February 13, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
UVM Davis Center
Burlington, VT  05401


Our keynote speaker is Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, a graduate of the University of FL and has been working in the horticulture industry for more than 25 years.  Her focus has been on biological control and using pesticides properly.  She has worked throughout the United States and internationally consulting to greenhouses, nurseries, and gardens.   She is the owner of Buglady Consulting, now in business 16 years.

Buglady Consulting provides expert pest management consulting services to commercial growers, garden centers and large private gardens throughout the US and Internationally. Specializing in sustainable practices and IPM, all client recommendations are made to promote the health of plants while being ecologically minded. Full use of natural and reduced risk pesticides, organic and cultural control practices and methods, are used while focusing on biological control. It is owned by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans and she teaches workshops and lectures worldwide.

The day includes educational presentations and time throughout the day to visit with vendors, colleagues, and friends.  Please see the full schedule below followed by the registration link. 


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

8:00 -10:30 am – VCH Exam

9:00 -10:30 am – Keynote Address w/Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, owner of Buglady Consulting.

“Let’s Talk IPM for the Ornamental Landscape”. Growers and landscapers today realize how important beneficials can be to help manage pests, even ones that are naturally occurring. In this presentation you will learn about beneficials that are in the landscape working for you for free and how to select a pesticide if you do have to spray, that will have minimum impact on the good guys.

10:30 – 11:00 am – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

11:00 am-Noon – VNLA/Green Works Business Meeting – includes presentation of awards.

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm – VNLA/Green Works Industry Award Winners Presentation of Projects.  The winners of the 2019 Industry Awards Program will present their winning entries complete with a description of their project and photos.

2:00 – 2:30 pm – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show



2:30 – 3:00 pm – “IPM in the Greenhouse” w/ Suzanne Wainwright-Evans.  It’s not your parents greenhouse pest management anymore! Controlling pests in greenhouses has changed a lot over the last 20 years. Growers are focusing more on biological control and dealing with pests on commonly grown crops, as well as new crops such as cannabis. In this session you will learn where we are at today with the key greenhouse pests and what is working best to control them.



2:30 – 3:30 pm – “Establishing Meadows in the Landscape” w/Mike Lizotte of American Meadows. Join Mike for a presentation about meadow establishment and tips/tricks on what has worked and what has not worked so well in the ‘commercial trade’ through the years. If you have a meadow installation project coming up you won’t want to miss this presentation!


3:00 – 4:30 pm –   “Let’s Talk! Business Roundtable Discussion” - Bring your questions, concerns and challenges to the group of fellow peers/VNLA members for some great dialogue and brainstorming solutions. Be energized, remember your goals, and never stop learning! Facilitators Ashley Robinson and other VNLA board members will help guide the conversation. We look forward to talking!



3:30 – 3:45 pm. – “Nursery Crop Insurance Coverage Update”. Join Jake Jacobs, the UVM Agricultural Risk Management and Crop Insurance Educator for an update on nursery crop insurance resources and programs.  This UVM program is in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency (USDA/RMA) and its goal is to provide VT this program as a means to reduce production risk, revenue risk, and to increase financial stability for VT growers/farm enterprises.

3:45 - 4:30 pm. - “Emerald Ash Borer Update”. Join Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager Elise Schadler for a presentation on the basic biology of EAB, its history and spread in North America, an overview of Vermont’s response, and a discussion on ash management strategies and treatment options. 



Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is a graduate of the University of FL and has been working in the horticulture industry for more than 25 years.  Her focus has been on biological control and using pesticides properly.  She has worked throughout the United States and internationally consulting to greenhouses, nurseries, and gardens.   She is the owner of Buglady Consulting, now in business 16 years.





Mike Lizotte, also known as the “Seed Man”, is the owner of American Meadows. Mike has been helping homeowners and professionals alike plant meadows for more than 25 years and lives in Essex Junction, VT.







Ashley Robinson is the VNLA President and was educated at the Landscape Institute in Cambridge MA, and worked for a renowned landscape architect, in MA. Ashley has managed several retail flower & garden shops, then moved to Vermont 10 years ago to start her own landscape design business.  






Elise Schadler is the Program Manager for the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program.  She supports Vermont municipalities, citizen volunteers, tree wardens, and partner organizations in the management and stewardship of trees in public spaces. She received her M.S. in Natural Resources from UVM’s Rubenstein School, is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, graduated from the Burlington Master Naturalist Program, and is a board member of the Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association.  She has called urban forestry her profession since 2006 and Vermont her home since 2009 and feels fortunate to combine the two in her work and life.





Attendee Registration & Information


Walk-in registration available the day of. 

Exhibitor Registration & Information

The Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association/Green Works would like to invite you to exhibit at our Annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show on Thursday, February 13, 2020. The meeting will be held at the UVM Davis Center, US Route 2, Burlington, VT. We expect 100-150 attendees to visit our Winter Meeting & Trade Show and have set aside time throughout the day for attendees to visit exhibitors.

Exhibitor registration includes full meeting attendance for one representative and includes morning refreshments, lunch, and admission to the educational seminars. Each registered exhibitor will be provided a 6’ skirted banquet table. The meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it to the Green Works/VNLA office by January 31, 2020.


Set-up time is between 6:30 am - 8 am February 13, 2020 Once you register we will email you specific information about move-in and set up. Registration for attendees begins at 8 am.


The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington (our presenting/hotel sponsor for the 2019 Vermont Flower Show) is located at 870 Williston Road, S. Burlington, VT 05403 - 802-865-6626.   Other hotels in the area include the Holiday Inn - 800-315.2605; and Delta Hotels by Marriott, 1117 Williston Road, S. Burlington, VT - 802.658.0250.


Click the link below to register or download the registration form and mail it into the office.