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Seminar - Boxwood Management: Today and Tomorrow

The American Boxwood Society, in collaboration with the USDA-ARS, is sponsoring a seminar entitled “Boxwood Management: Today and Tomorrow” on February 20, 2018 at the National Agricultural Library at the USDA-ARS, 1031 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville Maryland.

The day will begin at 8:00am and end at approximately 5:00PM. The seminar is a unique opportunity to hear information and research from the United States and Europe and will give attendees a chance to meet and ask questions.

The program for the one-day summit will center around the latest and most up to date information on the management and prevention of the Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladrium Pseudonaviculatum). Topics will include “Living and Breeding with Boxwood Blight” and “Managing the Blight”. Presenters are experts are from around the world and include professionals from USDA, Virginia Tech, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Connecticut Extension, Herplant Nursery in Belgium, and Longwood Gardens, among others.

Cost is $110.00 per person, which includes a prorated membership in the American Boxwood Society, and $85 for current members of the American Boxwood Society.

Registration & Payment

Deadline for Symposium registration is February 6, 2018

Click here to download our Registration Form
Payments can be mailed using the Registration Form
or can be submitted online through this link.


National Agriculture Library
Main Reading Room
10301 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705

Program Schedule - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7:45 am: Arrive / National Agricultural Library Security Checkpoint, Abraham Lincoln Building. Must show photo ID for entrance. See back page for travel directions.

8:15 am: Welcome / Bennett Saunders, President,
American Boxwood Society. Greetings from USDA-ARS

8:25 am: Opening Remarks / Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Program,
Rutgers University

Living with Boxwood Blight (moderator – Cristi Palmer)
8:30 – 9:30 am: Living with Boxwood Blight for 20 years in Europe.
The breeding program of Herplant. / Didier Hermans,
Herplant Nursery in Belgium
9:30 – 10:00 am: Considerations of Planting Boxwood in
Public Gardens/Matt Taylor, Longwood Gardens

10:00-10:30 am: Break
Break sponsored by The Winchester Group

Managing the Blight (moderator –Cristi Palmer)
10:30 – 11:00 am: Best Sanitation Practices / Norm Dart, VDACS
11:00 – 11:15 am: Mulching as a Landscape Management Technique
For Boxwood Blight / Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech
11:15 – 11:30 am: Mulching to Prevent Infection /
Anton Baudoin, Virginia Tech
11:30 –11:45 pm: Morning Q&A

11:45 – 12:45 pm: Lunch
Bag Lunch sponsored by Saunders Brothers, Inc.

Outside the Blight (moderator – Nina Shishkoff, USDA-ARS)
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Public Acceptance of GMOs and other
Human Mediated Genomic Interventions/
Paul Vincelli, University of Kentucky
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Managing Boxwood Leafminer:
What Works, What Doesn’t/Dan Gilrein, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Long Island Horticulture Research & Education Center

Managing the Blight 2 (moderator – Nina Shishkoff)
2:00 – 2:30 pm: Fungicide Management /
Jim LaMondia, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
2:30 – 3:00 pm: Emerging Technologies /
Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
3:00 – 3:15 pm: Future Regulation of Boxwood Blight /
Jill Calabro, AmericanHort

3:15 – 3:30 pm: Break

Perspectives (moderator – Jo Anne Crouch, USDA- ARS)
3:30 – 4:00 pm: Boxwood Breeding Research at USDA/
Margaret Pooler, USDA-ARS
4:00 - 4:45 pm: Industry Perspectives: The Future of Boxwood/
Mark Sellew, Prides Corner, Robert Saunders, Saunders Brothers,
Hugh Crump, Greenline Design, Inc.
4:30 – 4:55 pm: Afternoon Q&A
4:55 pm: Final Comments / Joanne Crouch

Click here to download the full Program

Directions to the National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library is located in Beltsville, Maryland,
15 miles northeast of Washington, DC, near the intersection of
U.S. Route 1 and Interstates 95 and 495 (Beltway Exit 25-North).

Local airports include Baltimore Washington International (BWI), Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD). Three different rail systems serve the area. Details about travel to the USDA-ARS/NAL can be found at

Boxwood Summit Organizing Committee

Joanne Crouch (local arrangements)
Michael Hecht
Cristi Palmer
Tootie Rinker
Bennett Saunders
Nina Shishkoff


ABS Board of Directors Fall Meeting

The Board of Directors met at Blandy Farm this Fall. Among the topics discussed was digitizing copies for all the Boxwood Bulletins for members reference. View our Directory Page for details on our current Board.


Annual Giving Campaign

The generous financial support of our members has permitted your Society to continue to pursue its educational mission by providing information-filled publications such as The Boxwood Bulletin, The Boxwood Handbook and Boxwood: An Illustrated Encyclopedia.

The Society has been responsible for the creation and maintenance of an extensive boxwood display garden at Blandy Farm, the State Arboretum of Virginia, containing over one hundred well-labeled plants, located beside the Arboretum entrance. Your generous past donations have allowed your Society to purchase new plant name tags for this impressive garden.

The Society continues to seek research study projects which will enhance boxwood knowledge and stimulate interest in its use as the "Aristocrat of Evergreens."

In order for your Society to maintain its ability to provide such broad-reaching programs, our Sixth Annual Giving Campaign seeks your generous tax-deductible donations to supplement other revenue.


Click here to DONATE ONLINE.

Checks can be sent to:
The American Boxwood Society
Annual Giving Campaign
PO Box 85, Boyce, VA 22620
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