Best Bloomin' Azaleas in Bay Country
ASA 2004 Convention


Thursday, May 6, 2004    
Azaleas in Bay Country

Time: 7:30 pm
Robert W. Hobbs

Azaleas in Bay Country
Robert W. (Bob) Hobbs has a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan. He is retired from a career that included research in astronomy, aerospace engineering management, and being Vice President of an aerospace company.

He has served the Azalea Society of America (ASA) in several capacities: President of the Ben Morrison Chapter (1986-1987), ASA National Vice President (1987-1988), and ASA President (1988-1990). Bob was also Editor of THE AZALEAN from 1989 to 1998. He is a long-time member of the Ben Morrison Chapter and has an azalea garden at his home in North Beach, Maryland.

Time: 8:15 pm
Courtland Lee

Glenn Dale Azaleas
Courtland Lee is a geologist by training. He has been a Staff Consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives on mineral resource issues and is currently proposing the Patuxent River Agate as the state Gemstone of Maryland. Examples of this agate are on display at the 10-acre Boxlee Azalea Farm in Glenn Dale, Maryland, an historic site in its own right. At Boxlee, he runs a part-time propagation nursery that includes the Glenn Dales and the Ten Oaks Glenn Dale project, many from Frank White’s fabulous collection. Boxlee is open for sales on Saturdays in April and May.

Friday, May 7, 2004   
Azalea Culture in Bay Country   

Time: 7:00 PM     (Concurrent Sessions)
Dr. Michael J. Raupp
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Azalea Gardens
Dr. Michael J. Raupp is a Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He holds advanced degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. His research interests focus on the mechanisms of plant resistance and biological control of insect pests of ornamental plants.

Raupp has more than 100 publications and has delivered over 100 invitational seminars or symposium presentations on these topics. He has received five regional or national awards for excellence, including the Secretary of Agriculture’s Award for Environmental Protection. His work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fine Gardening, and Organic Gardening magazines and he has appeared on National Public Radio and CNN. He works closely with the arborists and citizens to develop effective and environmentally acceptable methods of pest control.

Ethel M. Dutky

Diseases of Azaleas
Ethel M. Dutky is the director of the plant diseases diagnostic laboratory in the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Her teaching responsibilities include training Master Gardener volunteers, growers, landscape maintenance workers, and arborists to identify and control plant diseases. She is also on a team that designs and trials integrated pest management (IPM) programs for ornamental plant production and maintenance, which stress intensive crop monitoring and use of the least toxic tool to prevent or control problems.

Dutky has consulted for USAID in Africa and South America, setting up and evaluating regional plant diagnostic laboratories and training staff. She is a co-author of Pests and Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials (1999) as well as many articles and, with Stanton Gill and David Clement, a CD-format professional series adjunct to the Horticopia electronic Horticulture Encyclopedia on Pests and Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials. Dutky has also contributed many images of plant disease to books and CD collections.

Time: 8:00 PM     (Concurrent Sessions)
Jonathan S. Kays

Minimizing Deer Damage to Ornamental Shrubs
Jonathan S. Kays is a Regional Extension Specialist, Natural Resources, Western Maryland Research and Education Center, University of Maryland, Keedysville, Maryland. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and Virginia Tech and has completed numerous applied research and demonstration projects. His objective is to develop and implement extension education programs in forestry, wildlife, and water quality for Maryland. Target audiences include forest owners, landowner volunteers, natural resource professionals, homeowners, and youth.

Kays’ mission is to help “educate people to help themselves.” Specific programs include forest stewardship workshops; a wildlife volunteer outreach program (Coverts Project); deer damage management for landscapes, farms, and forests; natural resource income opportunities; and use of biosolids to grow forest trees. Program information and publications are available from the Web site that supports the natural resource extension program at Maryland Cooperative Extension:

Sandra Austin
Color in the Azalea Garden
Sandra Austin has served as an instructor in design and director of the Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and the author of Color in Garden Design, a gardener’s guide to color theory and use. She writes about color in the book’s introduction, “The science books were concerned with observation and measurement, the art books with creative expression, and the garden books with various plant combinations. I spent my time trying to combine the useful attributes of all three, and Color in Garden Design is the result.” She currently teaches and designs from her home in Burke, Virginia.

Saturday, May 8, 2004
What Azaleas from Bay Country Offer to Gardeners throughout the United States

Time: 8:45 pm
William C. Miller II
(Keynote Speaker)

Ben Morrison and His Azaleas
William C. (Bill) Miller III, a biologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, for more than 30 years, earned a BA in biology from Erskine College in 1969 and an MBA in health care management from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Service in the United States Marine Corps resulted in assignments to Vietnam and Okinawa, which regrettably preceded his interest in azaleas. On January 3, 2003, he retired from Federal Service.

An avid azalea hobbyist since the early 1970s, he has been very active in the Azalea Society of America (ASA) from its beginning, both with the local Brookside Gardens Chapter, where he served as President for three years, and at the national level, where he served first as a Director and then as National Vice President. For five years, he was Director of Science and Education for the THE AZALEAN, ASA’s quarterly journal.

In 1989, he established The Azalea Works, an educational and research activity to focus his interests on research, lecturing, writing, consulting, and the development of improved azalea cultivars. He has introduced three azalea cultivars, “Seattle White,” “Landon Pride,” and “Brookside Delight.” He has written and published two books, The Bell Book (1994), and The Glenn Dale Azaleas Revised (1996); a section in The National Arboretum Book of Outstanding Garden Plants (1990); has published more than 40 articles about azaleas; and is a licensed and certified pesticide consultant in the State of Maryland. A frequent lecturer, he was invited to participate in the National Arboretum’s “Living Legends” program.

Miller has been an active participant in the Landon Azalea Garden Festival for many years—as a consultant to the Azalea Committee and as a principal in the azalea flower show—and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Friends of the Perkins Garden. He was presented with the Frederic P. Lee Commendation by the ASA Brookside Gardens Chapter in 1988 and Distinguished Service Awards by the Board of Directors at the ASA 1995 and 2002 National Meeting.

Azalea Society of America   -   Ben Morrison Chapter