Revitalization and raingardens in Region 2
Region 2, which encompasses New York City and Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, is coming back to life with an event you don't want to miss. "Grab the Rains -- and a Beer and a Burger With NYSNLA's Region 2" will be held Tuesday, August 4, at Lawton Adams Materials, Supplies & Recycling on Route 100 in Somers, Westchester County.
Kevin Cotter, a continuing education instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and a Certified Aquascape Contractor, will give a presentation on raingardens. Once thought of as mostly an urban garden solution to deal with stormwater runoff, raingardens are becoming popular with suburban and rural dwellers who desire a more sustainable relationship with the environment. Kevin's presentation will cover siting, planning, design, plant choices and maintenance of raingardens.
Afterward, relax and enjoy burgers and brews served by NYSNLA President Jerry Parmenter, Executive Director Holly Cargill-Cramer and CNLP Program Chair Chuck Schmitt; take a tour of Lawton Adams' facilities; and learn more about its specialty soil offerings. To register for this event, click here.
Dinner, awards, auction and more in Syracuse
Join us on Wednesday, August 26, at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse for NYSNLA's Annual Membership Dinner, presentation of the Environmental Beautification Awards, and Education Auction. You can sign up for the dinner and make your entree choice by clicking here.
Donations are being accepted for the Silent Auction ($100 and up) and Bucket Auction (under $100). The Live Auction will feature experience packages designed and donated by each of our regions. Click here to download a donation form.
Thursday, August 27, is opening day of the New York State Fair. We'll have our NYSNLA Court of Honor at 10:30 am in the John Deere Horticulture Building. Come celebrate as we induct Jeff Rogers into the NYSNLA Hall of Fame, present the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture to Dr. Andrew Senesac, and honor our CNLP of the Year, Julie Liebmann.
Volunteers are still needed to staff the NYSNLA booth at the fair. This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow nursery and landscape professionals and spread the word about NYSNLA. To reserve your volunteer hours, click here.
NYSNLA's magazine is now all digital, and it lives right here on this website, which allows us to save trees and postage. Not only that, the articles will be archived here indefinitely.
Click here to read the Summer 2015 issue, which has photos and write-ups of all our Environmental Beautification Award winners, news about member achievements, a roundup of Arbor Day activities and much more.
State overhauls pesticide administration system
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Pesticide Section is replacing its current systems with a new Web-based application, the New York State Pesticides Administration Database (NYSPAD). Phase 1 of NYSPAD has now gone live. You may access information regarding pesticide applicators/technicians, training courses, and certification/recertification exams at www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad.
The information on the site is updated in real time. If a commercial technician is upgraded to commercial applicator, a new training course is approved or a new exam session is created, the change appears immediately.
Phase 2 will allow access to business/agency registration and commercial permit registration and will be available later this year. Also, the Pesticide Certification program is being streamlined to make initial certification, renewal and recertification easier and faster.
Save the dates -- CNLP Day and Leadership Forum
Our second annual CNLP Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The following day, the Botanical Garden is hosting a Native Plant Summit: Current Status, Conservation and Outlook for Plants of the Northeast, so some of you might want to consider planning an overnight stay or even a long weekend.
NYSNLA's Leadership Forum will be on Tuesday, November 17, in Saratoga Springs. Landscaper-turned-consultant Jeffrey Scott will guide attendees through the strategic planning process. Participants will create strategic plans for their businesses and receive further guidance from Jeffrey in implementing them.
The first 20 business owners to register for Leadership Forum will have the opportunity to attend an Owners Networking Dinner with Jeffrey the evening before.
Watch your email and this space for information on how to sign up for CNLP Day and Leadership Forum.
What our members say ...
I choose to grow with NYSNLA for the greater good of the industry – an industry I love, to join with likeminded individuals focused on the greater good for our industry as a whole, gaining education and experience to grow and connect with each other and the end users of our products and services.
Be sure to check out our Education Calendar regularly to find professional development opportunities in your region and around the state. And, check our our Events Calendar to learn about meetings and networking opportunities.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the "Human Resources 101" webinar on July 21. Be sure to register for our next "Work Smarter, Not Harder" webinar on Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 pm. Carol Saporito of Bissett Nursery Corp. will present "Introduction to Social Media for Small Businesses."
Social media is the new "word of mouth" marketing. In this webinar, you'll learn how to join the conversation. Topics to be covered include the major social media "players," their strengths and weaknesses, social media vocabulary, reasonable goals and expectations, and important first steps.
These webinars are free to NYSNLA member businesses and come with CNLP credits.
To register for the August 18 webinar, click here.
And don't forget ...
On Tuesday, July 28, you can get a sneak preview of our 2015 Leadership Forum presenter, Jeffrey Scott, by taking part in a free tele-seminar, "What Is Your Landscape Business Worth?" Jeffrey will be joined by Ron Edmonds of the Principium Group, the most successful mergers and acquisitions firm in the green industry. Ron will share trends and secrets on how to measure ,manage and maximize your business value. Jeffrey will offer real=live examples and tools to help you understand what your business is worth and how to immediately boost its value.
The tele-seminar begins at noon. Click here to learn more and to register.
Oldies but goodies
Materials from earlier webinars are available for you to review. Be sure you're logged into this site, as some of them are in the "Members Only" area.
Recordings, handouts and other resources related to Monica Mitchell Muir's two QuickBooks webinars can be found here.
The slides from Heidi Mortensen's March webinar on "Hot New Perennials for 2015" can be downloaded here.
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