FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
Interior Plantscape Symposium to Be Held at Famed Longwood Gardens, April 11, 2013
HERNDON, Va., Feb. 4, 2013 — This marks the third year for the Interior Plantscape Symposium, co-hosted by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and OFA - The Association of Horticulture Professionals.
This full-day educational symposium will be held at the renowned Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, Pa., on April 11. Longwood Gardens encompasses 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, which includes 11,000 types of plants and more fountains than any other garden in the United States.
The symposium offers dual-tracked technical and business sessions presented by Dr. Bernie Erven, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Ohio State University, and a specialist on issues such as hiring, training, motivation, discipline, compensation, and performance feedback; Kathy Fediw, LEED AP, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician, who is an internationally known interior plantscape consultant, author, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience; Mike Leventry of Longwood Gardens; Christopher S. Raimondi, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, president of Raimondi Horticultural Group, Inc., who is perhaps best known throughout the green industry for his dedication to education and training, teaching horticulture as an adjunct professor and indoor landscaping at the New York Botanical Garden; and Suzanne Wainwright-Evans who is an ornamental entomologist specializing in integrated pest management.
The Interior Plantscape Symposium is approved for 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information about PLANET recertification, please visit the Landscape Industry Certified Recertification Center.
The deadline for early-bird registration is Feb. 28. For more information or to register, visit www.landcarenetwork.org/events/ips.
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.
OFA—The Association of Horticulture Professionals is the leading horticulture educational association in the United States. It is a not‐for‐profit, all‐industry organization and its core purpose and mission is “to support and advance professional horticulture.” Industry segments served include: garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, retail and wholesale florists, and interior plantscapers. OFA is especially known for its outstanding publications and its annual OFA Short Course, U.S. horticulture’s premier convention and marketplace. The OFA Short Course was named the 150th largest trade show in the United States by the Trade Show News Network. The next Short Course will take place on July 13‐16, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.