2013 Ornamental Plant School

J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex, Easley, SC

December 6, 2013

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

$55; pre-register by December 2

Cory Tanner, 864-232-4431


The 2013 Ornamental Plant School is a one-day course focusing on the technical challenges of growing, installing, and maintaining plants in nursery and landscape settings.  This program is conducted by Clemson researchers and Extension agents specifically for professionals who work with a variety of landscape plants and situations.  This workshop is for you! 

Earn Up to Four (4) S.C. Pesticide Recertification Credits!  

This course will concentrate on identifying and implementing best management practices for the following topics: planting trees, selecting quality plants, water quality and conservation, insect pests, and disease management.  Clemson University researchers are developing and fine-tuning sustainable nursery and landscape techniques to minimize economic and environmental costs while meeting customer expectations and government regulations.  Finally, this program offers new and more effective management practices that address the current issues that you face!

Registration is Closed

Program Brochure


Morning Session  (Two Pesticide Recertification Credits)

8:30-9:00        Registration & Welcome

9:00-10:00      Sustainable Landscape Design - Dr. Ellen Vincent

What is sustainability? Dr. Vincent will define it for you and teach you how to incorporate sustainable practices into your operation. Your customers will thank you for it!

10:00-11:00    Choosing Quality Trees for Urban Landscapes - Dr. Sarah White

Learn to request, recognize, and select trees that are structurally sound from the roots up. Selection criteria to maximize landscape success while minimizing need for pruning and pesticides will be emphasized. 

11:00-12:00    Managing Scale Insects in the Landscape - Dr. J.C. Chong

Scale insects are among the most difficult pests to manage in the landscape.  Learn from Dr. Chong how to properly identify monitor, and treat for these damaging insects.  

12:00-1:00      Lunch; provided

Afternoon Sessions     Participants may rotate between afternoon sessions

Diseases of Landscape Plants Track  (Two Pesticide Recertification Credits)

1:00-2:00        Before You Spray, Dust, Spread or Drench - Dr. James Blake

Pesticides are important tools in your pest management toolbox, but applying a chemical should be one of your last options. Learn to practice proper site selection, plant selection, and horticultural management to reduce pesticide inputs.

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:15 Fungicides for Ornamental Plants - Dr. Steve Jeffers

Learn how fungicides are used to manage plant diseases, and review products for use on ornamental crops—including old standbys as well as new products.  You’ll also learn about potential limitations—like cost, resistance development, and re-entry intervals.

Weed Management Track  (Two Pesticide Recertification Credits)

1:00-2:00 Water Quality Influences on Pesticide Efficacy - Dr. Dara Park 

The water that fills your spray tank may be making your pesticides less effective, costing you money.   Learn how to test your water and make sure the sprays do their job.

2:00-2:15  Break

2:15-3:15 Got Weeds? – Managing Troublesome Weeds in the Landscape
Dr. Ted Whitwell

Weeds continue to cause many problems; mostly impacting landscape plant growth.  We explore cultural and chemical control measures to reduce weeds problems in most landscape situations.

3:15-3:30 Wrap-up Discussion and Pesticide Credit Signups 



J.B. "Red" Owens Recreation Complex - Larry Bagwell Gymnasium