Fall Professional Landscape Day 2023

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Thursday, Oct 5th, 2023
8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Location:  Blowing Rock Conference Center, located at 1818 Goforth Rd in Blowing Rock.


  • 7 required NC Landscape Contractors Credits including the 2 business
    credits for the 2023-2024 cycle ending July 31, 2024
  • 3 Pesticide Applicators Credits in the L,N,D,X categories (you may attend just these classes in the afternoon beginning at 1:30)
  • 1 ISA Arborist Credit
  • Visit with vendors and win doorprizes

See Schedule below

  • $20 per person, includes lunch. To be paid at door but please
    register so we can plan lunch numbers. Cash or check made payable to Watauga County. If you just need pesticide credits, we will allow you to attend after lunch for free. Sponsorship funding has been made available for employees to attend for free and to cover fee for pesticide applicators who would like to eat lunch and attend classes they are not receiving applicators credit for.

Register by:




Pesticide Cert. Hours Contractors License Credits ISA Cert. Hours
8:00-8:20 Visit with Vendors/ Registration:  $20 includes lunch

Writing Contracts that Comply with NCLCB Standards

Connie Hoyes, Southern Garden Inc.




Engineering and Hardscape Installations:

Miles Champion, Civil Engineer





10:25-10:45 Break  

Designing Attractive Plantings for Stream banks and other Wet areas.

Laura Ponder, Horticulture Agent Rutherford County

11:45-12:35 Lunch and visit with vendors­­

Successful Retaining Walls

Brad Stowe, Chandler Concrete






Getting to the Root of Decay in Trees:






2:40-2:55 Break

Update on Turf grass Products

Kenny Smart, Southern Ag




Update on Insects and Diseases Affecting Nursery Stock and Landscape Plants

Sam Marshall, Western Region Area Specialized Agent Nursery and Greenhouse




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