28th Annual


October 20-22, 2008

Coral Springs Marriott Hotel,
Golf Club and Convention Center
Coral Springs, Florida

l Introduction l County Displays/Exhibits l Travel & Area Information
l Florida Yards & Neighborhoods l Registration Information l Related Sites of Interest
l Optional Pre-Conference Tour l Meeting Site & Hotel         Accommodations l Program Committee
l Agenda l Questions?
l General Session Speakers l Conference Sponsors


Dear Master Gardeners,

The fall is fast approaching and I am excited to open the registration for the 2008 Master Gardener Continued Training Conference. As we have done over the past few years, we move the conference out into the state on the even years, and this year the conference is being held in the Ft. Lauderdale area. All the sessions will be held at our host hotel, the
Coral Springs Marriott. This is a great location with plenty of shopping and restaurants close-by.

This year, the Broward County Master Gardeners and their Agent John Pipoly have scheduled an optional pre-conference tour on Sunday October 19th. This tour will visit the Bonnet House and Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Make sure to register early as this trip is sure to fill-up.

The conference planning committee has done a great job putting together a program that contains more education hours than ever before. The conference is highlighted by our general session presenters. We have the ever popular Rick Schoellhorn back to talk about Global New Plants. Monica Elliott will present the latest information about Palm Problems and their Care. Ed Gilman will be talking about Tree Roots and Establishment and our final general session speaker is Sydney Park Brown talking about Fabulous Foliage. Our concurrent sessions are diverse enough to fit all interest areas and are filled by a line-up of amazing speakers.

We listened to your requests and have implemented a one-day registration fee for those people that can’t attend the entire conference. Hopefully this makes the event more available for everyone. We also are not printing thousands of brochures this year in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. The registrations will be primarily handled electronically, so be sure to share the conference web address with all your Master Gardener friends.

Don’t forget to assemble your team to participate in the 4H Plant ID and Judging Contest. The winning county is listed on a plaque located in the Dean’s office each year. South Florida has so much to offer in the way of gardens, and unique places to visit. Come and increase your knowledge, celebrate the past years great work at the awards banquet, meet new friends and have at great time at this year’s conference.

I look forward to seeing you in October.


Tom Wichman
Florida Master Gardener Coordinator

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Florida Yards & Neighborhoods

55643895_125.jpgThe 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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Optional Pre-Conference Tour


Sunday, October 19, 2008


Board Bus at Hotel and depart


Tour Bonnet House Museum and Gardens


Board Bus and depart for Las Olas


Las Olas for shopping and/or dinner


Board Bus and depart for hotel


Arrive at Hotel

ADVANCE Registration is Required by October 3rd. The price is $45 per person and the maximum number of people is 50, so register early!

Exciting Tour of Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

By the time early settler Hugh Taylor Birch purchased the Bonnet House site in 1895, the grounds had already witnessed 4,000 years of Florida history.  A shell midden (piles of mollusk shells) left by the Tequesta people indicates that human activity on the site dates back to 2,000 B.C. while further archaeological evidence suggests that the grounds saw one of the first sites of Spanish contact with the New World.

Bonnet House’s modern history began when Birch gave the 35 acre property as a wedding gift to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919.  The newlyweds began construction of Bonnet House in 1920, eager for a winter retreat where Frederic could pursue his artwork and Helen could compose music and poetry.  Tragedy struck in 1925 when Helen died from breast cancer.  Frederic’s visits to Bonnet House then became sporadic until 1931 when he married Evelyn Fortune Lilly.  With this marriage, a renaissance occurred on the site as Frederic and Evelyn entered a prolific period of embellishing Bonnet House with the decorative elements that delight visitors to this day.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.  The site was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1984 and declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2002.  In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included Bonnet House in its Save America’s Treasures program.  Due to the threat posed by inappropriately massive nearby development, the National Trust and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation designated listed Bonnet House as one of America’s 11 most endangered sites in 2008.

The Bonnet House has one of the last examples of a South Florida native barrier island habitat.  Five distinct ecosystems can be found, including beach and primary dune, fresh water slough, the secondary dune which includes the house site, mangrove wetlands, and a maritime forest. The historic “Desert Garden’s,” plantings have been restored by the Florida Master Gardeners of Broward County. Their work has been heralded for this effort to improve Fort Lauderdale’s pre-eminent meeting place for local, state and national dignitaries. Our indefatigable Master Gardener project coordinators, Stephen Draft and Eugene Cain have made their work a true success story. The Bonnet House Board thought so much of their work that they were able to convince one of them, Stephen Draft, to join the staff as Interim Curator. Evelyn Bartlett was a passionate orchid collector and the varieties she left to Bonnet House comprise one of the largest collections of orchids in the Southeast United States.  Various blooming examples are rotated regularly through the estate’s Orchid Showroom.

.For a cost of only $45 you will have a half hour scenic tour through Broward County, followed by 2.5 hours at the Bonnet House,
and 2 hours on Las Olas Boulevard, the heart of Fort Lauderdale and the center for investment, cuisine, fine art, and life in subtropical Florida. You’ll have plenty of time to sample from one or more of its 48 restaurants, cafés or bars, along a one mile stretch of street. You have never seen anything like it!

If you plan on participating in the Pre-Conference tour you may print out detailed information by clicking on the button below:

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Printable Agenda (PDF)

Presentation slides available
Many speakers have graciously allowed us to reproduce their slides for educational use. If you reference any of the material, please include proper acknowledgement.


Sunday, October 19, 2008


Optional Pre-Conference Tour


Monday, October 20, 2008


Conference Registration Opens


4H Horticulture Judging


Welcome and AnnouncementsTom Wichman, Florida Master Gardener Coordinator, UF/IFAS


General Session – Global New Plants – Where do these plants come from? Rick Schoellhorn – Proven Winners, Inc.Join Dr. Rick Schoellhorn, of Proven Winners North America for a trip around the globe to discover where the plants in your garden come from. There is a story behind every plant and they are usually pretty funny, but sometimes they can explain a lot about why the plant does or does not do well in your garden. Learn where certain plants originated and where they have traveled in the hybridizing process to bring them to your door. Should be fun and interesting and if you do not like flying, a good way to see the world!  [Presentation]

12:00pm –1:30pm

Lunch on own


Three Concurrent Sessions


Invasive AnimalsLearn what animals are becoming problems and how we should deal with them – Steven Johnson, UF  [Presentation]


Landscape Design – Learn the basics of landscape design – Gail Hansen, UF  [Presentation]


In Search of the Perfect TomatoLearn what tomato varieties to grow and how to best grow them – Gene McAvoy, UF  [Presentation]


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Three Concurrent Sessions


Bamboo Learn which varieties grow best and how to use them effectively – Robert Saporito, Owner of Tropical Bamboo Nursery, Loxahatchee, FL  [Presentation]


New PestsLearn which pests we should be looking out for – Catherine Mannion, UF  [Presentation]


Tropical Fruits – Learn to grow a variety of tropical fruits and which ones will do best in containers – Jonathan Crane, UF    [Presentation]


Refreshment Break


Three Concurrent Sessions


Gardening ErgonomicsLearn what tools are available to make gardening easier – Christine Kelly-Begazo, UF  [Presentation]


Landscape DesignLearn the basics of landscape design – Gail Hansen, UF  [Presentation]


Vertical Gardening – Vines for FloridaLearn what vines to use and how to use them – Sydney Park Brown, UF  [Presentation]


Welcome Reception


Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Conference Registration Open


Continental Breakfast


General SessionPalm Care and Problems – Monica Elliott, UF  [Presentation]


Refreshment Break


Three Concurrent Sessions


Tropical BulbsLearn what great variety of tropical bulbs can be grown in Florida – Tom Wichman, UF  [Presentation]


Succulents: From Their Home to YoursGet tips to succeed in growing these fascinating plants – Dennis Cathcart, Owner of Tropiflora Nursery, Sarasota, FL


Urban Nuisance Wildlife/African Bee’sLearn how to deal with nuisance wildlife and the latest on Africanized bees – Bill Kern, UF  [Presentation]


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Three Concurrent Sessions


Florida Water Star in Your future Learn what strategies you can use to save water – Teresa Watkins, St. Johns River Water Management District 


AquascapingLearn to landscape your waterfront or retention pond – Ken Langeland, UF  [Presentation]


FYN Demonstration Gardens Used as an Educational ToolSee the large number of gardens around the state and how they are being used – Marina D’Abreau, UF  [Presentation]


Boxed Lunches will be provided


 Three Concurrent Sessions


Rainwater Harvesting: Going Beyond Rainbarrels  Learn to save water using these home–made and commercially available products – BJ Jarvis, UF  [Presentation]


Butterfly GardeningLearn how best to cater to these beautiful creatures – Mike Malloy, UF  [Presentation]


Protecting the Quality of Florida Waters with "LID" Practices Learn how “Low Impact Development” storm water management practices are becoming essential tools in the effort to preserve water quality in Florida’s springs, lakes, and rivers – Pierce Jones, UF  [Presentation]


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Three Concurrent Sessions


Water Efficient Irrigation and RetrofitsLearn what products are available and how to put them to work with your system – Jack Tichenor, UF  [Presentation]


Fertilizer Rule, Ordinances, and BMP TrainingLearn about the new fertilizer rule and how new ordinances may impact our gardening practices – Tom Becker and Stephen Brown, UF  [Presentation1]    [Presentation2]


"Greening" Our Landscapes Learning how FYN is helping builders and developers go green with Florida-friendly home and community landscapes – Ondine Wells, UF  [Presentation]


Refreshment Break


General SessionRoots and EstablishmentManaging RootsWhat to do at planting and during the first 25 years – Ed Gilman, UF


Horticultural Auction & Reception


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Plated Awards Breakfast


Awards Program  [Presentation1]  [Presentation2]  [Presentation3]




Closing General Session Fabulous Foliage – Plants with colorful foliage and how to use themSydney Park Brown – UF  [Presentation] 

Master Gardener Conference Concluded


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General Session Speakers

Rick Schoellhorn


Dr. Rick Schoellhorn is the Director of New Products for Proven Winners L.L.C. In English this means that Rick travels around the world meeting plant breeders and looking for the best new plants to add to the Proven Winners marketing programs. Proven Winner’s goals include becoming the most respected brand of flowering plants in the US, providing consumers with tested, trialed and true plants that will do well in almost every region of the US. For Rick this means that he travels about 60% of the year, spending much of his time in Germany and the Netherlands, Japan, Israel, and traveling around the United States and Canada. Rick’s job is working with plants that are 3-5 years from the shelves of your local garden center, so he is often unsure of both where he is and what year it is…



Monica Elliott


Monica Elliott has been with the University of Florida – IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center since 1987; She is a Professor and Associate Center Director for FLREC, with appointments in research, extension and administration.

Monica’s current responsibilities include: 1) conducting research on palm diseases, microbes to use for disease control, and microbes to use for weed control; 2) extending information to county agents and clientele groups on palm disease management; and 3) assisting in the administration of the FLREC. Until recently, I also conducted research on warm-season turfgrass diseases.

Sydney Park-Brown

Sydney Park Brown is the UF Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture. She is located at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Plant City campus. Sydney provides leadership to state extension programs for home gardening and also coordinates the Environmental Horticulture teaching program in Plant City. Before assuming this position in 2007, Sydney was a long-time horticulture agent and Master Gardener Coordinator in Hillsborough County.

Ed Gilman

Edward F. GilmanEd Gilman has a 50% research: 50% extension teaching assignment and teaches an arboriculture class. He works with arborists, consultants, landscape contractors, tree nursery operators, urban foresters, planners, landscape architects and others engaged in tree selection, growing, planting and management issues. Research includes irrigation, fertilization, roots, and other tree transplant and after-care techniques and a recent focus on tree response to pruning. Our team provides service to the industry and to citizens in Florida by incorporating this and other research-based information into educational programs, demonstration sites, publications, websites, and software for our target audiences.

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County Displays/Exhibits Information

What great projects and programs have been happening in other counties this year?

Display Size: you will receive an 8′ x 30″ table top for your display. We have a limited amount of space so please keep your display to the assigned table-top space. Please contact Amber Madison (amadison@ufl.edu) to sign up for display space.

Setup Instructions: The County Display Room (Sandpiper Room) will be open beginning Sunday, October 19th at 3:00pm for setup. Each display table will have an ID card for you to locate your table. If you arrive after 6:00pm on Sunday night, please plan to setup on Monday, October 20th beginning at 7:00am.

Removal Instructions: All Displays should be removed no later than Wednesday, October 22nd immediately following the conclusion of the conference.

Any additional questions, please contact Sharon Borneman (spb@ufl.edu).


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Registration Information


Early Reduced
(by 9/21/2008)

Regular and Onsite
(after 9/21/2008)

Attendee Registration



Guest Registration



Pre-Conference Tour
Sun. 10/19

Registration for the Optional
Pre-Conference Tour has ended.

One-Day Registration for
Mon. 10/20 or Tue. 10/21



One-Day Registration for
Wed. 10/22




The conference registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our generous sponsors, provides 2.5 days of educational program, conference materials, a proceedings book of Speaker Handouts, a Monday Welcome Reception, daily refreshments breaks, the Tuesday Horticultural Auction, and the Wednesday Awards Breakfast.

A “Guest Registration Fee” is available this year that allows participation in the Monday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Horticultural Auction and the Wednesday Awards Breakfast. Please note that ‘guests’ are not permitted to attend the daily educational sessions or refreshment breaks. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

We are also pleased to announce “One-Day Fees” this year that will allow full participation in all events for that day only. Each day will have a different colored nametag to help identify the one-day attendees. We hope that this will help those attendees that can only come for one day’s educational sessions and networking.

Registration is limited. Register early to ensure participation!

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notoification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conference & Institutes on or before October 6, 2008. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from each registration refund. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellation after October 6, 2008.

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.

We are delighted you wish to register for this event.

Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy to
register you onsite and look forward to your participation.


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Meeting Site & Hotel Accommodations


11775 Heron Bay Boulevard
Coral Springs, FL 33076

PHONE: 954-753-5598
FAX: 954-753-2888
TOLL FREE: 800-311-8018


Hotel Exterior

Please join us at the upscale resort-style Marriott hotel & conference center located directly on the Tournament Player's Club at Heron Bay golf course. The Marriott is conveniently located midway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, just off the Sawgrass Expressway, in the prestigious Heron Bay development.

The Coral Springs Marriott is offering participants of the 28th Annual Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference a very special rate of $129.00 per night (plus 11% state and local taxes), for up to 4 people in a room. The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the conference dates, based on availability.

To Make a Reservation:

  • Reservations must be made by Monday, September 22, 2008 in order to receive this group rate. Please be aware the block of rooms may fill before the deadline, so we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible. After Monday, September 22, the discounted rate is not guaranteed on possible remaining rooms.

  • Click here for online hotel reservation

  • You may also call the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel reservations direct line at (800) 311-8018 and identify yourself as a participant of the 28th Annual Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference to receive the reduced rates.

  • Florida government participants: To receive tax exempt status, payment must be made in the form of a government issued check or credit card and be accompanied by a Florida sales tax exemption certificate presented at check-in). Note: The Coral Springs Marriott is seeking Green Lodging certification. For information about Florida’s Green Travel Policies, click here.

Please note:
- All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations after 6:00pm on the day of arrival if not secured by one of the above methods.

- The hotel check-in time is 3:00pm and check out is 12:00pm.

Click here for directions and map to Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club and Convention Center.


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Conference Sponsors

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

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Travel & Area Information

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) serves millions of travelers from all over the world and is located in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Just a ten-minute drive from immaculate beaches, the area's business district, hotels, golf courses and many other major attractions.

Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the busiest airports in the world, is served by over 100 airlines taking travelers to approximately 150 destinations around the globe. Miami International Airport (MIA) has more than 33.6 million passengers and 500,000 take-offs and landings each year.


Miami Shuttle is available in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach & all south Florida area with a NON SHARE & DIRECT transportation service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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Related Sites of Interest

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Program Committee

Terry DelValle
– Duval County

Charles Fedunak
– Lake County

Theresa Friday
– Santa Rosa County

Adrian Hunsberger
– Miami-Dade County

John Pipoly
– Broward County

Tom Wichman
– State Master Gardener Coordinator


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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@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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