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Claudia West Design Workshop

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

June 23rd, 9am-4pm

Omaha, NE

Note: This workshop is open to professional landscape designers only.

Functional and ecological plantings, such as rain gardens and meadows, are gaining on popularity but also face severe challenges. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach — a plant community-based method that has evolved in the world of ecological science.

Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better landscapes. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combination. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in a hypothetical planting project.

• Understand scientific foundation of stable plant communities and learn how species fill ecological and spatial niches in successful planting.
• Learn how to translate the principles of wild plant communities into designed planting.
• Learn to visualize complex planting schemes and prepare installation guides.

Claudia West is the co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, and has an extensive background in horticulture, ecology and environmental restoration. West is a consultant for North Creek Nurseries and has worked for landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and Carol Oppenheimer and for Sylva Native Nursery. West holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

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Nebraska Wildflower Week, June 1-11 in 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum serves as coordinator for statewide Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations that recognize the value of wildflowers.

Wildflowers endure through hard times, lending beauty and brightness even to landscapes rarely seen by human eyes. Their flowers and seeds feed birds, butterflies and other wildlife; their roots loosen and improve soil; and they lend fragrance and beauty to wild places, making us want to take a closer look at places we might otherwise ignore.

View the 2017 Nebraska Wildflower Week events statewide and resources here: http://plantnebraska.org/news-events/wildflower.html

 

Backyard Farmer set for 65th season

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April 4, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — Since 1953, homeowners have turned to “Backyard Farmer” for science-based answers to their toughest gardening questions. Expert panelists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are preparing to answer new viewer questions when the 65th season of the show premieres at 7 p.m. April 6 on NET1.

“Backyard Farmer” was created by George Round, director of University Relations, and Jack McBride, founder of the University of Nebraska Television Department and later general manager of Nebraska Educational Television. The show first aired on what is now KOLN/KGIN-TV in June 1953, just one month after Lincoln got its first television transmitter. When NET formed in 1955, “Backyard Farmer” made the transition to channel 12 and it has remained there ever since.

The idea for the show was simple: Take phone calls from viewers with gardening questions and have a panel of experts from Nebraska Extension provide answers. With so many homeowners building victory gardens during and after World War II, there was a need for non-biased gardening information.

“The foundation of the show has always been question and answers,” said Brad Mills, the show’s producer. “Building a relationship with viewers has been the focus for 65 seasons, and that’s still true today.”

Viewers submit questions on topics such as fruits and vegetables; insects; turf; annuals and perennials; weeds; trees and shrubs; and wildlife. The panel of experts enjoys interacting with viewers of all skill levels and assisting them with any garden or landscape need.

“We cover a wide range of topics for both beginning gardeners and those who are more experienced,” said host Kim Todd. “It’s science information made simple.”

Science is critical to the show’s success, said Roch Gaussoin (pronounced ROCK ga-SWA), who has been a “Backyard Farmer” panelist for 26 years. He said he has seen gardening trends come and go, but the science remains.

“It’s amazing to me that a program could sustain itself for 65 seasons,” he said. “I think we were able to do it by remaining relevant and offering science-based solutions. We don’t make a recommendation on the show if we don’t have substantiation that science says this is the way we should do it.”

One thing that has changed is the type of answers that viewers can expect. While for years a natural first answer to most questions was to spray a chemical on the source, today that will rarely be the case. The panel will try to offer a number of approaches at the system level before resorting to a chemical-based solution.

Technology has allowed the information shared on “Backyard Farmer” to reach new audiences. With the internet, social media and live-streaming, the show’s viewers are no longer just from Nebraska. Each week, questions are submitted from all over the United States and the globe. “Backyard Farmer’s” YouTube channel has over 4.5 million views. A few of the most popular how-to videos are on pruning, container gardening and tomatoes.

“It is really exciting to see where our questions come from each week,” said panelist Loren Geisler. “The internet has expanded our viewership and allowed us to interact with a different audience.”

Keeping the show informative, yet entertaining for the audience is a primary goal. Whether it’s rating a fellow panelist’s answer off the air or staying calm when snakes are on set, each week is an adventure. Panelists on the show are not afraid to share their advice, even if it’s different from that of their colleagues.

“We like to have fun on ‘Backyard Farmer,'” said panelist Sarah Browning. “I really enjoy getting those in-depth questions and debating the best approach with a fellow panelist.”

As for what’s in store for this season, viewers can expect to hear a lot about food. With gardening trends focusing on edible landscapes and growing food in urban spaces, “Backyard Farmer” will help its audience understand where their food comes from.

The panel will also look back on some of their most memorable moments from the show and ask viewers to share their favorite memories.

“Viewers are such an important part of the show, so we want to hear from those who have been watching from the very beginning,” Todd said.

With the theme for the season being “Celebrate Nebraska-Style,” “Backyard Farmer” will also join in on the year-long celebration of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial. Special shows will be filmed at Pioneer Village in Minden on April 29, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on June 17 and the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island on Aug. 30.

In addition, Mike Boehm, vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will sit on the “Backyard Farmer” panel on April 27. A plant pathologist by training, Boehm was professor of plant pathology and vice provost for academic and strategic planning at Ohio State University prior to coming to Nebraska earlier this year. His research focuses on the integrated management of turfgrass diseases and the Fusarium head blight of wheat.

“Backyard Farmer” airs live each Thursday on NET1 at 7 p.m. from April through September. The show is also streamed live here.

For more information, click here.

Brad Mills
Producer
Backyard Farmer
402-472-9715
bmills1@unl.edu

NNLA Announces New Board

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association announces the election of the organization’s Board of Directors for 2017.  Elections were held in conjunction with the association’s Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference on January 24-25 in Omaha.  The following new Directors were elected:

Jason Kuehl, NCN, Plant Right, LLC, and Rod Ruzanic, Wolf Landscape Design were elected to serve a three-year term from 2017 – 2019 as Directors on the Board.

Those continuing their terms on the Board include:

President:  Marti Neely, NCN, of Omaha (Marti Neely Design & Associates)

Immediate Past President: Miles Imel, NCN, of Mitchell (Peaceful Prairie Nursery)

Vice President: Brian Munk, NCN, of Lincoln (Campbell’s Nursery)

Treasurer: Chas Berke, NCN, of Cozad (Sun Valley Landscaping, LLC)

Director:  Sherilynn Hawkins, NCN, of Clarkson (Bluebird Nursery, Inc.)

Director: Christine Karloff, NCN, of Omaha (Urban Prairie Landesign)

The Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association’s mission is to advance the nursery and landscape industry by providing opportunities for networking, education, advocacy and certification to industry professionals for the purpose of collectively growing their businesses.

There are currently 151 business, associate, individual and student members statewide and 84 people who have taken the steps to become Nebraska Certified Nurserymen.

Results in for 2020 GreatPlants of the Year!

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The results are in for the 2020 GreatPlants of the Year! The candidates were voted on by attendees of the 2017 Great Plains Conference. Winners are picked 3 years in advance so nurseries and garden centers have enough time to source or grow plant material before the winners are announced and promoted to the buying public. Continue reading “Results in for 2020 GreatPlants of the Year!” »

Meet the Candidates

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

2017 Board Nominations

Nominations for the three open positions on the NNLA Board have been sent in and we are excited about the candidates who wish to serve on the board. Two director positions and one Vice President position will be open for election during the Business Meeting at the 2017 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference. There is a three year term assigned to the director positions and a two-year term assigned to the Vice President term. The following candidates have indicated their interest in serving in this capacity. Please make plans to attend the conference and vote. If there are more than two candidates running for the open positions, a vote will need to be cast. Each member organization will get one vote, along with the individual, associate and honorary members.

Brian Munk – As an assistant manager at Campbell’s Nursery’s Pine Lake location, I am afforded the opportunity to work with many people in the nursery and landscaping industry. Through these encounters I am privileged to learn of new thoughts, trends and ideas happening within our industry that could be showcased at one of our summer field days or at our winter conference.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am running for the office of vice president on the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors. I am just finishing my fourth year as a member on the board of directors and I am now looking to continue to serve the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape industry from the office of vice president. As a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman and a Certified Nebraska Arborist, I feel that I can work and communicate with members from both of our organizations.

Jason Kuehl grew up on a farm near Omaha and has been involved in horticulture for over 23 years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Agricultural Science-Agronomy, he worked for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as a state inspector for two seasons. In 1996 he went to work for Mulhall’s Nursery in Omaha as the Field Manager serving as tree grower and buyer for almost 18 years. In the fall of 2013 he started at PlantRight as the salesperson for Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am interested in being on the board of directors because I am passionate about the industry and supporting Nebraska.   We need professionals in the industry, and we need to grow the next generation of nursery people, along with educating customers.  As a certified Nebraska Nurseryman I also want to support an effort to make that a more recognizable and sought after reference.

Rod Ruzanic –  “We work to replicate Mother Nature’s Design” – Wolf Landscape Design. After twenty years as Wolf Landscape Design’s owner, I still hug trees and use my love of nature to inspire future environmentalists. I became a curator of Ogallala’s Community Arboretum, NSA’s 100th site, in 2015. I have also been a certified arborist with the Nebraska Arborists Association since 1999. I have been a Re-Tree Nebraska ambassador since the program’s creation.

Why do you want to be on the board? As a candidate for the board member-at-large, I bring additional experience and diversity to and already enthusiastic landscape family.

Elections will be held during the NNLA Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Omaha during the Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference.