Friday Education – February 4, 2022

Landscape Architects – The entire program has been approved by LA CES for CEU’s.

Program is subject to change. Please check the website, mobile app or on site signage for updates.

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Room: Nirvana A
Grower Degree Days, A Better Way to Monitor Plants, Weeds, Insects, and Fungi
John Terhesh, Goodmark Nurseries
Yesterday it was 70° and tomorrow it’s snowing. What does this mean for spring? Climate change is leading to changes in weather patterns that will only be amplified in the future years. The development of plants, insects, weeds, and diseases require heat, and the old calendar based schedules are getting less reliable. A more modern approach to predicting crabgrass emergence or insect hatching is to use “grower degree days” (GDD). Using grower degree days to use as your new IPM schedule will lead to much better results which will reduce expenses and increase crop health.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Nirvana BC
By the Light of the Moon: Evening Gardens
Heather Prince, Fearless Gardening
Evening or moon gardens have become popular as folks rediscover the potential of their garden spaces after dark. With a long and rich history, evening gardens enchant us and provide quiet moments of respite. We’ll take a look at the elements of an evening garden, explore garden styles, and profile plants that go beyond white flowers to add layers of texture and fragrance.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia AB
Operations, Production, & Scheduling Plant Health Care Services – What’s the Key to a Successful Approach
Lee Fredericks, Rainbow Ecoscience 
What are the most challenging aspects of running an efficient and effective plant health care program? Identifying and training the right people? Scheduling procedures at the correct time of the year? Inventory management and product lifespan? Application tips and strategies? How do many successful companies perform this operational orchestra? In this session, we will explore the important aspects of the plant health care industry operational planning and implementation will be presented. Attendees will also be able to ask any production-related questions regarding the operations, production, equipment, scheduling, and the proper timing of plant health care services.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia CD
Effective Weed Control in Landscapes
Aaron Hathaway, Nufarm
Controlling weeds in landscapes full of desirable plants requires a sound understanding of weed ecology and herbicide characteristics. Common weeds found in landscape beds have varying traits and there are many chemistries available to managers that can aid in more effective control, better safety amongst desirable plants, and increasing longevity of control. We will touch on weed identification and cover the many categories of available herbicides and their best use within these landscapes.

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Room: Euphoria
Customers Count – Simple Proven Ways to Build Customer Loyalty and Profitable Relationships
Judson Griggs, The Harvest Group
It has been proven that, “It’s hard to make money on a customer you don’t have.” That may seem like an over-simplification, but many people forget about this aspect of sales — Retaining your great clients! The longer you keep the right customer the more you will make! Judson will explore ways to establish long term relationships and to move the relationship from Vendor to Trusted Advisor to Partner to Raving Fans. Together, we will review ways to achieve: retention, recovery, renewals, referrals and extra revenue.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

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Room: Nirvana A
Plants First
Sarah Price, Sarah Price Landscapes
Sarah believes in plant-driven design. She is developing a visual vocabulary using plants; their shapes, textures, colors and patterns to compose her designs. She will discuss her own sources of design inspiration; providing insights into how we can look more closely at plants and the environments in which they grow. Through giving real examples, she will lift the lid on her working processes, discussing her gold medal winning designs for her Chelsea Flower Show Gardens, her 2012 Olympic plantings for the Queen Elizabeth Park, London, as well as garden designs within healthcare environments and experiments within her own garden in Abergavenny, Wales.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Nirvana BC
Exciting Annuals for 2022
Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD
With so many amazing annuals coming out every year, it’s always nice to see not only some new selections but focus on some of the best of the best that continue to perform and be popular. This presentation will focus on annuals for all lighting conditions with some focus on fragrance, wildlife value and value in the container and basket. I’ll be visiting many trial gardens in 2021 to examine some of the most exciting plants coming to market.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia AB
Landscapes with Impact: Building Spaces that Respond to Client and Community Needs
Benjamin Himschoot, Himsben Design Studio LLC; Clare Johnson, Himsben Design Studio LLC; Lauren Mathias, Himsben Design Studio LLC AND Antonio Rangel, JR Landscaping; Jose Rangel, JR Landscaping
Landscapes provide people with the opportunity to connect, socialize and enjoy nature at multiple scales – from intimate backyards to public gardens. Join the team from Himsben Design Studio (HDS) for a presentation on the power of client and community-focused design at two scales. Learn about their design and build process for diverse communities and how to create spaces that are unique and feasible.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia CD
Benchmarking for Profit Improvement
Jeffrey Scott, Jeffrey Scott Consulting
Earning a high ‘return on investment’ requires a smart approach to business. What’s the difference between low profit and high (20%) profit companies? It’s the benchmarks and key indicators they track, and the strategies they set and decisions they make daily. You will learn which financial and leadership benchmarks to follow, and how to engage your team in order to maximize their performance. Learn the secrets that highly successful landscape companies use to set up and run financially successful businesses.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Room: Euphoria
The Space in Between – Shoreline Buffers
Keith Gray, ILM; Monica Komorowski, ILM
When working with clients with water features on their property, special attention needs to be given to the plants along the edge of the pond or lake. Called shoreline buffers, these areas of the landscape can look breathtaking while also providing important ecosystem services like soil stabilization and water filtration. While plant selection for shoreline buffers is important, soil preparation is equally as important in order to ensure project success. In this session, you will learn about attractive native plants used for shoreline buffers and practical preparation tips. Case studies from a variety of sites big and small will be shared.

Room: Nirvana A
Set Up Your Company to Run Itself
Jeffrey Scott, Jeffrey Scott Consulting
You have founded (or bought) a great company, but you find that your job has taken over your life. You need help figuring out how to build up your company and your leadership team, so they can handle the day to day sales and operations without you. It’s not impossible, but it takes a shift in mindset and strategy, and an intentional approach to building your team, setting up the correct systems and culture, and empowering your team to make decisions and be accountable for their areas. This presentation will show you a step by step approach with case studies to prove that its possible to set up your company to run itself.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Nirvana BC
Hidden Treasures: Underused Plants for Today’s Landscapes
Nikki Melin, Midwest Groundcovers; Kevin McGowen, Kaknes Landscapes Supply; Mike Mennenoh; Mariani Plants
How do you know which plants are truly the best field performers? What plants get the most promotional hype and are often overused in our landscapes? High demand, limited supply for the tried and true —these are the challenges we currently face. Join our expert panel and discover their recommendations for underused trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and good substitutes for your projects.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia AB
Designing a Healing Garden
Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD
This presentation will talk about many of the design features that can be successfully included in a design for a healing or enabling garden. We’ll talk about some of the plant materials appropriate for the setting but how the actual layout and features can encourage engagement and relaxation for a wide audience of users but also have the potential to be utilized for active programmatic use (physical therapy, horticulture therapy, etc.). We’ll also discuss specific enabling features that will accommodate specific users, encourage engagement and provide a welcoming garden space for all visitors and users.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia CD
Illinois’ Most Unwanted Tree Pests and Pathogens
Tricia Bethke, The Morton Arboretum
It’s a tough life for a tree! Knowing what’s ‘bugging’ them and what’s a car ride away can help protect trees in urban and rural landscapes. Join Tricia Bethke, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, for a lively discussion on how to identify, manage and eradicate new and potential tree pests. Early detection is the best defense, learn how to report and monitor pests and diseases before they become a real problem.

Certified Arborists – This session has been approved by IAA for CEU’s.

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