MFGA Summer Meeting • August 16, 2023

For Greenhouse Growers and Garden Retailers

Locations: J.P. Bartlett Greenhouse, 578 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776 & Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc., 110 Codjer Lane, Sudbury, MA.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 • 9:00 am–2:30pm (Lunch included)

Pre-Registration due by August 14, 2023.

Click here to download the agenda and registration form pdf.

Come join us for our MFGA Summer educational program at J.P. Bartlett and then to the Trial Garden at Cavicchio Greenhouses. We will have a morning program at J.P. Bartlett that will include a pest management update by Rick Yates, GGSPro Technical Services Manager, and a discussion on downy mildew by Angela Madeiras, Pathologist, UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab.

2.0 Pesticide Recertification Credits available

Plus- See firsthand how the new 2024 flower products perform in the great Trial Gardens at Cavicchio Greenhouses.

9:00–10:00 AM Registration and Open House—J.P. Bartlett

10:00–11:00 AM Downy Mildew and How to Manage It—1 Recertification Credit

Dr. Angela Madeiras, Extension Educator and Diagnostician, UMASS Plant Diagnostic Lab.
Downy mildew is caused by pathogenic water molds and can cause major damage in the greenhouse and landscape. Angie will discuss the symptoms and signs of downy mildew and how to manage it.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM Insects and Mites Pest Management Update—1 Recertification Credit

Rick Yates, Technical Support Manager, Griffins Greenhouse Supply.
Rick will cover the most troubling insect and mite pests of greenhouse crops (including this spring’s runaway aphid populations), and include a discussion of pesticide resistance, and how to push back against it.

12:00—1:00 PM Lunch at J.P. Bartlett—provided with registration

Travel to Cavicchio Greenhouses (10 minutes away)

1:15–2:30 PM 2024 Annual Trials: Kerri Stafford, Cavicchio Greenhouses

We will tour the annual trial gardens at Cavicchio Greenhouses and see the new introductions for 2024 from many companies. This will give you a good look at the new varieties and how they perform to help you try them in 2024.

For more information contact: Bob Luczai, MFGA at 781-275-4811 or Geoffrey Njue, UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program at 413-992-8005.

Note: Registration at the door (day of the meeting) is available but the lunch may not be guaranteed. We will try to accommodate as many people as possible.

Pre-Registration due by August 14, 2023.

Click here to download the agenda and registration form pdf.

Massachusetts Flower Growers' Association