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Several Nursery Short Course Sessions Offered in Spanish

December 19, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension will be offering numerous green industry sessions in Spanish during the 79th OSU Extension Nursery Short Course to cater to businesses with an Hispanic labor force.

The OSU Nursery Short Course, in conjunction with the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS), will take place Jan. 21-23, 2008. The nursery short course will offer more than 120 educational sessions for nursery, landscape, garden center, tree care and turf professionals. CENTS will highlight hundreds of exhibitors within 426,000 square feet of space.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, the OSU Extension Nursery, Landscape, and Turf Team, and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.

Trade show hours are from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Jan. 23. Ohio State University Nursery Short Course sessions take place at various times throughout the three-day event. For complete show details including registration and hotel information, exhibitor listings and a short course agenda, log on to, or call (800) 825-3350.

The Spanish sessions will be held on Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The following is a breakdown of what will be offered:

• 8 a.m. -- Identification of conifers: This session will introduce the major conifers used in constructed landscapes in Ohio.

• 9 a.m. -- Teaching basic English to Hispanic workers: Participants will receive a list of English words commonly used in the horticulture industry. Short sentences using those words will be created, focusing on meaning and pronunciation.

• 10 a.m. -- Identification and control of plant diseases: Identifying and managing plant disease problems.

• 11 a.m. -- Identification of life cycles of ornamental plant insects: Learn how to identify key insect pests and distinguish their life cycles.

For more information regarding the Ohio State University Nursery Short Course program, contact program coordinator Cheryl Cuthbert at (614) 247-4353 or e-mail

Candace Pollock
Cheryl Cuthbert