2021 MNLA Virtual Forum
2021 MNLA Virtual Forum
 
 

Webinars

Online education at its finest!

MNLA members: $25/webinar | Certified MCHs: $35/webinar | Non members: $50/webinar*
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Virtual Forum webinars start at 11:30 am EST on Thursdays,* beginning January 20, 2022. These hour and a half in-depth sessions include live Q&A with the speakers, community networking, and a full year to rewatch the webinar wherever and whenever you want. Don’t wait until the last minute! Online registration for all live webinars ends at midnight the day prior. Registration will go live again once webinar recordings are available for on demand viewing.

1 MCH credit available per webinar. Click here for more information regarding on demand webinars that were previously recorded.

*Pricing is consistent unless noted otherwise in webinar description. All live webinars take place on Thursdays from 11:30 am–1 pm and will be available to watch on demand after the fact unless noted otherwise.

What’s Bugging You? From Lanternflies to Murder Hornets.

Jennifer Forman Orth

Thursday, February 3, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Forman Orth, Ph.D., Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Think you've seen a murder hornet? Wondering what a spotted lanternfly is and why you should care? Click for more details.

Description: Think you’ve seen a murder hornet? Wondering what a spotted lanternfly is and why you should care? Join us for a review of the most important pests on the state’s radar, and learn what’s really happening in Massachusetts, how to identify these and other high priority pests, and what you can do to stop their spread.

Biography: Jennifer Forman Orth is an Environmental Biologist for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, where she works on a number of botanical and entomological issues, including insect pests, mosquito control, invasive plants, and plant resources for pollinators. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. at UMass Boston, where she studied the odd breeding system of Japanese knotweed. She also has a master’s degree from Boston University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.

1 MCH credit available
Licenses credits are valid for: 25, 29, 32, 35, 36, 37, CORE (L) & Dealer


Using Engineered Soils for Sustainability

Anthony Will, Read Custom Soils

Thursday, February 10, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: Anthony Will, Read Custom Soils

Take a closer look at certain engineered soils and how they improved storm water management while enhancing the appearance of the landscape. Click for more details.

Description: Over a four-year period of construction, Read Custom Soils supplied a wide range of engineered soil products that were used to build the landscape on the grounds of Harvard University’s new John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences complex in Allston, Massachusetts. From lightweight soil for vegetated green roof areas to subsurface drainage layers, this LEED Platinum project is a showcase for modern landscape design and innovative materials.

This case study presentation will take a closer look at the engineered soils that were used and how they improved storm water management while enhancing the appearance of the landscape. Although the engineering and sciences complex is a multimillion dollar landscape project, most of the engineered soils used can be incorporated into any size project to enhance overall sustainability. It is worth noting that the goal of the entirely built landscape of the new Harvard campus is to mimic nature.

Specific topics to be discussed include:

  • Structural soils—load bearing soils designed for planting trees in close proximity to streets, parking areas, plazas and sidewalks
  • Bioretention soils—used in stormwater drainage facilities (swales, rain gardens, infiltration areas)
  • Green roof soils—lightweight soils for planted roof areas and containers
  • Fiber-reinforced soils—to increase load bearing, reduce erosion and create dramatic landforms
  • Stabilized stone dust—permeable natural surface for pedestrian traffic

Biography: Tony Will is the Director of New Product Development at Read Custom Soils, New England’s largest engineered soil manufacturer. With over 40 years of experience in the landscape materials business, Tony’s current focus is on innovative soil products that improve the performance of green infrastructure.

1 MCH credit available


Thoughtful Landcare—The way of the Modern Land Steward

Trevor Smith

Thursday, February 17, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: Trevor Smith, MCH, NOFA AOLCP, LEED GA, Weston Nurseries

We will take a stripped-down look at the human element and the role we play in the landscape. Click for more details.

Description: Trevor Smith has taken his 20 years of field experience as an entrepreneur and regenerative landscape designer and created a guideline offering a unique way to approach land care. We will take a stripped-down look at the human element and the role we play in the landscape. Through personal stories and observations of hundreds of installed projects, Trevor covers topics such as: Regenerative Design: Creating Artful Landscapes, Informed by Science • Green Infrastructure: Managing Water in the Real World • Resilient landscapes: Balancing Humans’ Needs While Respecting Nature • Adaptive Strategies: Coping with a changing climate Trevor shares practical experience and asks you to rediscover a connection with the land that just might remind you why you went into this line of work in the first place. Along the way, you will look anew at the natural world and learn about opportunities to make your impacts on the land positive ones.

Biography: Trevor specializes in green infrastructure, such as permeable pavers and rain gardens, as well as in landscapes designed to maximize Earth’s systems while balancing them with the needs and desires of her human inhabitants. Mr. Smith is equally driven by both the form and function of his landscape designs. He is passionate about the natural world which inspires his commitment to ecological principles and practices and devoted to creating beautiful landscapes that provide clients with an oasis to reconnect with the natural world. Mr. Smith holds several landscape certifications, including MCH, NOFA AOLCP, LEED GA, and he is also a past President of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and a current Trustee.

1 MCH credit available


Practical Tips for Tree and Shrub ID—Seed, Leaf, Bud & Bark

Kelly Perry, MCH, Swan Point Cemetery

Thursday, February 24, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: Kelly Perry, Swan Point Cemetery

Success in the landscape, nursery and garden center industry begins with a comprehensive knowledge of plant material available. Click for more details.

Description: Success in the landscape, nursery and garden center industry begins with a comprehensive knowledge of plant material available in the trade as well as being able to match site conditions with appropriate woody plants. “Right Plant, Right Place”. Join Kelly as she shares practical tips for tree and shrub I.D. using seed, leaf, bud & bark. Regardless if you are looking to sit for an upcoming MCH exam or just gaining a refresher you will not want to miss this plant I.D. session with a twist!

Biography: Kelly Perry is the Director of Horticulture, Greenhouse Operations and Educational Outreach for Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI. Swan Point is a 200 acre Victorian era garden cemetery and arboretum. Kelly has been an MCH for 27 years and is proud to serve MNLA as a member of the MCH board.

1 MCH credit available


Perennials for Professionals—and their Clients

C.L. Fornari, The Garden Lady

Thursday, March 3, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: C.L. Fornari, The Garden Lady

Our clients want plants that come back every year, but often they don't understand that these don't bloom all summer and aren't very low-maintenance. Click for more details.

Description: Our clients want plants that come back every year, but often they don’t understand that these don’t bloom all summer and aren’t very low-maintenance. This talk is about the perennials that are less needy in terms of spreading, deadheading and other tending, but bring something to the garden party even when they aren’t in bloom. You’ll hear about great plants and how to tend them, plus how to communicate to your clients about what’s needed for their gardens to be beautiful from early spring through fall. Your questions about perennials and perennial garden maintenance will be answered at the end of this talk.

Biography: C.L. Fornari is the author of eight books, including Coffee for Roses and The Cocktail Hour Garden. She speaks to groups virtually and in person nationwide, is the host of GardenLine on WXTK, and co-host of the Plantrama podcast. C.L. has worked for a family-owned, independent garden center for 25 years. In 2015 she started the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival: ten days of open gardens, lectures and garden-theme events. She and the festival were featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Mo Rocca in August of 2021. C.L. grows vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees and numerous other plants at Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod. Connect with her at www.GardenLady.com

1 MCH credit available


Winter Pruning

Jen Kettell, MCH, ISA Certified Arborist, Radiant Leaf Consulting

Thursday, March 10, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm
This is a live only webinar.

Speaker: Jen Kettell, MCH, ISA Certified Arborist, Radiant Leaf Consulting

Find out why this time of year is so significant with respect to pruning, and learn the techniques to begin pruning in your own gardens. Click for more details.

Description: Late winter is an ideal time to start pruning trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Find out why this time of year is so significant with respect to pruning, and learn the techniques to begin pruning in your own gardens. In this primer, participants will learn about pruning objectives, appropriate tools and personal protective gear; pruning techniques, and where to seek additional resources. Bundle up and get pruning! Please note that this program will be live-only, and not recorded.

Biography: Jen Kettell is an arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area. As the owner of Radiant Leaf Consulting, she shares her passion for horticulture through the training she provides to both homeowners and green industry professionals. Prior to starting Radiant Leaf Consulting in 2013, she worked as a staff horticulturist at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for more than ten years, and served on the board of directors for the International Society of Arboriculture’s local chapter for five years.

1 MCH credit available. This webinar will not be available for on demand access as it will not be recorded.


Native Plants with a Twist—Unexpected Excitement from our Native Flora

Adam Wheeler, B.S. Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture, Broken Arrow Nursery

Thursday, March 17, 2022
11:30 am–1 pm

Speaker: Adam Wheeler, B.S. Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture, Broken Arrow Nursery

Join Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional slide of our native flora. Click for more details.

Description: Join Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional slide of our native flora. Adam will present his current favorite native trees and shrubs for general garden use including design considerations, cultural requirements, and other critical details. A special emphasis will be given toward unusual variation and unexpected use. Both novice and experts alike will find value in the details provided.

Biography: Adam started work at Broken Arrow in 2004 after completing his BS degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture at the University of Vermont. Adam manages plant propagation, container production, mail order and the acquisition and development of new plants. He is a past recipient of the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association. He loves to share his passion for plants through photography and educational outreach. As a result, he lectures widely on a variety of subjects and is also an adjunct lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Berkshire Botantical Garden. With his spare time he enjoys cultivating his eclectic collection of rare and unusual plants, rock climbing and competitive giant pumpkin growing.

1 MCH credit available


Click here for more information regarding on demand webinars that were previously recorded.

 

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