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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Key Principles and Practices for the Green Industry Professional Pt 2

Greg Huber, Rolando Orellana, and Wayne Juers

Time and Session Location

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Magnolia B

CEUs Available (Pending Approval)



included with conference ticket

What You Will Learn:

Are you interested in a comprehensive series covering plant identification, plant installation and establishment, irrigation components and watering principles for disease management, pesticide and equipment safety, and reading and interpreting a landscape and grading plan?  This series of five sessions will highlight key principles and practices for the green industry practitioner, registration is open to all industry professionals, the material covered will be helpful to candidates preparing for the Georgia Certified Landscape and Plant Professional Certification Exams. Spend a few hours with an outstanding line up of UGA Extension faculty and industry experts covering a dynamic range of topics.

More About the Presenter (s):

Greg Huber is a public service and outreach faculty member of the University of Georgia and leads the Georgia Certified Landscape and Plant Professional Programs through the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. Huber holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. He is a Georgia-registered landscape architect and a North Carolina-certified plant professional. Prior to joining Extension in 2016, he served as the coordinator and lead instructor for the horticulture program at Southern Crescent Technical College, specializing in workforce training (2005-2015). His 32-year career in the green industry includes a dynamic range of experience in workforce training, site planning, landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape management, retail nursery, carpentry, and Christmas tree production. He is the past recipient of the Southern Crescent Technical College Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education and the Georgia Green Industry Association Educator and Communicator of the Year Awards.

Rolando Orellana works as the Urban Water/Irrigation Coordinator for the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture at the Griffin campus. He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the National Agriculture School in Honduras.

Born and raised In Bronx New York, his horticulture bug bit him when his maternal grandmother whose yard was all willow trees had him stick a branch into the ground and it miraculously rooted. Juers launched his horticultural education in Queens and Cobleskil NY, and achieved a BS in Horticulture and an Agricultural Education degree at the University of Georgia. He taught ag education for six years at Cherokee High School before launching a 30-year career with Pike Family Nurseries where he developed a training program that took associates from orientation to manager training. In 2008, Wayne started the Garden Specialist Plant doctor LLC, a specialty Landscape design install company in Roswell Georgia. Since 1982, Wayne has helped train over 1,500 people to become Georgia and North Carolina Certified Plant Professionals. His personal garden collection features over 285 plant species that he uses to help train students for certification. Over the 55 years in the Horticulture industry, Wayne has been recognized by his for his excellence in the green industry with many awards including Young Nurseryman of the year in 1981, Nurseryman of the year in 1993, and Educator of the year in 2010. He has served on numerous boards and committees with state and local horticultural societies, including his work with the FFA organization. He is dedicated to helping young people with an interest in horticulture to learn about plants and the opportunities in the profession. His passion for people and creativity with plants has inspired many a gardener.

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