GROWER DAY ‘SYNERGY’
Grower Day program at a glance
Discovering the Synergy of Perennials, Annuals and Shrubs is the theme of this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day, being held June 18 at the Delhi German Hall in Delhi, Ontario.
Date & Location
|Wednesday, June 18, 2008
9:45 am – 4:00 pm
|Delhi German Home
9:45 am – 4 pm
Set up for exhibitors
Seminars & trade show
A practical & efficient way of producing a top quality plant
– Bernard Chodyla, GroLink
How to use shrubs to enhance landscapes and mixed containers
– Terra Greenhouses
The art of the mix for the most profitability
– Barb Jeffery-Gibson, Jeffery’s Greenhouse
New Guinea Impatiens
Production for better sales timing
– Roger Kehoe, Ecke Ranch
Lantana and Angelonia
Capitalize on these two valued late-season crops
– Jerry Gorchels, Ball
Vegetative Plant Alternatives
Using seed to perform like vegetative varieties
– Jerry Gorchels, Ball
A sampling of the California Breeders Variety Showcase (pack trials)
Focus Greenhouse Management
– Melhelm Sawaya,
Where do we stand and what do we do now?
– Graeme Murphy, OMAFRA
Melhem Sawaya graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.Sc. in horticulture, plus a supplemental degree in agricultural engineering. Then, through a student exchange program, he was able to further his education at the University of Guelph. In 1978, he joined Fernlea Flowers Ltd., eventually becoming production manager of Fernlea Gro-Pro, where he was responsible for the production and sale of grower products.
Barbara Jeffery-Gibson’s passion for design and consumer fashion has propelled the growth of her family business into directions that were considered avant-garde at the time when she began to manage the company a decade ago. Her unique approach gives an overriding market and consumer-oriented focus to all aspects of greenhouse production: all products and programs are designed to make the customer happy. When a customer enjoys the plants, he or she will return to buy more.
Graeme Murphy graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia with a masters degree in Ag. Science. Following graduation, he worked for the Victoria Department of Agriculture for eight years. In 1988, he accepted the position of IPM specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, working with the greenhouse floriculture industry helping growers develop and implement IPM programs that will improve the effectiveness of their pest management efforts. His work also includes organizing and running educational IPM workshops, preparing publications and factsheets, carrying out practical research and demonstration trials, and working with the industry to gain access to newer, more biocompatible pesticides through the Minor Use pesticide program.
Bernard Chodyla offers Belgian mum support for Grolink in U.S. and Canada. He received his B.Sc. in agronomy in 1990, and his M.Sc. in agriculture in 1991, both from the University in Poznan in Poland. He served an internship at the University of Florida in 1991. He began his professional career as a spray technician with Esposito's Garden Center in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1992. He later served as production manager with the Quincy, Florida, facilities of Fernlea Flowers, before taking on the same responsibilities with Florida Plants Specialists. His special interests include new plant development and breeding, along with tissue culture production.
Jerry Gorchels started in the industry in 1972 as a greenhouse manager. Since then, he has worked and managed in many different aspects of the industry, including greenhouse production, retail, landscape and nursery. In 1987, he became the greenhouse manager for the PanAmerican Seed research and development station in northern Illinois. In 2002, he became a technical product representative for the Ball Horticultural Company. He now travels the Midwest and Great Lakes regions assisting growers and promoting PanAmerican Seed and Ball FloraPlant genetics for Ball.