Greenhouse Canada


May 14, 2008  By Dave Harrison

ghc_grower_dayCOMING EVENTS

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.





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.



$40 each
$30 after the 3rd registrant
Buffet & door prizes included
Registration deadline: June 10                            Registration deadline: June 10
Click here to register
Call: 888.599.2228 ext 210

Date & Location

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Delhi German Home
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8:00 am   

9:45 am – 4 pm  

12:00 pm        

Set up for exhibitors 

Seminars & trade show

Buffet Lunch         

Speaker Topics

Garden Mums
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

Mix Containers
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

Speaker Bios


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. 
In 1990, Mel started his consulting company, Focus Greenhouse Management Inc., working with many progressive greenhouse growers in the areas of management and production to maximize potential.
Mel also writes monthly articles for Greenhouse Canada magazine, and frequently lectures at industry conventions. For the past seven years, Sawaya Gardens, a division of Focus Greenhouse Management, has conducted field trials on about 2,000 cultivars, representing most of the breeders in the industry.



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.
She studied at Ryerson University and obtained a degree in fashion merchandising, and this rather unusual combination of interests allowed her to open up a world of novel ideas, concepts, and strategies for her business.
Under her leadership, Jeffery’s Greenhouses in St. Catharines, Ontario, has experienced unprecedented growth, not just in terms of product volume but also in terms of market leadership, and this in an industry that is undergoing a very difficult shift of paradigms in marketing and consumer service.
Today, Jeffery’s Greenhouses is one of the leading producers of annual bedding plants and cyclamen in Ontario.



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.



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