MFGA Summer Meeting • August 13, 2019

For Greenhouse Growers and Garden Retailers

Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc. • 110 Codjer Lane, Sudbury, Massachusetts
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 • 8:30 am–1:00pm (Lunch included)

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Come join us for our MFGA Summer Trial Garden Tour and Educational Program at Cavicchio Greenhouses. We will have a morning program that will include a pest update from UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab, a demonstration and discussion of using dipping incoming plant material to reduce pest population, and New seed Products to Grow and make you profits from PanAmerican Seed.  Plus—See first hand how the new 2020 flower products preform in the great Trial Gardens at Cavicchio’s. 1.5 Pesticide Recertification Credits available.


7–9 AM Open House: J.P. Bartlett, 578 Boston Post Road, Rte.20, Sudbury

Stop by this Wholesale Geranium Propagator and Grower to see their operation and their New Greenhouse addition. They are just 5 minutes away from Cavicchio. A must Stop.

Allied Trade exhibit tables

Come and visit with your greenhouse plant and supply vendors. Pick up the new 2020 catalogs.

8:30–9 AM Registration—At the trial garden area

9–9:45 AM Pest update from UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Angela Madeiras, Extension Educator and Diagnostician, UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab

Angie will discuss plant diseases and other greenhouse crops health issues observed in the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab this season, including seedborne diseases, Botrytis, broad mites, phytotoxicity, and problems associated with cool, cloudy weather

9:45–10:30 AM Utilizing Plant Material Dips to Keep Plant Populations in Check

Anna Chapman, Technical Services Manager, BioWorks

Start Clean—Stay Cleaner! Anna will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of using dipping incoming plant material to reduce or eliminate insect and mite hitchhikers. She will cover the products to use and not to use, rates, tips and PPE.

10:45–11:30 AM New and exciting products from PanAmerican Seed to add to your sales.

Dr. Sonali Padhye, Technical Service Manager, PanAmerican Seed

Sonali will introduce and review some key new PanAmerican Seed Products for 2020. This includes the New and Exciting Beacon Walleriana Impatiens series. This Highly Downy Mildew resistant series just was introduced. Other products include: Zesty Zinnias, Kabloom Calibrachoa, new Begonias, Perennials  and others. She will review their culture and how you can use these products to increase sales and profit.

11:30 AM–12:30 PM 2020 Annual Trials: Kerri Stafford, Cavicchio Greenhouses

We will tour the annual trial gardens at Cavicchio Greenhouses and see the new introductions for next year from many companies. This will give you a good look at the new varieties and how they perform. Plant vendors will also provide comments on these new introductions.

12:30 PM Lunch—provided with registration

For more information contact: Bob Luczai, MFGA at 781-275-4811 or Geoffrey Njue, UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program at 617-243-1932.

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.


Download the agenda and registration form pdf