Purdue green industry experts to host landscape diagnostic training workshops

The Purdue University green industry team, composed of experts in the fields of botany, plant pathology, entomology, horticulture and forestry and natural resources, in August will host three landscape diagnostic training workshops across Indiana. The educational events will offer attendees the latest information on landscape problems encountered in the “real-world,” including plant disease.

The training will take place on the following dates, locations and times (Eastern Time):

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Indianapolis – Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to noon (Spanish), 1:30-3:30 p.m. (English)
  • Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart – Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to noon (Spanish), 1:30-3:30 p.m. (English)
  • Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Evansville – Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon (Spanish), 1:30-3:30 p.m. (English)

Morning sessions at each workshop will be conducted in Spanish, with translation assistance from featured experts Cliff Sadof, professor of entomology, and Carlos Reichman, account executive at Schuetz Insurance.

Afternoon sessions will be conducted in English.

Workshop speakers include Janna Beckerman, professor of plant pathology; Tom Creswell, clinical engagement professor of botany and plant pathology and director of the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory; John Bonkowski, plant disease diagnostician, Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory; Kyle Daniel, Extension commercial landscape and nursery crops specialist; Ben McCallister, Extension urban forestry specialist; and Sadof.  

The specialists will address plant problems and their treatments while walking attendees through the landscape at each workshop’s venue and covering other key topics.

“This is a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and into the gardens for your next training opportunity,” Creswell said. “We’ll be looking at examples of disease and insect problems the way you encounter them, on site. You’ll also learn how to scout for problems and how to collect a good sample when you need to consult a diagnostic lab.”

Emphasizing the significant size of the Hoosier green industry, Daniel said, “This training will help industry professionals identify and treat landscape plant problems considering real-world applications. By offering this opportunity in Spanish and English, we will be making this education accessible to help address the needs of the diverse professionals within the industry.”

To register for the trainings and for more information, visit the event registration webpage. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET Aug. 10. Payment is required for attendance. For any additional questions and special accommodations, email Daniel at daniel38@purdue.edu.

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