Horticulture Industry Integrated Pest Management Symposium

The 3rd Annual Symposium for Professionals in the Horticulture and Landscape Industry

was held on

 Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 and was a great success!

Pesticide credits available for participants from NC, SC and TN were awarded

Thank you to our speakers and Community Partners!

The Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium offers programs on scouting for insect pests and new diseases in the landscape, integrated pest management and using beneficial insects in both greenhouse and landscape application. The attendance drew a variety of green industry professionals including landscape, garden, greenhouse, small farm, national park service, university and garden center sector representatives.

Speaker Bios

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is the owner of Buglady Consulting and is an ornamental entomologist specializing in integrated pest management. Suzanne focuses on biological control and proper pesticide use.

Alan Windham

Dr. Windham is a professor of ornamental and turf pathology, University of Tennessee Soil, Plant and Pest Center at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. His work with greenhouse, nursery, garden center and landscape professionals includes the diagnosis and management of plant diseases.

Alison Reeves

Alison Reeves is the garden manager at the Virginia Tech Dining Services Garden. She received her M.S in Entomology from Virginia Tech and her B.S in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her research focused on honeybees and their hives.

Steve Frank

Dr. Frank’s research and extension programs at N.C. State University focus on pest management in nurseries, greenhouses, and urban landscapes.  His research works on ways to improve biological control techniques as insects develop resistance to insecticides. He helps horticultural professionals make judicious, safe, and effective pest control decisions.

Dominique-Andre Demers

Dominique-Andre Demers is a biocontrol, IPM and pollination consultant for Biobest Canada Ltd. He advises distributors and customers on the use of bio-control/IPM products for effective pest management and on the use of bumblebee hives for pollination. He works with growers throughout Canada and the United States.

Cliff Ruth

Cliff Ruth is an N. C. Cooperative Extension Service Area Agent based in Buncombe County. His focus is on providing workforce training for the nursery, greenhouse and landscape industries.  He facilitates opportunities for recertification credits for professional licenses.

The Symposium Agenda included:

Plenary Sessions

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.                 Welcome and Announcements

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.               Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Getting the Most from Your Biocontrol Agents

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.              Break and Opportunity to View Beneficial Insects and Disease Vouchers at microscopes

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.              Alison Reeves, Attracting and Keeping Pollinators at Your Farm/Operation  

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.       Cliff Ruth, Proper Methods of Plant Samples for Diagnostics

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.                Lunch

Participants may rotate between the afternoon sessions.

Landscape & Nursery Track

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.      Dr. Alan Windham, Persistent Diseases in the Landscape

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.      Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Common Mistakes in Pest Management

Greenhouse Track
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.      Dr. Dominique Andre-Demers, Maximizing Your Beneficial Insect Program

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.      Dr. Steve Frank, Introduction to Banker Plants for Greenhouse Production

Both Tracks meet      3:30 - 4:00 p.m.        Hands on Release of Beneficial Insects and Pesticide Credits Issued



Sustainability is an important component of The North Carolina Arboretum’s daily operation and using beneficial insects as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach has proven to be stable and effective.


This symposium is supported in part by our Community Partners