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Benefits of Using Mulches -  Dr. Glynn Percival - February 22, 2024

Join Dr. Glynn Percival, Senior Arboricultural Researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, as he shares his latest research findings about use of mulches including chitins, willow and cherry bark, as well as using a mixture of biochar, compost and topsoil along with worms. Click on the video for a preview and to learn more about this session.

Food PhotoTaking Great Pictures of Edibles - Felicia Perretti - March 5, 2024

Turn your ordinary food and vegetable photos into extraordinary photos. Felicia Perretti, an award-winning, New York City professional food photographer, shares her recipe for success in making  mouth-watering photos, from ingredients to plated meals! Whether you create images for social media, advertising, recipe books and more, Felicia will guide you through how she takes the most basic foods and ingredients to become a feast for your eyes. See some of her incredible photography on her website and click on the video for a preview about this session.

Integrated Pest Management - Heather Zindash - March 25, 2024

What is IPM? How do we use it? How do we communicate about it?  Integrated Pest Management will be defined and explained how it can be used in nurseries, greenhouses, landscapes, and in your own home. The importance of IPM and the interactive relationship between plants, animals, and insects will be explained.

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Meet the Virtual Learning Speakers
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Dr. Glynn Percival

Dr Glynn Percival is the Senior Arboricultural Researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory based in Charlotte, NC. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers, magazine articles and book chapters. In addition, Dr Percival is on the editorial board for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and Urban Forestry Urban Greening and is the co-editor of the proceedings of the Trees, People and Built Environment Conference, published by the Forestry Commission. Reading University made Dr. Percival an honorary visiting research fellow, citing his valuable contributions within the Plant Science Department and the University. Dr Percival is also a visiting lecturer at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and was awarded the prestigious Arboricultural Association Award for Research and Education in 2017 and the International Society of Arboriculture LCC Chadwick Award for Research in 2020. Dr Percival is actively involved in managing urban and rural landscapes for the Royal Households and Duchy of Cornwall.   

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Felicia Perretti

Felicia Perretti is a commercial food and beverage photographer and director based in New York City. She works nationally with food and beverage clients in advertising, packaging, editorial, and video. She has worked with food and drink in all shapes and knows how to craft the right team to get the job done! Her passion for food and beverage shine through on set as well as outside of work in her everyday life.

Heather Zindash

Heather Zindash is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, Professional Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Consultant, ISA Certified Arborist, Medical Cannabis Agent/Consultant, Maryland Master Gardener, and Maryland Master Naturalist whose mission is “to bring people, plants, and nature together for health and well-being.” Combining her life-long passion for gardening and nature, her formal education, and specialized training, Heather created The Soulful Gardener, LLC where she works asan Independent IPM Consultant serving the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. In this role, she helps growers, landscape professionals, commercial, and residential clients protect their plants by properly identifying pests and diseases and recommending best management strategies, which include cultural, mechanical, biological, and target-specific chemical options that are soft on non-target organisms.