2013 Summer Regional Seminar and Site Visit

Explore the Place that Loves You Back

PGMS is heading to “The City of Brotherly Love” Aug. 5-7 and we want YOU to come experience it with us! Join your fellow grounds professionals in Philadelphia for this exclusive opportunity to tour one of the most notorious baseball stadiums in the country, Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. We will also explore the pristine grounds of Villanova University and the breathtaking Chanticleer Garden. As always, the educational seminars will provide a multidimensional learning opportunity and the networking opportunities will allow you to learn from other professionals in the industry! PGMS is predicting this event will fill up quickly so don’t wait, register now!

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Everyone who registers is going to receive a polo shirt with the PGMS logo on it as well as a reusable water bottle! Cruise around Philly in style with these great giveaways! Also, throughout the event there are going to be several raffles with surprise prizes!



Philadelphia Marriott West
111 Crawford Ave.
West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Room rate – $125
(Please make sure you reference PGMS when making your reservation.)



Monday, Aug. 5
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Registration
9:45 – Bus leaves
10 a.m. – Tour Villanova – Sustainable Practices, Dr. Travor and associates (1st education session)
Noon – Lunch – Villanova & Education Session: “Rainwater as a Resource –Green Infrastructure Practices and Case Studies” 
(SGM Credits: Div IV – 2 credits
2 p.m. – Tour Chanticleer Site
5 p.m. – Reception at hotel
(SGM Credits: Tour Villanova and tour Chanticleer (1/2 day) – 1.5 credits)


Tuesday, Aug. 6
7 a.m. – Registration and exhibitors
7 – 11:30 a.m. – Visit with exhibitors
8 a.m. – Education Sessions:
“Solving Landscape Weed Problems” (SGM Credits: Div III – 1 credit)
“Injury Prevention – What You Can Do to Influence a Safe Work Environment” (SGM Credits: Div IV – 1 credit
“The Good, Bad & Ugly of Synthetic Turf Maintenance”
(SGM Credits: Div III – 1 credit)
11:30 a.m. – Box lunch and board buses
Noon – Private tour of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies
(SGM Credits: (1/2 day) – 1.5 credits)
2 p.m. – Visits to Philly Museum of Art, Water Works, Parkway
5 p.m.  – Regional Concludes


Wednesday, Aug. 7           
Optional Post Conference Visit to Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.
7:45 a.m. – Board bus at Marriott
8 a.m. – Depart for Longwood Gardens
9 a.m. – Self guided tours of the grounds, lunch on your own (at “The Terrace” on site full service restaurant or bring your own picnic lunch)
2 p.m. – Bus departs for Marriott
3 p.m. – Bus returns to Marriott
(SGM Credits: 3 credits)



Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies
Tour begins and ends at the Phanatic Attic on the second level of the Majestic Clubhouse Store. The Majestic Clubhouse Store is located next to the third base gate. Tour includes a brief audio/visual presentation and then a walk around the ballpark including a visit to a luxury suite, Ashburn Alley, the Diamond Club, Cooperstown Gallery and the Hall of Fame Club. Handheld video cameras and still cameras are permitted on tour.



“Rainwater as a Resource –Green Infrastructure Practices and Case Studies”
Altje Hoekstra, LEEP AP, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Meliora Design, LLC
Mark Paronish, Landscape Architect, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

A regenerative approach to managing rainfall as a resource – instead of managing storm water as a problem – requires an integrated design informed by both engineers and landscape architects. Designs must respond to all rainfall events, large and small, with measures that are based on the ecosystem services of soils and vegetation. To reduce the volume and rate of flow and retain the water resource, designs must restore absorptive soils, promote evapotranspiration, facilitate infiltration, and slow conveyance. Rainfall must be captured close to the source, unlike the traditional design approach of conveying water away. This process of using many measures of different type and size in response to all rainfall events defines a more resilient design approach, and provides for designs that maintain and restore the water balance. This integrated design can only be achieved when engineers and landscape architects work collaboratively, combining the perspective and knowledge of both professions. Engineers can no longer simply collect and convey water away, nor can landscape architects define a site without an understanding of rainfall patterns.

This presentation will:

  • Give a general overview of hydrologic principles.
  • Present the issues related to stormwater runoff.
  • Describe the low impact development techniques and best management practices to alleviate those issues.
  • Present several case studies as examples of implementing green stormwater infrastructure.

“Solving Landscape Weed Problems”
Scott Guiser, Sr. Extension Educator, Penn State Extension

Year in and year out, weeds are the pest that grounds managers know will need attention in landscape beds. In this session you’ll get an update on herbicides that are useful in solving tough weed problems such as Canada Thistle, Yellow Nutsedge and Japanese Stiltgrass. Penn State’s excellent guide to landscape weed management will be available, free, for all participants.

“Injury Prevention – What You Can Do to Influence a Safe Work Environment”

Patrick J. Karol CSP, Account Executive, Safety & Risk Control with ARAMARK

Have you ever attended a safety meeting that started something like this, “welcome to the monthly safety meeting”? I know safety is kind of boring, so bear with me and we’ll get through this…”? Ouch! You can see the eyes roll and shoulders slouch.  Safety then becomes something that is tolerated and when an injury occurs it’s a “freak” accident. It is certainly true that managing safety can be a confusing task. When it’s done right, nothing happens, and sometimes when it’s not done right and we get lucky nothing happens. Sooner or later someone is injured and it is called a “freak” accident. Safety doesn’t need to be boring, not when you consider that someone’s life or limb may be at stake. Fortunately, the tool box is full of high impact and high energy tools that anyone can use. This session will share three simple things anyone can do to help establish an environment that does not view safety as “boring” and accept injuries as a “freak” accident.

Those things include:

  1. Making it personal
  2. Engaging employees
  3. And never using the “S” word (Safety)

Don’t be lucky and don’t be boring. Protecting ourselves and our employees is a noble task, not to mention a moral obligation that is worthy of our best efforts.

“The Good, Bad & Ugly of Synthetic Turf Maintenance”

Jim Cornelius, Fisher & Son Company in the ProService Division

Covering all aspects of synthetic turf maintenance including, Gmax testing, proper grooming techniques, using the right adhesives for repairs, maintaining infill and why, cleaning of infill along with a power point presentation that covers the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.



PGMS Members
Before July 22 – $135
After July 22 – $160

Before July 22 – $160
After July 22 – $185


Optional Visit to Longwood Gardens

Registration is now closed. Please register onsite.

Click here to download the registration form.



Robert G. Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University
Robert Traver is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University,  and Director of both  Center for the Advancement of  Sustainability in Engineering, and the Villanva Urban Stormwater Partnership.  He has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and sustainable stormwater management.  He initiated the Stormwater Best Management Practice Demonstration and Research Park on the Villanova Campus.  Dr Traver served on ASCE’s External Review Panel (ERP) of the Corps investigation of Hurricane Katrina, and was a member of the National Academies Committee entitled Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution.   Dr Traver received his BSCE degree from the Virginia Military Institute, his MCE from Villanova, and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.  Currently Dr. Traver serves as President of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

Altje M. Hoekstra, LEED AP, Senior Water Resources Designer, Meliora Design
Altje Hoekstra specializes in sustainable water management strategies, environmental science and policy, green stormwater infrastructure designs, and watershed analysis. Her experience includes water resources master planning at small and large scales, as well as sustainable site and stormwater design and construction projects in urban and less developed areas. She is certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the US Green Building Council and is a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Professionals organization. Ms. Hoekstra has international experience in sustainable water management.

Linda Walczak, RLA, ASLA, Program Manager, PHS
Linda Walczak is a registered landscape architect with a background in horticulture, historic preservation, and design for residential, institutional, and urban projects. At PHS, Linda co- manages the internal design team whose wide-ranging projects include stormwater management, garden renovation, community gardens, and park and streetscape improvements. Linda earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia, and her Bachelor of Horticulture from the University of Maryland.

Patrick J. Karol CSP, Account Executive, Safety & Risk Control with ARAMARK  
Patrick’s work in the safety field began in a former role as a front-line supervisor with safety as a collateral duty, and now involves advising senior leaders on strategies to reduce risk. His experience includes 20 years in the corporate safety departments of two Fortune 500 companies and the Federal government. He holds certifications as a Certified Safety Professional and an Associate in Risk Management. He is an accomplished speaker and has spoken on safety and health at regional and national conferences including American Industrial Hygiene Conference, American Correctional Association, National Sheriff’s Association and Georgia SHE conference.

Jim Cornelius
36 years of experience with WCASD (West Chester Area School District). Certified Sports Field Manager, member of STMA, KAFMO, STC and has written a number of articles for Sports Turf Magazine. You could say his first love is turf and dirt. Jim now works for Fisher & Son Company  in the ProService Division, educating, cleaning, Gmax testing and maintaining synthetic turf fields. Jim beliefs and valves are becoming known as an innovator in the maintenance industry.



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