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Elevate & cultivate industry professionalism! Sessions are designed to deliver solutions, offer platforms for discussion and voicing industry priorities. Grow your resources by making contact with WSNLA Marketplace vendors. And, lost more! 7 CPH & ecoPRO credits available. WSDA, LIC and APLD credits pending. WSNLA Member, CPH, ecoPRO: $95 earlybird | $120 Non Member: $125 earlybird | $150 * earlybird rate is good through September 30 Click event link for complete details.

11/6/2018
When: Tuesday, November 6
8am - 6:00pm
Where: Brightwater Education Center
22505 WA-9
Woodinville, Washington  98072
United States
Contact: Breanne Chavez
(253) 661-6055


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Registration

 

Earlybird (before September 30th)
WSNLA Members, CPHs & ecoPROS: $95

Non Members: $125
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Regular  (after September 30th)

WSNLA Members, CPHs & ecoPROs: $125

Non Members: $150
REGISTER NOW


7 CPH & ecoPRO credits available. WSDA, LIC

& APLD credits pending.

 Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express - Bothell
Estimated travel to Brightwater: 7 mins
CODE: WSN  |  RATE: $95 (2 queens or 1 king)
GROUP NAME: WSNLA - WA State Nursery & Landscape Association
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM

McMenamin's - Anderson School
Estimated travel to Brightwater: 15/20 mins
CURRENT RATE: $125 king, $155 double queens. (Rates are not secure & will fluctuate.)
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM

 

Elevate & Cultivate Industry Professionalism


Connect with your industry colleagues at WSNLA's Day of Professionalism, to elevate and cultivate industry professionalism. Sessions are designed to deliver solutions, offer platforms for discussion, problem solving & voicing industry priorities.

  • Three educational tracks running simultaneously for garden centers, growers and landscape professionals to pick from. 
    (Attendees can customize their agenda based on which session they would like to attend!)
  •  Roundtable discussion forums that provide an opportunity to problem solve, gain insight, and voice industry priorities together with your peers.
  • A WSNLA Marketplace featuring vendors and resources.
    BE A WSNLA MARKETPLACE VENDOR    |     BECOME A SPONSOR 
  •  WSNLA Leadership Awards Luncheon.
  • A Hort Happy Hour Reception for merriment with new and old friends.
  • And, more!  REGISTER TODAY!

 

Defining & Promoting Industry Professionalism

Opening Address
8:50 - 9:20am



 

PLANT SOLUTIONS

 

 

Unbeatable Plants for Tomorrow's Garden  |  9:30 - 10:30am
Presented by Richie Steffen, Director & Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden

Join Richie Steffen, Director/Curator of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden and chair of the Great Plant Picks educational program, as he explores great plant choices for the trends that are shaping the new modern landscape. Focusing on solid garden performers Richie will talk about the trends from great foliage to the smaller urban garden highlighting colorful choices along with useful and interesting western natives.

 

Richie is the director/curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, overseeing the development of the garden, its programs and the rare plant collections. Using over thirty years of experience in the horticultural field, with the last 18 years spent at the Miller Garden, he maintains the classic Northwest aesthetics while celebrating the tradition of Elisabeth Carey Miller by discovering, displaying, evaluating, and disseminating information about plants suitable for landscape use in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Richie Steffen supervises the primary educational program of the Miller Garden: Great Plant Picks. Great Plant Picks is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens and has become the go to website for the best information about plants for our region. He is active in the gardening community and is currently president of the Northwest Horticultural Society, of which Mrs. Miller founded, and president of the Hardy Fern Foundation as well as a noted lecturer, writer and horticultural personality, Richie recently co-authored the “Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns”. Richie was also the recipient of the American Public Garden Association 2018 Professional Citation award for his achievements pubic gardening. 



Nursery Roundtable  |  10:40 - 11:40am
Discussion facilitated by Alex LaVilla, Swansons Nursery

An interactive industry experience with focus on topics of discussion identified by YOU to ensure solutions are provided, ideas are gathered and objectives are identified that will work to support the success of your business and elevate the Washington nursery industry. Click here to submit your suggested topics for discussion.

 

 

WSNLA Leadership Award Lunch Celebration   |   11:50 - 1:30pm

The WSNLA Leadership Awards are a peer-to-peer recognition program honoring individuals and businesses that have exhibited exceptional service and leadership in the Washington horticulture industry.  Categories include: Environmental Excellence, Educator of the Year, Legislative & Industry Advocacy, WSNLA Member of the Year, Supplier of the Year and the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the highest standards of commitment to professionalism. Additional awards include Pioneer Award honorees for their work in laying the foundation for our industry today.  
Learn more about the WSNLA Leadership Awards categories & criteria
Click here to submit your nominations by November 9

 

 

Plants for Low Water Gardening   |   2:00 - 3:00pm
Presented by Maurice Horn, Joy Creek Nursery

The last many years have brought us record cold, record wet and a record hot, dry summer. At Joy Creek Nursery, we have been pleased how well the plants in our low-water and no-water borders have done despite the weather. This is testament to the plants themselves, of course, but also to the soil amendments and preparation that make these borders possible. During this workshop, Maurice will present in detail various methods for amending soils, appropriate plant choices and ways for combining plants to maintain long-term interest in the garden.


Maurice Horn, as co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, has had the opportunity to trial a vast variety of perennials and shrubs. He is ever eager to find ways to create exciting gardens that use low to no water. He has conducted gravel gardening workshops for Metro, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (at Reed College), Portland State University and Heronswood Nursery. Recently, Maurice designed a dry land garden in cooperation with PGE, ODOT and the Master Gardeners of Oregon™.



Annuals, Houseplants & Where to Find Them!   |   3:10 - 4:10pm
Presented by Dale Fessler & Don Spence, Fessler Nursery

Learn which new and proven annuals are coming to market! Fessler Nursery's trial garden features varieties from Selecta One, one of the leading breeders of annuals in the world, Ball FloraPlant, along with varieties from Suntory, Danziger, Dummen, Syngenta and Sakata. This is your opportunity to hear about the new varieties for the upcoming season and which ones perform the best in our Northwest conditions.

 

Also a grower of houseplants and tropical foliage, Dale Fessler will highlight his top selections!  As Tropical Foliage/Houseplants find their way back into everyday households, we are excited to be a part of the growing market. Fessler Nursery is one of just a handful of Wholesale Suppliers of Tropical Foliage in the Northwest!

Don Spence, General Manager & Production Manager at Fessler Nursery. With over 25+ years in horticulture, Don's management of plant production most recently includes Smith Gardens and Fessler Nursery. He is looking forward to sharing with you the NEW introductions that are coming to market!

 

Dale Fessler, President of Fessler Nursery, has been with the nursery since childhood. Dale is in charge of day to day operations for the nursery with the focus on the Tropical Foliage Department.

 HORT HAPPY HOUR  |  4:10 - 6:00pm
Taco Bar, Beverages & Merriment To Follow! 
Raffle  Winners Announced!





LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS

 


Designing & Maximizing Small Urban Spaces   |   9:30 - 10:30am
Presented by Scot Eckley, Scot Eckley Landscape Design & Construction

After 14 years of designing and building thoughtful family friendly spaces in the Pacific Northwest, Scot has developed six key strategies to maximize and get the most out of small outdoor spaces, both visually and functionally. Learn these six principles and how to incorporate them in your projects so your client's small spaces can have big rewards. Scot will highlight his specific planting strategies, his philosophy in utilizing key hardscape elements to create a sense of larger space, and touch on the sustainable principles considered as he is creating small spaces for his clients that often involves big, costly changes.

 

Scot Eckley, owner of Scot Eckley Inc.  In 1999, after years of experience in landscape construction, Eckley founded Scot Eckley Inc., a company specializing in residential landscape design, construction, and garden care. Scot holds degrees in English Literature and Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and has studied landscape design and construction in Boston, MA; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Rome, Italy. Today, most of Scot’s projects focus on creating and/or expanding the outdoor living space of his clients’ homes in the Seattle area. Scot especially loves working on small, challenging sites which are plentiful in hilly Seattle. His design interests involve using materials in new and novel ways, coming up with creative solutions for value engineering projects, and designing garden features that serve multiple purposes. His award-winning projects have been featured in publications like “Sunset”, “Garden Design”, and the “Wall Street Journal”, along with numerous garden blogs and websites. 

 

 

Weed Warfare: Beneficial Mulches for Your Landscape | 10:40 - 11:40am
Presented by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, WSU Puyallup Research & Extension
Mulches are an ideal alternative to chemical weed control. If correctly chosen and applied, mulches can not only reduce weed invasions, but also reduce management costs by improving water and air movement, moderating soil temperatures, improving soil structure and nutrition, and enhancing beneficial microbes and insects. This seminar will present the newest research information on this important topic.

 

 

WSNLA Leadership Award Lunch Celebration   |   11:50 - 1:30pm

The WSNLA Leadership Awards are a peer-to-peer recognition program honoring individuals and businesses that have exhibited exceptional service and leadership in the Washington horticulture industry.  Categories include: Environmental Excellence, Educator of the Year, Legislative & Industry Advocacy, WSNLA Member of the Year, Supplier of the Year and the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the highest standards of commitment to professionalism. Additional awards include Pioneer Award honorees for their work in laying the foundation for our industry today.  
Learn more about the WSNLA Leadership Awards categories & criteria.
Click here to submit your nominations by November 9

 


Biointensive Integrated Pest Management   |   2:00 - 3:00pm
Presented by Caitlyn Gilson, Bastyr University

In this workshop, we will review the basic IPM protocol and what sets biointensive IPM apart.  Innate plant defense tactics and how to enhance these through landscaping methods will be introduced.  We will discuss the process of design as integral in preventing and managing pest issues.  Participants will complete a survey prior to participation to identify pests and plant families which provide current challenges in their practice, strategies to address these challenges will then be presented.

 

Caitlin Gilson, is a certified Permaculture Designer, she directs the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and serves as core faculty in the department of Botanical Medicine.  Caitlin holds a M.A. degree in Environmental Education, as well as certificates in Horticultural Therapy and Herbal Medicine.  Prior to Bastyr, she directed the educational programming for 176 community gardens in Boston, MA through the Trustees of Reservations.  Caitlin has given talks on education and horticulture at The World Environmental Education Congress, the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society and others.  Caitlin believes in using design to improve social and environmental conditions.  From starting urban seed libraries, to building school garden programs, to designing and installing traditional medicinal and pollinator gardens with refugee communities in the Seattle area, Caitlin strives to enhance the connection between humans and their environment.

 


Landscape Manager Roundtable   |   3:10 - 4:10pm
 Discussion facilitated by Ladd Smith, EPC, In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes

An interactive industry experience with focus on topics of discussion identified by YOU to ensure solutions are provided, ideas are gathered and objectives are identified that will work to support the success of your business and elevate our Washington landscape industry. Click here to submit your suggested topics for discussion.

 


HORT HAPPY HOUR | 4:10 - 6:00pm
Taco Bar, Beverages & Merriment To Follow!
Raffle Winners Announced!



 



BUSINESS SOLUTIONS


Basics of Lean: The Power of Continuous Flow   |   9:30 - 11:00am
Presented by Rick & Elizabeth Peters, The Peters Company

Continuous flow is a powerful Lean principle that can transform how you do business.  Flow helps companies achieve consistently higher operational results by removing barriers that hinder the movement of product or information through process steps. It is an effective way to shorten lead times to customer delivery. This interactive workshop offers immediate, tangible steps to improve your businesses tomorrow! A fun, hands-on simulation will clearly demonstrate why continuous flow is superior to traditional batch processing — and that no company can truly be lean without flow.

 

 

Overnight Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express - Bothell
Estimated travel to Brightwater: 7 mins
CODE: WSN  |  RATE: $95 (2 queens or 1 king)
GROUP NAME: WSNLA - WA State Nursery & Landscape Association
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM

McMenamin's - Anderson School
Estimated travel to Brightwater: 15/20 mins
CURRENT RATE: $125 king, $155 double queens. (Rates are not secure & will fluctuate.)
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A ROOM

 

 

 

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