Current Challenges in Floriculture
A variety of topics, taught by both academics and industry leaders, will be highlighted at this year’s conference. Although an overview of floriculture issues and challenges will be discussed, water quality and quantity will be emphasized by one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Genhua Niu, Texas A&M, El Paso. The conference is designed to interest both the commercial grower/retailer as well as gardening enthusiasts. Pesticide applicators may also find this event useful as ODAFF CEUs in categories 3 and 10 will be offered. Registration is $30 per person and on-line registration begins Tuesday, June 13.
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Charles and Linda Shackelford started their own business in 1980 called TLC Florist and Greenhouses, Inc. TLC quickly grew from a mom and pop plant shop to the Shackelfords parlaying their early efforts into multiple TLC operations in the Oklahoma City area. TLC was routinely ranked in the top 100 garden centers in the United States; this legacy of excellence continues with current TLC management.
The Shackelfords have been avid supporters of their community’s needs and those of various green industry groups. Both have served as officers and leaders in various trade organizations such as the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers’ Association. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and OSU-OKC have recognized Charles and Linda’s commitment and dedication to the Oklahoma Green Industry and academia with multiple awards. The Shackelford Lecture Series is in part made possible by the Shackelford Endowed Floriculture Professorship.
This Shackelford Lecture Series is also offered in part by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. For more information contact Mike Schnelle by email or phone (405-744-7361).