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Northwest District Regional Master Gardener Conference: Hot Topics

Northwest District Regional Master Gardener Conference: Hot Topics

October 26th and 27th, 2016

October 26, pre-conference tours: October 27, Conference

North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)

155 Research Road

Quincy, FL 32351

(850) 875-7100

UF / IFAS Northwest District Horticulture Agents are excited to invite our hard working Master Gardeners to this regional conference. This year our theme is “Hot Topics”.  Our goal for this conference, with respect to our theme, is to impart researched based, scientific answers to questions stemming from hot topics  present in the news and on social media. These “Hot Topics” include microplastics contamination, colony collapse disorder, GMOs, emerging diseases, and turf alternatives. Meals and snacks are included ! There will also be ample time to network, mix and mingle with fellow Master Gardeners. The IFAS Bookstore will be present for your shopping convenience. Additionally, our new statewide Master Gardener coordinator, Wendy Wilber, will be present !  We also have exciting tours planned, which are included in your registration fee.

To register please follow this link:

“Master Gardener Conference Registration”


Tours October 26th

  • Oglesby Plants International Address: 26664 FL-71, Altha, FL 32421 Cost: Included in your registration fee Time: Meet at Oglesby’s at 9:00AM (Central Time), Two sets of tours begin at 9:15am and 9:30AM. Pre-registration required, nearly full.

  • Walking Tour of Gardens of the Big Bend At the NFREC Address: 155 Research Road Quincy, FL 32351 Time: 2:00pm(Eastern Time)  Cost: Included in your registration fee, must pre-register.

Agenda: Thursday, October 27, 2016


 8:15 am to 9:00 am


 9:00 am to 9:10 am

 Welcome and Announcements

 Matthew Orwat, Washington County Extension

Mary Derrick, Santa Rosa County Extension

9:10 am to 10:00 am

Rose Rosette Virus, Boxwood Blight and Many More

Dr. Mathews Paret, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, UF

10:00 am to 10:20 am


10:20 am to 11:10 am

Alternatives to Turfgrass

Dr. Gary Knox, Professor of Environmental Horticulture, UF

11:10 pm to 12:00 pm

 Plight of the Honey Bee

Dr. Jamie Ellis, Associate Professor at Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab, UF

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Master Gardener Service Award Presentations

Wendy Wilber, Florida Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator

1:30 pm to 2:20 pm

Microplastics: Tiny Pieces Causing Big Problems in our Water

Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS Florida SeaGrant Extension

2:20 pm to 2:45 pm


 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

 GMOs: Just the Facts

Dr. Michael Mulvaney, Assistant Professor of Agronomy, UF

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Closing Announcements and Door Prizes

Follow this link to download flyer


For assistance or questions please contact:

Matthew Orwat at or 850-638-6180

Mary Derrick at or 850-623-3868

Optional Lodging: 

Hampton Inn

165 Spooner Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

(850) 627-7555

$79.99 UF Rate

Holiday Inn

101 Spooner Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

(850) 875-2500

$90.00 UF Rate

 Be sure to mention the UF rate when booking

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