Nursery short course, environmental trade show to be held Jan. 25-28


COLUMBUS — The Ohio State University Nursery Short Course and Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show will be held Jan. 25-28 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.

The Ohio State Nursery Short Course is in its 80th year and will offer over 120 educational sessions to aid nursery, landscape, garden center, tree care and turf professionals improve and advance their businesses to meet today’s economic challenges.

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In addition to educational sessions from industry leaders and university specialists, the event also welcomes a number of nationally and internationally acclaimed green industry experts.


The following will provide a number of presentations during the show:

Hal Becker, an internationally known expert on sales and customer service and best-selling author.

Learn how to increase sales, negotiate like a pro and keep customers for life.

John Stanley, a popular garden store guru in Australia, Stanley will present the latest trends in garden center retailing.

Jim Paluch, learn how to streamline your organization with LEAN management.

Paluch, of J.P. Horizons, will discuss this new method of working smarter during tough economic times.

Jeffrey Scott, co-owner of a business that manages high-power clients, will teach business techniques to grow a business profitably.

Glyn Jones, head gardener of Hidcote Manor in England, will present management techniques for historic gardens.

Tracy DiSabato-Aust, nationally known horticulture author and consultant will share information on dynamic, low-care plants and superior garden designs.

Trade show. Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show is one of the nation’s most comprehensive green industry trade shows.

The Ohio State Nursery Short Course enhances the show with workshops, educational sessions and presentations on a variety of green industry topics including pest management, landscape design, landscape contracting, grower, retail, insects and diseases, plant materials, and marketing and management.


Trade show hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Jan. 26-27 and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Jan. 28.

Nursery Short Course workshops will take place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

The Nursery Short Course program kicks off Jan. 25 with pre-show sessions and presentations, including workshops on greenhouse management, container irrigation, digital garden photography, working with stone, and organizational culture and supervision.

The session format for the short course is organized into tracks that contain 50-minute presentations, focusing on and developing subjects from introductory level to more-in depth presentations.

New track

New this year, being offered Jan. 27, is a track called Foundations & Fundamentals.

The track covers the basics of plant growth and health including weed control, plant disease management and understanding the life cycles of insects.


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