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Optional Conference Ticketed Events

5K Fun Run/Walk

Monday, August 8th - Must register in advance - Fee $25

Join us for a 5k Fun Run/Walk in Atlanta's Centennial Park as we kick off the 2016 ASHS Conference! Enjoy the camaraderie with colleagues and finish with breakfast foods to get you started for a fantastic conference! Participants will receive an event t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the first male and female finishers.

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Student Welcome Luncheon

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 12:00 PM-2:00 PM - Advance Registration Required - Fee $20

Meet with other Graduate and Undergraduate students from around the world at this informative and fun event!

Featured Speaker Luncheon: Commissioner Gary W. Black, "Georgia Grown"

—Sponsored by the Extension Division

Tuesday, August 9th - Advance Registration Required - Fee $35

Speaker: Gary W. Black – Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture

Featured Speaker Luncheon: Elizabeth (Beth) Mitcham, "International Opportunities for Research, Education, and Extension in Horticulture"

—Sponsored by the International Division

Wednesday, August 10th - Advance Registration Required - Fee $35

Speaker: Elizabeth (Beth) Mitcham, Director Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture, University of California

Aquarium Social Event

Wednesday, August 10th- Advance Registration Required - Fee $43

Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. Join other conference attendees in an outing to see this interesting venue. Ticket includes transportation to and from the aquarium, admission, and a meal ticket to enjoy dinner in the aquarium cafe.


Featured Speaker Luncheon: Craig Campbell, "Growing Roots, Shoots, and Fruits – Expanding Portfolios of Biorational Pesticides for Organic and Conventional Crop Producers"

–Sponsored by the Industry Division

Thursday, August 11th - Advance Registration Required - Fee $35

Speaker:  Craig A. Campbell, Senior Field R&D Scientist, Valent USA Corporation

Across the world, there is a growing interest in sustainable food production. This awareness about the importance of environmental stewardship shows that people are ready to be reacquainted with the plants, animals, and land that produce our food. The time seems right to increase the adoption of biorational pesticides & biopesticides (BPB) in all segments of agriculture. Showcasing the excellent research on IPM solutions based on BPB to replace or complement conventional chemicals is one way to do this. Fruits and vegetables form the cornerstone of a healthy diet and we can do more to show the public how horticulture benefits society.                                    

It is important to remember that BPB may require special considerations in their development and commercial use. Product shelf life can be considerably shorter than with conventional pesticides. Product application timing is strongly linked to efficacy. Sometimes biopesticides cannot on their own provide complete control of pathogens or insects, but are highly effective when used along with other products. Biopesticides in general, and particularly microbial products, have important nuances. First in the research phase, and later when they are used by growers (stored, prepared, tank-mixed, and applied).

Major grocery chains are regulating pesticide use on produce while also demanding larger and larger quantities of certified organic fruits and vegetables. Recently some of the biggest food companies announced that they are recreating food recipes in response to consumer demands for natural ingredients. For example, Kraft Foods will soon replace all artificial colorants in its iconic macaroni and cheese with turmeric, paprika, and annatto. Think of how the demand for these three horticultural crops could increase. Nestle Foods intends to stop using synthetic vanillin and start using natural vanilla in some or all of its candy. Scientists like us need to help producers and consumers alike by researching the most effective crop production strategies.


Closing Dinner and Speakers

Join us for the 2016 Annual Conference Closing Event to wrap up a great conference! Enjoy dinner while listening to dynamic presentations on horticulture science projects at Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Date:  Thursday, August 11, 2016

Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Fee: $65.00


6:00 pm - Bus will pick up attendees at Sheraton Hotel

6:30-7:30 pm - Attendees will arrive at Atlanta Botanical Garden and be provided time to visit the garden while enjoying beverages. Chihuly exhibit will be showing at the garden.

7:30 pm - Buffet dinner will be served

8:00-9:00 pm - Speakers from Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Botanical Garden will present

9:00-10:00 pm - Enjoying mingling with attendees, talking with the speakers,  or touring the garden before bus arrives

10:00 pm - Bus pick up


Greg Koch, P.E.

Senior Director, Global Water Stewardship

The Coca-Cola Company

Greg joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996. He has nearly 30 years of experience and is a globally recognized leader in water resource management.  Currently, Greg leads Coca-Cola’s global water stewardship program across some 1,000 facilities and numerous agricultural supply regions, focusing on: water use efficiency and wastewater management in production facilities; watershed protection and climate change adaptation; community water initiatives; supply chain water management, global awareness and action, and water policy engagement. He collaborates with bottling partners, governments, NGOs, aid/development agencies and communities throughout the Coca-Cola system.


Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership: A model for urban pollinator conservation

Global pollinator populations are in decline for many reasons including habitat loss and overuse of pesticides. The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP) was initiated in 2009, in Atlanta, because the housing boom of the 1990s and early 2000s Over a 20 year period, approximately 162,000 ha of pollinator-friendly native green space/tree canopy were lost with an increase of 81,000 ha of impervious surface.  Goals of the GAPP are to encourage restoration, development, and registration of pollinator habitat at an ecologically significant landscape scale.  Consequently, our project focuses on a 40-km radius area around downtown Atlanta that comprises nearly 500,000 ha of potential pollinator habitat and includes all major public lands and thousands of individual residences. Our efforts focus on restoring pollinator-friendly habitat and educating the public through formal and informal programs.  Key initiatives include using native species, controlling invasive species, establishing community gardens, citizen science projects, conservation, education, and research. 

Dr. Jenny Cruse Sanders is Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and adjunct professor in Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. from Boston University, an M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Georgia, and she was a Keck Postdoctoral Fellow at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Before joining the Garden, she was an Assistant Professor at Salem College and Director of the Salem College Herbarium. At Atlanta Botanical Garden, she directs conservation programs for rare plants and amphibians, develops research with the Garden’s collections, and promotes opportunities for the public to engage in scientific discussions and discovery. These activities are coordinated with expert staff in other departments at the Garden, as well as with scientists at academic institutions across the southeastern U.S.


Specialty Sessions

This technology session is designed to provide extension agents the tools needed to incorporate technology into their education toolkits. Learn the why and how of a wide variety of digital technologies and discover ways to expand audiences and teach effectively.

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Professional Tours


Gardens of Atlanta Tour

Date: Sunday, August 7th, 2016 -  8:30 am – 5:45 pm

Leaves hotel promptly at 8:30.  Please arrive at the Level 1 Foyer 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Fee: $115.00 per person - Admission fees and lunch cost included.

Advance registration required.

 Please note that in case of insufficient registered participants, the tour will be cancelled and you will be fully refunded. 

 8:30 am –  10:20 am  Fern Garden of the World at Georgia Perimeter College

(  This is your opportunity to see one of the largest collections of temperate zone ferns in the US (more species of ferns than any other US garden), including native and non-native temperate ferns. The gardens also include three new xeric fern beds.

10:50 am - 12:00 pm Clough Commons at Georgia Tech

From the Fern Garden, we will travel to Clough Commons at Georgia Tech ( to check out their Roof Garden. Clough Commons is designed to be a sustainable building and is the first building on the GT campus (and one of the first in Atlanta) to have a completely usable Roof Garden. This landscape terrace has 39 species of native plants, uses rooftop solar panels as a renewable energy source, and includes  a 1.4 million gallon cistern (one of the largest in the US) for water harvesting, resulting in 89% projected water reuse for toilet flushing and water efficient landscaping. Don’t miss getting to see this spot!

12:30 pm – 2 pm Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center

We’ll stop for lunch at the Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center ( in downtown. This is a rare opportunity to see these gardens that were originally part of the estate of Cator Woolford, cofounder of EquiFax, Inc. One of the few remaining historic estates in Metro Atlanta, the gardens include a ceremony lawn, bamboo garden, courtyard, original mansion, atrium (floor to ceiling windows and glass mosaic mural), and 39 acres of mature hardwood forest. We won’t see it all, but we catch a glimpse of this rare beauty!

2:30 pm – 5 pm Atlanta History Center

Our tour then heads to the Atlanta History Center where the red carpet treatment begins! Enjoy garden tours ( guided by staff and opportunity to visit 7 other exhibits and the historic homes. AHC is 22 acres of gardens and trails with 6 distinct gardens showing the horticultural history of Atlanta including the Quarry Garden (3 acres, about 600 species of plants native to pre-settlement Georgia, many that are rare and/or endangered such as the Franklin Tree, yaupon holly, and native azaleas), the Smith Garden (representative of the 1860s, includes a vegetable garden, corn and cotton,  and old fashioned ornamental flowers such as love-lies-bleeding and rose campion), the Swan House Gardens and Grounds (boxwood garden and fountain), and more.

Our day concludes by returning to the Sheraton in early evening. Come prepared to enjoy this terrific garden sites with comfortable attire, walking shoes, and your hat! Oh, and don’t forget your camera! There’s sure to be something stunning along the way!

Sightseeing Tours


Atlanta City Tour

Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016 -  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Leaves hotel promptly at 10 am.  Please arrive at the Level 1 Foyer 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Fee: $50.00 per person.  Lunch is not included.  Advance registration is required.

Please note that in case of insufficient registered participants, the tour will be cancelled and you will be fully refunded. 

Learn all about Atlanta's humble beginnings as a watering hole to becoming the capitol of the south!  Hear about Atlanta's rise from the ashes to a city hosting multiple fortune 500 companies. 

Tour Highlights: Hear about the home of the Braves at Turner Field, see Atlanta's Olympic history at the Centennial Olympic Park.  Visit the Martin Luther King Visitor Center and resting place.  Drive by The Varsity, the largest fast food drive-in restaurant in the world, which has been visited by four US presidents.  See the real gold atop the Georgia State Capitol, and drive down historic Peachtree Street, home to the Fabulous Fox Theater.

This tour will have multiple stops including one for lunch but lunch is not included in the tour fee.


CNN Studio Walking Tour

Date: Monday, August 8, 2016  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Leaves hotel promptly at 2:30 pm.  Please arrive at the Level 1 Foyer 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Fees: $22.00 per person - Advance registration required.

Please note that in case of insufficient registered participants, the tour will be cancelled and you will be fully refunded. 

Please note that this is a walking Tour!  You will be picked up and leisurely walk to the CNN building, approximately a 15 minute walk.  You will get a firsthand look at how the news is gathered, written and reported by the inventors of 24 hour news!