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Longwood's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) team leads the field in applying IPM techniques to achieve horticultural excellence while preserving environmental quality. IPM programs include: implementing innovative pest control measures, optimizing environmental conditions for plants, conducting relevant research to solve pest management problems, and applying the highest standards of pesticide safety.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses multiple strategies to reduce the impact of insects, diseases, weeds, and other pests that damage plants. The main concepts of an IPM program are pest prevention practices, identification of pests, and the use of control measures that match the level and severity of the pest problem. The health and environment of the entire plant is considered. Often nutrient levels or some other environmental factor will stress plants, predisposing them to pests. Modern IPM programs emphasize the use of innovative biological controls, often in conjunction with selective pesticides that carry reduced risks to the environment, unlike their broad-spectrum ancestors. Yet time-honored ideas, such as cultural practices to prevent pest infestations and the conservation of pests' natural enemies are also incorporated into this environmentally conscious approach. IPM does not simply mean that more pests must be tolerated or that pesticide applications should not be made. IPM seeks to find the most effective yet least intrusive way to reduce the potential impact of pests.
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A team of Longwood Volunteers gathers horticultural highlights from the Outdoor Gardens and Conservatory. Download a pdf of their top picks for the week, including photos and locations.
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Journey to the wild, remote flood plains of South America and to the great gardens of Europe and North America to discover Victoria, the waterlily queen.
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Stand before towering fountains, wander shady groves, see fireworks light up the night sky, and enjoy concerts in the most beautiful outdoor settings.
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