2023 Chatham Landscape and Green Industry Conference

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC 27312


The Chatham Green Industry and Landscape Conference provides continuing education and re-certification credits for green industry professionals, including landscapers, grounds and turf managers, and greenhouse and nursery producers. Home gardeners, HOA grounds managers, and anyone interested in these topics are also welcome to attend.

Phytophthora Trial at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

Phytophthora Trial at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center


NC LCLB Landscape Contractor (4 Landscape Technical, 1 Business), 2 N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA) Pesticide continuing education credits (2 D, L, N X), and  2 ISA Arborist CEUs have been applied for; final confirmation pending. Note that CEUs are administered in two blocks, so you must attend the entire morning and/or the entire afternoon to receive credit.


Register online by February 16, 2023. The registration fee is $20, which  includes lunch catered by Angelina’s Kitchen


8:00 a.m.- Check-in begins

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Extension Resources and Underutilized Plants for the Home Landscape Matt Jones  and Amanda Wilkins  will review helpful resources from Extension related to plant selection, disease and pest diagnoses, Integrated Pest Management, and turf management.

CEUs:1 NC LCLB Technical

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. – Tree and Shrub Pruning Boot Camp 

Travis Black (Bartlett Tree Experts) will cover why, how, and when to prune trees and shrubs, pruning methods and techniques, and a review of pruning tools. Travis has a B.S. in Landscape Design and a Master of Horticultural Science (Urban Forestry) from NC State University. He is a TCIA Tree Care Specialist, NC Certified Plant Professional, ISA Certified Arborist (including Tree Risk Assessment), and NCDA Licensed pesticide applicator.

CEUs: 1 NC LCLB Technical, 1 ISA Arborist PENDING APPROVAL

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – What Can We Do to Make Plants More Resilient in a Warming World? Dr. Barbara Fair will discuss the use of native and non-native plants in urban and suburban landscapes. We will explore the questions, “Are native plants the only right choice?” and “Are all non-native species invasive and problematic?”

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Dr. Fair obtained degrees from both Penn State and Ohio State University in Forestry and Horticulture. She is currently an Associate Professor at NC State University where she serves as the Landscape Extension Specialist for North Carolina. Her program, including research, focuses on arboricultural practices from thoughtful plant selection to proper planting and tree maintenance practices. She also teaches Landscape Ecosystem Management, Green Infrastructure, and Environmental Stress Physiology. Dr. Fair has been a Certified Arborist since 1998.

CEUs: 1 NC LCLB Technical, 1 ISA Arborist PENDING APPROVAL

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch catered by Angelina’s Kitchen

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Annuals and Perennials for Phytophthora-infested Landscape Beds. Phytophthora species can be a perennial problem causing root and crown rots on annuals and herbaceous perennials in landscape beds. Ella Reeves  and the lab of Inga Meadows have been evaluating alternative plants for Phytophthora infested landscape beds for 3 years and have accumulated a list of plants that would do well in such locations and plants to avoid. Learn about these annuals and herbaceous perennials, how they performed in our studies, and other diseases to watch out for!

Ella received an M.Sc. in plant pathology working with Dr. Barbara Shew and Dr. Jim Kerns in NC State’s DEPP in 2020. Her research focused on the etiology of Pythium root rot of winter wheat and other winter crops. Since finishing her graduate work, Ella has been working as a research assistant with Inga Meadows in the vegetable and herbaceous ornamental pathology lab at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. Ella will be joining us from the Research Station via Zoom.

CEUs: 1 NCDA (D, L N, X), 1 NC LCLB Technical 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Business Purchasing & Secession. Dana Massey, owner of Plantworks Nursery & Durham Garden Center and Paige Moody, owner of Arbor Enterprises will discuss buying and selling a business from first hand experience. These processes are intricate and complicated but they don’t have to be. Your questions welcomed during this informative presentation.

Dana has a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Agriculture Business Management from NC State University. Paige has a B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Virginia Tech and a Master of Horticultural Science from NC State University.

CEUs: 1  NC LCLB Business 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Licensed Applicator Responsibilities Join NCDA Pesticide Inspector Tyler Harran for a discussion on the responsibilities of being a pesticide applicator. His talk will cover navigating the NCDA pesticide website, selecting the right type of license, transporting and storing pesticides, using pesticides correctly, reading pesticide labels, and highlight illustrative case-studies from the field.

Tyler has been a pesticide inspector for the NCDA since 2019, having previously served as a research technician at Oregon State University developing wheat cultivars. He has B.S. in Agroecology from the University of Wyoming.

CEUs: 1 NCDA (D, L N, X) 

3:30 p.m. – Wrap-up and evaluations

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202, ginger_cunningham@ncsu.edu, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the event.