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100 attend Floriculture Field Day

Donald Horowitz, Wittendale’s Florist, East Hampton, N.Y.

Donald Horowitz, Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouse, East Hampton, N.Y., won the ‘unlimited’ division in the Kathy Pufahl Container Design Contest.

About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13.

The day started on campus with presentations on the latest showstopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew.

In the afternoon, the action shifted to the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course northeast of the Cornell University Campus. There, participants toured annual flower and foliage plant trials and had hands-on sessions to learn more about pests and diseases that attack landscape plants.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the annual Kathy Pufahl Memorial Container Design Competition, which through entry fees has raised more than $10,000 for IBD research at Mt. Sinai Hospital over the last 10 years.

View container contest winners and entries.

Bill Miller (right) talks about uses of summer bulbs -- such as dahlias and cannas.
Bill Miller (right) talks about uses of summer bulbs — such as dahlias and cannas.

Brian Eshenaur, Ornamentals IPM Extension Area Educator with the NYSIPM Program, makes a point about insect and disease problems in the landscape.

Brian Eshenaur, Ornamentals IPM Extension Area Educator with the NYSIPM Program, makes a point about insect and disease problems in the landscape.

Nora Catlin, floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, tells participants about her experiences with varieties in the annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane.

Nora Catlin, floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, tells participants about her experiences with varieties in the annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane.

Neil Mattson announces winners of the container contest.

Neil Mattson announces winners of the container contest.

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