Wednesday Education – February 1, 2023

Landscape Architects – The entire program has been submitted to 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

Customer Service

Lauren Howell, Stuber Land Design

Session description coming soon!

Onboarding New Employees: Welcome to the Team, Now Grab a Shovel! 

Kevin Battistoni, Hunter / FX
Room: Nirvana A
Finding the right employees is one of the most difficult challenges that companies are faced with today. You must hyper-focus on your onboarding processes and company culture during hiring, or else all the time you’ve spent finding those new team members will be wasted. During this presentation, Kevin will share strategic insights from green industry business owners, managers, and trainers who’ve built their companies through years of trial and error. From interviewing and onboarding to incentives and career path planning, you will learn proven tactics utilized by industry leaders today to successfully scale their workforces.

Groundcovers: Great Alternatives to Turf Grass

Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine
Room: Nirvana BC
Groundcovers are low-growing plants that serve many different purposes in the landscape from limiting weed growth to stabilizing slopes to adding texture to your garden. Kathy Jentz, author of the forthcoming book, “Groundcover Revolution,” will cover several of these beautiful, hard-working plants and the best kinds to use for specific situations.

Making Landscapes that Matter

Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Room: Utopia AB
This session takes you on a fascinating horticultural journey. Scott connects evolution, art, genetics, natural history, food, wine and more with landscapes that make us feel more comfortable, happy and secure. He will make the case that green spaces and the plants that create them fulfill basic human needs, not wants, and clearly shines light on the elements that matter the most.

Designing for Curb Appeal

Vallari Talapatra, Eco Scapes, Inc.
Room: Utopia CD
We’re used to creating the backyard “oasis”. What about the front yard that makes the neighbors rubber neck as they drive by? Over the last ten years, Vallari has conducted workshops that discuss some of the common issues and challenges that homeowners face. And she’s bringing that feedback to you! We’ll learn how to design site specific front yards that use both hardscape and plants, while honoring the architecture. After all, getting the most functionality from the front yards is something that all of us strive for!

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Designing for Crew Leaders

Lauren Howell, Stuber Land Design

Session description coming soon!

How Landscape Trees are Propagated and Why this is Important to You

Kris Bachtell, The Morton Arboretum
Additional Presenters: TBA
Room: Nirvana A
There are various methods used to produce landscape trees, and each method is important to understand so that you know what you are handling when maintaining a specific tree. Through demonstrations, Kris will show you how to recognize how a tree was started and how this can help you to provide the best care possible.

The Pros at Home: From the Tropics to the Woodland

Nina Koziol, The Landscape Contractor Magazine
Additional Presenters: Bob Hursthouse, Hursthouse; Dan Biernacki, Ted’s Greenhouse
Room: Nirvana BC
The personal gardens of Bob Hursthouse and Dan Biernacki couldn’t be more different. One is a tropical paradise, the other a northwoods-inspired getaway. Both gardens have been featured in ILCA’s Gardens of the Pros series. See how an award-winning landscape architect and a long-time nursery owner shape their own outdoor spaces with unique plants. Discover their design choices based on how they want to spend time in their own home landscapes.

Bad Ass Trees for Piss Poor Places

Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Room: Utopia AB
We put trees in some pretty difficult places, and then we ask a lot of them. This session will list some of the toughest trees for tough urban conditions. It will also discuss the importance of developing a broader list for the purpose of diversity and why we shouldn’t always rely on the toughest of the tough.

Winning the Talent War

Neal Glatt, GrowTheBench.com
Room: Utopia CD
Are you ready to start winning the talent war? In this session, Neal will help you get the recruiting and retention edge by discussing a modern approach to hiring. Attendees will learn what today’s workforce really wants in a job, how to write compelling job postings, how to leverage the latest recruiting technology, where to find workers, how to keep your best employees, and how to get the best from every worker. Attracting people to work in the green industry has never been more difficult than today. Yet, proven strategies leveraged by landscapers around the country do exist. This session will give you the tools you need to effectively recruit and engage today’s workers.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Integrating Design Technology for Water Conscious Landscapes

Eric Gilbey, Vectorworks
Room: Euphoria
Designing landscapes with sustainability in mind is no longer a matter of preference but one of meeting jurisdictional requirements. As site designers increasingly lean on design software, online resources, and other digital tools to make their current design workflows easier, these can offer additional assists to help meet the new expectations in water-efficient irrigation and on-site water management. With the help of GIS integrations, plant databases and smart 2D/3D object design, creatively managing water in your proposed landscape design can be at your fingertips.

Tree Risk Assessment – How to and Why

Kris Bachtell, The Morton Arboretum
Additional Presenters: TBA
Room: Nirvana A
Trees, particularly large specimens, are an important component of a quality landscape environment. These trees have been proven to be valuable for their environmental function, as well as their positive impact to human health. To provide these functions trees need to be observed and assessed on a routine basis to make sure they are strong and resistant to structure failure. This presentation will cover the basics of tree health and structure assessment to help ensure your trees will provide the positive services we desire.

Plants for Solutions

Allan Armitage, University of Georgia
Additional Presenters: TBA
Room: Nirvana BC
Session Description Coming Soon!

Creating Organizational Culture

Mark O’Brien, Stantec Nursery
Room: Utopia AB
Every company has its own unique personality. The unique personality of an organization is referred to as its culture. In groups of people who work together, organizational culture is an invisible but powerful force that influences the behavior of the members of that group. This presentation discusses how company culture is built and how it can effect the performance of a business good and bad. Who within the organization has the biggest effect on culture and how can they build positive attitudes and a highly functioning team. We will go into depth about what are the building blocks to create a positive culture that will attract and retain quality people.

TBD

Room: Utopia CD
More Info Coming Soon!

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