CKOTA Presents Our 33nd Horticulture Conference

Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

Registration, Welcome and Tribute to A.J. Powell
Presented by Dr. Bill Fountain, University of Kentucky

8:20 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Chip Taylor
University of Kansas

“Habitat Loss”  Monarch Butterflies as Bio-Indicators:
Dr. Taylor's keynote talk will focus on the rapid decline of Monarch butterflies, explain why it is happening and what we can do to mitigate their loss, as well as the loss of other pollinators. The seeming disappearance of monarchs is a stark example for what is happening to biodiversity in general. Dr. Taylor links diminishing biodiversity to our changing climates. The climate niches of plants will shift, which is already evident in shifting plant zone maps. The consequences of climate change will necessitate lots of adaptations and adjustments for all of us who work with plants. Dr. Taylor will make suggestions how we can plan for those changes.

9:20 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Todd Rounsaville
Curator of Native Plants at the Arboretum

“The UK/LFUCG Arboretum: More than just a Collection of Trees”

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Break and TRADE SHOW

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Gregg Munshaw
University of Kentucky

“Cultural & Chemical Weed Control”

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Julie Beale
University of Kentucky, Plant Pathology

“Plant Disease Update”

Dr. Nicole Ward Gauthier
University of Kentucky

“Common Sense Approach to Disease Management in Nurseries and Landscapes”

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Break for LUNCH

1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Dr. Chip Taylor
University of Kansas

“Rethinking Landscaping For Pollinators And Wildlife”
This talk will mostly emphasize the use of milkweeds and nectar plants for monarchs and a range of plants for bird, bee and butterfly gardens. Much of the talk will focus on the "why" we need to rethink landscaping and gardening to provide for pollinators and wildlife.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Jennifer Gulick
Davey Resources Group

“Trees and Human Health Benefits”

3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Break for TRADE SHOW

3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Potter
University of Kentucky

“Top Ten Lawn & Landscape Pests and How to Deal With Them”

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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