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New England GROWS Offers Exceptional Education At the New England GROWS conference and trade show, November 30 – December 2, 2016 in Boston, horticulture professionals will find inspiration, sharpen their skills and learn new techniques from top experts in their fields. Many thanks to Doug McDuff, MCA, MCLP of Landscape America, Zach Navarro, MCLP of Beebe Landscape Services, and Brian Paige, MCLP of Paige Landscape Company who represent MLP on the New England GROWS education advisory committee this year. Nationally respected authors and industry-leading experts such as Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Roger Cook, Claudia West, Larry Weaner, and Keith LeBlanc, FASLA will share their secrets for creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes. Other seminars will address the latest developments in horticulture, soil science, and new plants. Landscape-related topics include: • Native Wildflower Meadows: Planting for Success • Using Natural Stone Construction in the Landscape • High Impact, Low-Care Plants • Designing with Color, Texture & Form • Creating Stunning Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time • Perspectives on Soil Design: Opportunities and Challenges • Inspired Residential Gardens “I can’t wait to hear Tracy DiSabato-Aust speak. Her knowledge about perennials has been a guide for me since I started gardening on the east coast!” Business management and marketing gurus like Jason Cupp, Ellen Ely, Phill Sexton, Susan McCoy and Katie McCoy Dubow will offer brand-building advice in sessions that include: • How to Hire and Keep Good People • Understanding & Developing Your Latino Workforce • Snow & Ice Management: Your Rx for Sustainable Operations • Consumer Trends to Watch in 2017 • Optimize Your Sales Strategies Fast-paced, 15-minute Sprint Sessions on the show floor are led by top Extension experts and address a range of practical topics, including: • Recognizing Invasive Plants in the Landscape • Planting for Pollinators • Backpack Sprayer Calibration • Timing for Turf Establishment • Defoliating Caterpillars Special safety training will be offered in the new Safety Arena on the GROWS show floor. Experts will share important skills for nursery and landscape professionals in the field, including: • Chainsaw Safety • Health & Wellness for Industrial Athletes • Best Practices for Snow & Ice Management Safety • Using Electric Lawn Care Equipment Miriam Hellweg, MCA, MCLP A Blade of Grass • Wayland, MA MCLP Committee Member MLP NEWSLINE GROWS Edition 2016 3