By jlew1977, Jul 12 2016 01:01PM
There are two dates you must add to your calendars. First is the CFGW’s annual Field day scheduled for August 4, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin West Madison Agriculture Research Station 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona (Madison), Wisconsin 53593. This year’s trials feature more than 160 new plant releases for 2017, 2016 and 2015 grown in the Field Stations flower beds. This is your best chance to see these new varieties grown side by side in Wisconsin growing conditions. Plus there are vegetable and table grape trials being held at the same site. Come at 8:30 AM for coffee and treats. The meeting begins at 9.
In the morning you will hear Dummen Orange’s Andrew Konicki, the Director of Allen Centennial Gardens Ben Futa and U.W. Plant Pathologist Dr. Brian Hudelson. Andrew will discuss products in the landscape and the direction of plant breeding that can help commercial flower growers. Ben intends to talk about “plant blindness and the value of public gardens while Brian will discuss current issues with plant diseases that he has seen in Wisconsin greenhouses in 2016.
A free lunch will be served compliments of BFG and Carlin Sales then you will be invited to view the trials growing in West Madison’s field beds. Andrew will be there to answer questions as well as West Madison’s Assistant Director Janet Hedtcke and her interns.
No preregistration is needed for the Field Day. Just come, learn and visit with other growers!
The second must attend event is CFGW’s Fall Greenhouse Conference scheduled for October 19, 2016 and will again be held at Floral Plant Growers greenhouses in Denmark, Wisconsin. This year’s featured speaker is Cornell’s plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey. Margery is a much sought speaker and well known in the greenhouse industry for her work on plant disease issues. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with coffee and rolls and a chance to check out the vendor booths with the program starting at 9.
Registration and trade show fees have been kept the same for another year. A trade show booth will cost $125 (although some companies are donating $300 to help cover additional speaker costs). Registration fees will be $55.00 for the first employee of a CFGW member company, $35 for each additional employee and $70 for each employee of a non member company.
Fall Conference preregistration is requested to help estimate how much food we need but registration is accepted the day of the meeting.
In addition at both the Fall Conference and Field Day meetings the Wisconsin Green Industry Hall of Fame Award for Shelley Ryan will be presented to her husband Dennis Ryan and son Kably.