UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Upcoming Educational Events

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed. This workshop is Session A3 of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:00am Place: DoubleTree Hotel
This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. This workshop is Session B of the Invasive Plant Certification Program.
Date/Time: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm Place: UMass Amherst - Holdsworth Hall
Kick off the 2015 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 5:00pm Place: Atnold Arboretum
Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 8:30am Place: Doubletree Hotel
Best management practices are key to establishing and maintaining turf that can withstand pressure from damaging pests.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8:30am Place: Hadley Farms Meeting House
How has our changing climate affected the health of our landscape plants? Are stressed plants more prone to insect infestation? What timely, new and expected insects of importance are prevalent on landscapes?
Date/Time: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 9:00am Place: French Hall - UMass Amherst
Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 9:30am Place: Holiday inn
This program is a continuing educational opportunity designed for tree care professionals and green industry specialists.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 4:00pm Place: UMass Dartmouth
To maintain landscapes sustainably, regular monitoring and use of IPM practices is essential. Join Extension specialists for a diagnostic walkabout through the landscape.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00am Place: Fernald Hall, UMass Amherst
Participants will gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest diseases of trees and shrubs. An introductory lecture will review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a walking tour of campus. The day will end with a laboratory session using microscopy to view many of the pathogens seen earlier in the day.