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Don’t miss out on an inaugural education sessions from the OASIS University.

OASIS University is a series of educational and informational courses from Smithers-Oasis and we will debut our first course starting September 23rd and September 24th, 2020 at 1:00 PM.

Please join Bruce Ecker, Post-Harvest Specialist and Garry Legnani PhD, Senior Post-Harvest Scientist of Smithers-Oasis as they bring you The Care and Handling of Fresh Flowers. This informative class will provide you with all the information you need to learn why Care and Handling of Cut Flowers is so Important.

After the two day course you will receive a certificate that you can proudly hang in your shop or business with your name and completion date.

We can’t wait for you join us and for the many other programs we have planned!


About the Instructors


Account Manager, Postharvest Technical Advisor
Smithers-Oasis North America/Floralife Inc.

Bruce Ecker has worked as a post harvest technical adviser for Floralife for over 25 years. Bruce is known throughout the industry for his passion for flowers and knowledge of flower care and handling. Bruce is a frequent speaker and educator on postharvest care and handling at wholesalers and industry events throughout North America.

Bruce was born into the floral industry in Waverly, Iowa where he still lives today. His sister Cyndi Ecker continues to run the family’s 80-year-old family business — Ecker’s Flowers & Greenhouses. Bruce’s mother, Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, was renowned in the floral industry as a sought-after floral designer, commentator and motivational speaker and floral consultant to manufacturers, growers and distributors in the U.S., Canada and South America.  


Senior Postharvest Scientist
Smithers-Oasis, Corporate Research

Garry Legnani has worked as a post-harvest research scientist for Smithers-Oasis for over 15 years. Garry is involved in product development for Smithers-Oasis and Floralife, contributing to improvements in floral foam flower life performance and post-harvest products used by flower growers, wholesalers, and florists.

Garry holds a Ph.D. in Post-Harvest Horticulture from Cornell University. In addition to his research responsibilities, Garry conducts care and handling training and audits for Smither-Oasis/Floralife customers focusing primarily on the wholesale, supermarket, and retail florist channels.