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The Purdue University Commercial Nursery and Landscape program strives to make the industry in Indiana, the Midwest, and the United States more profitable, sustainable, effective and efficient, while increasing the quality of life for the owners, employees, and the general public through education, research, and outreach programs. The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, with the assistance of Purdue University Extension, aides in facilitating these endeavors. Being a leading land grant institution, extension and outreach programs are designed to facilitate the advancement of agricultural industries, including the Nursery and Landscape Industry. We will commit to the industry to develop and maintain effective educational programming and research that will be relevant and productive for the industry’s needs. We always welcome feedback to become a more efficient resource for the Nursery and Landscape Industry. 

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Educational Opportunities:
The Indiana Green Expo (IGE) is Indiana's most comprehensive green industry educational conference and trade show. It is a time of education, new products and networking with industry members. The IGE features exhibiting companies from around the country. Our attendees are from Indiana and the surrounding states which include business owners, managers and staff of wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape management firms, greenhouse growers, golf course superintendents and staff, grounds maintenance departments, landscape design and installation firms, garden centers, consulting firms, educational institutions, suppliers and more! Go to for more information.

The 2014 Indiana Green Expo has workshop and certification opportunities from the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA).  For questions, please contact Kyle Daniel at 765.494.7621.

2013 Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day a Success!
On Tuesday, July 9th 2013 the Purdue Turf Program and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation hosted the Turf and Landscape Field Day. The Turf and Landscape Field Day is Indiana’s largest green industry field day. It was a much cooler day than last year and we were thankful that the rain stayed away and the breeze made it nice and comfortable for our attendees. A first at this year’s field day was the addition of landscape research tours, where specialists from four different departments in the College of Agriculture shared their findings and recommendations to Green Industry professionals. It was a great opportunity for those attending to receive education, research updates, product updates from the exhibitors, and also a great opportunity to network with others in the Green Industry. The field day featured 38 exhibitors representing companies from around the region ranging the gamut from equipment, seed, fertilizers, pesticides, landscape plants, hardscape and more. The almost 500 attendees where mostly from Indiana and all its surrounding states but many national representatives were also there from various companies to learn more about Purdue’s latest green industry research. Attendees came from a variety of backgrounds including business owners, managers and staff of wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape management firms, greenhouse growers, golf course superintendents and staff, lawn care companies, grounds maintenance departments, landscape design and installation firms, garden centers, consulting firms, educational institutions, suppliers and more! This year’s field day provided three morning research tours and four afternoon tours including a popular field trip to Purdue Horticulture Gardens. Sixteen different speakers were at the field day including Purdue faculty/staff from Agronomy, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Forestry and Natural Resources. The field day was a success again this year and continues to be a leading provider of information and education among the Midwest turf professionals and the Green Industry. Mark your calendars for next year’s Turf and Landscape Field Day, July 15, 2014.
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Get the latest tips on how to manage Emerald Ash Borer and other exotic pests threatening the forest!


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Ignoring Label Directions Can Be Costly to the Green Industry

Cliff Sadof, Purdue University, Department of Entomology

Last month’s off label application of dinotefuran to flowering linden trees killed over 25,000 bees in Oregon and resulted in a six month ban on all dinotefuran products with a landscape use in the state of Oregon Safari and other neonicotinoids including imidacloprid and clothianidin all have statements on their labels stating that these products should not be applied to flowering plants that are blooming or producing nectar if bees are visiting. As we learned from the situation in Oregon last month, ignoring this statement can cause state agencies to ban these insecticides. We simply can’t afford to lose products that are critical tools for protecting trees from emerald ash borer, and turf from grubs. Do your part and follow the label. It would also be prudent to wait until after flowering when applying systemic insecticides to trees to allow nearly a year between the application and the production of new flowers.

Click on link below to see the scientific article that supports the danger that neoniotinoiods pose to bees:



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Purdue University is happy to provide self study programs about emerald ash borer and its management for the Indiana industries and organizations listed below. These presentations contain detailed information on relevant EAB topics tailored... to a particular organization or industry. Participants who complete the presentations and successfully answer the included quizzes will be able to print a certificate of completion.  Click the above flyer for information on taking the class.

Your employees could greatly benefit from taking the this self-study program prior to the spring season.

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New Nursery and Landscape Outreach Associate



Purdue University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture would like to welcome Kyle Daniel, who joined us yesterday as Nursery and Landscape Outreach Associate.  Kyle’s responsibilities will include working with E...

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30th Annual Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Conference and Golf outing scheduled for October 3 & 4, 2012


2012 Indiana Flower Growers Association 30th Annual Meeting

Wednesday & Thursday, October 3-4, 2012, West Lafayette, IN

Bennett's and/or Galema's Greenhouse Tour, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM...

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