Overview 2018-10-02T16:21:23-04:00


Attendees of the Ornamental Workshop at Crossnore, 1984.

The Ornamental Workshop has served as a forum for plant pathologists and entomologists to discuss current disease and insect problems facing those concerned with the production, maintenance and regulation of ornamental crops. The informal atmosphere provided by the rustic setting at the NC Forest Service Training Facility, Crossnore, NC, saw participation grow from about 10 participants in 1976, to over 150 in 2004.

In 2004, the Ornamental Workshop changed venues to the mountain retreat facilities at the Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville, NC. The facilities at the Kanuga Conference Center are ideal for the workshop and have allowed us to increase the number of participants who can be accommodated.


  • Take a virtual tour of the conference facilities at Kanuga.
  • Visit the Kanuga Conference Center website.

Code of Conduct

The organizers of the Ornamental Workshop and North Carolina State University are dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone attending, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. All participants in the Ornamental Workshop must agree to and abide by the Code of Conduct.


Attendees of the Ornamental Workshop at Kanuga, 2008.

The conference is geared towards plant pathologists and entomologists interested in ornamental crops. In the past, we have had public and private participation including diagnosticians, extension specialists, researchers, students, state and federal regulatory personnel, ag chemical development specialists, private consultants, and county extension agents.


The workshop is hosted by ornamental entomologists in the Department of Entomology and by ornamental pathologists in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.

Get on the Listserv

A listserv is used to announce the call for program items, the opening of registration and occasionally job announcements or other items of interest to entomologists, pathologists, and diagnosticians. To subscribe, request to join the Google Group Ornamental Workshop.

You must be logged in to a Google account to make the request. Here are instructions.