New England Grows: A Decade of Growth


Here’s the educational and activity schedules at a glance

New England Grows is set for this coming Feb. 6-8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Founded in 1993 by green industry pros for green industry pros, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information and connections.


This year’s theme is “Frontline Thinking. Intelligent Solutions,” and the show features more than 30 innovative educational seminars.

In addition, green industry pros can obtain professional continuing education credits (CEUs) with recertification for pesticide licenses, NOFA, APLD, LA CES, ISA, CTSP, along with many state association units.

More than 13,000 green industry pros are expected to participate in this year’s event. Attendees include landscape company owners, managers and field personnel; landscape designers and architects; lawn care pros; arborists; grounds managers; wholesale nursery growers; garden center owners; students and educators.

On average, 650 suppliers from throughout the United States, Canada and beyond exhibit in 1,300 booth spaces. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 6; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 7; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8.

The founding partners of NE Grows are the New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association.

Proceeds from New England Grows go directly back to the industry to support the work of these and other industry organizations, including yearly research grants to the region’s cooperative extension programs. Funds from the show also support related community-based programs, such as the Boston Schoolyard Initiative.

To learn more about New England Grows or to register, visit

Here is the 2013 New England Grows seminar schedule at a glance.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional Study Course: Part I (advance registration required)
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: European Crane Flies & Other Emerging Turfgrass Insects, Daniel C. Peck, Ph.D., lead scientist, Grass Systems Entomology, LLC, Geneva, N.Y.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Everything Old is New Again: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Vincent A. Simeone, horticulturist, garden writer & lecturer, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Seeing Trees From the Inside Out: The Future of Decay Detection, Bruce Allison, Ph.D., owner, Allison Tree Care, Inc., Verona, Wis.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Capitalizing on the New Cool: Selling to Younger Customers, Ian Doescher, digital marketing specialist, Pivot Group, LLC, Portland, Ore.
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: Department of Labor-Occupational Safety & Health Administration program
  • 11 – 12 p.m.: High Consequence Insect Pests, Dan Gilrein, extension entomologist, Cornell University, Riverhead, N.Y.
  • 11 – 12:30 p.m.: Change: The Passage of Time in the Garden, Sydney Eddison, writer, gardener & lecturer, Newtown, Conn.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals program
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professionals Study Course Part I (advance registration required)
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Invasive Plants: The Importance of Having a Plan, Seth Wilkinson, president, Wilkinson Ecological Design, Orleans, Mass.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: New Perennials for the Garden, Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: 9/11 Memorial Trees: Meeting the Challenge, Wayne Dubin, vice president/division manager, Bartlett Tree Experts, Denville, N.J.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Win More Bids … At Higher Prices!, Kirk Armstrong, trainer and consultant, Gerry Weinberg & Associations, Southfield, Mich.
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m.: Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals Reception (by invitation)
  • 5 – 7 p.m.: New Hampshire Green Industry Educators and Professionals Reception

Thursday, Feb. 7

  • 9- 10 a.m.: Insecticides & Pollinators: Richard Cowles, Ph.D., research entomologist, Agricultural Experiment Station, Windsor, Conn.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Flourish with Awesome Annuals, Bill Calkins, retail business manager, Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Ill.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Large Bare Root Tree Planting & Transplanting, Jim Flott, community forestry consultants, Spokane, Wash.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: How to Master Social Media Lead Generation, Kipp Bodnar, inbound marketing specialist, HubSpot, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 9:30 – 2 p.m.: Irrigation Association of New England meetings
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: The Landscape Institute at the BAC Program
  • 11 – 12 p.m.: Lifestyles of Famous Landscape Weeds: The Top 10, Hannah Mathers, Ph.D., associate professor, state extension specialist, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 11 – 12:30 p.m.: Container Crazy … and Plants for Small-Space Gardens, Dan Heims, president, Terra Nova Nurseries, Canby, Ore.
  • 11:30 – 1 p.m.: Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association Annual Meeting (by invitation, advance registration required)
  • 12 – 1 p.m.: Association of Professional Landscape Designers Annual Meeting
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: The Ecological Landscape Association Member Reception.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Probiotics: A New Tool to Increase Yield, Improve Quality & Reduce Cost, Joe Magazzi, MS, owner, Green Earth Agriculture, LLC, North Branford, Conn.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Global Climate Change: How Plants Respond, George Jacobson, professor emeritus of biology, ecology and climate change, University of Maine, Orono, Me.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: How to Prune & Renovate the Overgrown Landscape, Cass Turnbull, author & founder, Plant Amnesty, Seattle, Wash.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: It’s All in the Tag … From Production to Retail, Kip Creel, president, Standpoint, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.: University of Massachusetts-Stockbridge School of Agriculture reception

Friday, Feb. 8

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: New England Nursery Association Annual Meeting (by invitation, advance registration required)
  • 8 – 12:30 p.m.: Garden Writers Association Meeting (advanced registration required)
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Bleeding Cankers & Other Game Changers for Tree Health in the Northeast, George Hudler, Ph.D., professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Permaculture 101: Creating Landscapes Full of Food & Beauty, Ethan Roland, MS, principal, lead designer, Appleseed Permaculture, Stone Ridge, N.Y.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Five Steps for Small Business Success, Rick Segel, CSP, Rick Segel & Associates, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Rigging Trees: Understanding the Powerful Forces, Brian Kane, Ph.D., MAA professor of commercial arboriculture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
  • 9 – 12 p.m.: Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist Examination
  • 11 – 12 p.m.: What a Warming World Means for Pest Outbreaks, Michael Raupp, professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • 11 – 12:30 p.m.: Gardens of the Jazz Age, Jenny Rose Carey, director, Ambler Arboretum, Temple University, Ambler, Pa.
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m.: Massachusetts Certified Arborists Association Program Overview
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Plant Health Care: The Latest Disease Management Strategies, Sharon Douglas, Ph.D., CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Conn.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: The “Know Maintenance” Approach to Perennial Garden Design, Roy Dibilk, co-owner, Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, Wis.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Emerging Trends in Stormwater Management, Chris Webb, principal, Chris Webb & Associations, Bellingham, Wash.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: Maintaining Mature Trees in Healthy Urban & Community Forests, Kevin Smith, Ph.D., plant physiologist, USDA Forest Service, Durham, N.H.