Upcoming Workshops

Training for professionals in horticulture

The following workshops are offered this coming winter.  Click here for workshop details.

Pest Management for Fruit Trees
Saturday April 8, 2017 in Nakusp
from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Register at Selkirk College
phone 250-265-4077 or via email nakuspce@selkirk.ca

Compost Preparation and Use
Saturday February 25, 2017 in Kelowna
from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Register at Okanagan College
phone 250-492-4395 or website www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg

Workshops details

Pruning Trees and Fruit Trees

Make sure you know good pruning from bad pruning.

This workshop will review important modern concepts such as good tree structure, what and where to cut, as well as pruning tools and their maintenance.   There will be a strong focus on minimizing cuts so the tree can heal rapidly.   As a bonus, there will be a discussion of pruning to encourage production in fruit trees.

The information is designed for persons working in the horticulture industry;  home gardeners are also welcome.

Morning session indoors.  Afternoon session is hands-on with tools and outdoor exercise.


Pest Management for Fruit Trees

This workshop will be of interest to professionals who manage fruit trees in backyards or commercial orchards.   We will examine common insect and disease problems found on apples, cherries, peaches and other fruit trees.   Participants will develop a management plan based on the seasonal cycle of the pest.

The information is designed for persons working in the horticulture industry;  home gardeners are also welcome.

There will be a strong focus on non-chemical methods. Newer pesticide products will also be discussed.


Compost Preparation and Use

Proper manipulation of organic matter can make plants healthier.

How do we do it?  Come find out.  We will discuss ideas and recipes you can implement immediately.

Topics will include preparation and testing of compost, and using composts to suppress plant diseases.   This intensive 1-day seminar will be of interest to organic growers, landscapers and persons working in horticulture.

Morning is indoors.  Afternoon is outdoors to visit compost sites.


Other workshops available on request

Natural Lawn Care

Can we maintain lawns without using toxic pesticides? The answer is “yes”, but a successful program requires a sound understanding of many cultural practices. Join us as we discuss these questions and review the important requirements for fertilization, aeration, irrigation and many more. Expect to leave with ideas you can implement immediately.

This day-long workshop will be of interest to commercial landscapers and gardeners wanting in-depth information. Participants will discuss specific problems and the best practices for a successful program. The afternoon session will be hands-on, please dress for the weather as we will visit outdoor sites.


Weed Management Without Pesticides

This intensive one-day workshop will focus on shrub, flower beds, streets and sidewalks.   There will be presentations of methods proven effective to replace common pesticides.

Topics covered will include prevention and identification of common weeds, examples of non-chemical weed management from Europe, tools and products, and “low toxicity / low impact” products allowed by municipal pesticide bylaws.

The topic will be of interest to landscape professionals and persons working in public agencies.   Participants will leave the class with new ideas for programs to implement immediately at their workplace.


Diagnostic of Plant Diseases

What is wrong with my tree?  If you hear this question from your customers, this workshop is for you.

Join us as we discuss common problems found on plants in our region.  We will examine visual cues to distinguish between abiotic (nutrition, weather, chemical injury) and biotic (fungi, bacteria, virus) factors.  We will review the diagnostic skills and the methods to make the best possible assessment on-the-spot.  This one-day class will be of interest to persons working in horticulture or seeking employment in that industry, and to home gardeners with basic knowledge of plants.

The afternoon portion is hands-on.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their diagnostic skills with different samples of plants showing disease problems.


Nutrient Deficiencies and Fertilization of Landscape Plants

Why are the leaves yellow?  What fertilizer would help get a healthier plant?

If these questions are important to you, join us for a one-day intense workshop designed for professionals working in the horticulture industry.   We will examine symptoms and nutrient deficiencies that are common on plants growing in this region – ornamentals, conifers and fruit trees, and methods to correct those problems.

All nutrients will be covered—from nitrogen to iron to zinc.   Expect to leave the day with new ideas for your customers.  As a bonus, we will examine how to read laboratory reports of tree samples.

Morning session indoors.  Afternoon session hands-on with real plant samples.


Planting  Trees and Shrubs

Things you do at the time of planting will have a big impact for many years.  Join us as we discuss the practices that make a difference – the planting hole, the soil we add, the mulch we apply, and methods to conserve water after planting.

Of special interest, we will examine the root system of many trees and shrubs, either field grown or container grown.  Come learn what roots to remove before you plant – expect to be surprised!

This one-day class will be of interest to persons working in horticulture or seeking employment in that industry, and to home gardeners planning a landscape installation project.  The afternoon session is hands-on to practice concepts discussed during the morning.


Compost Tea Preparation and Use

Compost tea is more than just putting compost into the water.  It also means adding good quality compost and specific foods to grow different microbes.  Should we have more bacteria?  Or more fungi? Or more protozoa?

Join us as we examine the different compost tea preparations and their application for landscape plants, lawns and greenhouse plants.  We will review new knowledge about soil biology.

This will be a full-day hands-on workshop.   We will be brewing compost tea with different commercial machines.  Participants will leave with recipes to brew on their own.


Greenhouse Production – The Basics

Want to grow better plants?  Join us as we discuss how to grow healthy, compact plants that bloom!

This intensive one-day workshop will be of interest to persons currently working in commercial greenhouses or wishing to find employment in that sector. Examples will be given for vegetables and flowering plants.   Topics covered will include growing media, watering, temperature and light, as well as common insects and diseases found in most crops.

This will be a full-day workshop.   The afternoon session will be hands-on with preparation and testing of growing media.


Soil Management to Conserve Water

Look around: many plants are showing symptoms of water deficiency.

What practices can we implement that will help our trees and shrubs during periods of drought?  Come learn about glomalin, mycorrhizal fungi and soil aggregation.   Join us as we discuss the practices we can implement immediately to have a positive impact in the future.


Management of Landscape Trees – Young, Mature and Veteran

Management of a young tree is not the same as management of a mature tree.  The work required is changing as the tree is growing.  What we do today will keep our trees healthy and reduce potential liability in the future.

Join us for this one-day workshop as we discuss the critical requirements: care at the time of planting and post-planting, protection of trees during construction projects, assessment and correction of hazards, and preserving very old trees through retrenchment pruning.  Trees should be allowed to age gracefully!

Morning session indoors.  Afternoon session will be hands-on with trees in real situations.


Insect Identification and Management

This intensive one-day workshop is designed for pesticide applicators who manage landscape pest problems.

The presentations will cover the common insect pests found in the region such as aphids, spider mites, caterpillars, borers and others.  We will examine typical damage symptoms and discuss management methods, including the best use of current pesticides and effective non-pesticide methods.

There will be a hands-on session to help improve diagnostic skills and a review of new pesticides now entering the market.