Integrated Pest Management Workshop for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers
Register now for this hands-on, train-the-trainer workshop designed especially for retail nursery and garden center employees, managers, owners, and affiliates. The workshop, offered by the University of California Statewide IPM Program and UC Cooperative Extension, will help you and your employees gain new skills to better serve customers and keep them coming back!
When: Monday, November 4, 2019
Where: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Sacramento, CA
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM
People in urban and suburban areas often use the term “invasive” to describe plants or weeds that appear to take over a garden or landscape. However, true invasive plants are weeds that infest ecosystems, rangelands, and pasture—places common garden weeds don't thrive.
Invasive plants can reduce native plant and animal diversity, threaten endangered species habitat, and increase wildfire and flood danger. Most invasive plants were introduced as ornamentals from the retail nursery industry, or for the purposes of soil stabilization, animal forage, human food, fiber, or medicinal plants. Some may still be found for sale at retail nursery and garden centers, including the following:
Invasive plants—plants that can disperse, establish, and spread without human assistance or disturbance—pose a serious problem in California's waterways, wildlands and rangelands. Common garden weeds, unlike invasive plants, don't generally thrive outside of cultivation.
About 1,500 non-native plant species are currently established in California, mostly in wildlands. Almost two thirds were intentionally introduced as ornamentals from the nursery industry, or for the purposes of soil stabilization, animal forage, human food, fiber or medicinal plants.
Invasive plants originally introduced as desirable ornamentals include pampasgrass, big periwinkle, and water hyacinth. Dyer's woad was once a valuable dye...
[From the May 2017 issue of the UC IPM Retail Newsletter]
Retail nursery and garden center employees play an important role in communicating pest management information to gardeners and the public. The UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) strives to help retailers stay current on emerging pest-related topics facing California that help consumers effectively manage pests.
As part of this effort, UC IPM partnered with several UC Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists to offer three regional train-the trainer workshops in 2016 and early 2017. A total of 188 participants from 41 retail.../span>
Are you registered for one of the upcoming "IPM Workshops for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers"? If not, time is running out!
Oakland Workshop, Jan. 24, 2017
Registration is now open to all for the January 24, IPM Training for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers in Oakland, CA. A few spaces are still available!
Register now to secure your spot to learn about invasive pests, Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing disease, household pests, and IPM and pesticides.