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WNLA Webinar On November 15
WNLA is hosting a webinar on November 15 titled Introduction To Biophilic Design. Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Gardener’s Supply Company, will be hosting it from noon to 1 p.m. It is free for WNLA members and $50 for non-members. Learn how incorporating nature into our buildings and landscapes can result in a 15 percent increase in well-being, creativity and productivity.  Discover why people sleep better and are 56 percent more relaxed in biophilic residences; students in biophilic schools have higher test scores; and hospitals could save $93 million due to more rapid patient healing. Rebecca will describe the key features of biophilic design including natural materials and patterns, complex but ordered landscapes, kinetic sculptures, atriums, water features, natural pools, swim spas, green walls. She will discuss strategies for working with green builders and architects to incorporate these into designs. Registration is open now. 

2018 Western to Feature Four Keynote Speakers
The 2018 Western is featuring four speakers who will offer keynote sessions.

Nature Integration – The Future of Design

  • Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Gardeners Supply Company
  • Thanks to Forrest Keeling Nursery
  • Learn how a fundamental shift in demographics, social consciousness and science is changing how nature is integrated into the design of our buildings and landscapes and how that will affect the future of the green industry. Specifically, Rebecca will describe the challenges of transforming how we approach design, our relationships with our employees and our clients, and how to maximize the opportunities that will be coming over the next 5-10 years.
  • Rebecca is one of the Northeast’s leading green industry professionals exploring the intersection between Nature and Human Living Spaces.  Rebecca manages the Gardeners Supply Company flagship store in Williston, VT, where she keeps an eye on emerging trends in the garden and landscape industries.

The Color of the Native Plant Palette

  • Robert Lyons, University of Delaware
  • Part of Western University, thanks to KAT Wholesale Outdoor
  • Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace.  A wide array of suitable native species and derived cultivars will be discussed in this presentation, highlighting those plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Attention will also be given to highlighting and discussing aggressive natives and the sensible inclusion of non-native, non-invasive plants that contribute to successful landscape.
  • Robert Lyons is the former Director of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture and currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware.  He received a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticultural Science from the University of Minnesota.

Washington Legislative Update

  • Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort
  • Thanks to Loma Vista Nursery
  • Craig Regelbrugge serves as AmericanHort’s senior vice president, where he is responsible for industry advocacy and research programs.  Regelbrugge serves in national leadership positions representing the horticulture industry on matters relating to the labor force, plant health and production, and trade. He co-chairs the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, a broad-based coalition seeking legislation to ensure a stable and legal agricultural workforce, and is chairman of the board of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund.

The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes

  • Rick Darke, Rick Darke LLC
  • The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. The ability to recognize, understand, conserve and enhance these layers is the most important skill set any of us can bring to the enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of private gardens and community landscapes.  Strategies for employing truly organic architecture in crafting beautiful, highly functional layered landscapes will be presented in detail.
  • Rick will also offer a breakout session on Distinguishing Your Brand with Creative Technology!
  • Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on the design and management of living landscapes. Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography. Projects include parks, scenic byways, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, post industrial brownfields, botanic gardens and residential landscapes.

Arborjet Launches New Additions to the Next Generation FSeries™ Tree I.V. System with F18™ and F18™ Pro Kit
Arborjet Inc. announced the newest additions to its FSeries™ TREE I.V. micro-infusion® system– the F18™ and F18™ Pro Kit – from the floor of TCI Expo ’17 in Columbus, Ohio. The new kits build on the success of the F12™ and F12 Pro™ Kit to effectively reduce tree injection setup and application time, while providing greater flexibility with one additional set of FSeries bottles, lines, cap, Hex PDS™ (Parallel Distribution System) and ball valve and needles. The F18 and F18 Pro Kit are fast, efficient and flexible, with a 120 PSI (pounds per square inch) injection system, lightweight and easy turn valves allowing for total control and the ability to add product without removing the cap. Integral to the systems is the reliable Hex PDS technology, which distributes product evenly using a central delivery tube, ensuring the tree receives an even dose every time. This technology allows trees to be injected using four, five or six lines at a time. For maximum output, an included connection set can be added to allow for twelve lines, perfect for treating large trees with just one bottle.

Monrovia Announces Record-Breaking Number Of New Plants
Monrovia, the leading grower of premium ornamental and landscaping plants in country, announced their line-up of 35 new and exclusive varieties for 2018, a record setting number for the brand. Jonathan Pedersen, vice president of business development, says the trend for smaller and more manageable landscapes (and container gardening) is not retreating but remains on the on the

Joanne Kostecky Petito. Photo courtesy of Cantelmi Funeral Home

rise. He adds that consumers also want specimens with big color, big impact and “that dazzle in the landscape while also being notably tough and low-maintenance.”

2018 Western to Celebrate Plants With Purpose
The Western Nursery & Landscape Association will celebrate Plants With Purpose at the 2018 Western in Kansas City January 17-19. Plants With Purpose will highlight the economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits of plants. The 2018 Western will kick-off on Wednesday evening at Boulevard Brewing Company and celebrate the many purposes of plants with a video introduction by Dr. Charlie Hall and a series of fast paced presentations on the benefits of plants.

Joanne Kostecky Petito, August 3, 1946 – November 3, 2017
As many already know, Joanne Kostecky Petito passed away last week, and today we’re sharing information about Joanne’s services as well as her full obituary.