2013 Spring Regional Seminar and Site Visit

PGMS is heading to Williamsburg, Virginia for the Spring Regional Seminar and Site Visit and we want YOU to join us! Come along with PGMS for this historic opportunity to tour one of the oldest cities in the country on April 8-9, 2013. Explore the amazing green gardens of Colonial Williamsburg and tour the campus of the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, The College of William & Mary. As always, the educational seminars will provide a multidimensional learning opportunity with topics such as pest management programs, native planting and customer service, and the networking opportunities will allow you to learn from other professionals in the industry!

Thank you to our sponsors:
(please see below for sponsorship opportunities)




Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites
105 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Room rate – $114
(Please make sure you reference PGMS when making your reservation.)

If you are flying into Williamsburg please click here for a transportation offer.


Monday, April 8
7:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast / Registration (included in room rate)

8 – 8:50 a.m. – Lecture: “Container Gardening Ideas” (.85 SGM credits – Div III – Technical Hort)
Laura Viancour, landscape manager, Colonial Williamsburg
Rollin Woolley, landscape supervisor, Colonial Williamsburg

8:55 – 9:45 a.m. – Lecture: “Successful Integrated Pest Management Programs” (.85 SGM credits – Div III – Technical Hort)
Susan Dippre, landscape supervisor, Colonial Williamsburg
Renee Hypes, Integrated Pest Technician, Colonial Williamsburg

9:45 – 10 a.m. – Break

10 – 10:55 a.m. – Lecture: “Native Plants in the Landscape” (.85 SGM credits – Div III – Technical Hort)
Denise Greene, landscape designer and owner, Sassafras Farms

11 – 11:55 a.m. – Lecture: “Customer Service with a Smile” (.85 SGM credits – Div I – HR)
John Gordon, local franchise owner, Chick-fil-a Restaurant

noon – 1 p.m. – Box lunch

1 – 4 p.m. – Bus trip to Yorktown

5 p.m. – Reception at hotel for attendees

6:30 p.m. – Dinner on your own


Tuesday, April 9
7: 30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast / Registration (included in room rate)

8 – 9:30 a.m. – Landscape Tour Group A (Colonial Williamsburg)
Landscape Tour Group B (College of William & Mary)

10 – 11:30 a.m. – Landscape Tour Group A (College of William & Mary)
Landscape Tour Group B (Colonial Williamsburg)

11:30 a.m. – Guests depart

 (3 SGM credits will be given for field trips for both days)


Colonial Williamsburg Garden Tour: Enjoy Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens and grounds as landscape staff lead this walking tour, offering historical background, plant identification, landscape maintenance tasks, and insight into the planning that goes on behind the scenes to meet guests’ expectations.

College of William & Mary Campus Tour: Associate Director John McFarlane and his staff are responsible for maintaining twelve hundred acres of land, gardens and wooded areas that house over 200 buildings.  While touring the grounds, John will discuss how they preserve the campus grounds while creating and sustaining an environment that will attract and support students at the second oldest college in America.



“Container Gardening Ideas”  
Container gardening allows you to create special gardens that fit any situation. Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff members, Laura Viancour and Rollin Woolley, will share tips on using containers to enhance and add interest in the landscape, and how they are used to define or highlight specific areas.

“Successful Integrated Pest Management Programs”
Susan Dippre and Renee Hypes will talk about instituting successful Integrated Pest Management programs, using the Colonial Williamsburg boxwood gardens as an example.

“Native Plants in the Landscape”
Denise Greene specializes in using native plants to create natural landscapes and wildlife habitats.  She will share the many benefits of using native plants in the landscape and recommend many species that will enhance the areas you maintain.

“Customer Service with a Smile”
John Gordon will talk about the power of being engaging, courteous and enthusiastic. John is a local franchise owner of an award winning “Chick-fil-a.” When you enter his restaurant, your experience is going to be as pleasant as can be imagined. The staff is truly welcoming and accommodating, the perfect model of customer service.



PGMS Members
Before April 1 – $110
After April 1 – $125

Before April 1 – $140
After April 1 – $150

Registration is now closed. Sorry, onsite registrations will not be taken.




Sponsorship opportunities are available. Here are the details:

Sponsorship Only – At this level, you will receive:
• One registration to the full seminar, which includes transportation to the tour sites.
• Company name/logo placed on printed materials and advertising.
• Acknowledgement on PGMS’s website.
• Marketing materials distribution to all attendees.

Click here to download the sponsor form.

Thank you to our exhibitors:

Rainbow Tree Care




Click here for extensive information on entertaining things to do and places to dine while in Williamsburg.

Dining: Distinctive dining options are offered throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants and historic dining taverns. Dining reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (ET).


How to Reach Williamsburg:

Williamsburg is easily accessible by plane, train, and car. Located in eastern Virginia, Williamsburg is about 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., and midway between Richmond and Norfolk. The Williamsburg area can be reached via many major airlines, with more than 200 flights arriving daily, to three airports just 25 to 45 minutes away: Newport News–Williamsburg (PHF), Richmond (RIC), and Norfolk (ORF). Each airport has rental car and limousine services. Amtrak also serves Williamsburg with trains daily to and from the northeast corridor.

If you are flying into Williamsburg please click here for a transportation offer.