Wednesday Education – January 29, 2020

The entire education program is approved by LA CES for Landscape Architect CEUs.

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Room: Euphoria
Dealing with Deer and Other Mammal Pests in Your Client Garden
Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine
Bambi may be cute, but he and his mother, cousins, and rest of the herd are very hungry and they would love to make a feast of your client’s gardens. This talk will cover proven and humane tactics for gardening with deer, rabbits, rats, groundhogs, and other creatures that are attracted to both edible and ornamental gardens.

Approved for 1.25 Arborist CEUs

Room: Nirvana
The Art and Science of Making Meadows
John Greenlee, Greenlee & Associates
The presentation will review some of the incredible grass ecologies that exist naturally in the United States. Participants will learn how to put nature’s great ideas to use in their own gardens. We can no longer afford to design purely decorative landscapes. All of our gardens need to participate in the true greening of our country. Grasses and constructed-meadows play a huge role in this new direction of American horticulture. Some are calling it the meadow revolution. Come find out what it’s all about.

Room: Schaumburg AB
Landscape Design for Robotic Lawn Mowers
Kathy Moseler, Paradise Robotics
The landscape industry must prepare for the rise of the machines. Landscape professionals are already designing for the coming robotic revolution. This presentation gives the necessary background information about how robotic lawn mowers work, their benefits and limitations and how to determine what model is appropriate for a property. Technical issues pertaining to slope angles, proximity to objects, area computation, maximum wire length computation, zone navigation and more will be discussed.

Room: Utopia AB
Designing for Constructability
Kris Sorich, City of Chicago Department of Transportation; Conan Chan, City of Chicago Department of Transportation
Designers and contractors who effectively communicate during the design phase can ensure that landscapes, hardscapes, and structures are installed economically and safely. Collaboration between the two disciplines, as well as with fabricators and suppliers, ensures plans are comprehensive and easily translated to the user of the contract documents. The session will cover how design intent becomes reality, how contractor means and methods can inform design, and how the end result achieves the design vision while supplying quality workmanship.

Room: Utopia CD
New Landscaping Ideas That Work
Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio
Award-winning landscape designer and author Julie Moir Messervy walks you through the process of thinking ‘big picture’ about your property. In this inspiring lecture, you’ll see a host of visual ideas as well as design tips, before and after images, case studies, and essential information. From luxurious spaces to those that were built with sweat equity on a shoestring, you’ll come away with more knowledge about how to create comfortable living spaces outdoors.

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Room: Euphoria
New Approaches to Integrated Project Delivery: Pros and Cons for Landscape Architects and Contractors
Ron Gorz, Christy Webber Landscapes; Brandon Heidinger, F.H. Paschen; Brad McCauley, site design group, ltd.
Integrated project delivery methods can have substantial benefits for contractors, designers, and owners. Early and collaborative involvement between disciplines can result in more buildable construction documents, realistic pricing early in the process, fewer surprises during construction, a less risky process for the owner, and ultimately a better product. This panel will introduce the latest methods and technologies for successful project delivery approaches.

Room: Nirvana
Economic State of the Industry
Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University
The green industry doesn’t have a crystal ball, it has a crystal “Hall”. Join researcher and sage Charlie Hall for this lively, data-driven session. Attendees will learn which economic indicators are most pertinent to green industry businesses and when the next economic downturn is likely to occur. Find out what you can be doing right now to prepare for the downturn and what to include in your contingency plans.

Room: Schaumburg AB
Designing for Storm Water Management in Residential Landscapes
Vallari Talapatra, Eco Scapes
Water flows downhill and so do stormwater management issues. Water issues seem to flow from a next door neighbor to the client to the landscape professional brought in to clean up the mess. This session will look at surface features that work when designed and installed correctly. This session will cover how to design rain gardens, dry creek beds, and bio swales that help mitigate water issues so common in today’s back yards.

Room: Utopia AB
All-America Selections – Proven Trial Performers for the Landscape
Diane Blazek, National Garden Bureau
They say that “the proof is in the plant”, but what does that mean? In this session, attendees will learn about the AAS Trialing process. Find out who chooses these historic winners, who the recent winners are and what trends they are seeing in breeding.

Room: Utopia CD
Properly Incorporating Tree Care into Your Landscaping Business
Mark Chisholm, Aspen Tree Expert Company
Proper tree care can be intimidating and costly. Come learn where to start when adding tree care to your current line of services. 3-Time World Champion Tree Climber and 3rd generation certified Arborist Mark Chisholm will share tips on what techniques work best in the real world of tree climbing and tree removal rigging techniques. He’ll also review what you need to know in order to meet safety regulations and avoid fines.

Approved for 1.25 Arborist CEUs

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Room: Euphoria
Solve Your Labor Issues by Growing Leaders
Don Evans, LandOpt
Trending labor issues in the green industry are pervasive, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Join LandOpt President Don Evans as he discusses the “qualitative” concept of growing leaders and optimizing talent within existing crews to mitigate labor issues. This session is for landscape professionals not satisfied with the norms of the industry and who want to identify the leaders essential to growing a successful organization in an unforgiving labor market.

Room: Nirvana
What’s New in the World of Deciduous Tree Cultivars
Keith Warren, Author, Nurseryman, and Tree Breeder 
Learn what’s new, what’s best, and where the industry is in the development of deciduous tree cultivars. The speaker, having recently co-authored The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens, will bring us up to date on the best choices among the deciduous tree species and cultivars. The emphasis will be on trees adapted to Illinois. He will discuss the most recent introductions, including his own breeding work, some old favorites, tree trends, and hint at potential future developments.

Approved for 1.25 Arborist CEUs

Room: Schaumburg AB
Online Reputation Management: How to Manage & Benefit from Online Reviews
Matthew Olson, Signalfire
Like it or not, online reviews matter. How many landscapers and nurseries are plagued by either no online reviews or poor reviews? Matthew Olson will present an interactive startup guide for businesses starting or struggling to manage their online reputation. From dispelling online review myths to tips to make even negative reviews work in your business’ favor—Matthew’s talk will equip and empower attendees to embrace the new frontier of online referrals.

Room: Utopia AB
Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Jan Johnsen, Johnsen Landscape & Pools
Garden lovers revel being in an outdoor space that is both beautiful and serene. But how can you shape your yard so that it uplifts you? In Gardentopia: Design Basics for Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, Jan Johnsen offers ‘real world’ design techniques for transforming your property. Her fun and hands-on approach is based on her 45 years in the landscape design/build profession. It is a master class in landscape design.

Room: Utopia CD
How Selections of Native Plant Species Can Be Used in Landscaping
Jane Beggs-Joles, Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.; Anna Brooks, Arcadia Gardens, LLC; Josh Roggenbuck, Walters Gardens
While it’s common to talk about native plants’ environmental value, don’t forget their aesthetic qualities. People want to support the environment, but they also want to enjoy looking out their window. In a more conventional landscape, cultivars may work better than non-native alternatives. They can be easily swapped out without affecting the design. Hand selected cultivars may convince a more conventional client to use a native species in place of barberry or burning bush.

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