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Wednesday, December 7


KEYNOTE session – Washington Update: plants, pollinators, business and legislation

KEYNOTE session – Washington Update: plants, pollinators, business and legislation – issues and topics related to green industry professionals of the lower Midwest

Craig will provide timely updates regarding public policy, the aftermath of the national elections, government relations with the green industry and other trends that may impact our professional lives. 

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Craig Regelbrugge

Senior Vice President of Industry Advocacy & Research, AmericanHort
As AmericanHort's Senior Vice President, Craig Regelbrugge serves to advance national green industry advocacy and research programs.  He received his undergraduate degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech, worked in the retail nursery industry and served as a county horticultural extension agent in Virginia before joining the American Nursery and Landscape Association (now AmericanHort) in December of 1989.  Regelbrugge... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)


New (and Underestimated) Plants for 2016-17 - the BEST of the BEST

The TREES: Mike Rood, Pea Ridge Forest
The SHRUBS: Chuck Meyer, Bailey Nurseries
The ANNUALS: Pat Bellrose, Fahr Greenhouses
The PERENNIALS: Bill Ruppert, Bohn’s Farm and Greenhouses 

A rapid fire series of presentations featuring the BEST of the BEST new, underutilized / underestimated plant selections for use in professionally designed and managed landscapes. No wimps presented here – only plants that will thrive and endure the rigors of lower Midwest climate conditions! 

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Pat Bellrose

Owner, Fahr Greenhouses
Patrick Bellrose received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1969.  Pat is President of Fahr Greenhouses Inc., a 75,000 sq. ft. greenhouse facility in Wildwood, MO producing spring annuals, perennials, garden mums, liner of annuals, and poinsettias to support both an onsite retail garden center and the local wholesale trade. Pat is an active speaker providing short course... Read More →
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Chuck Meyer

Sales Representative, Bailey Nurseries
Chuck Meyer started his nursery career in the late 1980’s, working for a small landscape | company while attending college at the University of Northern Iowa.  Shortly after | graduation, he was hired as Credit Manager at Sherman Nursery Company, a wholesale | nursery located in Charles City, Iowa.  Chuck held this position for over 8 years when an | opening in the sales department piqued his interest.  With little more... Read More →
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Mike Rood

Pea Ridge Forest Tree Farm
Mike Rood is president and co-owner of Pea Ridge Forest Tree Farm. A graduate from the University of Missouri Columbia with a degree in forest management, he parlayed that knowledge and the experience of going up on a christmas tree farm to incorporate nursery stock. He is a past president of the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis as well as the Hermann Tree Council. Mike is an active member of our green community with a... Read More →
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Bill Ruppert

President, National Nursery Products - St. Louis
Representing quality growers of herbaceous perennials, featuring selections of Midwest and American natives, lower Midwest ecotype natives, stormwater mitigation landscape plugs, ground covers, ornamental grasses, hosta and custom grown perennials for the landscape professional by Bohn's Farm and Greenhouses. Direct account representative for Walters Gardens, Inc., growers of quality perennial liners since 1945, Stonehouse Nursery and Taylor... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)


What’s NEW in Herbaceous Nativar Selections

Brent Horvath is a second‐generation nursery professional and owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, a wholesale nursery located in Hebron, IL. He actively breeds and introduces a diversity of perennial selections, associated with such lower Midwest relevant genera as Allium, Amsonia, Andropogon, Aster, Echinacea, Eryngium, Leucanthemum, Penstemon, Sedum, Silphium and Vernonia. Brent is also a significant supplier of sedum and green‐ roof/gravel garden plants in the Midwestern states. 

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Brent Horvath

Owner, Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc
Brent Horvath grew up in the plant business, with inspiration from his father, Lajos Geza Horvath, who started in the green industry with Intrinsic Landscaping and then opened his own retail garden center, Intrinsic Perennial Garden in 1978.  At the garden center, Brent and his father sold field dug perennials including over 100 varieties of daylilies, some of which came from the renowned daylily hybridizer Brother... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)


MLNA/MoTOC Joint Membership Lunch & Learn Meeting/Program

The memberships of the Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association (MLNA) and Missouri Turf and Ornamental Council (MoTOC) will have an opportunity to learn more about the advancement of realizing the creation of the Missouri Green Industry Alliance (MoGIA). After gathering your lunch, return to Jr. Ballroom D to “lunch and learn”. The program starts at 12:20pm. 


Wednesday December 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)


Planting in a Post-Wild World

Planting in a Post-Wild World – an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design

Joint session for Landscape Design and Ornamentals tracks.

We live in a global city and few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscape. This challenge requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we explore how native plants will fit into our future landscape and how plant community based design strategies can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project.

The sessions of the Landscape Architecture and Design Track are managed by the Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association and the Missouri Turf and Ornamental Council in collaboration with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Analyze differences between the way plants grow in the wild and the way they grow in designed landscapes.

  •  Explore the competitive strategies of plants in naturally occurring communities to understand how these can be used to inform plant selection and arrangement.

  •  Examine strategies for creating aesthetic frames around mixed planting to make them attractive and appealing to the public. 


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Claudia West

Ecological Sales Manager, North Creek Nurseries
Claudia West is the Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA.  Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.  In her current role, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professional, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)


Focus on Landscape Excellence

Joint session for Landscape Design and Ornamentals tracks.

The landscape at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is realizing a new direction ‐ a renaissance. A significant redesign of the Danforth Center’s landscape through reconstruction of a native Missouri tall grass prairie, includes over 50 native forbs and grasses to promote an enhanced ecosystem for both honey bees and native pollinators that will assist pollination of thousands of acres surrounding the Center. The six‐acre prairie will showcase the vital connections between native landscapes, biodiversity and agriculture. Laurel Harrington, Director of Landscape Architecture at Christner, will describe the process, design and decisions that were undertaken to reinvent the Danforth landscape.

Presentation learning objectives:

  •  Learn about the goals, best practices and lessons learned for the Danforth case study.

  •  Explore the integration of the project specifications with maintenance of an evolving diverse native landscape.

  •  Understand the partnerships and research associated with the prairie that is underway at the facility. 

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Laurel Harrington

Director of Landscape Architecture and Associate Principal, Christner
Laurel, a landscape architecture graduate of Michigan State University, brings perspective in urban design and policy planning to her professional role at Christner. As head of the Christner landscape and site development services group, she lends a holistic approach to design, whether the focus is a campus master plan, redevelopment plan or streetscape design. Her creative capabilities and innovative approaches have been recognized with a number... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ornamentals (Jr. Ballroom D)