HortMemo - A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Newsletter
for the Kentucky Nursery/Landscape Industry
Current 2010 HortMemo below
by Winston C. Dunwell, Professor - Nursery Crops Development Center
UK Department of Horticulture
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November 30, 2010
Carey Grable is hosting another Western Kentucky Nursery Growers meeting. His e-mail announcement says “We have set the date of the next Western Kentucky Nursery Growers meeting for Thursday, December 9 th at 3pm at the UKREC in Princeton. Come out and meet your fellow growers. This is a chance for you to discuss industry issues with your peers and find out what’s going on in our area. At the last meeting, we had a great discussion between attendees about goings on in our industry and I hope more will come and join in the discussion. We will also have a brief tour of the Nursery Crops research being carried out here in Princeton including production methods and the longevity of slow-release fertilizer. Snacks will be provided. If anyone has questions or needs directions feel free to contact me at 270.348.1494 or e-mail, Carey.Grable@uky.edu. I look forward to seeing those who can make it!”
The Commercial Arborist, Landscaper, & Nursery Workshop and Training for Commercial Pesticide Recertification CEU’s for categories 2, 3, 10, 12, 14, 18, and 20 will be held on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service Office located at 4800A New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303. The training is free. For more information, contact Annette Heisdorffer at the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 270-685-8480.
The UKREC Horticulture Group Facebook page contains the Building Your Own Herbicide Sprayer video made by Joe Masabni and UK Ag Communications http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1497478080887
Planning to attend the NC-1186: Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health (growers are invited to participate Jan 26, 2011), Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference (KLI Educational Program), Mid-States Trade Show and the ANLA Management Clinic January 26-29, 2011. Sewe Upcoming Meetings for more information.
I have archived Upcoming meetings 2010 and prepared a new Upcoming Meetings for 2011 and beyond.
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October 7, 2010
Amy Fulcher’s last day is October 28, 2010. To say she will be missed is an understatement.
Vaden Fenton’s cole crop, cabbage and broccoli, demonstration plot would be of interest to anyone incorporating edibles into their landscape - Fall Cole Crop: Extending Your Season Field Tour. October 11, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CDT. University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, 1205 Hopkinsville St, Princeton, KY. Watch for signs pointing to the field off Highway 91 south north of the center entrance or go to the Center for directions.
In Wharton and Barbour’s Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky Linderabenzoin, Spicebush, the fruit images and description are on page 123 not page 133 as in the index and at bottom of flower and habit pages (108 & 253).
The Explorer’s Garden: Shrubs and Vines by Daniel J. Hinkley. 2009, Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, was one of the four 2010 American Horticulture Society’s (AHS) 2010 Book Award Winners. I wrote a review of the book that can be found by clicking on the link and scrolling down the reviews.
The 2010 Kentucky Turfgrass Conference will be October 18-20, 2010 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY. For info see http://www.kentuckyturfgrasscouncil.org or http://www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf/KTC%20-%202010%20Conference.html
The Kentucky Division of Forestry, University of Kentucky Forestry Extension, and the US Forest Service encourages you to mark your calendars for the Emerald Ash Borer Urban Preparedness Conference to be held in Lexington, KY on December 8 – 9, 2010 at the Embassy Suites.
January 24-25, 2011 many of the leading University Nursery Researchers will be in Louisville for the NC-1186: Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health, annual meeting. A Nursery Industry Sharing session will be the afternoon session on January 25, 2011. Brief invited presentations by industry representatives will start this sharing opportunity. This meeting is prior to the Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference and the Mid-States Trade Show which will be in conjunction with the ANLA Management Clinic all the week of January 24 th.
Steve Foltz’s Ohio Nursery Short Course presentation Throw Down Panel – Native, Potential Invasives, LEED is on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:45-11:45 ET. If you have been keeping up with Steve’s article Sustainability of Native and Non-Native Plants, January 2010, pp. 26-31, in the American Nurseryman or heard his recent presentations you know he is on a sustainability roll and he has opinions about native plants and what constitutes an invasive plant. This panel discussion sounds like fun. As always the OSU Nursery Short Course offers a great program.
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September 3, 2010
Dr. Amy Fulcher starts her faculty position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville November 1st. She will be the Sustainable Ornamental Plants Extension/Research faculty member of the Department of Plants Sciences (previously Plant Sciences and Landscape Systems). In the future you will be able to find her new e-mail address at http://plantsciences.utk.edu/faculty.htm. That she will be missed is a gross understatement. I do not know of anyone so dedicated to nursery production and the people that own, manage, and work in nurseries. Her passion is expressed by her excellence. Congratulations Amy; your excellence is recognized in Kentucky and far beyond its borders.
You will have an opportunity to visit with Amy and offer your congratulations on completion of her Ph.D. and securing her UT faculty position at the The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s Eleventh Annual Summer Outing which will be September 8, 2010 at Ammon Wholesale Nurseries, 6089 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005. Dr. Fulcher will be speaking on “A Horticulturist’s Perspective on Scale Pests of Woody Plants”.
Carey Grable, Extension Associate for Nursery Crops, has set up a Blog/WIKI UK Nursery Crops IPM. The Blog was at the request of several nursery owners and managers to have a forum for exchanging information on what is happening in the nursery and how it is being managed. Carey is loading the WIKI with nursery pest information almost daily so check it out at https://citc.ca.uky.edu/groups/nurserycropsipm/blog
The last edition of KNLA’s Nursery Views is online at http://www.thepaginator.com/view.php?ID=793 Cool!
I Tweeted that I found the Louisville Nursery Association web site to be excellent. Check it out at http://www.louisvillenursery.org and if you want to check out The Nursery Crops Development Twitter site it is at http://twitter.com/WDunwellUKNCDC Speaking of LNA Bob Hill of Courier-Journal fame and the co-owner of Hidden Hill Nursery will give a presentation at the September meeting which will be September 15, 2010, 5:30 pm, at John Deere Landscapes, 4341 Security Parkway, New Albany, IN 47150, 812.949.3060. Contact Caroline Westfall for a reservation and more information, 502.895.9168; e-mail, email@example.com
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August 2, 2010
The Nursery Crops IPM Diagnostics Workshop , Wednesday, August 18, 2010 will be at
Trimble County Extension Office, 43 High Country Lane, Bedford, KY 40006. The Workshop qualifies for 4 Gen. and 1 Cat. 3, 10, 12 & 14 pesticide & 6.25 Cert. Arborist CEUs . Speakers include Stanton Gill, University of Maryland, John Hartman, UK, Kyle Daniel, The Ohio State University, Shawn Wright, UK, For a schedule and registration form go to: http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/UKNurseryCropsIPMDiagnosticsWorkshopAugust2010.pdf
4 R's of Nutrient Management; Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place. From a Tweet by Steve Newman
The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s Eleventh Annual Summer Outing will be September 8, 2010 at Ammon Wholesale Nurseries, 6089 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005. For more information go to The KNLA website at http://www.knla.org/ and click on the Summer Outing button down the left side of the page.
Dr. Dewayne Ingram, UK Professor of Horticulture, has been elected President-Elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). It has been announced online and at the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Dr. John Lea-Cox, well-known water quality and utilization researcher, educator, Extension educator, and University of Maryland nursery crops colleague, was elected Research Vice President-elect.
Of interest http://kentuckyagriculture.blogspot.com
Ever since I saw a picture of the fruit of a female Sassafras albidum on the cover of Wharton and Barbour’s Trees & Shrubs of Kentucky I wanted to get a picture of my own. Well, every year I was too late. I was going by resources that said the fruit ripened in August, even September. This year I altered my morning walk several times a week to pass a female plant in a thicket. Then I found another plant with better foliage nearby. Images I took July 30 & 31, 2010 are on-line at: http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/SassafrasalbidumWDunwell.html
I post Amy Fulcher’s Nursery Update and Carey Grable’s Western Kentucky Nursery Crop Update and try to announce to one and all that they are there via my Facebook and the UKNCDC Twitter.
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July 7, 2010
There will be several meetings of interest to one and all in the Nursery/Landscape/Horticulture Industries:
July 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm Western Kentucky Nursery Growers Association meeting that will be at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, 1205 Hopkinsville St. Princeton, KY. This meeting has been organized by Carey Grable, firstname.lastname@example.org or 270.365.7541 x 279 and is specifically for nursery growers and their customers.
July 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm, LNA History Meeting with David and Mary Lou Smallwood at Ken-Mulch, Inc., 2708 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219. Contact: Caroline Westfall, 502.895.9168; e-mail, email@example.com ; url, http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/LNASchedule2010.pdf
July 22, 2010 starting at 5:00 pm EDT at UK Horticulture Farm Field Day, Emmert Farm Lane, Lexington, KY 40514 contact: Amy Fulcher, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859.257.1273
July 25, 2010: 2010 Annual Kentucky Vineyard Society Field Day.11:00 am EDT registration for the 12:00 – 6:15 pm EDT program and dinner hosted by UK Viticulture & the Kentucky Vineyard Society at Talon Winery and Vineyards, 7086 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40515-9051, phone 859.971.3214 Contact: Patsy Wilson, email@example.com or call 859.257.2909. The program and registration form is at Url; http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/KVS2010FieldDayProgram.pdf
Last month I mentioned Dr. Fulcher’s talk at the KNLA Summer Outing without mentioning when and where the Summer Outing will be. The Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s Eleventh Annual Summer Outing will be September 8, 2010 at Ammon Wholesale Nurseries, 6089 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005. For more information got to The KNLA website at http://www.knla.org/ and click on the Summer Outing button down the left side of the page.
Some time ago Don Shadow asked me to ask around if anyone knew of the nurseryman Shoup? that gave Harvey Templeton a weeping cedar that Don has? If you do please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Don at Shadow Nursery, 254 Shadow Nursery Road, Winchester, TN 37398
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May 21, 2010
I just could not help this premature announcement so I could put Amy Fulcher’s new title in print: Dr. Amy Fulcher will speak at the KNLA Summer Outing, Spetember 8, 2010, Ammon Nurseries, Burlington, KY on “A Horticulturist’s Perspective on Scale Pests of Woody Plants” - This presentation will cover some of the scale pests that are surfacing in nurseries and landscapes. Taken from a horticulturist’s perspective, the presentation will briefly outline each scale’s identification, lifecycle, potential to damage crops, impact on production and sales, integrated pest management-based control strategies, and how to stop scale pests before they get established at your business. Novel control strategies will also be discussed. Some of the scale pests that will be covered are Japanese maple scale, European fruit lecanium scale, calico scale, and oystershell scale.
From a reference UK diagnostian Paul Bachi found Half hours with insects by Alpheus Spring Packard dated 1877 the following appears which notes a species of apple borer which “is sometimes destructive to the apple, though the red maple seems to have been its original home.”
is at http://tinyurl.com/y82uz9b
Dr. John Lindstrom, University of Arkansas, gave us some Amsonia plants to trial as part of the SERA-27 plant evaluations. He has named it Amsonia ‘Blue Bridges’. I have found this plant to be quite distinct with a large white terminal bloom with a bluish blush. Ours stand about 30 inches tall. Jon has also introduced Amsonia ‘Big Jon’ a particularly tall Amsonia that we are just starting to test; the bloom seems typical but it is still in a container. He gave us one plant, June cuttings rooted readily and we have enough plants for a landscape trial.
I was paging through Chlorophyll in His Veins by Bobby Ward to write a review and came across the description of xSinocalycalycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ Theodore Klein Plant Award Winner for 2009.
Itea virginica ‘Theodore Klein’ seems to have a fatter shorter bloom that ‘Henry’s Garnet’. Checked Dirr, 2009, and he agrees. Also the foliage is nicer as I have observed and Dirr says “has shown the highest resistance to leaf spot and flea beetle in Zone 7.” Thanks to the late Thom Harmon for giving out plants at a LNA meeting so I am confident I have the right plant. (my first one from a commercial source looks identical to ‘Henry’s Garnet’)
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April 6, 2010
We are archiving Amy Fulcher’s Nursery Update.http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/KHC/AmyFulchersNurseryUpdate.html and Carey Grable’sWest Kentucky Nursery Updatehttp://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/WestKentuckyNurseryCrops.htmlHortMemo has been kept up in recent years http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/HortMemo.html
2,4-D continues to be a common herbicide used in the early spring when ornamental plants are most readily damaged. Recently I was reading Kentucky Pest News, March 23, 2010,
and found in SHADE TREES & ORNAMENTALS the following very interesting articles. The last one relates to a possible use of 2,4-D that could result in ornamental plant injury. Let’s hope the protecting of pasture clover limits 2,4-D use near nurseries.
-Pear Fire Blight: Maryblyt Predictions Can Aid in Disease Management
-Eastern Tent Caterpillars Feeding
-Buttercups in Grazed Pasture Fields - ……Buttercups are short-lived perennials or winter annuals that produce shiny yellow petals in the early spring. ….. If chemical control options are desired, most herbicides registered for use on grass pastures that contain 2,4-D, dicamba+2,4-D (eg. WeedMaster), aminopyralid+2,4-D (ForeFront), triclopyr (eg. Crossbow, PastureGard), or metsulfuron (eg. Cimarron) will effectively control this plant. However, legumes such as clovers interseeded with grass pastures can be severely injured or killed by these herbicide products. For optimum results apply an herbicide in the early spring (early March or April) before flowers are observed, when buttercup plants are still small and actively growing. For best herbicide activity wait until daytime air temperatures is greater than 55 F for two to three consecutive days.
I read in an e-mail from Mark Halcomb about Jim Robbins’, University of Arkansas, Newsletter called Arkansas Re-leaf Newsletter for the Commercial Green Industry. This edition can be found at http://www.aragriculture.org/News/ReLeaf/2010/march2010.pdf or you can go the archives http://www.aragriculture.org/News/ReLeaf/default.htm and look at any or all his newsletters.
So are we interested in the Ipad? While I have no experience with it other than picking one up and finding it heavy, the credit card apps for Iphone some use to offer credit card transactions (when infrequent use or bank costs have made it impossible) have been made available for the Ipad. This application may be handy for small businesses that want to provide for credit card purchases on site (nurseries being able to make transactions out with the customer instead of walking back to the office or at a small retail center or Farmer’s Market/Flea Market). Not to recommend any one over another when I do not use them but you might check what is possible by visiting https://squareup.com/ and https://squareup.com/features for a review see http://techcrunch.com/2009/12/01/jack-dorsey-square/n a quick search of ITunes shows other services are available.
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March 5, 2010
Larry Kuhns Best Management Workshop on Nursery/Landscape (Christmas Tree) Weed Control will be provide 3 general pesticide CEUs and 1 Specific CEU. It will be held at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY in the Everett Conference Room (Map). Registration for the meeting can be done by getting the schedule and form off line at http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/UKBMPIX2010.pdf or contacting Christi Forsythe 270.365.7541 x 221 or email@example.com
Mark Halcomb has put together an excellent Tennessee Commercial Nursery Production Information web page that is properly organized into useful headings for the many handouts he has produced over the years. He keeps the list of Tennessee liner producers updated and we will link to his site and remove the old list from our site. Check it out at http://www.utextension.utk.edu/mtnpi/handouts.html
The program Amy Fulcher is working on with other regions was highlighted in an article in NMPro in January. I put in on our web site http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/PestMgtNursCropsPrioritiesSPArticle.pdf but found through NMPro Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/NMPro-Magazine/131175532932?v=wall it is readily available at http://nmpro.texterity.com/nmpro/201001#pg40 all of NMPro is at http://nmpro.texterity.com/nmpro - “Worthy”
During our recent NC-1186 Meeting I met Julie Newman who wrote the article Manage Runoff with Vegetative Buffers in NMPro http://nmpro.texterity.com/nmpro/201002#pg34
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January 15, 2010
Amy’s UK Nursery Winter Workshop is February 11, 2010 at Lyndon City Hall, Louisville, KY. The Program included the opportunity to gain Landscape Architecture CEUs thanks to Virginia Russell, BSLA, MSLA, LEED AP, from the University of Cincinnati presenting “Green Rooftops: An Overview of Green Rooftops Including the Green Rooftop Market as an Opportunity for Nurseries and Landscapers”; other presentations for Pesticide CEUs include noted nursery crop production authority Craig Adkins and Stanton Gill, coauthor of Pests and Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials and other books. Some of the other topics include "Successful Summer Digging and Transplanting Tips to Meet Today's 'Just-in-Time' Customer” and "Recession Survival 101: Creating Efficiencies and Positioning for Emerging Market Trends". The full program and registration form are at http://tinyurl.com/ycmfhgj
I posted the Louisville Nursery Association 2010 Meeting Schedule to my web site. It is at: http://www.ca.uky.edu/HLA/Dunwell/LNASchedule2010.pdf
Brian Jackson wrote an article for Greenhouse Product News Pine Tree Substrates for Greenhouse Crops. At the end of the article was a link to Brian’s site which led me to the NCSU Horticulture Substrates Lab publications site maintained by Bill Fonteno.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Vistors’ Center designers won EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge which recognizes innovative green building ideas to reduce environmental and energy impacts of buildings and assists the building industry in reducing more than 88 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris sent to landfills in the United States each year. The Professional Building category was won byKira Gould, William McDonough + Partners, Charlottesville, VA for their design of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Visitors' Center. The visitors' center design roots the building firmly in its woodland context by blurring distinctions between the indoors and outdoors, and by incorporating the surrounding forest into the building's lifecycle analysis. Construction emphasized safe, closed material loops of biological nutrients, which break down to safely return to forest soil; and technical nutrients, which can be remanufactured into new objects. The mechanical connections and reconfigurable modules allow for building alterations. The project performs 51% better than the ASHRAE-compliant base case used to measure the greenhouse gas reduction. Kira Gould, William McDonough + Partners, Charlottesville, VA also won the Best Greenhouse Gas Reduction award sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Visitors' Centervisitor center. William McDonough is the co-author of Cradle to Cradle. Bernheim Facebook Page contained this information and lead to: http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/pubs/lbc3.html#winners
Aesculus species plants import banned. “The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a Federal Order (attached) to prohibit the importation from all countries, except Canada, of Aesculus spp. plants for planting (excluding seed) because they are hosts of Pseudomonas syringae pv. aesculi. To prevent the introduction and dissemination of this harmful plant pathogen into the United States, this Federal Order is effective beginning January 25, 2010.” http://www.sepdn.org/DesktopModules/ViewDocument.aspx?DocumentID=3231
Have I already mentioned the case for sustainable landscapes? See http://www.sustainablesites.org/report/The Case for Sustainable Landscapes_2009.pdf
And The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 by American Society of Landscape Architects, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and United States Botanic Garden.
http://www.sustainablesites.org/report/Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks_2009.pdf
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