30th Horticulture Conference Agenda

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8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Registration and Welcome

8:15 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.


8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

UK Research Updates

Dr. John Hartman

Pathology Research Update:
How the cool, wet 2009 affected landscape plant diseases.

Dr. Dan Potter

The Latest on Insect Pests and Their Management:
The most recent research findings and best management strategies for white grubs, scale insects, and other key pests of turf and landscape.

Dr. Rebecca Schnelle

Research Update on 2009 Bedding Plant Trials:
The top performing annuals and perennials and a review of the good, the bad, and the ugly from the2009 trial season.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Professor of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Bare Root to Bare Root - Coming Full Circle:
Complications arising from modern field and container production methods have lead to a campaign to return to the "roots" of the nursery and landscape industry - the harvest and planting of trees bare root. Techniques for bare rooting at planting time and new research looking at an alternative bare root nursery production method will be covered.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Break for Trade Show

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Greg Schwab, UK Extension Soil Fertility/Management

Specialist Interpreting Soil Tests:
Understand your soil resources for landscape planting. How to deal with herbicide residues.

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Trade Show

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin, is a true pioneer in the native plant industry and recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology.

Five Steps to Successful Prairie Meadow Establishment:
Prairie meadows and gardens, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional, high maintenance landscapes, require less maintenance, little or no fertilizers and pesticides, and offer high quality habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Neil will discuss the ecology of prairie and grassland ecosystems and highlight some of the best plants for use in gardens and meadows. Learn Neil’s “tried and true” techniques to create small prairie gardens and large prairie meadows in a variety of settings.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Break for Trade Show

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Professor of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Bringing Planting Guidelines and Specifications up to Date:
Research confirms that many of the components of tree planting guide lines and specifications are out of date. Included in the needed revisions are root modifying techniques, tree hole configurations, tree stabilization (staking), mulching, and tree trunk wrapping and protection.

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Lee Townsend, UK Extension Entomologist

Developing Management Plans for the Emerald Ash Borer in Kentucky.

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CKOTA Mission

The purpose of the Central Kentucky Ornamental & Turf Association (CKOTA) is to promote horticultural improvement, professionalism and camaraderie in Kentucky; in particular to encourage the further study of horticulture, arboriculture and turf science, to analyze and disseminate information relating thereto, and to represent the judgement of this organization in the matters of policy which affect encouragement of education, horticultural protection and/or management.

CKOTA Board of Directors &
Technical Advisory Committee



Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office
1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY 40504-1172


  • 6.25 CEUs for ISA Certified Arborists
  • 3.5 CEUs for Landscape Architects
  • 3 CEUs Pesticide Applicators (categories 3, 10,12)


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