting nurseries, where she is able to get close up and personal with insect pests and diesases.

Birgit Deeds is the head gardener at Shelburne Farms has has been volunteering there for 39 years. Birgit is a garden designer, and previously worked for a landscape architect and studied at the Harvard/Radcliffe school.

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Member Price $50

Non-Member Price $60

Additional Registration (each add. member employee or non-member) – $35

Lunch – $20 (includes morning service)

VCH Exam – VNLA Member – $10

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VCH Exam – Non Member – $25

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August 22, 2018


Shelburne Farms Coach Barn
1611 Harbor Rd,, VT
Shelburne, VT 05482 United States
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