Monday, February 1, 2010

Upcoming Lectures

Those of you who know me know that there is nothing I love more than lecturing. It is exciting to talk about the up-and-coming cultivars, emerging plant pests and other horticultural topics. This week, I'll be speaking at two conferences in South Carolina. I'd love to see you there!


Seabrook Island, South Carolina

"The Impact of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Industry on the Spread of Invasive Plants"

February 2, 2010 8:45

A brief background on the nursery and landscape industry and our past role in the introduction and spread of invasive plants. The overview will discuss the impact of our industry and the steps we are taking to prevent future use of non-native invasive plants.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

"Phasing Out Non-Native Invasive Plants from Our Landscapes"

February 4, 2010 1:30-230
Each year in the United States, we suffer from over $100 billion in economic losses due to the impact of invasive species. Many plants that are commonly grown and used in the horticultural industry have a significant impact on the decline of native populations. This lecture is designed to identify the major invasive plant species in South Carolina and explain the environmental and economic impact of these plants. Non-invasive plants with similar growth habits and design characteristics will be discussed (both native and non-native) to provide landscape alternatives. In addition, this lecture will address ways to eradicate or prevent the spread of invasive plants landscapes and other natural areas.

A free copy of the book Non-Native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests: A Field Guide for Identification and Control (James Miller, U.S. Forest Service) will be given to each attendee.

"Installing and Maintaining Landscapes that Thrive"
February 6, 2010 9:00-10:00

Many problems can occur in a landscape each year-and it's frustrating when a lawn does not green up in the spring or when a plant suddenly dies. This talk will focus on how to identify problems in the landscape, when they usually happen and what to do when you see a problem. Focusing on plant diseases, insects and good horticultural practices, Kari will explain how to predict and prevent landscape mistakes.

For more information about upcoming lectures, visit my website, Scout Horticultural Consulting.

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