Florida Flower Trials

at Walt Disney World's Nursery | Harry P. Leu Gardens | UF-IFAS Orange County Extension




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Thursday, May 18, 2017

We begin our day at the B Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

7:30 - 8 a.m.


8 - 8:30 a.m.

It’s Time to Grab Morning Coffee and Chat with Sponsors

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Conference Welcome

The Power of Flower Trials
Alan Shapiro, Grandiflora, Gainesville, FL

Along with a morning welcome, Alan Shapiro will take a few minutes to review why you are here and how you can make the most of your time at the conference. Hear why you need to make visiting trial gardens part of your annual events.

9 – 9:45 a.m.


Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens)
Dan Heims, Terra Nova Nurseries (Canby, OR)

Dan’s trips around the world have exposed him to an amazing array of wild containers planted with the most unusual plants. Dan will cover these, plus a wide assortment of unusual plant materials which give new life to containers. He'll offer tips on how to design containers, small garden spaces, and provide helpful information on maintaining soil fertility and improved plant health.

9:45 – 10 a.m.

Sponsor Break

10 – 11:15 a.m.

Designing With Color, Texture & Form for Visionary Effects
Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Horticultural Classics & Consultations, Sunbury, OH

In a well-designed border, we often notice the beauty of the combinations of plants more than the individual plants themselves. To achieve this sense of interplay, it’s useful to think about an artistic approach to color and visual texture: the patterns created by the lines and forms of combined leaves, branches, and flowers. Instead of using threads or yarns to weave texture, gardeners can stitch together the varied colors and patterns of plants to create living tapestries. Join us for this dynamic and creative discussion on the use of color, texture, and form in the garden that will elevate your designs to visionary status.

11:15 a.m.– Noon

Thinking Outside the Pot: Solutions for Maintaining Healthy Annual Beds
Tyler Chandler, WinField Solutions PPG, Boca Raton, FL

Color adds life and energy to your landscape designs. This session will provide timely information on how to develop and successfully maintain your landscapes. Learn how planned programs and the right products that will enhance your color and extend the life of annual beds.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Breeders' Showcase

Here is where it all starts... with the breeders. This is a fast-paced session where breeders pull out all the stops to show what they have to offer. Whether they are highlighting their new varieties from the trial gardens or something new that has never been seen... each company has just 7 minutes to pack in information pertinent to your needs. This is a must-see session!

Lunch Sponsored by:

2 - 3 p.m.

Travel time to Harry P. Leu Gardens

3 - 5:30 p.m.

Close-Up Time with Breeders at the Trial Gardens

You’ll get your first glimpse of the 2017 Florida Flower Trial gardens! Breeders will be on hand at the trial sites to talk plants and answer questions about their new varieties.

Harry P. Leu Gardens (from 3 - 4 p.m.)
Orange County Extension Service (from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.).

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Joined by FNGLA's Action Chapter Members.

Dinner & Lessons from Florida Flower Trial Garden's Site Managers: Lone Survivors of the Summer

Melissa Shepherd, Walt Disney World and, Kelly Greer, UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Services

Every year, this program takes a close look at the current season’s new varieties but what happens to those varieties when attendees leave the conference? What varieties finished out the summer strong? During the final session of the day, the three trial site managers team up to share with you their thoughts on the best performers of the 2016 trial gardens. Hear which varieties beat the odds, lasted longer, showed to be great pollinators and offered great new options for many seasons to come!

Dinner Sponsored by:

Friday, May 19, 2017

9 a.m. – Noon

Open House at Walt Disney World’s Nursery
Friday’s program starts with a behind-the-scenes open house at Walt Disney World’s Nursery and then on to Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival for a self-guided tour of the festival to see first-hand all of the magic created by Disney’s Horticulture team.

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