Registration is now open!

Integrated Pest Management Symposium


9th Annual Symposium for Professionals in the Horticulture and Landscape Industry

Hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum in conjunction with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Keynote: Dr. Stanton Gill

Dr. Gill is the University of Maryland Extension Specialist in IPM Nursery and Greenhouse Management at Central Maryland Research and Education Center. Over his long career he has presented at the international, national and state levels and served many professional associations, and his research on insect, disease and bio controls is widely published.

Full Conference Schedule

Approved Continuing Education Units

North Carolina: NCDA & CS D (3), G(1), I(2), L(3), N(3), O(1) X(3)

North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board: L(4)

Georgia: 3 hours in categories 21, 22 and 23 with 2 hours in private category

Tennessee: 3 points each in categories 1, 2, 3, 10, 12

South Carolina: Core 3.5

Registration Fees

Early Bird Through September 6: 
$90 Arboretum Member | $95 Non-member

From September 7: $120 Arboretum Member | $125 Non-member
Lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee.

For more information, contact IPM Symposium Developer June Jolley:

Support for the IPM Symposium is provided in part by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park



Save the Date!

March 11-12, 2020



Wednesday, March 11, 2020  –  Evening speaker and opening reception

Thursday, March 12, 2020  –  One-day symposium

Other events or workshops TBA


There is a growing demand for natural color for use in the textile, cosmetic, and food industries, but local sources for many of these dyes are scant. Growing Color is designed for professionals in the farming, herb, and textile industries and for anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of plant-based color. The conference aims to focus awareness about issues and opportunities in plant dyes and encourage a sustainable natural dye industry in Western North Carolina.  The 2020 symposium will expand its emphasis to include growing naturally colored fibers with Sally Fox’s presentation on her research and development in naturally colored cotton.

Featured Speakers

Sarah Bellos

Catharine Ellis

Sally Fox

Rowland Rickets


Registration opens September 1, 2019

For more information, contact Rebecca Caldwell, Adult Education Programs Coordinator: