Wednesday, May 13, 2015

12:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Registration Opens

Buses Depart to trial area at Walt Disney World’s nursery (from Coronado Springs Resort)

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Trial Gardens at Disney’s Horticulture Nursery

A round-robin format will take attendees on a tour through the trial gardens featured backstage at the Walt Disney World’s nursery. Along with the first glimpse of the performance trials, members of Disney’s horticulture team will share great insight on what they have learned while providing over-the-top displays for their park guests. It is sure to be the first of many magical moments shared while at FNGLA’s Floriculture Field Days.

Station One: How Disney’s Horticulture Keeps the Magic in the Festival
Not by chance, but instead through lots of planning, Walt Disney World continues to delight its park guests with the annual International Flower and Garden Festival. Eric Darden will piece together what Disney’s Horticulture has learned from past Epcot® International Flower & Garden shows and how they keep the festival budding with fresh new experiences for every age and interest each year. Come hear about the latest hot buttons that are driving consumer trends.

Station Two: A Walk Through the Trials
For six weeks prior to Floriculture Field Days, Melissa Shepherd has watched each new variety grow. This is an opportunity for attendees to get the first glimpse of new varieties featured in the trials while Melissa shares what she sees are new and successful varieties for both FNGLA’s trials and the All America Selections (AAS).

Station Three: Setting the Stage
From scheduling, to selection, to the final installation, Heather Will-Browne will share the step-by-step process to successfully build color into your landscape designs.


Station Four: Over the Top Success
At this station, Linda Holland will provide tips and techniques on how to create eye-catching hanging baskets sure to be show stoppers in the landscape.



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3:15 p.m.

Buses Depart to Backstage Epcot

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Overview Tour of 2015 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

4:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Free Time in the Park
With over 100 topiary figures, countless garden inspiration displays and an intergration of urban life and garden fun, the 2015 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival is a place of interest and learning for the garden-inspired and the garden inexperienced. You'll enjoy this time to explore the festival!

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Dessert Reception and Fireworks display at Epcot®

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

7:30 a.m.

Buses depart for Harry P. Leu Gardens

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast with the Sponsors at Leu Gardens

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9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Breeder Showcase

This is a fast-paced, inside look at what's in the trials. Whether breeders are highlighting their new varieties or something new that has never been seen, this is the session not to miss!

10:45 - 12:15 a.m.

Time in the Gardens

Spend your time analyzing the breeder selections and their performance at this location or enjoy Leu Gardens' amazing 50-acre botanical oasis. The Leu House Museum located in the heart of the gardens and reveals turn-of-the century living for the families who once called this home.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch on the Bus and travel to UF/Orange County Extension services

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

THE BIG 4: Employees, Performance, Customers and Profitability
, Presented by Jeffrey Scott, Jeffrey Scott Consulting, Inc. Trumbull, CT

Business is blooming again - are you ready to flourish? In this high-energy talk you will learn how to engage your employees and create a high-performance team that operates with accountability and productivity. You will learn how to turn your employees and clients into raving fans, and boost your company's growth and profitability. You will come away with practical tools and techniques you can implement the very next day in your business. Work can be fun again, when you master the Big 4. Program suited for landscapers, garden centers, growers and anyone who wants to run a more profitable and successful business.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Break in the Gardens

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2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Foodscaping 101: Design With Color & Texture For Visionary Effect presented by Brienne Gluvna Arthur, Fuquay-Varina, NC

Brie is part of a very exciting group of young people involved in the green industry committed to getting the message out that plants, gardening, and all things horticulture are the way of the future! Inspiring the new generation of gardeners, Brie has fine-tuned her signature design techniques of Foodscaping, a landscape design practice that embraces both beauty and utility in its function. From patio containers to suburban oasis design, her ideas will add a new flavors to your landscape designs in 2015 and beyond!

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

"What's New and What's Next in 2015 and Beyond"? Presented by John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting, Sykesville, MD

As attendees come together to learn all they can about the new varieties and genetics that are changing the landscape of our industry, they will also have the opportunity to examine new innovations for their businesses. Previously, John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting, has spoken to our audiences about not "wasting this recession" and the need to CHANGE EVERYTHING about your perspective and insight to what is possible! Now John's message is even more encouraging--"Don't waste this recovery!" All economic indicators are showing a continuous improvement in the economic strength of our economy and you will want to take full advantage of every opportunity to drive momentum, margin and magical thinking!

5:00 p.m.

Buses Depart to Coronado Springs Hotel