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2021 CNLA Virtual Winter Symposium

January 27 at 8:30 am – January 28 at 3:30 pm


Click here to register as an attendee for the 2021 Winter Symposium.

Why attend?

  • Well-known speakers on various topics for arborists, horticultural consultants and distributors, landscapers, landscape designers, retail nursery and garden centers, and wholesale growers
  • Earn pesticide credits
  • Easy access
  • Relevant educational programs
  • Exhibitors
  • Spanish programs

View the Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, January 27

8:30 am – 9:20 am – Native Plants for New England Gardens
Dan Jaffee Wilder, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

What is native? Why should we care? Which plants should be planted and what techniques should we employ in order to build rich and beautiful ecosystems? These questions seem straightforward at first, but are anything but simple once you start digging into the details. Join Dan Jaffe Wilder, co-author and photographer of Native Plants for New England Gardens, to delve into these questions and more.

9:30 am – 10:20 am – Climate Change:  Impacts and Adaptations for the Nursery and Landscape Industry
Art DeGaetano, NOAA Northeast Regional, Climate Center Cornell University

Climate change has already begun to impact the green industry in many ways, including: shifting suitable hardiness zones, increased weed, insect and disease pressure; altering the frequency of droughts but also heavy rainfall events; and increasing high temperature stress. The nursery and landscape industry will need reliable information, fine-tuned to the regional level, if they are to make strategic and cost-effective decisions to minimize the impacts, while also potentially taking advantage of potential opportunities associated with a warmer climate.

PA, 3A / 1 CEU

10:30 am – 11:20 am – Coping with Invasive Earthworms in Turfgrass and Landscaping Settings
Kyle Wickings, Cornell University

Join Kyle Wickings where he discusses  the benefits of earthworms in the context of turfgrass and landscape systems; situations where earthworms become pests, Asian jumping worms, the distribution, routes of invasion and movement, and the impacts on plants and soil.  He’ll also go over what we don’t know about earthworms and strategies for slowing the spread of invasive jumping worms.

PA, 3A, 3B / 1 CEU

11:30 am—12:00 pm – CNLA Annual Meeting

12:10 pm – 1:00 pmEmotional Safety in the Workplace: How to Create A Healthy Work Environment for You and Your Coworkers
Remi Kyek, Mental Health CT

We spend at least 60% of our waking hours at work. With 1 in 4 individuals experiencing a mental health challenge in any year, no one is immune and many of us are burdened with personal and family challenges that impact our relationships at work and our ability to be fully engaged on the job. Remi Kyek will provide insight into recognizing emotional distress and mental health challenges, how to support a healthy work environment, and ways to find the right coping mechanisms that will work for you.

We are each living with different challenges and 2020 showed us that that isolation and stress can affect anyone’s health, especially when we are bound by outside forces and uncertainty. The key to creating emotional safety for ourselves and others lies in knowing how to determine the difference between every day stress that can be self-managed versus identifying when an outside intervention is needed. Just like we do with physical safety, creating a practice of prevention and self-care as a part of our daily routine will be critical to supporting our long-term health and wellness.

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm – Demystifying Biological Controls for Turfgrass Pest Management
John Inguagiato, University of Connecticut

What you need to know about biological control, how it works, challenges for use in turfgrass, and some new research to try and improve efficacy of biological control of turfgrass disease.

PA, 3A, 3B / 1 CEU

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm – What’s New in Plants—From Pest Resistance to Amazing Attributes
Chris Fifo, Darwin Perennials/KieftSeed (Ball Hort), Lydia Gompper CANP, Monrovia and Chris Valley CANP, Prides Corner Farms

Three leading growers and breeders present new plant varieties hitting the market.  Everything from pest resistance to show-stopping attributes will be covered.

PA, 3A, 3B / 1 CEU


Thursday, January 28

8:30 am – 9:20 am – Implementing a Successful H-2A Program
Toni Ruiz, Prides Corner Farms

The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring non-immigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Toni will provide an overview of the program with real life examples and implementation at Connecticut’s largest nursery.

9:30 am – 10:20 am – Virtual E-Commerce
RJ Domack, Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe and Kristopher Lichthart, Monrovia

2020 forced the green industry to pivot in a big way.  Many of us went online for the first time.  Hear about what platforms are being used, pros, cons and where they are moving next as spring approaches.

10:30 am – 11:20 amHow the Nursery Industry has been Impacted Pre/During/Post COVID-19
Charles Hall, Texas A&M University

In this session, Charlie will discuss the impacts that COVID had on each sector of the green industry this year, who the winners and losers were, and the reasons why. He will also discuss the economic forecast for 2021 and how he envisions the spring season playing out for the industry.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm – State of the Industry
Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

2020 has been a challenging year on many fronts. Learn the proactive approaches the Connecticut agriculture community has taken to maintain a healthy environment and plan for the 2021 season.  Time will be given for questions and answers.

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm – Tick Management in the Landscape:  New Risks, Strategies and Challenges to TICK IPM
Kirby Stafford, Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station

Tick-associated diseases are increasing, new diseases are being discovered, and ticks are expanding their geographic range, posing an increasing risk to the public. In addition to our “deer” ticks, lone star ticks and Asian longhorned ticks represent a new threat in Connecticut. Dr. Stafford will highlight the emergence of these ticks, new potential tick-borne diseases, basic tick biology, tick-bite prevention, as well as  review various methods for tick management.  He will also discuss a few of the challenges and barriers to effective tick control and tick-bite prevention in the United States.

PA, 3A / 1 CEU

1:30 pm – 2:20 pmDisease and Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs
Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island

This talk will cover emerging and existing pest problems in the landscape including beech leaf disease, spotted lanternfly, boxwood blight, bagworm, privet Alternaria, white prunicola scale, peach leaf curl, and marssonina leaf blotch. Life cycle and management practices will be discussed.

3A, 3D / 1 CEU

2:30 pm – 3:20 pmDesigning and Planting Container Gardens for Pollinators
Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, Natureworks

Anyone can help our pollinators, even if they do not have a large yard. Promoting pollinator plants can increase foraging opportunities, extend bloom time, and increase beneficial insects in the garden and landscape. This benefits the client, environment and increases sales for you. Nancy will teach you about the many plants for sun & shade, plus ideas for each season. Learn the secrets of planting and caring for container gardens using organic methods.

PA, 3A / 1 CEU


Thursday, JANUARY 28 – Spanish Program

8:30 am – 9:20 am – Poda de Árboles y Arbustos/Pruning of Trees and Shrubs
Dr. Raul I. Cabrera, Rutgers University

Una introducción a los beneficios, objetivos, herramientas y técnicas adecuadas de poda aplicadas a arbustos y árboles en jardinería urbana./An introduction to the benefits, objectives, proper tools and techniques of pruning applied to landscape shrubs and trees.

Credit Pending

9:30 am – 10:20 amUn Buen Manejo de Plantas de Jardí/Good Management of Landscape Plants
Dr. Raul I. Cabrera, Rutgers University

Esta clase cubrirá algunas de las mejores prácticas de manejo de plantas en jardinería que mantengan su estética/belleza y funciones./This class will cover some of the most important management practices that sustain the beauty/aesthetics and function of landscape plants.

Credit Pending

10:30 am – 11:20 amEl uso del Control Biológico Para Insectos Plaga en Invernaderos/Using Biological Control for Greenhouse Insect
Pest Management
Dr. Ana Legrand, University of Connecticut

Una introducción al uso de artrópodos para el control biológico en el invernadero. Esta clase revisará los agentes de control más usados./An introduction to the use of arthropods for pest management in greenhouses. This class will review the most common control agents.

Credit Pending

11:30 am – 12:20 pm – Estado de la Industria/State of the Industry
Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

2020 ha sido un año difícil en muchos frentes. Conozca los enfoques proactivos que la comunidad agrícola de Connecticut ha adoptado para mantener un ambiente saludable y planificar para la temporada 2021. Se dará tiempo para preguntas y respuestas./2020 has been a challenging year on many fronts. Learn the proactive approaches the Connecticut agriculture community has taken to maintain a healthy environment and plan for the 2021 season.  Time will be given for questions and answers

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm – Precauciones Para Prevenir  la Enfermedad del COVID-19/Actions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19


Thank you sponsors

event Sponsors

Connecticut Nurserymen’s Foundation

Green Earth Ag & Turf

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Pavers by Ideal

Annual Sponsors


Pre-Registration ends January 14, 2021

Members: $80.00/person
Under 30: $55.00/person
5+ people rate: $TBD/person
Non-members: $105.00/person

After January 14, 2020, all fees will increase by $10


January 27 at 8:30 am
January 28 at 3:30 pm




Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association