2012 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO Schedule

*All events taking place at the Galt House will be in the Combs/Chandler room. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Suite Tower.

*Please note: Green Industry Expo (indoors and out) is open to everyone on Thursday and Friday this year. Wednesday is for dealers and retailers only.

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

7:30 a.m. – Noon
PGMS Board Meeting  
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
PGMS Registration Desk Open   
Galt House-Main Lobby

12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-Conference Field TripMeet at Galt House lobby by 12:15 p.m., Bus Departs from Galt House (requires separate ticket, boxed lunch provided)

University of Louisville – The University of Louisville is home to 22,249 students and 6,412 faculty and staff. During this busy site tour we will visit several areas of the campus. Here are some highlights of the tour:

– Patterson Stadium (home of the Louisville Cardinals Baseball Team)
– Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
– “The Oval” which is the lawn in front of Grawemeyer Hall Administration Building – It was renovated to include an “infiltration trench” that can accommodate stormwater from all buildings and impervious surfaces in the area. Stormwater is collected in the trench and can infiltrate back into the ground.
– Lutz Hall Quad – Home to Kwanzan and Yoshino Cherry trees modeled after the plantings in Washington, D.C.
– The College of Business – Equine Studies addition completed in 2011 with “green” roof and low-maintenance rain garden
– The Grounds Maintenance Shop – Converted mowing equipment to operate on propane fuel in 2011
SGM Credits: (1/2 day) = 1.5 Elective Credit 

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PGMS Welcoming Reception 
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room

PGMS will open its annual conference with a welcome reception for all conference participants. Renew old friendships and build new ones while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

9 p.m.
Concert – Kansas   
4th Street Live

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast of Champions   
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room

Come fill your stomach with food and your mind with knowledge. Guest speaker Michael Riley of Cutting Edge Grass Seed will present “Sustainable Sites Start with Sustainable Grass.” Sustainable sites should start with sustainable grass – Institutions, municipalities, and even individuals have been working towards the goal of achieving a sustainable site. However, almost everybody doing this is overlooking an obvious ‘green’ product to help achieve this, their grass! In this discussion we will discuss how planting new grass blends can become a part of achieving sustainable sites, while also adding other benefits.
SGM Credits: (1.5 hour) = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.5 credit

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PGMS Registration Desk Open 
Kentucky Exposition Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Green Industry Expo   
Kentucky Exposition Center

This is a three-day showcase of more than 650 exhibitors. You are able to talk to suppliers and network with fellow landscape professionals.

 

EDUCATION SESSIONS I (choose one)
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


“Bringing Nature Home”
– Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104
Sponsored by PGMS Gold Partner in Professionalism Proven Winners

Because our yards and gardens are part of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the benefits of designing gardens with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Gardening in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Proven Winners in Today’s Landscapes” – Andy Aiken, Proven Winners, Pleasant View Gardens
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101

Proven Winners has moved beyond the container and into the landscape. See how a wide range of varieties are being used to add vibrant colors and textures to municipal and other larger scale plantings. The best varieties will be discussed that provide season long performance with lower maintenance costs while creating upscale appeal. Get creative ideas that can be incorporated into your designs and installations that add the WOW factor to your grounds. Individual varieties, combinations and successful plantings will be discussed.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.25 credit

 

EDUCATION SESSIONS II (choose one)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

“Managing Water Conservation” – Brad Smith, Texas State University
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104
Sponsored by PGMS Platinum Partner in Professionalism Toro

We all seek to achieve the status of being perceived as Professional Grounds Managers. All professions require compliance with certain ethical standards and, in our case, managing natural resources properly is central to what we do. Water is a natural resource that we should all manage professionally regardless of whether we live in the arid Southwest or areas where rainfall is abundant. This presentation is intended to provide guidelines on determining how we are doing with managing the water we use for landscape irrigation.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Benefits of Gardening with Native Species, Concerns and Myths” – Margaret Shea, Drop Seed Nursery
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101

Margaret will cover some reasons to consider gardening with native plants and try to dispel some of the positive and negative myths surrounding native plant gardens. Margaret will also discuss some of her favorite native plants that work well in home landscapes and urban settings.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.25 credit

 

EDUCATION SESSIONS III (choose one)
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

“Maintaining Curb Appeal with Native Plants” – Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
 Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104
Sponsored by PGMS Gold Partner in Professionalism Kawasaki

Many people understand that we will not save our nation’s biodiversity if we do not increase the amount of native plants in suburban landscapes, but they do not know how to create socially acceptable landscapes using native plants. They are concerned that natives are more prone to insect damage, a landscape dominated by natives is messy and wild, dense plantings cannot be attractive, and formal gardens cannot be designed with natives. Tallamy will dispel these misconceptions and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Starhill Forest: The Making of an Arboretum” – Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101

See how the most comprehensive NAPCC oak reference collection in North America began, along with the history of this arboretum’s growth and development. Beginning from scratch, with no endowment, it was built through personal effort, eventually becoming the official arboretum of the oldest college in Illinois. Learn from this example how to build your own plant collection into something meaningful and enduring.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1.25 credit

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
CGM Reception (must be a CGM)
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Concerts – The Trishas and the Eli Young Band   
4th Street Live

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
PGMS Annual Business Meeting   
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room
(Continental Breakfast will be served)

The PGMS Annual Business Meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference. This enables as many members as possible a chance to attend. Included in the Annual Business Meeting are the following:
•    The Election of Officers
•    Official reporting of the Society’s business, fresh from the Fall Board Meeting
•    Branch Reports
•    The chance to ask questions of the officers and the board members
No SGM credit

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PGMS Registration Desk Open
Kentucky Exposition Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Green Industry Expo 
Kentucky Exposition Center

This is a three-day showcase of more than 650 exhibitors. You are able to talk to suppliers and network with fellow landscape professionals.

EDUCATION SESSIONS IV (choose one)
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

“A World Tour of Oaks” – Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101
Sponsored by PGMS Platinum Partner in Professionalism John Deere

The oak is not only the U.S. National Tree – it is the predominant tree group in the Northern Hemisphere, with about 500 species, both evergreen and deciduous and ranging from giant trees to trailing shrubs. Oaks occupy or dominate habitats from deserts to swamps and mountains to coastal plains. Join the founding president of the International Oak Society for an illustrated intercontinental armchair adventure in quest of oaks.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Situation Management” – George Gordon, Xavier University
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104

Situational Leadership is a comprehensive and practical method of effectively managing and developing people, time, and resources using a model and a set of tools for opening up communication and helping others to develop self-reliance. This workshop is designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about performance and development between managers and those with whom they work, so that competence is developed, commitment is gained, and talented individuals are retained. We will explore goal setting, assigning tasks, giving praise, and resolving performance issues. This workshop focuses participants on practicing the skills required for partnering for performance with direct reports at each stage of development. Core communication skills being specific when providing direction and feedback, using active listening techniques, and enhancing self-esteem are introduced and then practiced throughout the program.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division I (HR) = 1.25 credit

EDUCATION SESSIONS V (choose one)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

“Dealing with the Aftermath of Natural Disasters: Floods in North Dakota” – Steve Wharton, CGM – Minot Park District
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101
Sponsored by PGMS Platinum Partner in Professionalism Cub Cadet

Introduction – At 11:59 a.m. on June 22, 2011 the civil defense sirens sounded in Minot, ND. The sound was telling the citizens of Minot to evacuate their homes, now! What was to come was one of the worse natural disasters to hit the United States. The conditions for this disaster had been building for a year or better. Abundant rainfall and snowfall over the 2010 – 2011 seasons led to more water than anyone could imagine. The dams and lakes in Canada and the United States could no longer hold record water levels. A freak nine inch rainfall was the last straw in the Souris/ Mouse River basin on the weekend before June 22, 2011. On the morning of June 24, 2012, the citizens of Minot woke up to find over 4,000 homes and businesses inundated with up to ten feet of water. The flood had displaced 10,000 of Minot’s 48,000 residences. No one was prepared for the emotional and physical toll they would see over the next days and weeks.

The Minot Park District was to celebrate its 100th anniversary in the summer of 2011. Needless to say this threw a kink in our plans. The Park District had over 500 acres and 60+ buildings destroyed or damaged in the flood. We lost our zoo, baseball fields, swimming pool, miniature train, Water Park, numerous neighborhood parks, pathways and our two largest most historic parks. Our initial damage estimates were between fifteen and twenty million dollars. It is possible that the Minot Park District could spend close to fifty million dollars over the next decade to restore the District to its once grandeur.

Steve Wharton, CGM will cover the following four major topics that are important to every facility operator: Prepare for disaster; Disaster hits!; Dealing with the maze of paperwork and governmental agencies and; Rebuilding begins. One day the unexpected will happen.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Planting with Bio-Diversity in Mind” – Steve Foltz, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104

Landscapes are becoming much more challenging these days due to all the factors that we have to deal with. Construction issues, compaction, underground utilities, plant availability, insect and disease problems all play a role in which plants are selected in landscaping. Add to this the desire to achieve LEED status and we have really started to narrow our plant palette. With all of this to worry about how do we plant with biodiversity in mind? How do we select the most sustainable plants and create landscapes that are beautiful, functional, and diverse? This lecture will address plant selection with biodiversity and long term sustainability as the driving force.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1.25 credit

EDUCATION SESSIONS VI (choose one)
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

“Turf in a Sustainable Environment” – Dr. A.J. Powell, University of Kentucky
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C101
Sponsored by PGMS Gold Partner in Professionalism STIHL

Turfgrass often gets a bad rap because turfgrass managers and homeowners often succumb to the latest product advertisements, causing them to use unnecessary irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides. This forces increased mowing and often increases the risk of turf diseases and increased weed and insect pressure. Quality expectations are often to make the grass look as uniform and neat as a synthetic, unnatural turf. To have a much more sustainable, natural turfgrass we will discuss how we manage for minimum to no irrigation, using minimum fertilizer and pesticides, reduced mowing frequency and still have a functional and aesthetic lawn.
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division III (Technical Hort.) = 1.25 credit

“Deferred Maintenance and Financial Management” – Phil Glasgo, Xavier University
Kentucky Exposition Center – Room C104

•    What it means, and what it doesn’t mean
•    “Pay me now, or pay me (a lot more) later”
•    How your CFOs think – working with them and helping them work with you
•    Accrual versus cash accounting – with examples
•    Depreciation – what it is and what it isn’t
•    Budgeting: top down or bottom up? – with examples
•    Dealing with budget reductions
SGM Credits: 1 hour – 15 minutes = Division II (Business/Finance) = 1.25 credit

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PGMS Awards/Installation Reception & Dinner (requires separate ticket)
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room

Celebrate with your peers as we announce the 2012 Green Star Award Winners and induct the 2012-2013 slate of officers.

9 p.m.
Concert – Olivia Henken will open for Candy Coburn
4th Street Live

Saturday, October 27, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Speaker Breakfast  
Galt House – Combs/Chandler room
Sponsored by PGMS Gold Partner in Professionalism Bartlett Tree Experts

Steve Foltz – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens – “Plantplaces.com – A New Tool for Plant Selection and Mapping!” (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
Plants are very much regional. What works for Cincinnati, Ohio will be quite different than what works for Miami, Fla. Every region in the country will have certain plants that are specific to that region. Many plants on the other hand have a wide range that they are adapted to. We base this information by what has done well in our regions arboretums, botanical gardens, university campuses, cemeteries, zoos, nurseries and parks. By tracking successful plantings on a regional basis using these institutions as the core information source we can have a pretty accurate idea of which plants perform well in our region. We also have the ability to recognize and map great specimens of the various plants in our area for potential propagation sources. The more great specimens there are of an individual species or cultivar the more confident we become in using these plants in our landscape. The main idea is being able to add to the diversity of our plant selections through education of what is growing successfully in our region. This new website addresses plant selection, plant identification, and mapping specimen plants on a regional or institutional level. This is the first website that tries to photographically capture and map plant collections on a regional level but also collectively adds to the database with every plant specimen added no matter where it is located in the U.S. See how you can benefit and add to this ambitious project.
SGM Credits: 1 hour = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1 credit

Mike Sherwood – Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories – “What’s New in Arboriculture Inventory Management and the Use of Minimally Evasive Decay Analysis Technology on Large Specimen Trees” (8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
Are the trees on your grounds managed in a systematic and dynamic way that minimizes risk and preserves your budget? Learn the latest in cutting edge technology that is both affordable and efficient in helping to preserve trees. Board certified Master Arborist and Certified Tree risk Assessor Mike Sherwood will discuss the key components to a proactive tree inventory management program. He will also share technology advancement in tree structure analysis and new arborist standards for tree risk assessment.
SGM Credits: 1 hour = Division IV (Technical Non-Hort.) = 1 credit