NHLA Dinner Meeting: The Heirloom Gardener

The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills

NHLA welcomes garden historian, ethnobotanist ,and heirloom specialist, John Forti. John lectures nationally and internationally at museums, garden clubs, botanical gardens, horticultural, herbal, and historical societies. He regularly consults on historic garden restoration projects nationally and has designed numerous public and private gardens throughout the country.

He has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Bedrock Gardens. As a Slow Food Slow Food USA Governor and biodiversity specialist, his preservation work has helped to restore countless native and heirloom plants and has brought traditional artisanal practices to modern thinking.  He has won numerous awards for historic garden preservation, children’s garden design, herbal and historical education and the 2021 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.  His new book was inspired by his posts as The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti which go out regularly to millions on Facebook.

His talk will draw from his new book of traditional plants and skills for the modern world.  Richly illustrated with period images and contemporary photographs, his PowerPoint shares inspiration from our long history of heirloom and native plant preservation, garden craft and homestead lifeways that we can apply to our own gardens and landscapes. Artisanal gardening lifestyles that are helping us to rebuild vibrant local agricultural economies and celebrate sustainable cottage industries that are contributing to our new, homegrown American arts & crafts movement and backyard environmentalism. At a time when we could all use a little good news, we hope you will join us for a refreshing look at how you can make a difference and build habitat in your own backyard and community.

Snow Date:  Thursday, January 19, 2023

Registration will begin at 5:00pm. Talk will begin promptly at 5:45pm. Dinner will follow talk.

Cost:  $55 for members, $65 for non-members.

Register Online

NHCLPs will earn one-half credit for attending. Attendance list will be sent to Abby Zuidema, after the event.

Please contact Cori Cahow at organicggirl@gmail.com or Pam Moreau at nhla@comcast.net for more details.

Learn About the Employment Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit is a tax refund that most businesses are owed! If you paid W2 employees during COVID, thousands of dollars may be waiting to be claimed.

In this webinar you will get advice from our experts on:

  • What the ERC credit is?
  • What the eligibility requirements are, and how you might qualify?
  • Claiming tips that could bring thousands of dollars into your business?
  • Why the best time to start your application is ASAP?
  • Who ERC Helpdesk is and how we can maximize your ERC claim!
  • Q & A

The webinar is free and there is no commitment.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kso81t-sTtG8GNAuq6CPIw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You do not have to be an NHLA member to contact them, but as members we want to be able to recommend a professional and reputable company that will help you navigate a complex system. It is not complicated to determine your qualification, but the intricacies of getting your maximum tax credit can be difficult to interpret.

They make the process simple! Once they receive your completed survey and a few tax reports from 2020 and 2021, they will tell you exactly what you qualify for ‘automatically’.  Whatever quarters are not automatically qualified, one of the ERC experts will then ask further detailed questions about your specific situation and determine if any alternative qualifiers apply to your company. With all this information the ERC Helpdesk team will determine how to get you the maximum amount owed. They are experts and have found more money than most accountants. Everything is completely secure and private!  There is no upfront cost to you. If you receive benefits, then ERC Helpdesk will take 15% for processing. If you do not qualify, you are not charged.

Learn About the Employee Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit is a tax refund that most businesses are owed! If you paid W2 employees during COVID, thousands of dollars may be waiting to be claimed.

In this webinar you will get advice from our experts on:

  • What the ERC credit is?
  • What the eligibility requirements are, and how you might qualify?
  • Claiming tips that could bring thousands of dollars into your business?
  • Why the best time to start your application is ASAP?
  • Who ERC Helpdesk is and how we can maximize your ERC claim!
  • Q & A

The webinar is free and there is no commitment.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UYb0VDX2T8uF9ZskiEcCQw

You do not have to be an NHLA member to contact them, but as members we want to be able to recommend a professional and reputable company that will help you navigate a complex system. It is not complicated to determine your qualification, but the intricacies of getting your maximum tax credit can be difficult to interpret.

They make the process simple! Once they receive your completed survey and a few tax reports from 2020 and 2021, they will tell you exactly what you qualify for ‘automatically’.  Whatever quarters are not automatically qualified, one of the ERC experts will then ask further detailed questions about your specific situation and determine if any alternative qualifiers apply to your company. With all this information the ERC Helpdesk team will determine how to get you the maximum amount owed. They are experts and have found more money than most accountants. Everything is completely secure and private!  There is no upfront cost to you. If you receive benefits, then ERC Helpdesk will take 15% for processing. If you do not qualify, you are not charged.

Let’s Get Dirty! Small Engine Maintenance and Repair

As the season draws to an end, we need to properly clean and maintain our equipment before storing them for the winter. Equipment is very expensive! So, it is extremely important for all your crew leaders and crews to know the basic skills. A little grease can go a long way. Please join Chris Baker and Andrew Giampalo, from North Point Outdoors, to learn about preventative maintenance and every day small engine repair. This will be a hands-on demonstration of repairing common problems to mowers, blowers, trimmers, chainsaws, compactors and cut saws. A little time on education can lead to a great deal of savings, on repairs! Grab your gloves and join us for pizza, and “Let’s Get Dirty.”


Register by November 4, 2022
Members – $35.00, Non-Members $50.00

Register after November 4, 2022 (Walk-ins are welcome!)
Members – $50.00, Non-Members $65.00

ALL payments must be received no later than November 4, 2022.  If you need to cancel after November 4, you will incur a 20% processing fee. Thank you for your understanding!


Cori Cahow (questions about the class), organicggirl@gmail.com

Pam Moreau (registration questions), nhla@comcast.net

Twilight Meeting: Lakefront Spectacular

Join us at Miracle Farms in Tuftonboro. This is a design-build-maintenance project/business in the Lakes Region that is focused on the special conditions and long-term needs of the environment and how the resources used impact it. The project is 3/4 complete.

Miracle Farms has been working on this for a year and a half; the project involves all phases of landscape contracting and all the utilities for the house: pool, cabana, raising a cabin and moving it back, regrading, septic system installation, paver driveways, a barn play space, 4 cabins, and a lakeside play space.

You’ll learn all about the planning and execution of this 2.3 million dollar expansive project.

This event is free, but registration is required. The address of the site will be provided upon registration. The program begins at 5:30pm pm. Register with NHLA Education Coordinator Mike Barwell, mikebarwell@yahoo.com, not later than August 28.

Twilight Meeting: A Decades-long Project

At this Twilight Meeting, Mike Garrity of Garden Works will showcase his two decades of work at a private ridge-top residence. The multitude of gardens include but are not limited to perennial gardens, woodland gardens, small fruits, annual plantings, rose gardens, and extensive cut flower production. We’ll get a tour of the property and learn about the process of stepping up to the challenges and working toward a shared vision.

Twilight Meetings are free, but you must pregister by emailing mikebarwell@yahoo.com no later than Monday, July 18. The site address will be sent to you upon registration.

NHLA Field Day at Canterbury Village

Join us for a half-day of exploring what’s new in the Green Industry when we gather on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7-3 at Canterbury Shaker Village.

This is our first Field Day offering, which we hope will become an annual event. Vendors will show off their latest products. Experts will offer workshops on safety, first aid and other trade necessities.

Full Details and registration.

NHLA Twilight Meeting: Refurbishing a Park

Our first Twilight Meeting this season is at Exeter’s Gale Park, which underwent renovations in 2020 including the resurfacing of pathways. All of the pathways connect to the main focus of the park: the war memorial sculpture by Daniel Chester French.

Read Custom Soils installed Organic Lock Stabilized Stonedust, an ADA-compliant and permeable surface, ideally suited for nature paths and pedestrian walkways. Jeff Toomey, Read’s Northern New England Sales Representative, will discuss key points of engineered soils and how they can help create high performance landscapes with low impact. Jeff will also have some product samples on hand during the event to share.

Greg Bisson, Recreation Director for the town of Exeter, will offer some insight into the park and its rehabilitation, and why they chose stabilized stone dust as a surface.

Read Custom Soils (RCS) is New England’s most experienced precision soil blender. The company operates from a New Hampshire quarry, a Westford, MA, blending facility, and a state-of-the-art blending facility in Carver, MA. Read is New England’s leading provider of lightweight planting soil for green roof installations, stabilized stonedust for nature paths and pedestrian walkways, bioretention/raingarden soils, a proprietary blend ideally suited for challenging urban tree planting, and specialized soils for athletic fields.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered by Lexie’s Burger food truck, courtesy of Read Custom Soils. There also will be giveaway items for everyone. This Twilight Meeting is free, but please pre-register with Mike Barwell, mikebarwell [at] yahoo.com.

NHLA and Troop G Vehicle Safety Day

It’s no secret that The State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit – Troop G – stepped up enforcement efforts last season. They are making safety checks of many vehicles, including landscapers hauling trailers with equipment or heavy loads.

To help prepare NHLA members and other landscapers prepare for a safe spring season, NHLA has teamed up with Troop G to offer a one-day Vehicle Safety Day on Saturday, March 26. We’ll offer two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free lunch for attendees will be served from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Click here for complete details of this important event and to register.

Advance registration is $25 per company for NHLA members and $35 per company for non-members. Each company can bring up to 5 employees for one session.

Registration EXTENDED through Tuesday, March 22, 2022.. No walk-on registration on the day of the event.  

Non-members can join on the spot and apply their registration fee to their first annual membership dues that day. Applications will be available and can be approved on site with payment.





NHLA Dinner Meeting on Insurance Opportunities

How can NHLA help members meet today’s employment hiring and retention challenges in a competitive labor market? One way is to offer benefits. But most small employers find it difficult and time consuming to figure out how to choose an affordable plan.

On March 22, we’ll explore opportunities in health care and other insurance coverage during a Dinner Meeting at the Puritan Restaurant. Representatives of the National Association of Roads Fuel Association (NARFA) will explain how NHLA members can benefit from working with larger associations using a multiple employer plan. Options include an Employee Assistance Program when dealing with personnel issues.

Andrew Pelkey of North Point Outdoors in Derry will introduce the speakers. Pelkey currently sits on the NARFA board and is running for NHLA vice president.

Reservations are required and limited to 50 participants. This is a meeting you won’t want to miss if you’re ready to meet today’s challenges. Cost and registration details.

SPECIAL COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS – The entire program will be held indoors. We will be following current CDC guidelines. Masks will be available, if needed.


NH Farm, Forest and Garden Expo

Be part of the NH Farm, Forest and Garden Expo at the Center of NH/Doubletree in Manchester.

There are 4 10′ x8′ spaces available and offered for free. There are also Booth spaces available for a fee. This has usually been a very well attended show so this is a great opportunity to get your name and business in front of the public.

Anyone interested should contact:
Kelly Bryer, Expo Manager

NHLA Pesticide Education Workshop

This half day workshop is designed for landscapers and licensed pesticide applicators. The workshop includes:

  • Pesticide Regulation Review, with David J. Rousseau, Director at NH Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Pesticide Control
  • Pesticide Resistance Management, with Emma Erler, UNHCE, Landscape and Greenhouse Field Specialist
  • Invasive Insects in NH, with Kyle Lombard, NH Division of Forests and Lands, Forest Health Program Coordinator

Three pesticide credits will be available pending State approval.

Space is limited to 50 participants, so preregistration is required.

Detailed information and REGISTRATION.
NHLA membership will get $10 off per per person. Please use the code, NHLAPEST21.

Special COVID-19 Safety Precautions: The entire program will be held indoors, following current University of New Hampshire COVID-19 guidelines.

Meeting with NHAA & Michael Dirr

Join the NH Arborists Association (NHAA) for an all-day event with keynote speaker and break-out session presenter Dr. Michael Dirr. Come see and listen to a legend in the landscaping field! Registration includes lunch. Dirr’s new book, The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes and Gardens, is out and there will be time for autographing your copy. The book will be available to purchase for $65.00 (limited availability). Check the NHAA website for more information and registration.

Soil Health Twilight Meeting

Soil health is the foundation for profitable, productive, sustainable, and environmentally sound landscaping. Healthy soil contains minerals as well as water, air and organic matter. Healthy soil is teeming with bacteria, fungi, insects, worms and other organisms, as well as plant roots. Building and maintaining soil health is key to growing vigorous and resilient lawns and gardens.

Olivia Saunders, UNH Cooperative Extension expert on soil fertility and manager of the Soil Testing program, will discuss the basics of soil science and soil health.

Scot Flewelling, Branch Manager of The Dirt Doctors, will talk about proper mulching and the pros and cons of different mulch options.

If you work in landscape maintenance, construction or fine gardening, this is a Twilight Meeting you won’t want to miss.

This event is free, but you must register here.

NH Landscape Association and UNH Extension are partnering this event.

NH Certified Landscape Professional credits will be awarded.

Twilight Meeting at Canterbury Shaker Village

Get behind the scenes with Master Gardener and NHLA member Mike Barwell and UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit and Vegetable Team Field Specialist Jeremy DeLisle, to tour Canterbury Shaker village. At this historic site, we’ll see an herb garden under restoration, extensive pruning projects, hardscape, and much more. Because we’re following COVID guidelines (masks, social distancing), we can only offer water during this Twilight Meeting. Space is very limited, so registration is required.

More information and Registration

NHLA Golf Tournament

The NHLA Golf Tournament is back on the schedule this year! Save the date! Complete information here.

NH Arborists Association Spring Meeting

Join the NH Arborists Association for their Virtual Spring Meeting
4.5 Pesticide Credits, ISA Credits

7:30-8:00 – NHAA Board Meeting
8:00-9:30 – Forest Diseases: ID and Management, Dode Gladders
9:45-11:00 – Ornamental Diseases: ID and Management, Ann Hazelrigg
11:15-12:30 – Ornamental Pests ID and Life Cycles, Jonathan Ebba
12:45-1:45 – Managing Key Pests of Trees and Shrubs in the Landscape, Jonathan Ebba

$25 per person, more information and registration here

NHCLP Written Exam

Written exam for NH Certified Landscape Professional designation. Information on this program and required steps for certification available here.

Plant Production Webinars

UNH Cooperative Extension Landscape and Greenhouse Team is hosting a Plant Production lunch and learn Webinar series on Tuesdays, 12-1 pm, February 2 to March 30. You can attend as many or as few as you like. When you register you can select the sessions you would like to attend; you will receive an e-mail with a link to the Webinar. Six NH pesticide re-certification credits have been applied for and will be available for those who attend live.

Cost is $20 per Webinar; $100 flat rate for registration in six or more Webinars.

Details and Registration

Dealing With Drought

The drought of 2020 will have long term impacts on the health of landscape plants, trees and shrubs. This webinar on January 26, 6-8 pm, will discuss the effects of drought on plants and will give strategies for managing and adapting to drought in the landscape. Two NH pesticide recertification credits have been applied for. One NH Certified Landscape Professional (NHCLP) recertification credit will be awarded.


Presented by Jonathan Ebbe, Landscape and Greenhouse Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

More information and registration

Plant Health Webinar Series for Green Industries and More

The UNH Cooperative Extension Landscape and Greenhouse Team is offering six FREE pesticide credit webinars. One NH pesticide credit is available for each night. You can attend as many or as few as you like. Register and select the sessions you would like to attend. You will receive an email with a link to the webinar.

The attendee has to be present at the webinar; these can’t be viewed later for credit.

Seminar dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9.
Seminar times: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Click here to find out more details and how to register. There is no cost to attend.

Northeast Hardscape Expo

NHLA is supporting this event and members are invited to attend for free! Registration is now open.

Your free admission will allow you to attend the two day event and all the classes/demonstration are included. Please visit the show’s website for all the details. You can register from that page.

Members should look for an email that was sent with a code to use for registration and the registration link. You will receive confirmation by email, which you should print and bring to the show to pick up your badge.

CANCELED: Landscaping for Water Quality

Attendees of this workshop will learn how to use ecological concepts and landscape features such as rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to protect lakes, rivers, streams and bays. Instructors are from universities, university centers, university extension, environmental agencies, municipalities, and private enterprise.

Sponsored by: UNH Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Landscape Association, NH Sea Grant, NH Soak Up the Rain, and Town of Derry.

Pesticide credits will be available, pending state approval. Certificates for the New Hampshire Certified Landscape Professionals program will also be available.

Complete information and registration for the event.

CANCELED: Spring Landscape Conference

Our annual Spring Landscape Conference is one of our most popular events. Join us for a day full of education, networking, checking out new services and products, and connecting with old friends.

Schedule and educational info pdf

Registration link

$65/person on or before March 12. No refunds after this date.
$80/person after March 12 and for all walk-ins.

For any questions or special arrangements not limited to dietary, physical access, or other accommodations including the ability to pay, please contact Jonathan Ebba at jonathan.ebba@unh.edu

Direct all vendor display and arrangement inquiries to Pam Moreau at nhla@comcast.net

POSTPONED: NH Arborists Spring Meeting with Michael Dirr

The NH Arborists Association Spring Meeting features Dr. Michael Dirr as a keynote presenter and a breakout session presenter. Those who have been a part of a Dirr talk or walked with him through an arboretum or on a college campus with pauses at nearly each tree, will want to be in this audience. Dirr has launched his new book, The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes and Gardens, and there will be time at the conference for autographing your copy of this important work.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see and listen to a legend in the landscaping field! NHLA is a sponsor for this event.

Pesticide Credists, ISA CEUs and TC/A CEUs available.

Access the agenda and registration form here

CANCELED: NHLA Hardscape Education Day

Limited to 50 participants, register early(NHLA members only)

Hardscape pic


7:30 – Registration, Coffee and Donuts
8:00 – Introduction and Safety Protocol
8:10 – Hardscape Design – Jennifer DiNovo – Design Works, Hudson, NH
9:00 – Hardscape Tools – Joshua Jones – Mass Hardscapes, Northbridge, MA
9:50 – Break
10:10 – Technology – Tom Gardocki – Interstate Landscape, Londonderry, NH
11:00 – Small Engine Maintenance and Repair – Mark Cooper – Reliable Equipment LLC, Londonderry, NH
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Roundtable Discussion moderated by Bill Gardocki – Interstate Landscape, NH
1:30 – Tour of Milton CAT

Any questions, please contact Pam Moreau at nhla@comcast.net.

CEUs available for NHCLP, ICPI, NCMA

A special Thank You to Northeast Hardscape Expo and Milton CAT for making this event possible.


Joint Winter Meeting

Join us for the 2020 Joint Winter Meeting co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Landscape Association, New Hampshire Plant Growers Association, and UNH Cooperative Extension. This year’s speakers will discuss such topics as: the power of customer reviews, building a sustainable landscape system, neonicotinoids in context, art in the landscape, training employees, and invasive plant control and habitat restoration. Come enjoy a day of learning, exploring, and networking. Pesticide credits available.

PDF of Flyer for the Event

Website Page

Registration page

Vendor Registration

Understanding What You’re Worth – NHLA Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our November Dinner Meeting at the Puritan Backroom Conference Center. The topic will be, Understanding What You Are Worth – A Conversation About Value Creation and Pricing Strategy, presented by Wayne Lamarre, owner of Contractor Fuel.

Wayne will go beyond the X’s and O’s of estimating, to the underlying core principles that influence where you set your rates and mark ups. The presentation will cover many topics directly related to pricing for the contractor. Understanding and overcoming the obstacles with higher pricing and looking at common approaches contractors use to develop pricing will all be examined.

Wayne will also discuss the Value/Price Equation, and how it relates to every client’s decision making process. Are you ready to raise your rates without pushback? Learn what it takes to accomplish this, and also how to identify the right audience. The right client influences what you earn! Join us to learn about these topics and more!

Prior to forming Contractor Fuel, Wayne was the owner of a successful landscape company, here in New Hampshire. He is actively involved in helping contractors develop successful pricing strategies, management techniques, and the use of social media. Please join fellow NHLA members and guests for an exciting presentation on understanding the principles of pricing and what you are worth!


Wayne Lamarre, LEED AP is the owner and head strategist at Contractor Fuel, where he helps contractors raise their visibility and value, making it possible to earn more money and work with better clients.

With over two decades of experience in the landscape industry, Wayne’s mission is to help contractors and service providers succeed through improved communication, sales processes, messaging, service delivery, and estimating practices.

Wayne is also a founder at Reviewzio, a new venture designed to help contractors and other small businesses acquire and leverage the power of online reviews to earn more business.

You can learn more about Wayne here:  https://contractorfuel.com/waynelamarre/

Cost is $50 for members, $60 for non-members. (Membership can be verified here.)  (Registration CLOSED – email Pam Moreau for availability at nhla@comcast.net)

The Puritan Backroom Conference Center is at 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH. NHCLPs will earn one credit for attending. Attendance certificates will be available.


Twilight Meeting at Odiorne State Park

NHLA / UNHCE are happy to announce their next Twilight Meeting, which will be at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye (570 Ocean Blvd.), 3:30-5:30 pm on September 25. There will be a tour and discussion about restoration work by the Rockingham County Conservation District and the State. They have been removing invasives and bringing back some of New Hampshire’s rarest native ecosystems such as coastal pitch pine forest, sand dunes, salt marshes, and barrier marshes. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration: Twilight Meetings are free, but registration is required. Please respond to Jon Batson.

2 Pesticide Credits will be awarded for attending this meeting.

More about the event and Odiorne Point State Park:
We’ll all meet at Sugden House at the Seacoast Science Center where the discussion and tour will begin, conducted by Tracy Degnan, Senior Project Manager, RCCD. Tracy has completed management of habitat restoration activities, invasive species control, and land protection projects for almost two decades with the District. Her work at Odiorne Point State Park spans almost one decade. Her primary responsibilities include project development, scheduling, and management of implementation for successful restoration/land protection projects.

Odiorne Point State Park covers 330 acres and is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire’s eighteen mile coast. Located three miles south of Portsmouth on Route 1A in Rye, Odiorne offers an extensive array of habitats. On the south end of the park, sheltered tide pools of the Sunken Forest give way to an exposed rocky shore. Just north, the shore evolves into a pebble beach which shelters a fresh water marsh. Along the way to Frost Point where a jetty extends into Little Harbor, lies a small sand dune environment. At the end of Little Harbor, Seavey Creek feeds the neighboring salt marsh.

Extensive inland disturbances during World War II induced the growth of dense forests in various stages of succession. Large stone walls bound open fields. Fresh water systems are represented within the park by a man-made pond and marsh. Remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side; and the man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth.

The English came to the area in 1623 to fish and trade with the natives. In 1660 John Odiorne joined the settlement that would later bear his name. The area was farmed until after the civil war when farming gradually gave way to a colony of hotels and large summer homes

In 1942 the federal government purchased all the property from Little Harbor to the Sunken Forest, as well as the adjacent marshland and became known as Fort Dearborn. For nearly 20 years, it was part of the chain of coastal defenses that protected Portsmouth Harbor and the naval shipyard.

In the late 1950s Fort Dearborn was declared surplus property. It was sold to the state of New Hampshire for $91,000 in 1961 and became a state park in the mid 70’s.

Today, Odiorne Point State Park is open daily year-round. Picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can uncover evidence of past military occupation. An extensive network of trails, including a paved bike path, wind through the dense vegetation and traverse the park. The Seacoast Science Center, which is located in the park, has exhibits relating to the natural and human history of Odiorne and the seacoast area.

Light refreshments will be available.

Registration: Twilight Meetings are free, but registration is required. Please respond to Jon Batson.

Odiorne Point State Park
Odiorne Point State Park

Warming Up to Winter Twilight Meeting

Join NHLA and UNH Cooperative Extension at Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland, NH, for a discussion on the ins and outs of managing landscape plants through erratic New Hampshire winters. State specialists Cathy Neal and Cheryl Smith will discuss plant sources and provenance, root cold tolerance, and recent weather patterns and observations. Jonathan Ebba, Jaime Roberge and Emma Erler will then detail best management practices including planting dates and placement, pruning techniques, and fall fertilization schedules. Discussion and questions will follow. For more information contact Jaime Roberge at (603) 749-4445 or by email at Jaime.Roberge@unh.edu

The event is free, however, registration is required.


Schedule of Event:

5:00PM-5:45PM: Rolling Green Nursery tour and refreshmen

5:45PM-6:45PM: Cooperative Extension presentation

6:45PM-7:30PM: Questions and Adjourn


NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Open House for Landscape Design

NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Open House for Landscape Design. Learn about the Associate Degree and Certificate programs, designed to provide educational opportunities for those interested in possibly starting or changing a career, or to better equip and train those already employed in the Green Industry. Contact Susanne Smith Meyer at ssmithmeyer@ccsnh.edu for more information.

NHLA Twilight Meeting at Swenson Granite

Join NHLA for a tour of Swenson Granite Quarry! Director of Retail Operations David Duford will meet us at the store yard for a brief view of the displays before going up to the quarry/production plant for a tour. At the production building we’ll hear a presentation by David on “Swenson Granite, Then and Now.” The program will include a demonstration on how to split granite by hand.

Refreshments will be served, including sandwiches, side dishes, and desserts provided by Constantly Pizza. Water and soft drinks will also be provided.

The Swenson Granite Company, a New Hampshire quarrier, manufacturer, and retailer of quality granite and stone products, was founded in 1883 by Swedish immigrant John Swenson. Today, Swenson Granite operates 9 retail stores throughout New England, all supplied by our 125,000 square foot production facility, which combines the latest technology with the irreplaceable beauty of hand craftsmanship. They advise, “Do it once. Do it with stone.”

Registration: Twilight Meetings are free, but registration is required. Please respond to Jon Batson, jontree13@aol.com

NHLA Twilight Meeting on Dry Stone Walling

Join us for the first NHLA Twilight Meeting of 2019! We have a very interesting program for you.

The meeting will be held at The Stone Trust’s Mont Vernon, NH training site. Hosts Pete Ryder and Brian Post will provide an overview of The Stone Trust offerings and certification program. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about a fascinating and traditional New England art. Light refreshments will be provided at the Twilight Meeting, and a tent is set up onsite in case of rain.

The Stone Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving and advancing the art and craft of dry stone walling (www.thestonetrust.org). The Trust fulfills this mission primarily through training and certification programs. In 2018 more than 500 people took workshops and more than 80 tested for certification at various levels.  Pete is the board president of The Stone Trust, a certified instructor, and a professional waller in New Boston, NH. Brian is the executive director, a master craftsman, the lead instructor for The Trust, and a professional waller in Springfield, VT.

Typical Stone Trust introductory workshop attendance is 75% homeowners and 25% professionals. More advanced workshops include more hardscape professionals. In a one-day introduction workshop, attendees are introduced to the fundamentals and put them into practice by taking down and rebuilding an existing wall. Instruction is provided by some of the best professional wallers in New England, teaching a well established curriculum derived from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

The headquarters and primary training center for The Stone Trust is in Dummerston, VT. In 2018, The Trust opened its training center in Mont Vernon, NH, to better serve eastern New England. 2018 workshops held in Mont Vernon included one-Day Introductory classes, Stone Shaping, Site Preparation, and a Stone Arch Bridge workshop.

Directions: The Stone Trust Training Center is at 2 Lamson Rd., Mont Vernon, NH. Turn onto Lamson Road from Rt. 13 and follow the yellow signs. (You’ll proceed past the first house on the left, turn left into the field access road and follow signs.)

Registration: Twilight Meetings are free, but registration is required. Please respond to Jon Batson, jontree13@aol.com

NH Big Tree Workshop

Remember that BIG tree you saw during your work around the state? You may be the one to discover and measure our next champion!  Join us on Arbor Day for a NH Big Tree Workshop at Canterbury Shaker Village. It will be a hands-on day of outdoor learning and fun.

Be the one to discover our next champion… The NH Big Tree Program locates, measures, and records the largest trees of each tree species in all 10 NH Counties and throughout the State. NH even has 9 National Champions including the largest Eastern White Pine in the country! Join us for a workshop at Canterbury Shaker Village on Arbor Day. This event will feature an introduction to the NH Big Trees program where you’ll meet NH’s trees and hear their stories, and tour the big and historic trees of Shaker Village and the first Arboretum in the state. From there spend time exploring and get involved in identifying, measuring and registering these champions! Families are welcome and there will be special activities for kids.

$15.00 per person or $30.00 per family (includes lunch and snacks) (scholarships available as needed, contact Mary Tebo Davis (603) 641-6060)

GSLA Celebrates Landscape Architect Month

Celebrate Landscape Architecture Month with the Granite State Landscape Architects! This special dinner meeting will feature the induction of Dr. Cathy Neal as an Honorary Member and Guest Speaker Wendy Miller, FASLA, 2019 ASLA President Elect.

5:30 pm, Cocktail Hour; 6:30 pm, Dinner.
Please RSVP by April 5


New England Outdoor Living & Garden Show

The New England Outdoor Living & Garden Show will showcase elaborate garden displays, breathtaking outdoor living spaces, artisans, celebrities, chefs, and local culinary treats.

Turf Depot Power University

A 1-day training and educational event for Landscape Contractor Professionals. Designed for the business owner, crew foreman and the like in mind. This one-of-a-kind experience will give you the tools and resources you need to grow in 2019.

Maine Flower Show

A Walk in Maine: The Maine Flower Show is one of the biggest gardening and horticultural shows in the region where landscapers, exhibitors, designers, and horticulturists come together in one annual event. Experience an environment that invites you to interact with the native plants and immerse in the environments that characterize Maine. More Information

NHLA, UNHCE Spring Landscape Conference

PDF Brochure of the event.

$65 per person on or before March 14. No refunds after this date.
$75 per person after March 14 and for all walk-ins.
Register online by March 14: https://bit.ly/2WO8Pzo

William Cullina by Robert Mitchell
William Cullina by Robert Mitchell

The NHLA / UNHCE Spring Landscape Conference is one of our premier events. This year our featured speaker is Bill Cullina, Director, Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, where he has led the development of a 10-year master plan to double the size of the gardens. He will discuss Going Organic at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Two years ago, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens decided to convert to organic practices. Many on the staff were skeptical that they could maintain a high standard of care with a limited budget and staff, but felt it was vital to try. Luckily the experiment has been an overwhelming success: the plants are far healthier, pollinators are more diverse, visitors happier, and costs have remained the same or even decreased. The switch has not been without challenges, however, and Bill will candidly discuss what has worked and what has not when CMBG “went organic.”

Additional presenters include:
Trevor Smith, Land Escapes Design Inc., Belmont, MA, on Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) What is it? Why we need it and How to implement it. In the face of climate change, it seems we either have too much water or too little and never enough when we really need it. Water bans and droughts, flooding and erosion, are all common now and it feels as if this life-giving resource has turned against us. Get reacquainted with water and get more comfortable with methods to capture and reuse stormwater or slow and infiltrate runoff. Trevor will discuss how landscapers should be capitalizing on the trends in green infrastructure, and the regulations on the horizon. He will cover rain harvesting, permeable pavements, green roofs and bio swales/rain gardens. Case studies and photos will convince you that nearly every job can incorporate these practices without looking obvious.

Dr. Karl Guillard, Professor of Agronomy & University Teaching Fellow, University of Connecticut, will deliver a presentation on Turfgrass Nutrients and Fertilizers. He will cover the most current turf nutrient management recommendations for the northeast, focusing on environmentally-responsible nutrient management. Dr. Guillard will discuss how research informs development of these best management practices. Essential for anyone who does or prescribes turf maintenance!

Kirsten Howard, CFM, Coastal Resilience Coordinator New Hampshire Coastal Program, NH DES, will talk about Living Shorelines – Opportunities at the Edge for Coastal Landscapers. Kirsten will describe new “living” approaches to shoreline stabilization and erosion control in coastal areas threatened by increasingly severe storms and rising sea levels, replacing more traditional and often less resilient practices like rip rap and seawalls. She will share details about pilot projects in Portsmouth and Durham, a draft plant list for coastal projects, and a light review of permitting requirements.

Paul James, owner of Landscape Matters, Hampton, NH, and Emma Erler, Education Center Program Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension, Goffstown, NH., will a look at the details of Seasonal Hand Pruning of Landscape Trees and Shrubs. There is more to pruning than
understanding how to make proper cuts. You also need to know how the plant will respond and what it will look like in the future. This should be dictated by the plant’s natural growth habit, growth rate, flowering season, height, and spread.

Josh Janicke, NH Department of Wildlife Services and USDA, on Dealing With Nuisance Wildlife. Squirrels, chipmunks and deer, oh my! Wildlife can be disruptive in many facets of the green industry. Join Josh as he describes best practices for managing nuisance wildlife in the landscape.

Northeast Hardscape Expo

This is the Northeast’s only trade show and educational forum designed specifically for hardscape professionals. It’s an opportunity to interact with other industry professionals, manufacturers, dealers and other hardscape related companies and suppliers. Professional development seminars will feature current trends, best practices, as well as business-building and profitability ideas. Watch live demonstrations and the Northeast Installer Competition, featuring a $10,000 first prize, from the show floor. The competition winner will represent the region in the 2019 Hardscape North America National Championship. For more info, visit: www.NEHExpo.com.

NHLA Members: You are invited to a free breakfast and to receive free admission to the Expo! Check your email for details.

25th Annual ELA Conference & Trade Show

Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts as speakers share their experiences and expertise. Increase your knowledge, build professional networks, and visit the Eco-Marketplace to learn what ecological products and services are available to help you grow your business. More information.


Wetland Shrubs in Winter

Instructor: Roland “Boot” Boutwell. Start with a short session indoors, then move outside to take a close look at 15-20 shrubs. Bring lunch and a hand lens if possible. $53-64. More information and registration: https://www.newenglandwild.org

Annual Meeting -NH Farm Bureau

102nd Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield

Don’t miss out on these great activities, workshops, and awards presentations:
Coos County History Display
Scavenger Hunt
Training with American Farm Bureau Federation
Farm-to-Table Dinner Demonstration
Preparing for Farm Emergencies Workshop
New Hampshire Farm Bureau Awards
And More!

NHLA Dinner Meeting

Charlie Holland, owner of Chester Hollow Water Gardens, and his team will speak on “Ponds and Water Features.” The presentation will cover the financial benefits of offering a water feature to clients, including profit margins and costs of installation. They’ll explain and show examples of how different types of features are designed, created, and maintained and also touch upon some of the extra features you can add to ponds, such as Coy fish, aquatic plants, stumps, etc.

Charlie Holland and his New England water garden community have numerous years of experience in all facets of developing water features. His team has built small installations including disappearing pondless water falls coming out of an urn or rock, to larger water gardens with cascading brooks that end with a waterfall flowing into a large pond. Charlie puts on numerous education seminars each year, along with always offering a helping hand in the construction of any feature.

Cost is $50 for members, and $60 for non-members. Membership can be verified at www.nhlamain.wpengine.com/directory. Registration will be available from here shortly. Please check back.

NHLA-NHPGA-UNHCE Joint Winter Meeting

Registration, Refreshments, Visit Vendor Booths

A chance to network and discuss current issues
Hiring and Working with Millennials (Webster Room) – Jonathan Ebba with UNH Horticulture students
Potential NHLA/NHPGA Merger (Pierce Room) – Linda Zukas
Meet and Greet with Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper (Ballroom)

9:30-9:45 Welcome and Announcements

9:45-10:00 Introductory Remarks
Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of Agriculture, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

GENERAL SESSIONS (Ballroom): 10:00-11:00
New Hamsphire Workforce: Outlook and Opportunities
Pam Szacik, Director of Employment Service Bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security – In addition to the labor outlook in NH, Pam will discuss new state initiatives that may help our industry in finding and retaining new sources of labor, including Medicaid, opioid recovery and mature citizens.

11:00-12:00 *What’s On the Shelf?
Dr. Cheryl Smith, Plant Health Specialist, UNH – Cheryl will provide an update on new pests/diseases of concern, and new products for nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers and landscapes.

12:00-1:15 Lunch Buffet and Announcements; Visit Vendors

Improving Labor and Production Efficiency in the Green Industry
Gerson ‘Gary’ Cortes, FlowVision, LLC – Many in the green industry are looking for ways to improve their profitability. Many growers, garden centers, and landscapers of all sizes have turned to Lean Flow techniques to increase profitability, through improved productivity, increased payload, and improved quality.

CONCURRENT B (Webster/Pierce Room)
Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife
Joshua Janicke, NH Department of Wildlife Services – Squirrels, chipmunks and deer, oh my! Wildlife can be disruptive in many facets of the green industry. Join Joshua as he describes best management practices for nuisance wildlife in the landscape, nurseries and garden centers.

2:15-2:30 Break: Visit Vendor Booths

*Ticks, Lyme Disease and Other Bad News
Dr. Abigail Mathewson, Public Health Program Manager for NH Department of Health and Human Services – How can you protect yourself when you’re out there in the world full of ticks?! Dr. Mathewson will cover basic vector biology/life cycle information, discuss the risk of tick-borne diseases, and explain the best prevention methods.

CONCURRENT B (Webster/Pierce Room)
Panel Discussion: Business Success Over the Years
George Pellitieri, Owner, Pellitieri Associates; Robbi Woodburn, ASLA, Principle, Woodburn & Company Landscape Architects, LLC; Suzanne Maze, Owner, Black Forest Nursery; Rick Simpson, Owner, Rolling Green Nursery. Join us for this panel of successful industry leaders who will share with us the stories behind their business successes and offer key pointers for aspiring landscape professionals.

*One Pesticide Credit will be awarded for each of the talks indicated, pending State approval. Be sure to sign the registration sheet at the beginning and pick up your certificate at the end of the session.

2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details
Pre-Registration Deadline: January 7. No refunds after this date.
Cost: $65.00 per person if paid in full by January 7, 2019. Price includes lunch.
After the 7th and at the door the cost will be $80 per person.
Walk ins are accepted on a space-available basis and and lunch is not guaranteed.
Note: a reservation made is a reservation guaranteed. No shows will be billed. Thank you for your understanding.

RSVP by January 7, 2019
Online registration

Please use this form to reserve exhibit space and for registration. Questions about vendor displays and arrangements should be directed to Jon Batson, jontree13@aol.com

For any questions or special arrangements not limited to dietary, physical access, or other accommodations, including the ability to pay, please contact Cathy Neal at cathy.neal@unh.com. Ten working days are needed to facilitate special needs requests.

This program is a collaborative effort among the NH Landscape Association, NH Plant Growers Association, and UNH Extension.
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.