ANNUAL WINTER MEETING AND TRADE SHOW

February 16, 2023
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - In-Person
VNLA Annual Winter Meeting & Trade Show
UVM Davis Center
Burlington, VT  05401

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Please scroll down to register as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor.

Parking permits will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting.

SCHEDULE

8:00 - 9:00 am - Trade Show Registration

8:00 - 10:30 am - VCH Exam

9:00 -10:30 am - “Knockout Natives”  w/ Sam Hoadley, Manager of Horticultural Research at the Mt. Cuba Center.  - Join Sam as he highlights knockout native species and cultivars from Mt. Cuba Center trials. Top performers and favorites of Monarda, Phlox, Helenium, Echinacea, wild hydrangea, and Carex represent some of the best native plants for the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Sam will discuss their horticultural and ecological information on standouts that will make beautiful additions to your garden.

10:30 - 11:00 am - Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

11:00 am - 12:15pm - VNLA/Green Works Business Meeting and Election of Officers.

12:15 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - VNLA/Green Works Awards Presentation, Industry Award Winners Presentation of Projects & Sponsor Spotlight Session. This hour will begin with the VNLA presentation of our annual awards, including the winners of the Industry Awards presenting their winning projects. This will be followed by short presentations from our generous sponsors for this meeting.

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Visit with Vendors/Trade Show

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

GRAND MAPLE BALLROOM

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - “Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity” - Join us in celebration of a new resource for VNLA members, one that explores new ways to help better protect, create, grow and manage our landscapes for the benefit of nature. Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity is a recently published book featuring stories about creative Vermonters who are protecting and restoring nature, new essays by regional conservation experts and an Afterword by Doug Tallamy. Accompanied by photographs and illustrations, this book depicts the work of many local residents, professionals, educators and students aiming to help save biodiversity in Vermont.

Our Better Nature is dedicated to E.O. Wilson, pioneering biologist and author who has inspired individuals and communities around the world to expand their framework for sustaining biodiversity. He led the way toward promoting and engaging communities in meaningful actions to help protect nature in all of our landscapes.

The book addresses what E.O. Wilson called the gravest challenge facing the planet: the loss of biodiversity and the current extinction crisis. In the face of this crisis, Our Better Nature offers messages of hope. In this session co-authors George Schenk, Liz Thompson and Curt Lindberg will share readings and highlights from the book. We invite and encourage participants to engage and share their own stories.

OR

WILLIAMS ROOM

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - What’s Out There? Highlights of 2022 Nursery Inspections, Pests of Concern and Regulatory Updates” w/Judy Rosovsky, and Benjamin Dillner, VT Agency of Agriculture. - Join Judy and Ben Dillner from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture for a review of pests, diseases and regulatory issues that were seen in VT nurseries in 2022. We will provide management and identification tips and let you know what to watch out for this coming season.  Earns one (1) pesticide credit.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

GRAND MAPLE BALLROOM

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Round Table Discussion : Saving Biodiversity in Vermont w/Ashley Robinson, Curt Lindberg, Liz Thompson, and George Schenk. Come join the conversation in exploring some challenges and possible solutions facing biodiversity loss in Vermont. Learn about work being done locally as a result of a recent biodiversity planning workshop in Waitsfield and discuss how the VNLA can participate. Bring your own concerns, questions, and success stories to share. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Client engagement- What does it mean to design, install and manage a more biodiverse landscape? What are the questions clients most frequently ask? How do we answer?
  • Beauty of biodiversity - How do we encourage a ‘new way’ to enjoy a garden? Or is it new? What do people most enjoy about their gardens and landscapes? What are some challenges facing growers & retail nurseries?
  • Collaborations in disciplines- How can we support each other? What are some ways landscapers & nurseries can best work together to help cultivate more biodiverse landscapes? What is missing in the movement?

Conversions are not limited to these topics. Discussion from these and other topics are encouraged! This is an opportunity to work together, learn from each other and how we engage with clients to encourage creative ways of interacting with our landscapes.

OR

WILLIAMS ROOM

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Lakeshore Landscaping in Vermont: Bioengineering and Native Plants to Restore Shorelands w/ Holly Greenleaf, Greeleaf Designs, LLC. Vermont has higher rates of lakeshore disturbance on its over 800 lakes than the regional and national average, adversely impacting water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and erosion of shorelands. Lakeshores have been cleared extensively and replaced with lawns, hardscaping, and development that is over double the residential density of Vermont’s urban areas. In order to support the health and resilience of Vermont’s lakes, we need to embrace naturally vegetated shorelands, bioengineering techniques to stabilize and restore shores, and ways to reintegrate diverse native plants and natural communities into our lakeshore properties. Holly will share her experience working with Lake Wise, helping to develop the Vermont Bioengineering Manual, and designing and installing lakeshore restoration projects around Vermont. In this presentation, you will learn many shoreland Best Management Practices (BMPs) and alternatives to conventional landscape design practices that will benefit lakes, wildlife, and people for generations to come. 

SPEAKER PROFILES

Sam Hoadley is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center where he evaluates native plant species, old and new cultivars, and hybrids in the Trial Garden. Sam earned his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont.

 

 

Curt Lindberg’s love of nature was stimulated by his recent move to the Green Mountain State. Learning from talented Vermont naturalists and E. O. Wilson’s writings spurred him to help found the Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth, join the Waitsfield Conservation Commission, and work to create a coalition of Vermont conservation organizations devoted to preserving biodiversity. He co-edited Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity.

George Schenk is the founder and CEO of American Flatbread at Lareau Farm and Forest. He is a past board member of the Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Business for Social Responsibility, and currently serves on the Warren Conservation Commission. He established the Lareau Interpretive Garden, a 1 1/2-acre market garden managed for nutrient density, biodiver­sity, and public education, along with Community Garden plots and a Food Shelf Victory Garden.

Elizabeth Thompson grew up in eastern Massachusetts, where she wan­dered in the shrinking woods and wetlands, following old stonewalls, iden­tifying plants, and looking for flowers and frogs. These experiences fed a deep passion for nature and its conservation. Liz, one of Vermont’s preeminent ecologists, is a coauthor of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont.

Ashley Robinson is a Landscape Designer based in Vergennes, VT. She has owned and operated her business for over 17 years, recently shifting her focus to a more ecologically based approach to designing and managing residential landscapes. Educated at the Landscape Institute, employed with a Landscape Architect in Cambridge MA and experienced in floral shop management & nursery sales, her path as always been directed by love of the natural environment. Ashley has served on the VNLA Board of Directors for 8 years, most recently as President since 2019.

 

 

 

Judy Rosovsky has spent over 30 years finding, identifying and managing pest species in Vermont, with a particular focus on invasive pest species. Her master’s degree on spongy moth management is from UVM’s Entomology Research Lab and she is the state entomologist with the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. In this role Judy works closely with USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine staff to safeguard state and national agriculture.

Ben Dillner is the new State Survey Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. Ben grew up on a small sheep and goat farm in northern Vermont. He received a B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Ecology from Penn State. For four summers during his undergrad years, Ben worked with the AAFM both as a nursery inspector and in the mosquito program. After grad school, Ben lived in Eugene, Oregon for three years and worked for the breeding program of a major blueberry nursery. In his free time, Ben enjoys gardening, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and woodworking.

Holly Greenleaf is an ecological landscape designer and owner of Greenleaf Design, LLC, a small design, research, illustration, and installation/planting business. She specializes in native plantings, green stormwater infrastructure, bioengineering, lakeshore and riparian restoration, and planting for wildlife and people. Holly grew up on a small diversified farm in the Northeast Kingdom and studied Ecological Landscape Design, Sustainable Horticulture, and Studio Art as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Vermont, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Master of Science in Plant and Soil Science. She has been working in the landscape and horticulture industry for a decade and practicing landscape design for eight years. She is inspired by local place, patterns, plant communities, and people and intends to work with the intelligence of nature to benefit soils, water, wildlife, way of life and create the conditions for all to thrive and be resilient in an uncertain future. 

 

 

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 6, 2023

SAVE $$$ - WALK-IN REGISTRATION $10 MORE AT THE DOOR

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Registration / Information

Become a Sponsor!

Keynote Sponsor - $2,000

  • 2 minute talk at keynote presentation
  • Free exhibit space ($325 value)
  • Four complimentary registrations ($280 value)
  • Recognized as the Keynote Level Sponsor on VNLA website and poster at meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Four full page color ads in The Dirt, our quarterly on-line publication ($815 value)

Program/Lunch Sponsor - $1,500

  • 2 minute talk at VNLA Business Meeting/Presentation of Awards
  • Free exhibit space ($325 value)
  • Four complimentary registrations ($280 value)
  • Recognized as the Lunch Level Sponsor on the VNLA website and signage at the meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Four ½ page color ads in The Dirt, our quarterly on-line publication ($490 value)

Oak Sponsor - $1,000

  • 2 minute talk at an afternoon Seminar
  • Free exhibit space ($325 value)
  • Four complimentary registrations ($240 value)
  • Recognized as the Oak Level Sponsor on the VNLA website and signage at the meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Four 1/4 page color ads in The Dirt, our quarterly on-line publication ($265 value)

Maple - $750

  • 2 minute talk at an afternoon Seminar
  • Free exhibit space ($325 value)
  • Two complimentary expo registrations ($140 value)
  • Recognized as the Maple Level Sponsor on the VNLA website and signage at the meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Four 1/8 page color ads in The Dirt, our quarterly on-line publication ($170 value)

Birch - $500

  • Two complimentary expo registrations ($120 value)
  • Recognized as the Birch Level Sponsor on the VNLA website and signage at the meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Four 1/8 page color ads in The Dirt, our quarterly on-line publication ($180 value)

Cherry - $300

  • Two complimentary registrations ($80 value)
  • Recognized as the Cherry Level Sponsor on the VNLA website and signage at the meeting
  • Verbal recognition during event

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

The Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association/Green Works would like to invite you to exhibit at our Annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show on Thursday, February 16, 2023. The meeting will be held in-person at the UVM Davis Center.   We expect 100-150 attendees to visit our Winter Meeting & Trade Show.

Exhibitor registration includes full meeting attendance for one representative and includes morning refreshments, lunch, and admission to the educational seminars. Each registered exhibitor will be provided a 6’ skirted banquet table. The meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it to the VNLA/Green Works office by January 31, 2023.

Our keynote speaker is Sam Hoadley and is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center where he evaluates native plant species, old and new cultivars, and hybrids in the Trial Garden. Sam earned his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont.

THE DAY also includes the VNLA business meeting and presentation of awards, including a presentation of Industry Award winning projects. There will also be educational presentations from Judy Rosovsky and Benjamin Dillner, VT Agency of Agriculture with pest updates, Holly Greenleaf of Greenleaf Design on lakeshore landscaping and Curt Lindberg from VT Alliance for Half-Earth.
SET-UP: Set-up time is between 6:30 am - 8 am February 16, 2023. Once you register we will email you specific information about move-in and set up. Registration for attendees begins at 8 am.

BECOME A SPONSOR: We hope you may consider becoming a sponsor for this event. You can learn more about the added benefits of sponsorship by visiting our website registration page for the Winter Meeting & Trade Show.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington is located at 870 Williston Road, S. Burlington, VT 05403 - 802-865-6600. Other hotels in the area include the Delta Hotel by Marriott, 802-658-0250, the Hilton Burlington-Lake Champlain - 802-658-6500 and Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown - 802-951-0099.

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please check our website for the current protocols at UVM and will be provide updates as the time draws near.

 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2023