Wednesday Education – February 2, 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: Euphoria
Why Plant Growth Regulators are the Sound Business Approach to Addressing the Labor Shortage
Cory McCurry, Rainbow Ecoscience
Plant growth regulators can improve the way you manage landscapes. The newest generation of plant growth regulators can be used to control the growth of trees, shrubs, ground covers, hedges, and vines. Lee and Patrick will discuss how using plant growth regulators reduces pruning cycles, increases profits and safety, manages labor shortages, and maintains better-looking plants.

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

Room: Nirvana A
The Human Resources Imperative: How to Design, Prioritize, and Implement a Human Resources Department
Steven Cesare, The Harvest Group
This presentation lends clarity to the increasingly complex area of Human Resources that most business owners are confronted with on a daily basis. Steven will share how to categorize the domain of human resources into an easy-to-apply framework that will help simplify the business owner’s mindset about what should be done and when it should be done. The Human Resources Imperative identifies three specialty areas into which all human resources functions are allocated, organized, and understood. The simplicity of this model makes it easy for business owners to focus on a systematic plan to build their human resources program in a manner that is legally complaint, results-oriented, and sustainable over time.

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
Cultivating Cultivars – The How and Why of New Tree Introduction
Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co
It’s a long and complex journey from seed to city tree. Today’s weather extremes call for the development of a new generation of urban trees that are climate resilient, and comprised of a diverse blend of species and cultivars – native and introduced. In this session, attendees will understand the timeline and processes of tree production. And how and why of cultivar development will help you plan ahead for choosing , growing and planting the best trees for the future urban forest.

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
Everything You Should Know to Make Your Building Permit Process Flow
Jon Hirsch, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.; Moira Dillon, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
The thought of applying for building permits is enough to make any landscape contractor scratch their head. Every municipality has different regulations which add complexity and time to the process. Krugel Cobbles has successfully submitted hundreds of permits. They have learned when you need a permit and why, understanding what municipalities need, and how to get the initial submission right. Jon and Moira will also review areas that have to approve the submitted permit, and what do they evaluate. You’ll leave with easy steps to keep track of the permit process and key mistakes to avoid.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia CD
Art of Gardening at Chanticleer
Bill Thomas, Chanticleer
Join Chanticleer’s Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer, once the home of the Rosengarten family, is known for residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, a wide variety of containers, and imaginative handmade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to make the garden fun, visually exciting, and environmentally responsible. Bill will offer insights on what inspires this special place.

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Room: Euphoria
Fungi with Benefits
Chelsi Abbott, Davey Tree Expert Company
Plants are part of a complex ecosystem involving many organisms including bacteria, fungi, insects, and animals. Unfortunately, when one thinks of fungi, one thinks of the many pathogenic fungi that cause disease and decay that are a nuisance or a danger to humans. However even though these seem to make many of the headlines, pathogenic fungi encompass a small percentage of the fungi present in this ecosystem. This talk will aim to review some of the benefits that certain types of fungi can have while focusing on the associations fungi form with plants that can increase nutrient absorption and reduce drought response.

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

LIVE STREAMING FROM INDIA!
Room: Nirvana A
Designing Meditative Gardens
Vallari Talapatra, Eco Scapes, Inc.
There are myriad of ways to focus and relax. Most require some sort of connection to electronics, when the easiest way to accomplish this is to step outside into nature. Meditative gardens instill tranquility, balance and a sense of calm for most of us. In every garden Vallari designs, she includes a space for contemplation. Vallari will discuss the elements of a meditative garden and how to put these elements together. Attendees will learn how to make a meditative garden integrate with the rest of the garden setting, and leave focused and relaxed.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Nirvana BC
Urban Sketching 101
Aaron Elswick, WGI
Take a crash course in urban sketching! This session will touch on the integral role that drawing plays with a professional setting and present urban sketching as a platform for continual professional practice and growth. We will kick off with an introductory presentation where Aaron will share the benefits of urban sketching, his tools, and tips & tricks for success. A demonstration will follow, and the group will be able to follow along as the instructor shares his approach to breaking down complex scenes, drawing in perspective, and simplifying common urban elements into replicable features and textures.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia AB
Gardens that Rock!
Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
If you want a garden that truly rocks, look no further than a gravel garden. Earth-friendly gravel gardens require less of just about everything – water, mulch, energy, chemicals and most importantly labor – but give back so much more. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, created a number of gravel gardens at Olbrich and in his own home garden that you can easily incorporate into your home landscape, as well. Don’t confuse these gardens with traditional rock or alpine gardens that can look more rocky than green and require a great deal of time to maintain. These sustainable gravel gardens are as colorful as any perennial planting around, provide food and habit for pollinators and other insects and require up to 80% less maintenance than a traditional perennial planting. Jeff will show you how to replace conventional lawns, expensive annual plantings, and labor-intensive perennial beds with these easy-to-maintain gravel gardens, just as he’s done at Olbrich and elsewhere.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia CD
Lost in Translation: The 5 Things Businesses Must Understand About the Latinx Culture
Bernie Carranza, Consultant
Back by popular demand! Join Bernie Carranza as he expands on key points discussed in his 2020 webinar. Spanish-speakers and Latinx employees comprise over 50% of the Illinois landscape industry. Bridging the gap is bigger than language. It is a cultural understanding that can reap tremendous dividends. This is a can’t miss session for anyone else looking to bridge the cultural divide and establish a more productive and harmonious workplace. Bernie will address some of the biggest misconceptions of working alongside Latino employees, leaving you with a renewed understanding and appreciation of our compadres.

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

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Room: Euphoria
Oak Decline: A Fight Against the Inevitable
Chelsi Abbott, Davey Tree Expert Company
Oaks are incredibly desirable trees in urban landscapes, however, in recent years many oak trees have been in decline. Oak decline is a complex of insects, fungi, and environmental factors that interact to bring about severe damage and eventual death of the tree. Since oak decline can be caused by any combination of biotic and abiotic factors, proper diagnosis before management is key. This talk will aim to cover the diagnostics of key oak problems, such as two-line chestnut borer, wood decay fungi, foliar pathogens, and cultural conditions to understand how these problems interact and attribute to oak decline. Furthermore, management practices discussed will be focused on a holistic approach using traditional and experimental methods.

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

Room: Nirvana BC
How to Make 20% More on Residential Maintenance
Tom Lupfer, Lupfer Landscaping
Seasoned landscape professional Tom Lupfer will take you through his operations, step-by-step, and show contractors how to make more on residential maintenance. It all starts with the bidding process and takes attendees all the way through to billing. Along the way, the presentation will cover contracts, production standards, management tools, and customer service necessary for satisfied residential maintenance customers. The focus will be on knowing your numbers by knowing what to measure, keeping track of it, and then managing and bidding based on those numbers. Landscaping is a story problem, but it doesn’t have to be a hard one.

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

Room: Utopia AB
Leadership for Crew Leaders and Managers
Todd Kramer, Kramer Tree Specialists
Green Industry staff are often promoted to leadership roles based on their ability to complete a task but may lack the qualities and skills required to be an effective leader. Some employees find it difficult to be in charge, and have trouble leading their fellow employees. It is a process to train effective leaders. Learn how to develop leadership skills that will positively contribute to developing safe, productive, and quality-oriented crews.

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

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

LIVE STREAMING FROM AUSTRALIA!
Room: Nirvana A
Gardening the Future
Georgina Reid, The Plant Hunter
The garden is much more than a place of solace, respite and decoration. It can also be a place of action, activism and world-making. This presentation centers garden-making as an act of care for our world. Featuring the stories of fascinating gardeners and their gardens, as well as sharing Georgina Reid’s own creative journey, the presentation will be inspiring, thought provoking, and gorgeous. You may never look at your garden the same way again.

Photo credit: Daniel Shipp

This session is being recorded for viewing after the show.

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