OSU Extension Event to Bring the Green Industry to NW Ohio

July 29, 2005

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension, along with a fledgling garden and landscape association, are looking to raise awareness of the green industry in northwest Ohio through an afternoon-driven field day.

The eighth annual Green Industry Summer Session will be held August 3 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Owens Community College campus. On-site registration is $20 for the day.

The event is sponsored by Ohio State Extension Agricultural Business Enhancement Center (ABE), Ohio State Extension office in Lucas County, Owens Community College, and the Northwest Ohio Landscape Garden Association -- the first organization of its kind to support green industry professionals throughout northwest Ohio.

"The event is geared toward those working in the industry or homeowners seeking information. Past participants have worked in garden centers and greenhouses; maintained turf, trees and landscapes; or served as members on tree commissions, other volunteer organizations like the Ohio State Extension Master Gardener Program, or those who just love gardening," said Amy Stone, Ohio State Extension consumer and urban horticulture educator for Lucas County.

Becky McCann, an Ohio State Extension horticulturist with the ABE Center said that the program will provide educational tracks on such topics as diagnostics and plant health, integrated pest management, plant selection, under used perennials and trees to plant in the face of insect infestations. Also included in the program will be a managerial track focusing on labor management issues.

For more information about the day's activities, contact Becky McCann, (800) 358-4678, or log on to http://www.abe.osu.edu/GISS.

Author(s): 
Candace Pollock
Source(s): 
Becky McCann