LIFGA supports academic research projects and continuing education programs on issues related to the use, management and care-giving of landscape plants by providing high-reach, high-content and cost-effective means of delivery, and new and routine information to Long Island’s horticultural audiences.
Professionals related to the enviromental horticultural industry are LIFGA’s primary audience, such as:
– Landscape maintenance and construction contractors.
– Plant and seed brokers.
– Retail and wholesale greenhouse and nursery professionals.
– Irrigation designers and equipment manufacturers.
– Public parks and public works personnel.
Important secondary audiences are home horticulture enthusiasts and media representatives.
2018 LIFGA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
The LIFGA established a scholarship fund with the American Floral Endowment in 2010 after fund raising for more than 12 years. This scholarship is intended for students in the Long Island/New York area studying ornamental horticulture at a community college or a four-year institution.
Ms. Sarah Snow from the New York Botanical Garden school received the LIFGA Scholarship of $1,400.
BOB GUNTHER LIFGA SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Jesse Friel from Farmingdale State College received the LIFGA Bob Gunther Scholarship of $1,000.
LOWe always have fun events going on. Whether you’re a participant or a volunteer, we want you to be part of it! Stay up to date with our events calendar, and make sure to RSVP for each event
COMMERCIAL FLORTICULTURE SURVEY: GROWER RESPONSES NEEDEDThe Society of American Florists (SAF) encourages Long Island greenhouse and floriculture growers to respond to the USDSA NASS survey.
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service again has funding to prepare an annual Floriculture Crops Summary report (after several years lapse in the survey). The information is valuable to producers to help learn industry sales and pricing trends. Good survey results depend on a high percentage of the industry reporting. The survey is being mailed out to commercial floriculture growers the week of Dec. 10 and reporting is due before Feb. 8. More information is available at https://safnow.org/commercial-floriculture-survey-responses-needed.
AMERICAN FLORAL ENDOWMENT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSDATE: Deadline is May 1, 2019
Applications are now being accepted for more than 25 different scholarships through the American Floral Endowment (AFE).
Sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students studying floriculture and horticulture must submit their applications online by the May 1 deadline.
Scholarships range from $500 to $6,000. In 2018, the Endowment awarded more than $42,000 in scholarships.
“AFE strives to support the next generation of industry members in any way we can. One of the ways we do this is through awarding scholarships to help ease their financial burdens,” said Greg Royer, Chairman of Royers Flowers & Gifts and AFE Education Committee Chair.
For more information on each scholarship and to apply, please visit Endowment Scholarships.
SPRING GARDENING SCHOOLDATE: April 13, 2019 @ 8:30AM-4:00PM
LOCATION: Riverhead Middle School, 600 Harrison Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 Google Maps
Fee: $70 per person, per day ($65 for early birds who register by March 1). Includes four workshop sessions (1 extended
session counts as 2 workshops), door prizes, giveaways, continental breakfast, box lunch, afternoon refreshments, soil tests,
plant diagnoses, and gardening exhibits. Plant Sales will accept cash and credit cards. Workshops are taught by Extension
Master Gardener Volunteers, Extension Educators and local experts. Pre-registration is mandatory; first come, first served.
(No refunds after April 1.)
For more information, download the brochure with registration form to mail back.
LONG ISLAND HORTICULTURE CONFERENCEDATE: March 7, 2019 @ 7:30AM-4:30PM
LOCATION: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Berkner Hall, Upton, NY 11973 Google Maps
We invite you to join us for the 29th Annual Long Island Horticulture Conference! Landscapers, nursery growers, arborists, landscape designers and architects, turf managers, and others in the horticulture industry throughout Long Island and beyond are invited to attend.
2019 LIFGA WINTER DINNERDATE: February 20, 2019 @ 6PM
LOCATION: North Fork Brewing Company, 24 East Second St, Riverhead, NY 11901 Google Maps
LIFGA’s Winter Meeting will be held on February 20 at the North Fork Brewing Company in Riverhead. Co-owners, Ian Van Bourgondien and Peter Barraud were brought up in the greenhouse industry and are dedicated to North Fork farming by growing their hops on the family farm. Guest Speaker (starts at 6PM): Dr. Cari Peters, Vice President of J.R. Peters Inc. She is the 3rd generation of Peters, following both her Father and Grandfather, who introduced the original Peters fertilizers over 72 years ago.
Registration begins at 5:30 PM. The cost of dinner tickets is $45.
For more information please contact Diane at email@example.com or by calling 631-727-3595 (Diane’s work phone) or 631-886-2213 (LIFGA business phone). Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 18.
28LIFGA’s success is attributed to the dedication we put forward toward local growers, retail garden centers, nurseries, landscapers, arborists, farms and complement industries. We support group discussions and promote content that is most prevalent to the LI horticultural community.
Our association continues to grow by offering many opportunities through means of continuing education, networking dinners, sponsored events, website advertisements and affiliate of the PlantSomething national campaign.
Being a member of LIFGA is more than just being connected to a business group, it’s about being part of a larger family .. who LISTEN AND CARE !!
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