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Horticultural Sciences Day


Horticultural Sciences Day

Urban horticulture highlights 2014 Horticultural Sciences Day at JCCC

Speakers and trade show/career fair are Feb. 21; small-group workshops held Feb. 22 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – How can plants improve people’s lives and livelihoods in an urban environment? How do you protect plants from pests? What are the best management practices for sustainable landscapes? 

For answers to these questions and more, attend the 2014 Horticultural Sciences Day at Johnson County Community College. 

Nationally known experts will speak at the day-long symposium from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Capitol Federal Conference Center and in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The official theme for 2014 is urban cultivation and pest management. Topics for the day include:

  • Pest management philosophy and practices in urban environments
  • Container gardening for artistic impact and food
  • Pesticide labeling pertaining to pollinator protection
  • Growing vegetables, fruits and nuts in an urban landscape
  • Creative landscape solutions for small garden spaces

 The talks are free of charge and open to the public. Though registration is not required for attendance, online registration is highly encouraged. 

On Saturday, Feb. 22, three speakers from the previous day’s sessions will offer hands-on workshops in the Horticulture Sciences Center, Room 121. 

These sessions are limited to 30 participants each and do require registration and payment at the time of registration. They include: 

  • Pest Diagnosis and Management Workshop. 9-11 a.m. ($35 general public, $25 students and JCCC staff.) Raymond A. Cloyd, entomologist, Kansas State University. Cloyd will help participants diagnose pest problems, differentiate pest problems from other plant ailments and address strategies to alleviate those pest problems.
  • Creative Solutions for Small Spaces. 11-1 p.m. ($30 general public, $20 students and JCCC staff.) Beth Edney, owner, Designs By The Yard, Ontario, Canada. Attendees will learn to enhance small spaces, including making the best color choices and plant palette selections that are suitable for small gardens. Edney will offer tips on maximizing space with vertical gardening and with perspective techniques.
  • Container Gardening Workshop. 1-3 p.m. ($40 general public, $25 students and JCCC staff.) Rita Randolph, owner, Rita’s Rare Plants, Jackson, Tenn. Learn how foliage size and colors work together. Randolph will show how garden art, found objects and natural products like bamboo and drift wood can customize container arrangements. Color theory, container preferences and plant recommendations for specific climatic zones will be discussed.

For more information on the 2014 Horticultural Sciences Field Day, contact Lekha Sreedhar, associate professor and chair of the horticultural sciences department, at 913-469 8500 x 3763. 

Horticultural Sciences Day sponsors are:

  • JCCC Office of Instruction
  • Carl D. Perkins Program Improvement Grants
  • JCCC Student Life
  • JCCC Career Pathways
  • JCCC Marketing Communications
  • Hermes Landscaping
  • Ryan Lawn and Tree
  • Suburban Lawn and Garden
  • Family Tree Nursery
  • Loma Vista Nursery
  • Kansas Studies Institute