Speaker: Christina Salwitz
Color options are abundant, but how do we give guidance to help narrow down the choices? Some people live with a patchwork of colors in the landscape for years, knowing that it doesn’t feel cohesive. Others play it safe with neutral everything (and wonder why their garden lacks personality). How do we address this in a retail setting when we’re supposed to not only be making sales but also be giving design advice in a fast-paced environment with little to no accurate information from customers? Learn how to take cues from your customers and translate that information into sales by understanding how color affects people and their unconscious choices to use this information quickly and efficiently.
Speaker: Kyle Peterson
Maybe you are a budding entrepreneur who wants to start a business and don't know what to do next. Perhaps you are an established business that wants to re-energize and take things to the next level. Either way, this will put you on the right path. After reaching the first anniversary for Pacific Crest Nursery, Kyle will share updates on the company and provide detailed insights on successes and failures that he's experienced firsthand. He will also talk about what it takes to overcome obstacles and set yourself up for success.
Speaker: Ty Boland
Ty will briefly discuss the history of the Garden as well as the partnerships that exist today. He will lay out the challenges regarding maintaining the original design aesthetics, infrastructure, as well as discuss the plant collection and current accessions program. Ty will express the value of perseverance in the face of many challenges facing the Garden, and he will discuss work he is doing for it to thrive in the future.
Speaker: David Roberts
Whether working independently or for a major corporation, plant breeders face intense scrutiny when trying to bring a new plant to market. Large corporations introduce dozens of new cultivars every year, leaving little room for subpar plants. Plant breeders often utilize modern innovations and perform extensive trials to ensure their plants stand out in an otherwise crowded field. Join David as he discusses the many facets of plant breeding and trialing for Bailey, the company responsible for internationally acclaimed plant brands like First Editions® and Endless Summer® Hydrangeas.
Speakers: Rick Peters and Elizabeth Peters
This case study looks at how Robinson Nursery Inc., a grower of bareroot shade and ornamental trees and shrubs, improved productivity and flow in pulling and preparing trees for shipping. Through a series of highly focused rapid improvement activities, the company was able to create standard work that cut their lead time in half, eliminated 30 percent of product touches, reduced the crew size from 11 to five, and engaged and motivated their employees. Prior to this Lean activity, it took three days to process a full truck order (about 3,200 trees). That same order can now be done in about a day and a half with greater accuracy and less strain on the team.
Speakers: Rick Peters and Elizabeth Peters
This interactive presentation looks at the transformation of receiving product at Al’s Garden & Home. Before Lean was applied, the team had to physically touch each product 11 times. Employees had to stop to make corrections or ask for help. Products were processed inefficiently, in batches, due to seasonality. No standard work procedures were in place. Learn how one of the region’s top garden retailers applied Lean principles to cut days off their time to receive product and slashed their labor cost per unit by 30 percent. In doing so, the company gave its employees the ability to work creatively as a team to improve the business. Join this seminar to improve your workflows and teamwork, ask question and get inspired!
Speaker: Andrea Melnychenko
Biochar is gaining popularity across horticulture, agriculture and landscape industry segments. Learn about biochar, its history and production. Explore applications and case studies in nursery, landscape, and urban green sectors. This session will focus on how biochar products such as Cool Terra Organic can be used in soilless media to provide structure to container soils, promote improved rooting and improve microbial habitat. We will discuss the areas and use cases where biochar is an economically viable option for growers, as well as how it benefits plant growth and promotes water and nutrient retention in media. Scaling up, we will look at examples of use in large- and small-scale landscape installations, urban reforestation and stormwater management systems.