27th Annual


October 22-24, 2007

J. Wayne Reitz Union
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

l Introduction l Tuesday Field Trip l Area Information
l Florida Yards & Neighborhoods l Registration Information l Related Sites of Interest
l Keynote Speaker Information l Meeting Site Information l Program Committee
l Tentative Agenda l Hotel Accommodations
l County Displays/Exhibits l Conference Sponsors
l Parking Permit (Adobe Acrobat)
l Parking Permit (MS Word)

l-Printable Conference Brochure (PDF format)

l Master Gardener Program - Main Web Site


Hello Master Gardeners!

I am very excited to welcome you back to campus for the 27th Annual Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference. This year, the event will be held in the Reitz Union in the heart of campus. This venue allows us to keep the costs down, enjoy a first class meeting facility, and experience a little bit of campus life GATOR style.

Each year we learn from previous years and try to make each conference better. We took your suggestions and have adjusted the schedule to make this year truly enjoyable. We will hold the 4-H contest prior to the beginning of the conference so those participating will not have to miss any of the educational components. On the first day we have topics that are sure to increase your knowledge base and give you information to bring home to share with your peers. Enjoy an evening reception at the Florida Museum of Natural History and see another part of campus.

Day Two is highlighted by a day of learning at the Pine Acres Research Facility. This station is full of great research projects and you will come away with the latest information directly from the research plots. Following the tour we have a general session and the always lively horticulture auction which helps to fund our recognition and service awards. Following the Horticultural Auction, enjoy the local flavor of Gainesville and the comradery of your friends by participating in the Downtown Dine-Around.

Day Three has more educational sessions and an opportunity to share what you know and to learn from your fellow volunteers about how their programs work. We will complete the day with our awards program and an inspirational presentation from one of America’s top horticulturists, Dr. Robert Lyons.

This will be an incredible conference. Plan to attend and bring the other volunteers from your county. I look forward to seeing you here in Gainesville.

       Tom Wichman
Florida Master Gardener Coordinator

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Florida Yards & Neighborhoods

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program was developed to address serious problems of pollution and disappearing habitats by enlisting homeowners in the battle to save our natural environment. This program provides special educational and outreach activities directed at the community to help residents reduce pollution and enhance their environment by improving home and landscape management.

Master Gardeners who have received additional FYN training in their county can become Florida Yard Advisors and help homeowners evaluate and reduce the environmental impacts of their landscapes. All Master Gardeners play a key role in educating homeowners about the nine Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) principles:

  • Right Plant, Right Place

  • Water Efficiently

  • Fertilize Appropriately

  • Mulch

  • Attract Wildlife

  • Control Yard Pests Responsibly

  • Recycle

  • Reduce Stormwater Runoff

  • Protect the Waterfront

All conference participants will attend concurrent sessions sponsored by Florida Yards & Neighborhoods.

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Keynote Speaker Information


Dr. Robert Lyons


As Program Director, Dr. Robert Lyons oversees the professional development and research projects of ten M.S. students in the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture. He received his B.A. in Biology from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and went on to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, both in Horticultural Science.

From 1998 – 2004, Dr. Lyons held a Distinguished Professor chair in Horticultural Science at NC State University where he was also the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C. From 1981 – 1998, he was Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and also Co-founder/Director of the VT Horticulture Gardens. Dr. Lyons received the 2001 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator award from the American Landscape & Nursery Association, the 1999 National Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award and 1993 Outstanding Research Paper Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science; in 1996 he received the Virginia Tech W.E. Wine Award for excellence in undergraduate education. Dr. Lyons served as an Associate Editor for HortTechnology from 1997 – 2003 and developed the theme issue, “Arboreta and Gardens – Teaching Labs for Undergraduates” (HortTechnology 9(4): 548 – 576).

He has been a photographer for over 25 years and has published widely in homeowner, commercial, and educational publications (print and electronic); he has exhibited and lectured nationally about horticultural photography, and has received awards from the Garden Writers Association of America for both his photography and writings.

Dr. Lyons has given over 300 talks to professional and non-professional organizations over his career and was an invited speaker at the conference for urban landscaping in Merano, Italy, in 2001.

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Tentative Agenda

Monday, October 22, 2007


Conference Registration Open


4-H Judging Competition


Welcome and Announcements Tom Wichman, Florida Master Gardener Coordinator, UF/IFAS


General Session – Diagnosing Problems over the Phone – Communicating with Non-GardenersCharles Fedunak, Lake County Extension and other Extension Agents


General SessionCitrus Greening and Citrus Canker Update -Timothy Spann UF/IFAS


Refreshment Break


4 Concurrent Sessions


Bonsai 101 – A basic to intermediate level lecture about how to create and care for these dwarfed trees – Ed and Lynn Fabian, Okaloosa County Master Gardeners


Blueberries for the Homeowner – Learn what varieties to choose from and how to care for your plants for maximum success – Jeff Williamson, UF/IFAS


Avocados – Hear an informative lecture about this amazing tropical fruit crop.  Topics will include selection, planting and care – Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS


Tree Problems – Learn how to recognize problems with your trees and learn if there is anything to recommend to help – Ed Barnard, Florida Division of Forestry


Move to Next Concurrent


4 Concurrent Sessions


Mistaken Identities – A look at many things the public see as problems that might not really be of concern – Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS


Diagnosing Turf Diseases – Learn what to look for and how to recognize diseases in warm season turf – Phil Harmon, UF/IFAS


Chemical Modes of Action – Learn how the product you apply and recommend works – Mark Mossler, UF/IFAS


Growing Daffodils and other Bulbs Learn how bulbs grow and how counties are successfully teaching the public about these colorful plants – Linda Van Beck, Florida Daffodil Society and Sue Warner, Escambia County Master Gardener


Welcome Reception (Florida Museum of Natural History)
    (Transportation on own)

Dinner on own


Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Board Buses at the Reitz Union


Depart for Pine Acres Research Center in Citra


Arrive and Set up Groups for Workshop Stations

Workshop Stations  (20 minutes + 10 minutes to rotate)

Tour of Facility by Citra Personnel

Nutrient Leaching – Laurie Trenholm, UF/IFAS

Turf Insect Research – Eileen Buss, UF/IFAS

Turf Breeding – Kevin Kenworthy, UF/IFAS

Soil Moisture Sensors – Mary Shedd & Stacia Davis, UF Students

Native vs. Non-native Establishment – Ed Gilman, UF/IFAS

Irrigation Needs of Establishing Shrubs in Florida Landscapes – Ed Gilman, UF/IFAS


Catered Lunch


Board Buses


Depart and return to the Reitz Union


Unload and return to the Grand Ballroom


General Session – New Threats to Our BordersAdam Silagyi, USDA-APHIS-PPQ and Amanda Hodges, UF/IFAS


Horticulture Auction & Reception


Downtown Dine-Around


Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Conference Registration Open


3 FYN Concurrent Sessions


The State of Florida’s Environment – Hear about the current status of Florida’s water and other natural resources and the connection to landscaping activities – Ed Hobin, Southwest Florida Water Management District


Plant Selection for Retention Areas – Learn about plants for retention areas and ponds, including buffer zones – Mark Clark, UF/IFAS


FYN Yard Advisor Training and Program Updates – Hear about program updates and new resources and get clarification on the yard recognition process – Diane Baruch, UF/IFAS, Teresa Watkins, UF/IFAS, Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS and Charles Fedunak, Lake County Extension


Move to Next Concurrent


3 FYN Concurrent Sessions


Landscaping Regulations Update – A summary of the latest developments in irrigation, fertilizer and stormwater rules and ordinances at the state and local levels – Ed Hobin, SWFWMD and Laurie Trenholm, UF/IFAS


Plant Selection for Wildlife Landscaping – Learn about plants for attracting and maintaining wildlife in the landscape – Craig Huegel, Biological Research Associates, Sarasota, Florida


FYN Sharing – Learn from other FYN Yard Advisors about some of their successful projects – Marina D’Abreau, Hillsborough County Extension


Refreshment Break – Move to Next Concurrent


3 Concurrent Sessions
– Master Gardener Forum – Moderated Sharing Sessions


Master Gardener Retention and Mentoring – Learn what programs are doing across the state to keep volunteers coming back – County Agents


Successful Projects, Fundraising and Money Uses – Learn how other counties raise funds and what they do with them – County Agents


Education and Teaching Methods, Mg’s as Educators – Hear about how Master Gardeners are educating people across the state and some innovative teaching sessions – County Agents


Move to Awards Luncheon


Luncheon and Master Gardener Service and Awards of Excellence Program




Good Lawn Bugs – aka Helpful Lawn Organisms – Jennifer Gillet, UF/IFAS


Closing Keynote Presentation – Secrets of an Attention-Deficit Gardener: An Unembarrassed Account of Using Annuals and Tender Perennials to Create Brilliant Landscapes that can Change Every Year – Dr. Robert Lyons, Program Director Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture,  Newark, Delaware


Conference Concludes


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County Displays/Exhibits Information

What great projects and programs have been happening in other counties this year?
Come and find out!


Displays/Exhibits are located in Rooms 284 and 285.


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Setup Displays/Exhibits



Monday, October 22, 2007

Setup Displays/Exhibits


Room open for Viewing




Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Room open for Viewing



Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Room open for Viewing


Removal of Displays/Exhibits

no later than 4:30pm


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Tuesday Field Trip – Citra Pine Acres Research Center


The mission of the Plant Science Research and Education Unit is to provide superior agricultural field research service to our customers to meet their changing needs.

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Registration Information

Reduced Early Registration Fee
(For fees postmarked on or before September 21, 2007) 
Regular and On-site Registration Fee
(For fees postmarked after September 21, 2007)
Guest Registration Fee (includes: Welcome Reception,
Hort Auction and reception, Awards Luncheon and Keynote Speaker)

The conference registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our generous sponsors, provides three days of educational program, conference materials, a proceedings booklet, the Monday night welcome reception, daily refreshments, Tuesday field trip to Citra Pine Acres Research Center and catered lunch, the Tuesday evening Horticulture Auction and reception, and the Wednesday awards lunch.

We are happy to announce that a "Guest Registration Fee" will be offered this year.  It includes participation in the Monday Welcome Reception, the Horticulture Auction and Reception, and the Wednesday Awards Lunch and keynote speaker. Please note that no reduction in the guest registration fee can be given if you choose not to attend any of these included events.


Registration is limited. Register Early to Ensure Participation. 


Online registration has closed.
On-site registration will be available at the conference.


Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before October 5, 2007 A $40.00 processing fee will be deducted from each registration refund. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after October 5, 2007.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

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Meeting Site Information


J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida

The Meeting Site is located at the J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida on Museum Road. Participants will need to go to the second floor and check in at the Grand Ballroom Conference Registration Desk for nametags and conference materials.


Parking will be available in the Visitor Welcome Center Garage adjacent to the J. Wayne Reitz Union. A parking permit page will be emailed to pre-registered participants to allow entry into the garage beginning Monday morning, October 22nd through Wednesday, October 24th. If an email address is not listed on your registration, a parking permit will be mailed to you. The permit will also be available on the conference website for participants to print out. Due to a limited number of parking spaces in the garage (200) please plan to carpool from your hotel to campus and follow these instructions: place the printable "Master Gardener Conference All Day Parking Garage Permit" in your car's front dashboard so that the parking garage attendant can identify your vehicle for the conference. There will be no parking fees charged to Master Gardeners as long as they have the permit placed in their car. We would encourage everyone to please make arrangements in advance with your County as to who will be the designated carpool driver.

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Hotel Accommodations


Our Master Gardener Room Block is being held at two host hotels this year: the Cabot Lodge and the Country Inn & Suites. Please note that in order for the Conference to receive grant funds from Alachua County and keep participant costs down, attendees should make reservations at one of the host hotels. Your help is appreciated.

A block of guest rooms is being held at the Gainesville Cabot Lodge located at 3726 SW 40th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608; Phone: (352) 375-2400 • Fax: (352) 335-2321

The Cabot is offering participants of the 27th Annual Florida Master Gardener Training Conference a very special rate of $79 per night, single or double occupancy (plus 9.25% tax) and a special rate of $89 per night for a King Executive room. The group rate will be honored 3 days prior and 3 days following conference, based on availability. All hotel reservations must be made by Sunday, September 30, 2007. After this date, availability of guest rooms at the Cabot Lodge cannot be guaranteed.

To Make Reservations, please contact the hotel directly at (352) 375-2400 and be sure to identify yourself as a participant of the Master Gardener Conference.

Included in the nightly rate, the Cabot Lodge offers a generous complimentary continental breakfast and a morning paper each day and a two-hour complimentary cocktail reception each evening. The continental breakfast buffet is offered on weekdays from 6:30am-9:30am and on weekends from 6:30am-10:00am. It includes fresh fruits, assorted breads, bagels, pastries, donuts, yogurts, juices and coffee. The complimentary cocktail reception is held nightly from 5:30pm-7:30pm and includes mixed drinks, beer, wine, assorted sodas and popcorn. For your convenience, there are also several local area restaurants within walking distance of the Cabot Lodge such as the Atlanta Bread Company, the Gainesville Ale House (where hotel guests receive a 10% discount), Hops Restaurant, Imperial Gardens, Shoney's, Sonny's Bar-B-Q and the Texas Roadhouse, to name a few.

The Cabot Lodge facilities include a complete business service center and all hotel rooms have a large desk, WebTV, Ethernet ports, dual-line telephones and analog ports for modem access.


A small block of guest rooms is being held at the Country Inn & Suites  located at 4015 SW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608; Phone: (352) 375-1550 •
Fax: (352) 375-9045)

The Country Inn & Suites is offering participants of the 27th Annual Florida Master Gardener Training Conference a very special rate of $94 per night, double or quad occupancy (plus 9.25% tax) and a special rate of $116 per night, for one-bedroom suites (plus 9.25% tax). All hotel reservations must be made by Friday, September 21 2007. After this date, availability of guest rooms at the Country Inn & Suites will not be guaranteed. For your information, the Cracker Barrel Restaurant is located next door.

To Make Reservations, please contact the hotel directly by phone: (352) 375-1550 and be sure to identify yourself as a participant of the Master Gardener Conference.

Country Inn & Suites is one of the finest hotels of Gainesville. It is conveniently located off of I-75 at Exit 384 (Archer Road). Country Inn & Suites of Gainesville is one of the most attractive buildings and offers guest superior value, convenience and a home-like atmosphere. Our hotel features traditional architecture and a sophisticated residential interior design with hardwood flooring, a fireplace, staircase and decorative ceiling borders. Guests are welcomed with a warm feeling of home with our traditional furnishings that blend with rich woods and elegant patterned fabric.

All guest rooms come with exceptionally comfortable beds with premium down bedding, complimentary wireless high speed Internet access, color TV, coffeemakers, hairdryers, and irons/ironing boards. Other amenities include: a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool & spa, a 24 hour exercise facility, guest laundry facility, business center, and free wireless Internet throughout the hotel.

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Conference Sponsors


Florida DEP Nonpoint Source Management program through a section 319 grant
to the FYN program by the U.S. EPA

All the Master Gardeners and County Extension
Offices who donate material for the Plant Auction

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Area Information

Gainesville Area and Airline Information: Air service is provided through the Gainesville Regional Airport, just north of Gainesville. Additional airports within a 2-3 hour drive of the University of Florida are located in Jacksonville (85 miles), Orlando (110 miles).

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Related Sites of Interest


Room 287 at the conference

Monday, October 22

Wednesday, October 24

Environmental Horticulture
Public Gardens Management

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Program Committee

Beth Bolles – Escambia County

Pam Brown – Pinellas County

Carla Chapman – Marion County

Diane Dilger – Highlands County

Charles Fedunak – Lake County

Barbra Larson – Florida Yards and Neighborhoods

Wendy Wilber – Alachua County

Larry Williams – Okaloosa County


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Conference Program Organizer

Tom Wichman
Florida Master Gardener Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Environmental Horticulture Department
PO Box 110675
107 Mehrhoff Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0675, USA
Phone: 352-392-1831, ext. 331
Fax: 352-392-1413
Email: twichman@ifas.ufl.edu

Conference Coordinator

Sharon Borneman
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes
PO Box 110750
Mowry Road Building 639
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930
Fax: 352-392-4044
Email: spb@ufl.edu

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