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American Society for Horticultural Science 2014 Conference: search for the holy grail!

Last week my husband I attended the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Orlando, Florida. We’ve been members since about 1998, when we were graduate students at the University of Arkansas. I’ve received questions from friends or family inquiring as to what we do “at those meetings.”

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In our search for the “Holy Grail of Horticulture” we attend these conferences to speak, present, meet, ask, and apply.  In Horticulture there are many “holy grails” being quested for such as the perfect nursery container “pot”. Speaking of pot, I attended a workshop on indigenous herbal medicine and recent developments in cannabis regulation and cultivation. This was a very informative two hours! (or was it six hours or perhaps thirty minutes…I can’t remember…JUST KIDDING!)  As the Grail Knight tells us us in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “You must choose. But choose wisely, for as the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

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Attending the professional conferences, such as ASHS, affords us opportunities to present current research we have been a part of by making oral or poster presentations for our peers.

Even during years when I had nothing to present (I often joke that for several years I was the longest running member not employed in horticulture), I would spend a couple of hours walking through the poster hall reading about the latest and greatest research in horticulture science.

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Since my background is very diversified (from ornamentals, to fruit crops, to veg crops and beyond)…I attend a variety of oral presentations. I gather ideas for garden articles, research topics and usually enjoy a renewed sense of enthusiasm for horticulture and my place in it.

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There are many optional “field trips” available during the conference too, usually incorporating horticulture or public garden sites.

This year there was a silent auction to support speakers for the Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants Working Group. My bids won a Rodale book on medicinal plants and a collection of Proven Winners Gardener’s Collection of soap, hand balm and lip balm created with goats milk and organic essential oils by Indigo Wild in Kansas City, MO.

I would be remiss if not to include the invaluable social time with my peers as part of the enjoyment of the conference. I love meeting new people, but also catching up with friends and colleagues, many of whom I only see once or twice a year at an ASHS conference.

Networking is a big part of the conference. You may meet future employers, committee members, find out about upcoming jobs and opportunities and gain face time for future endeavors. Collaboration is a big part of research and networking at ASHS can put you in touch with new collaboration opportunities.

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For many years now I have been able to use my time attending professional presentations at ASHS as CEU’s to maintain my Certified Professional Horticulturist status. This is a great way to “rack up” a lot of hours in a few days.

Recent trends have included much more research on sustainable and organic methods of growing and producing plants. For that I am very excited and thankful.

A few more shots from ASHS 2014 presentations in this mini-slideshow

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We also attend and have been members of the ASHS-Southern Region group since about 1998.

 

See you next year at ASHS New Orleans!

The Garden Maiden 🙂

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A Few Fun Shots from Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May I attended the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It was my first time in several years and it was great to be back!

Pluto, Minnie and Mickey topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Pluto, Minnie and Mickey topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The topiaries are always amazing and fun showing timeless Disney characters from book and film.

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Tow Mater topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many fun photo opportunities and surprises around every corner.

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Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work done by the Disney cast members and horticulture team is creative and detailed.

Bambi topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Bambi topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I waited several minutes to get a photo of Bambi and friends as there were throngs of folks waiting to get their photo taken with this arrangement.

Tinkerbell topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Tinkerbell topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some topiary are hidden just out of view making spotting them a nice surprise!

Peter Pan topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Peter Pan topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t want to forget to look up! Peter Pan could be found atop one of the buildings near the Rose and Crown Pub. I happened to notice him while waiting for a beer with my husband.

Monsters, Inc topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Monsters, Inc topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the Monster’s Inc area so much I wanted to bring them home to my yard. I wonder if I could create topiaries that would be ready for Halloween some day? 🙂

I hope that I will be able to attend this fun and informative festival sooner, rather than later. There was great food and lots of fun. Of course Disney is expensive, so it may be a couple of years. If you have never been, I highly recommend going.

I’d be interested to know if any of you have tried your hand with creative topiary, particularly Disney-themed?

 

Stay cool out there and KEEP ON GROWIN’,

The Garden Maiden

 

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Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Field Day TODAY: high tunnel, irrigation, mulching, fruit crops

I wanted to submit a post about an event taking place today near Goodman, MS.  Although it will be too late for most to attend if you are just learning of this event, there are many more excellent events put on by this organization throughout the year. Please read below! Professors from Mississippi State University will be some of the invited guest speakers today. This will include Drs. Eric Stafne, Rick Snyder and Bill Evans.  I have copied the information from their flyer. Contact information for this event and this organization are listed below. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and grow. Like and follow the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production on FB

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–  Field Day

 

High Tunnel, Mulching, and Irrigation Demonstrations; Fruit Crops: Site Selection and Varieties

March 21, 2014

10:00 – 2:30 P.M.

At the

Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm

Near Goodman, Mississippi in HolmesCounty

Plastic Mulch Laying and Irrigation                    High Tunnel

Mulching machine: lays black plastic, lays drip      Construction and production

tape, and makes raised bed – at the same time!

DIRECTIONS TO DEMONSTRATION FARM

The demonstration farm is located in Holmes County, Mississippi – off Hwy 51 between Goodman and Durant.  Visitors may exit I-55 at exit 146/Hwy 14 and travel 3 miles east to Goodman and Holmes Community College.  From Goodman, travel north 3 miles on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the left.  Visitors may also exit I-55 at exit 150/State Park Road and travel east through the park toward Hwy 51.  From the park, travel 1 mile south on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the right.  The farm is 1 mile southwest of Hwy 51 at 1184 Coleman Road.  (LOOK FOR NEW SIGNS ON HWY 51 AND AT COLEMAN ROAD)Contact Keith Benson, Farm Director, for more information: 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com

 

Sponsors and Partners

 Mississippi State University Extension Service

Alcorn State University Extension

University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic

Funds for this project were provided through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program

If you cannot attend the event today, March 21, here is a list of events for the remainder of the 2014 year.  Mark your calendar:

Friday, March 21st                                        Registration: 10:00AM                 High Tunnel, Mulching and Irrigation Demonstrations

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Fruit Crops: Site Selection and Varieties

Legal Assistance to Farmers

Friday, April 18th                             Registration: 10:00AM                 Growing Warm Season Crops: Vegetables, Fruits,

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Herbs, Spices and Flowers

“Muscadine Clonal Propagation (Hands-on Session)

Friday, May 16th                               Registration: 10:00AM                 Marketing: Specialty Food Stores *

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Networking and On-Line Presence *

Friday, June 20th                                             Registration: 10:00AM                          Crop Scouting and Integrated Pest, Disease and

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Weed Management; and Vendor Opportunities

Friday, July 18th                                               Registration: 10:00AM                          Certification Options and Assistance:

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     USDA GHP/GAP Program *

Farm and Food Safety and Post Harvest Handling

Friday, August 15th                                     Registration: 10:00AM                 Risk Management and Insurance

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Legal Assistance to Farmers

Friday, September 19th                          Registration: 10:00AM                 Growing Fall Crops and Vendor Opportunities

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM

Friday, October 17th                       Registration: 10:00AM                 How to Plan a Profit and Produce It:

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Recordkeeping, Farm Labor, Equipment and Inputs

Friday, November 21st                            Registration: 10:00AM                 Preparation for Spring Planting: Crop Nutrient

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Management; Pest, Disease and Weed Control; Irrigation; Crop Rotation; Cover Crops and Soil Testing

Friday, December 12th                  Registration: 10:00AM                 Crop Selection/Seed Acquisition for Spring Planting,

Program: 10:15AM – 2:30PM     Equipment Maintenance, Selection and Acquisition

LOCATION: Alliance Demonstration Farm, 1184 Coleman Road, Goodman, MS.  RSVP: Keith Benson, 601-988-4999, keithmdp@yahoo.com  Pre-registration is required, so that we can plan for training materials and lunch.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS: Funds for this project were provided through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program; Mississippi State University Extension Service, Alcorn State University Extension, and University of Mississippi Transactional Legal Clinic.  * Follow-on meetings/workshops will be conducted to work with farmers/producers who have a strong interest in these topics!            

Keep on growin’

The Garden Maiden

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