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Plant Evaluation Programs for Nursery Crops and Landscape Systems
by the Southern Extension and Research Activities/Information Exchange Group-27.

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Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2006

The 2006 meeting of the SERA-IEG 27 was held June 14-17, 2006 in Poplarville, Mississippi. Official representatives present were: Gary Knox (Extension, UF), Winston Dunwell (Extension, UK), Ed Bush (Research, LSU), Allen Owings (Extension, LSU), Patricia Knight (Research, MSU), William Klingeman (Research, UT), Cecil Pounders (USDA-ARS), Michele Scheiber (Research, UF), Dewayne Ingram (Administrative Advisor, UK), and Jerzy Nowak (Administrative Advisor, VT). Guests: Wayne McLaurin (MSU), Christine Coker (MSU). States not represented: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, US National Arboretum.

Members reviewed the status of the SERA-IEG 27 program and passed a motion to continue the project. The plant evaluation committee was reorganized, evaluation forms modified, and responsibility for data collection was shifted from evaluator to distributor. It was decided that invasiveness should be examined and weediness should be utilized as an indicator. Current findings will continue to be published in the proceedings of the Southern Nursery Associate Research Conference and plans to publish in HortTechnology were discussed. No new plants were adopted for evaluation.

Officers elected for 2005-2006 were Michele Scheiber-Chair, Allen Owings-Secretary, and Jim Robbins-Executive Committee. Ed Bush was elected as Chair of the Plant Evaluation Committee. Kentucky is scheduled to host the 2007 meeting in Lexington. The 2008 meeting will be in Virginia, and the 2009 meeting is tentatively scheduled for Arkansas.

Submitted by Michele Scheiber, Secretary.

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2005

The 2005 meeting of the SERA-IEG 27 was held June 8-10, 2005 in Quincy, Florida. Official representatives present were: John Ruter (UGA), Ken Tilt (AU), Jon Lindstrom (UA), Gary Knox (UF), Winston Dunwell (UK), Ed Bush (LSU), Allen Owings (LSU), Patricia Knight (MSU), William Klingeman (UT), Mike Arnold (TAMU), Greg Eaton (VT), Anthony LeBude (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.

Members reviewed the status of the SERA-IEG 27 program, plants in review, and the web page http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hf/landscape/SERAhomepage.html. Project leaders need to review the website and indicate who received plants and make changes if necessary. Good pictures and descriptions are needed. Evaluators need to indicate if they have plants and are continuing evaluation. Current findings will be published in the proceedings of the Southern Nursery Associate Research Conference and the Southern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society. Objectives for the new project must be decided. A draft will be available at the next meeting. New plants adopted for evaluation included: Ceanothus x delilianus 'Gloire de Versailles', Pinus ayacahuite, and Viburnum luzonicum.

Officers elected for 2005-2006 were Patricia Knight-Chair, Mike Scheiber-Secretary, and Greg Eaton-Executive Committee. Ken Tilt is still serving as Chair of the Plant Evaluation Committee. Mississippi is scheduled to host the 2006 meeting in Poplarville. The 2007 meeting will be in Kentucky, and the 2008 meeting is tentatively scheduled for Virginia.

Submitted by Patricia Knight, Secretary

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2004

The 2004 meeting of the SERA-IEG-27 was held June 2 to 4, 2004 in Fletcher, North Carolina. Official Representatives present were: Tom Ranney (NC); Allen Owings & Ed Bush (LSU); Donna Fare & Cecil Pounders (U.S.D.A.); Patricia Knight (MSU); Ken Tilt (Auburn); Win Dunwell (UK); Jon Lindstrom (UA); Greg Eaton (VT); Michelle Scheiber (UF); John Ruter (UGA); and & Dewayne Ingram (Administrative Advisor). Guests: Ann Gray (LSU). States not represented: Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

Members reviewed the status of the SERA IEG 27 program, plants in review, and the web page http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hf/landscape/SERAhomepage.html. Procedures for a uniformed spreadsheet were established. Dewayne Ingram (Administrative Advisor) reported that our SERA Group was approved through 2007. New plants adopted for evaluation included: Buddleia 'Elliot Werner, Buddleia 'Petite Indigo', Buddleia 'Miss Vicie', Calycanthus 'Venus' PPAF, Parrotia 'Jennifer Teats' and Viburnum luzonicum. It was agreed upon to submit a paper for publication at the SNA Conference with plant evaluation results from the SERA-IEG evaluation program.

Officers elected for 2004-2005 were Ed Bush - Chair; Patricia Knight - Secretary; and Michelle Scheiber - Executive Committee Member. Ken Tilt will serve as Chair of the Plant Evaluation Committee beginning in 2004. Florida is scheduled to host the 2005 meeting in Quincy, FL in June. Gary Knox will be the site coordinator. The 2006 meeting is tentatively slated for Poplarville, MS and 2007 in Kentucky.

Submitted by Ed Bush, Secretary

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2003

The 2003 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held June 4-6, 2003, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Official representatives present were: Dewayne Ingram (University of Kentucky), Jerzy Nowak (Virginia Tech), Allen Owings (Louisiana State University), Ed Bush (Louisiana State University), Win Dunwell (University of Kentucky), Gary Knox (University of Florida), Michelle Scheiber (University of Florida), Jon T. Lindstrom (University of Arkansas), Bill Klingeman (University of Tennessee), Donna Fare (U.S. National Arboretum, McMinnville), Patricia Knight (Mississippi State University), Bill Bauerle (Clemson), Mike Arnold (Texas A&M University), and Ken Tilt (Auburn). Others present were Regina Bracy (Louisiana State University), Dick Parish (Louisiana State University), Cecil Pounders (Mississippi State University), and Chris Cheatham (USDA-ARS, Poplarville, MS).

Members reviewed the status of the SERA IEG 27 program, plants in review, and the web page http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hf/landscape/SERAhomepage.html. Procedures for data submission were clarified and the use of a spreadsheet will be introduced. Win Dunwell, chair of the Plant Evaluation Committee reported on the status of plant material currently in review. The style for concluding reports was discussed and a decision made to follow the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference Proceedings format. Four concluding reports were presented and several more are still pending. Two new plants, Amsonia hybrid ‘SPH’ (AR03-01) and Buddleja 02-25-142 (AR04-01) were recommended and approved by the members to undergo 2- to 4-year testing.

Officers elected for 2003-2004 were Jon T. Lindstrom - Chair; Ed Bush -Secretary; and Patricia Knight- Executive Committee Member. Ken Tilt will serve as chair of the Plant Evaluation Committee beginning in 2004. North Carolina is scheduled to host the 2004 meeting in the Fletcher, NC area in June. Tom Ranney will be the site coordinator. The 2005 meeting is tentatively slated for Florida and will be hosted by Gary Knox.

Submitted 6/11/03 by Jon T. Lindstrom, Secretary.

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2002

The 2002 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held June 5 - 7, 2002, in McMinnville, Tennessee. Official representatives present were: Dewayne Ingram (University of Kentucky), Tom Ranney (North Carolina State University), Allen Owings (Louisiana State University), Ed Bush (Louisiana State University), Win Dunwell (University of Kentucky), Gary Knox (University of Florida), Mike Scheiber (University of Florida), Jon Lindstrom (University of Arkansas), Jim Robbins (University of Arkansas), Bill Klingeman (University of Tennessee), Greg Eaton (Virginia Tech University), John Ruter (University of Georgia), Donna Fare (US National Arboretum, McMinnville), Margaret Pooler (US National Arboretum, Beltsville), and Stephen Garton (University of Tennessee). Others present were Amy Fulcher (University of Kentucky Extension Associate) and Scott Renfro (University of Arkansas grad student). Ken Tilt (Auburn University--not present) submitted his report by email.

Donna Fare arranged tours of nursery production facilities at Botanico, Stoner, Shadow, and Swan Hill Nurseries, as well as Sewanee, University of the South. Dr. Fare gave a tour of the TSU Nursery Crops Research Station labs, greenhouses, and field facilities. Dr. Nick Gawel, Station Director, welcomed SERA-IEG members. Bill Klingeman took members to Cheekwood Botanic Garden and Museum in Nashville, TN on the final day of the meeting. During the Business Meeting, members reviewed the status of the SERA IEG 27 program, plants in review, and web page [http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hf/landscape/SERAhomepage.html]. Procedures for plant evaluation and submission were reviewed. The Plant Evaluation Committee reported on the status of plant material currently in review. Several plants were at the end of their review cycle. The distributor of those plants will submit a concluding report. Plants that did not survive in their trial locations will be subject to a terminal report, also written by the distributor. Members submitted an application to renew SERA IEG 27. The application for renewal was written by Gary Knox (Chair), reviewed by the membership, and submitted to the Director by Dewayne Ingram. A decision from the Director is anticipated in September 2002. Several new plants were recommended and approved by the members to undergo 3- to 5-year testing.

Officers elected for 2002-2003 were: Bill Klingeman - Chair; Jon Lindstrom - Secretary; and Ed Bush - Executive Committee Member. Louisiana will host the 2003 meeting in the Baton Rouge/New Orleans area in June 2003. Ed Bush and Allen Owings will be the site coordinators. The 2004 meeting is tentatively slated for North Carolina and will be hosted by Tom Ranney.

Submitted 6/11/02 by Bill Klingeman, Secretary.

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 2001

The 2001 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held June 13 - 15, 2001, in College Station, Texas. Official representatives present were: Dewayne Ingram (University of Kentucky), David Foster (Oklahoma State University), Tom Ranney (North Carolina State University), Allen Owings (Louisiana State University), Ed Bush (Louisiana State University), Win Dunwell (University of Kentucky), Cynthia McKinney (Texas A&M University), Mike Arnold (Texas A&M University), Cecil Pounders (Mississippi State University), Gary Knox (University of Florida), Richard Beeson (University of Florida), Jon Lindstrom (University of Arkansas), Bill Klingeman (University of Tennessee), Greg Eaton (Virginia Tech University), and Mike Schnelle (Oklahoma State University). Others present were Steve George (Texas A&M University), Laurie Fox (Virginia Tech University), Jason Griffin (North Carolina State University grad student), and Tom Acre (North Carolina State University technical staff).

Mike Arnold provided a tour of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Nursery/Floral Field Lab, the Horticulture/Forestry Sciences Building, TAMU Horticulture Gardens nursery facilities, a State park, and a botanic garden and natural areas in the College Station - Austin area. Members reviewed the status of their programs. Procedures for plant evaluation were reviewed. Membership on the Plant Evaluation Committee was broadened and Win Dunwell was elected Chair. The Plant Evaluation Committee goal for the coming year is to develop a report listing the plants distributed, the plant distributors, plant recipients, data collected, expected outcome, and information gained to date. Members decided to submit an application to renew SERA IEG 27. The application for renewal will be coordinated by the Executive Committee. Win Dunwell distributed copies of the recently published article in HortTechnology on the history and activities of SERA IEG 27.

Officers elected for 2001-2002 were Gary Knox -Chair, William Klingemen -Secretary, and Jon Lindstrom -Executive Committee Member. Tennessee will host the 2002 meeting in the McMinnville area in June, 2002. Donna Fare will be the site coordinator. The 2003 meeting is tentatively slated for Louisiana. Submitted 8/24/01 by Gary Knox, Secretary.

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 1999

The 1999 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held on June 24-25, 1999 at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Official representatives present: Michael Arnold (Texas), Richard Beeson (Florida), Edward Bush (Louisiana), Win Dunwell (Kentucky), Tom Fernandez (South Carolina), Patricia Knight (Mississippi), Gary Knox (Florida), Alex Niemiera (Virginia), Margaret Pooler (US National Arboretum), Tom Ranney (North Carolina), John Ruter (Georgia), Mike Schnelle (Oklahoma), Ken Tilt (Alabama), Will Witte (Tennessee), and Dewayne Ingram (SERA-IEG-27 Administrator). Others present: Donna Fare (US National Arboretum), John Lindstrom (Arkansas), Alan Owings (Louisiana), William Klingeman (Tennessee), and Jim Robbins (Arkansas). Curators of the US National Arboretum provided tours through the garden. Rob Griesbach led a tour through the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit at USDA, Beltsville. Guidelines for homepages of regional projects and activities were discussed. A committee comprised of Patricia Knight, Tom Ranney, Will Dunwell and Ken Tilt (chair) will develop a homepage. The Plant Evaluation Committee developed a Distributor Information Sheet for plant evaluators to use. Data collected from the plant evaluation plots will be submitted on the plant evaluation sheet available on web site http://www.ag.auburn.edu/landscape/sera/. Data from the plant evaluation can be archived and retrieved by any of the evaluation factors for a final report. The Plant Evaluation Committee will oversee this process. Plants offered for distribution/evaluation for 1999 were: Illicum mexicana 'Aztec Fire', Lagerstroemia 'Chickasaw', and Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke'. Officers elected for the 1999-2000 were Donna Fare-Chair, Mike Arnold-Secretary, and Gary Knox-Executive Committee Member. University of Florida will host the 2000 meeting in Apopka, Florida on July 26-27 just after the ASHS meeting in Orlando. Richard Beeson will be the site cooridinator. Future meeting sites will be Texas and Tennessee.

Southern Extension Research Activity-
Information Exchange Group-27
Nursery Crops and Landscape Systems

Annual Meeting, 24-25 June 1999
Host: US National Arboretum

Table of Contents
Program
Business Meeting

Plant Evaluation Reports and Discussion
2000 Meeting Location and Date
Official Representatives

Program
US National Arboretum

Itinerary:
June 23 (Wednesday): Arrive, check into hotel, dinner on your own.

June 24 (Thursday): Breakfast at hotel
8:00
Margaret will pick people up at the Holiday Inn and transport them to the National Arboretum.

8:30-12:00
Meeting
Welcome from Dr. Tom Elias, Director of the National Arboretum, Description of SERA-IEG-27, Election of officers, Departmental updates, Establishing a homepage using SAAESD guidelines, and Plant evaluation protocol and reports.

12:00-12:45
Lunch (pizza or box lunch)

12:45 - 5:00
Tours of the collections at the National Arboretum
Fern Valley (native plants) - Joan Feeley, curator
Asian collection - Carole Bordelon, curator
Gotelli and conifer collection - Sue Martin, curator Bonsai museum - Jack Sustic, asst. curator
Herb garden - Jim Adams, curator
Tram tour of the National Arboretum - Nancy Luria
Research tour - Margaret Pooler

. 5:00 - 8:30
Dinner and continue with SERA-IEG meeting

9:00
Return to hotel

June 25 (Friday): Breakfast (free) at Holiday Inn
8:00 - 12:00
Tour of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (tour bus provided by BARC Visitor's Center); tour of Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit in Beltsville by Rob Griesbach.

12:00-2:00
Box lunch in BARC 011A meeting room, distribute plants, wrap up meeting, adjourn.

Nursery Crop and Landscape Systems
ANNUAL REPORT, 1998

The 1998 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held on July 9-10, 1998 in Clemson, SC. Official Representatives present: Margaret Pooler (National Arboretum), Gary Knox (Florida), John Ruter (Georgia), Will Witte (Tennessee), Alex Niemiera (Virginia), Dewayne Ingram (SERA-IEG-27 Administrator), Ken Tilt (Alabama), Tom Ranney (North Carolina), Patricia Knight (Mississippi), Gerald Klingaman (Arkansas), Tom Fernandez (South Carolina), Donna Fare (Tennessee), Win Dunwell (Kentucky), Ed Bush (Louisiana), Richard Beeson (Florida), and Michael Arnold (Texas). Others Present: Tom Yeager (Florida), Claire Brooks (University of Florida Graduate Student), Dick Bir (North Carolina), Andy Bell (Clemson University Graduate Student). James Garden, Manager, provided a tour of the South Carolina Botanic Gardens.

Following discussion of a special committee report, the Plant Evaluation Committee was established as a standing committee. The chair of this committee will serve three-year terms and function as the recorder of plant evaluation data. Margaret Pooler will serve as the first chair along with committee members Ed Bush, Alex Niemiera, and Ken Tilt. Detailed responsibilities of officers and the Plant Evaluation Committee were adopted. Invasive potential and transmission (insect and disease) were added to the plant evaluation criteria. Potential for the establishment of a web site will be explored. HRI and the Landscape Development Center were identified for possible funding sources. Plants offered for distribution/evaluation for 1998 were: Styrax japonica 'Emerald Pagoda' (Tom Ranney), Pittosporum heterophyllum (Ken Tilt), Cephalotaxus harrington (Berry College selection Will Witte), and Conradina canescens (Gary Knox). Officers elected for 1998-99 were: Win Dunwell - Chair; Donna Fare - Secretary; and Mike Arnold - Executive Committee Member. Margaret Pooler will host the 1999 meeting on June 24-26 at the National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.

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