The Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA) held its 2-day annual Winter Meeting “Growing for the Future: Cultivating Healthy Businesses” at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in January, 2014. Experienced landscapers, nursery growers, Extension professionals, University researchers and industry representatives shared their experience with over 200 attendees each day. Speakers offered business tips, industry innovations as well as pest and disease alerts.
More than a dozen educational and hands-on workshops covered landscape businesses management and plant health care in today’s changing environment while inspiring audiences with gorgeous public gardens and plants.
Keynotes Ed Laflamme & Bill Arman, Harvest Landscape Consulting spoke on “Landscape Businesses: How the Business World is Changing & Capture Your Share of New Opportunities. Audiences learned about past and future plant responses to climate change from State Climatologist at UMaine, George Jacobson. Arborists and other landscape professionals learned how to manage trees for wind stability from Dr. Mark Rudnicki, UConn Forest Ecology Professor. With increasing storm intensity, it is more important than ever to protect trees and power lines. Learn more here.