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Horticultural Sciences Field Day


Horticultural Sciences Field Day

JCCC hosts Horticultural Sciences Field Day Feb. 15 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Want to learn how to garden with native plants? Or to use sustainable practices in your landscaping and gardening? These topics, along with many others, will be part of the third annual Horticultural Sciences Field Day-Sustainable Horticulture, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Johnson County Community College.

Speakers from academics, business and government will speak on varied topics related to this year’s theme of sustainable horticulture. Daytime sessions will be in the Capitol Federal Conference Center (Regnier Center 101).

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

Dan Heims, CEO, Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Ore., will share his expertise on perennials from around the world during 7 p.m. presentation in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Heims’ talk is a joint offering of the JCCC horticultural sciences department and the Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series.

He also will present “From Passion to Profession,” a one-hour introduction to his travels to seek new plant varieties, at 9 a.m.

The full schedule is as follows: 

  • 7:30-8:45 a.m. – Vendor set-up/breakfast
  • 9-10 a.m. - "From Passion to Profession." Dan Heims, CEO, Terra Nova.
  • 10-11 a.m. – “Pollinator Protection Issues, Urban Gardens and Gardening with Native Plants.” Heather Duncan, Darin Banks and Kerry Herndon, Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 11-11:30 a.m. - "Sustainable Substrates." Cheryl R. Boyer, assistant professor and extension specialist, ornamental nursery crops, Kansas State University.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - "Vegetable grafting as IPM for Tomato Field Production."
    Cary Rivard, fruit and vegetable extension specialist, Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, Kansas State University.
  • 12:30-1 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1-2 p.m. - "‘Bioplastics’ and Reducing Carbon Footprint." Ramani Narayan, distinguished professor, Michigan State University.
  • 2-3 p.m. - "Biodegradable Mulches." Carol Miles, vegetable horticulturist,
    Washington State University. 
  • 3-3:30 p.m. - Break
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. - "Sustainable Pest Management." Ray Cloyd, entomology, Kansas State University.
  • 4:15-5 p.m. - "Sustainable Landscapes." Alan Stevens, director, Kansas State University Research and Extension.
  • 5-5:40 p.m. - "Sustaining Ourselves: How Plant Selection and Landscape Choices Can Help Us and the Environment." Matt Bunch, horticulturist, Heartland Harvest Garden, Powell Gardens.
  • 6-9 p.m. - "New Perennials from Around the World: How new plants are found."
    Dan Heims.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Horticultural Sciences Students Association
  • JCCC Center for Innovation
  • JCCC Foundation
  • JCCC Marketing Communications
  • Carl Perkins Grant funding
  • Student Sustainability Committee
  • Hermes Landscaping and Nursery
  • Suburban Lawn and Garden
  • Ryan Lawn and Tree

Advanced registration is not required. For questions on Horticultural Sciences Field Day, contact Lekha Sreedhar, associate professor/chair, horticultural sciences at JCCC, at 913-469-8500, ext. 3763.