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Education Workshop

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Keeley’s Banquet Center


2 Pesticide Applicator Credits; 5 Recertification Credits for the Day


 Download the 2024 February Education Schedule






9:00 am – 9:25 am REGISTRATION.  Coffee.


9:25 am – 9:30 am Welcoming Remarks


9:30 am – 10:30 am    Zac Smith-Hess, Entomologist and Educator, Maine Botanical Gardens

1 Pesticide Credit

Title: “Practices for Beneficial Insects.”  With all the buzz around bees, it can be easy to overlook other essential insects that share our garden spaces. Beetles, flies, wasps, and spiders are just a few of the more hidden beneficial arthropods that may be found in your space. We can also plant and landscape to create habitat for predators, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Together with the charismatic pollinators, bees and butterflies, these critters support any managed ecosystem.


10:40 am -11:40 am    Jesse O’Brien,  Executive Director Ornamental Horticulture Council

1 Pesticide Credit

Title:  “Update of Advocacy at the Municipal, State and Federal Levels” Jesse will lead a discussion of recent Ordinances and Laws that have an effect on our industry.


11:45 am – 12:30 pm    LUNCH BREAK for a delicious luncheon.  (Included in cost of registration)


12:30 pm -1:30 pm    Bob Ferro, Owner Ferro Marketing

Title:  “Digital & Social Media Marketing for the Small Business Owner” Navigating the Digital Terrain: Ferro Marketing’s Exclusive Workshop on Amplifying Your Landscape Business through Effective Digital and Social Media Marketing in Maine.


1:40 pm – 2:40 pm    Rose Wess, Safety Management Consultant, MEMIC

Title: “Incident Investigations” Improve your safety program by developing and implementing an incident investigation process. Learn how to conduct an incident investigation and complete a root cause analysis to help further reduce repeat injuries.


Keeley’s Banquet Center is located at 178 Warren Avenue, Portland.   From Maine Turnpike I-95, take Exit 48. Turn right onto Riverside Street. At second light, turn right onto Warren Avenue.  For answers to any questions, call Don Sproul, 207-623-6430; or email:


   2024 Registration Form to download, print, and mail.


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Community Outreach Project:

Each year requests are submitted to our organization to request our expertise in landscaping a particular locale. It is our difficult task to choose a project deserving of our attention. Once chosen, a landscape is designed, plants and materials are donated by our membership in a coordinated effort, and we descend upon the site for the installation. It is an amazing to see a site transformed so quickly by many experienced hands. Equipment and materials quickly move about, completing the project many times in a matter of hours. The camaraderie amongst the workers is a true draw on the day for many. If you haven’t had the experience, we encourage you to become involved – you will be in awe of what we can do!



If you have any questions or ideas, please contact

Don Sproul, Executive Director

Maine Landscape and Nursery Association
PO Box 4666
Augusta, ME 04330


Phone: (207) 623-6430
Fax: (207) 623-6431