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Emerging Leaders Cafe

  • Under 35? Hang out in the Omaha & Kansas City Emerging Leaders Cafe on the Trade Show floor. Take advantage of the opportunities for unique conversations and networking interactions between emerging leaders.  It is also a friendly landing spot for the collegiate attendees who may want to network or ask questions about the transition from graduation to the working world. Emerging Leaders will lead conversations about various positions in our industry, unique and new trends, and other topics. Planned conversations are listed below:
  • Why Horticulture Matters
    • Dan Moore, Kinghorn Gardens
  • Career Conversations
    • Emerging Leaders
  • Creating an Ecological Business
    • Heather Byers, Great Plains Nursery
  • Plants with Purpose in Containers
    • Sarah Riedler, Kinghorn Gardens
  • The Future of Design
    • Jeff Bruce, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.


  •  Career Conversations: 
Gardner / Horticulturalist- Caitlynn McVey - Kinghorn Gardens 
Installation Crew Leader - John Williams -Kinghorn Gardens 
Special Projects Coordinator- Benet Kinghorn - Kinghorn Gardens
Color team Coordinator- Sarah Cross- Kinghorn Gardens
Plant Health Manager -Thomas Minter - Loma Vista Nursery 
Inventory Control - Mark Ostendorf - Bela Flor Nurseries
Owner - Tracy Twombly - Sow Wild Natives 
Landscape Designer - Elizabeth Vestecka - FineLine Design KC 
Golf Course Horticulturist - Addie Diederich - Shadow Glen Golf Course
Propagation & Perennial Manager - Brooke Stamm - Loma Vista Nursery
Property Account Manager- Lindsey Moore - Kinghorn Gardens 
Executive Vice President- Dan Moore - Kinghorn Gardens 


 PlantRight, LLC.

  • Incorporating Agritourism and Vegetable Production into a Traditional Nursery
    • Bryn Takle, Colonial Gardens
  • Innovations in Tree Growing
    • Melissa Bravo, PlantRight Supply
  • How to Create and Maintain a Loyal Customer Base by Exceeding Expectations
    • Fernando Marrufo, Schwope Brothers Tree Farms 

KAT Wholesale Outdoor

  • Living Walls
    • Christopher Oursler, DCA Outdoor
  • Native Plants
    • Brian Pirtle, Colonial Gardens
  • The Role of Landscape Distribution
    • Jay Warren, KAT Wholesale Outdoor
  • Hardgood Add-ons: Bubblers, Fire Pits, Boulders and More!
    • Verlan Deemy, KAT Wholesale Outdoor

Ball Seed Company 

  • All sessions presented by Bill Calkins, Product Marketing Manager, Ball Seed Company
  • Annual & Perennial Pollinators: Putting together a pollinator program is easier than you think AND you are probably already growing most of what you need. 
  • Underutilized Combo Components: At least ten cool combination planter components you’ve never considered… until now!
  • Fun New Veggies for 2019’s Gardens: New breeding abounds – innovative vegetable varieties are inspiring today’s shopper.
  • Capitalize on Current Trends with Fun Foliage & Tropicals: Tropicals and Foliage plants are all the rage. Exceed expectations with these recent game changers.
  • Podcast Tips from a Podcast Rookie: One year into this new media, here’s what I’ve learned and what seems to work.
  • What’s New with Wave?: Wave petunia breeders continue to raise the bar and offer new colors and even new forms.

 Suburban Lawn & Garden

  • Customers Cringe Every Time Their Landscapers Make this Hardscaping Mistake
    • Matt Mertens, Stockman Stoneworks
  • 5 Weird Tricks Using Biologicals That will Make You Rich
    • Tony Beckmann, Taller Horticulture
  • If Your IQ is Over 140, You Will Understand Why Landscape Fabric is More Important Than Ever Before
    • Bart Duncan, Duncan Midwest
  • Try Not to Gasp When You See These Paver Chemical Accidents
    • Tyson Martinez, Alliance Designer Products
  • If You Have Used Mulch in the Last 14 Months, This News Will Blow Your Mind
    • Mike Sherman, NASF Corporation

Bailey Nursery

  • Sessions presented by Robert Clark and Chuck Meyer with Bailey Nursery
  • New Varieties: New plant breeding that is geared toward consideration of today’s home lot sizes as well as maintaining color attractive to the consumer.
  • Flow Vision Shipping Process: The use of new shipping efficiency systems to meet demands of today’s labor & trucking industry.
  • New Website Resources Features: New Bailey website resources features that are user friendly and will assist guiding you through the process.
  • New Website Ordering/Transaction Features: New Bailey website features to assist in making on-line ordering easier and more efficient.
  • Pollinators – Trees/Shrubs: Trees & shrubs that have more to offer than just beauty. They are also great for pollinating.
  • Reliable Shrubs for Color: An insight on some of the best, most reliable shrubs for landscape and container color.

Greenleaf Nursery Company

  • Nursery Practices - 75 years in the Making: A look back at the last 75 years at Greenleaf Nursery and what it takes to deliver predictable quality plants.
    • Paul Havenar
  • Top 50 Shrubs and Trees for the Midwest: A review of the best shrubs and trees for the Midwest.
    • Kevin Effinger and Mark Mayeske
  • 2019 New and Underutilized Plants: An update on new plants for 2019 and a review of underutilized plants for your landscape.
    • Eric Clark and Jay Baker



Contact Us

Western Nursery & Landscape Association
P.O. Box 411747 Kansas City, MO 64141