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President's Letter: I am strongly encouraging us to look for solutions in unusual places

On April 25, FNGLA President-Elect Shawn Thomas and I were invited to the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Department of Corrections Horticultural Program...

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New FCHP Manual Has Arrived!

FNGLA is excited to announce the enhanced and expanded FCHP textbook is now available. The Horticulture Professional includes chapters on plant propagation and production, as well as interior plant maintenance. "We're proud to say this manual will now better-fit the training needs of nursery and greenhouse growers, while continuing to be the go-to manual for landscape professionals," Merry Mott, director of certifications and career development says...

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Jack Payne: FNGLA Past Presidents Help Inform Ag. Discussions on Campus

I’ve convened a discussion on campus on the future of Florida agriculture. It’s probably of no surprise to you that it’s been enlivened by the participation of past FNGLA Presidents Ed Bravo and Sandy Stein...

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Florida Plants Represented at Trisha's Tailgate

Florida foliage and locally grown herbs were given a front row seat at UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium last month, thanks to Fresh From Florida’s efforts at Country music star Trisha Yearwood's Trisha's Tailgate event. Yearwood's culinary-centric event which featured a cooking demo with Fresh From Florida's Chefs, and coincided with her hubby, Garth Brooks' concert in The Swamp on April 20.

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Upcoming Professional Development Events

Here's your May roundup of upcoming FNGLA Chapter, Certification and CEU events and educational programming across the state of Florida...

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Lethal Bronzing: The Facts!

There seems to be a recent uptick in plant disease and quarantine activity in parts of the southern United States. Hibiscus bud weevil, guava root nematode and boxwood blight are three of the latest examples. As you can imagine, FNGLA receives many inquiries and hears a lot about various plant pests and diseases. Much of the information is accurate, yet sometimes it’s not.

To help separate fact from fiction, FNGLA will issue periodic Fact Sheets to share the most up-to-date scientific and regulatory info on plant pests and diseases with growers, landscape professionals and garden center retailers. In doing so, FNGLA will collaborate directly with UF/IFAS scientists and FDACS-Division of Plant Industry scientists and regulators. These Pest & Disease Fact Sheets will be housed on FNGLA’s website. Just click on the Advocacy tab and then the Resources link.

The first FNGLA Pest & Disease Fact Sheet delivers information about Lethal Bronzing Disease. Formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, it affects certain palm species. Click here for the fact sheet.

By making factual, scientific and regulatory information readily available, FNGLA can inform growers and landscape professionals as to ways to mitigate against potentially disruptive plant pests and diseases.

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The Trials Have Been Planted!

April trials bring May flowers! More than 110 varieties of flowering annuals are taking root at three trial sites throughout Orlando in anticipation of the upcoming 2019 Florida Flower Trials, May 15-16. A special thanks goes to Big Trees Plantation and Ameriscapes-Landscape Management Services’ crews for their hard work to make sure the new varieties got off to a great start. The Flower Trials will bring together industry professionals, breeders from across the country and key experts to observe which new varieties will thrive. Florida's spring season is an ideal time to evaluate plants for garden performance and test their resilience to Florida's heat and humidity...

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Member News

Heads Up!

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Rich Kling of Merchant Owl also volunteers his time to FNGLA -- he is the president of FNGLA’s Action Chapter! So, Rich truly understands your business needs and supports FNGLA. So, when it comes to credit card processing, you’re encouraged to call Rich Kling today at 407-883-2246 for your free cost-savings analysis. If you prefer to email Rich, here’s his address: Rich@MerchantOwl.com. To underscore Rich’s commitment to FNGLA, you can see Merchant Owl is prominently featured on the FNGLA website’s Member Benefit Provider page.

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Did You Renew Your FNGLA Membership?

FNGLA membership renewal notices have gone out via e-mail. The deadline to renew one’s membership is June 30, so if you haven't already done so please renew your membership for 2019-2020.

“In addition to the networking and support FNGLA offers a company on the Chapter level, The Landscape Show is right around the corner," says Christy Savage, FNGLA membership sub-committee chair. "There are discounts offered for those exhibiting and attending. Don't miss out!"

Need your member number and/or password? Give FNGLA staff a call now at 1-800-375-3642.

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