Sentinel Plant Network Workshops


The Sentinel Plant Network (SPN) is conducting its third series of professional development workshops in the winter of 2013/14. We will be debuting new resources for front line horticulturists and plant health care professionals including train-the-trainer materials and identification aids about a variety of emerging pest  / pathogen threats. We will also provide instruction on how to use various smartphone apps for scouting / reporting and tips on diagnostic triage. For new SPN members we will also provide a brief recap of the program's educational outreach materials.

Click here or scroll to the bottom on the page to see a draft agenda.



Each of these regional workshops will serve approximately ten SPN member gardens, and we recommend that each organization send two staff members who can incorporate SPN resources into their internal monitoring and / or educational outreach.



  • North Central Region: Dec. 11 & 12, 2013 @ Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. Registration Closed!

  • Northeastern Region: Jan. 21 & 22, 2014 @ New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, MA. Click here to complete our online registration. Deadline, Thursday December 19th! 

  • Northwestern Region: Feb. 25 & 26, 2014 @ University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley, CA. Click here to complete our online registration.  Deadline, Friday January 31st!



For staff from SPN gardens, there is no-registration fee, food and lodging are provided and we offer generous transportation reimbursements - a no-cost professional development opportunity! Simply complete our online workshop application here.

Note: If there are multiple staff members from your garden that are interested in attending, please combine their details into one application. 

Draft Agenda

Day One  

11:30 am

Participants arrive at host garden, store luggage

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Welcome, introductions and overview of SPN

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunchtime presentation on regionally significant pathogens and pests

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Training session on the use of smartphone apps for scouting / reporting

3:00 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 5:00 pm

Sharpening Observation Skills: Signs & Symptoms Walk

5:00 – 6:00 pm


6:00 - 7:00 pm

Accessing the expertise of NPDN; digital photography for diagnosis, and SPN’s new sample submission protocols

7:00 pm

Shuttle back to hotel, participants check into rooms

Day Two  

7:00 – 8:00 am

Breakfast and check out of hotel

8:00 – 8:30 am

Shuttle to host garden, store luggage

8:30 – 9:15 am

Educational outreach: Overview and updates about SPN’s public-facing website and interpretive signage

9:15 – 10:00 am

The role of SPN gardens in recruiting for the First Detector Network

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

Use of the Plant Heroes’ curriculum hub and other resources for youth education about plant pests and diseases

11:15 – 12:00 pm

Review of resources in the SPN Toolbox & SPN store

 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch and open discussion

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Hands-on lab activity about emerging pest and disease identification

2:15 – 3:00

SPN’s Regional Forums and annual reporting; Q & A about participation in SPN

3:00 pm

Participants depart