MINUTES OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SERA-27
NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE CROPS
JUNE 8-10, 2005
North Florida Research and Education Center
ADVISORS: Dewayne Ingram (University of Kentucky, Research)
CSREES REPRESENTATIVE: James Green
OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES (Signing the sheet): John Ruter (Research, UGA), Ken Tilt (Research/Extension, AU), Jon Lindstrom (Research, UA), Gary Knox (Extension, UF), Winston Dunwell (Extension, UK), Ed Bush (Extension, LSU), Allen Owings (Research, LSU), Patricia Knight (Research, MSU), William Klingeman (Research, UT), Mike Arnold (Research, TAMU), Greg Eaton (Research, VT), Anthony LeBude (Extension, NCSU), Dewayne Ingram (Administrative Advisor, UK), and James Green (CSREES).
GUESTS: Cecil Pounders (USDA-ARS), Wayne McLaurin (MSU), Alex Bolques (FAMU).
STATES NOT REPRESENTED: Oklahoma, South Carolina, US National Arboretum
The meeting began with a brief tour of the North Florida Research and Education Center. Ed Bush welcomed everyone to this year’s meeting and commended Gary for the wonderful location and accommodations. He also commended Ken Tilt and Bernice Fischman for their great work on the website. Dewayne Ingram circulated a membership and mailing list and asked everyone to make any necessary corrections.
James Green attended the meeting as a CSREES representative. He provided an update on the National funding picture. He encouraged the submission of grants to USDA RFPs due to a decline in submissions. He also encouraged the resubmission of declined grants because the acceptance rate dramatically increases in subsequent years. He volunteered to review draft grant proposals that this group might choose to submit. Community resource develop is a priority area. He also encouraged Master Gardener groups to apply for grants. Federal funding is based on issues and not commodities.
Dewayne Ingram (Administrative Advisor) stated that our group is approved through 2007. We do need to make a decision about continuing next year. Regional projects have changed nomenclature so that all regions are uniform. We are now a SERA instead of a SERA-IEG.
Program reports were heard from AU, UGA, VT, UF, LSU, MSU, UT, UA, TAMU, NCSU, UK, and USDA-ARS. No reports were submitted from Oklahoma State or Clemson.
Election of Officers:
Greg Eaton was nominated by several people for Executive committee. Mike Arnold seconded the motion. Motion passed. Everyone else moves up a position: Patricia Knight-Chair; Mike Scheiber-Secretary.
Plant Evaluation Committee-Ken Tilt has pulled all the evaluation entries from the website. Project leaders need to review and indicate who received plants and make changes if necessary. Good pictures are needed for the website. Descriptions of the plants are also needed. Evaluators need to indicate if they have plants and are continuing evaluation.
Win has several concluding reports.
Ed and Ken feel that an annual SNA publication would be a good way for us to publish our concluding reports. Ken agreed to head this effort. This will most likely be in poster format. The poster could also be displayed at IPPS meetings.
The consensus is that our trials should be replicated. This makes the data more meaningful and publishable. This could also help in obtaining grants. Invasive plants were discussed as a possible grant opportunity. Jim Green mentioned that a lot of horticulture research in this area is funded through the Department of Defense.
There was discussion about preparing a downloadable PowerPoint presentation for the website. This could be used for publicity. Ken/Bernice agreed to put this together as information comes from the group?
Dewayne mentioned that we need to decide on objectives for the new project. We should have a draft ready for the group at the next meeting. Dewayne and the officers will work on this.
The participants enjoyed a wonderful lunch hosted by Hackney Nursery, Inc. followed by a tour of Hackney Nursery. We proceeded to Wight Nurseries where we were given a tour and enjoyed an excellent dinner before returning to Tallahassee.
Friday began with a tour of Tallahassee Nurseries, an outstanding garden center. We began discussing new business at 10:00 a.m. at the North Florida Research and Education Center.
New Plants with Potential:
Suggested we should bring a list of state program plants from our respective states.
·3 sports of Red Formosa azalea
·Japanese Yew selections
·Pale Blue Trailing Lantana
·Ilex x ‘Virginia’
·Korean boxwood selection
·A hardy willow oak
·Lindera-trying to eliminate leginess
·Red Rage black gum
LSU has done some work with DNA fingerprinting on liriope. There is a problem with labeling on many plants.
Plants for Possible Evaluation:
·Ceanothus x delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’-could be ready for evaluation next year
·B. 02-53-391-maybe next year
·Polianthes geminiflora x Manfreda maculosa-maybe next year
·B. daviddi 03-05-045 from last year
Allen moved to accept Ceanothus x delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ as a trial plant. Win seconded. Motion carried. B. daviddi 03-05-045 was approved last year.
Participants requesting B. daviddi 03-05-045:
·Ed Bush and Allen Owings
Participants requesting Ceanothus x delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’:
·Allen Owings/Ed Bush
Pinus ayacahuite, Mexican White Pine
Jon moved to accept. Bill seconded. Motion carried.
Participants requesting Pinus ayacahuite:
·Ed Bush/Allen Owings
Participants requesting Viburnum luzonicum:
·Ed Bush/Allen Owings
Approved last year. Plants are available. Also, unofficially, Magnolia ‘ Yellow Lantern’, martinii, and Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’.
Future Meeting Sites:
2006 Poplarville, MS
2008 Blacksburg, VA-tentatively
As a group, we would like to thank Gary Knox and his colleagues for hosting us in Tallahassee. The meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m. A tour was provided to Clinton Nurseries and May Nursery during the afternoon. Thanks to all involved with the meeting arrangements!
Patricia Knight, Secretary