2014 Spring Regional and Site Visit

PGMS is heading to sunny Orlando, Florida March 3-4, 2014 for the Spring Regional Seminar and Site Visit and we want YOU along with us for the ride!

PGMS recommends you book your flight and hotel room quickly as March is a popular time for spring break in Florida.

Thank you to our sponsors:




Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
11000 Westwood Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32821-7380

Room rate – $99
Rooms should be reserved by midnight on February 2, 2014 to receive room block rate. Make reservations by calling 1-800-331-3131 and requesting a reservation under the Professional Grounds Management Society room block.



Orlando International Airport – MCO



Monday, March 3
7 – 8 a.m. – Registration in Hotel Lobby (breakfast buffet starts at 6:30 a.m. and comes with your hotel reservation)

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Horticultural Tour of Sea World
(1 SGM credit – Elective)
Tour the award-winning, lushly landscaped grounds of SeaWorld Orlando. Members of the SeaWorld Horticulture leadership team will share the established processes, practices, and work environment that result in a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for park guests. Operational areas covered in the tour include landscape design, installation, maintenance, tree management, turf management, pest control, irrigation, and floral operations. Other topics include sustainability and labor-saving initiatives.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – Education Session – “Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers” – SeaWorld Orlando Human Resources Manager Dale Daley
(1 SGM credit – Division I – Human Resource Management)
Communication Style is the key to handling Difficult People!  During this presentation participants will learn what their Communication Style is and how to use this knowledge to communicate more effectively, even with those difficult employees!

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 – 1 p.m. – Board Bus

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Tour of Harry P. Leu Gardens (1 SGM credit – Elective)

4 – 5:30 p.m. – Social (Orchid Room)

5:30 – 6 p.m. – Board Bus Back to Hotel


Tuesday, March 4
(breakfast buffet starts at 6:30 a.m. and comes with your hotel reservation)

7 – 7:15 a.m. – Board the bus to go to the University of Central Florida at the hotel

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Coffee and Networking with Vendors

8:30 – 9:20 a.m. – 1st Education Session – Alaina Bernard, assistant director, Facilities & Safety at UCF Arboretum and Patrick Bohlen, director, UCF Arboretum & Landscape and Natural Resources
(.75 SGM credits – Division III – Technical Management, Horticulture)
We will provide an overview of the grounds management at the University of Central Florida, specifically highlighting our recent workforce analysis and landscape mapping projects, prescribed burning, as well as student engagement in campus landscape initiatives.

9:20 – 9:40 a.m. – Coffee Break

9:40 – 10:20 a.m. – 2nd Education Session – “Resource Budgeting” – John Doiron, grounds manager & landscape designer at Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H.
(.75 SGM credits – Division I – Human Resource Management)

Learn creative ways and resources to tap into that can accommodate budget restrictions and budget reductions. Topics will include labor saving measures as well as programs implemented to balance budgets while enhancing your landscape operations.

10:20 – 11:15 a.m. – Break for Vendor Networking

11:15 a.m. – noon – 3rd Education Session – “New Annual, Perennial, and Shrub Introductions for Warm Climates” – Tom Ewing of Proven Winners
(.75 SGM credits – Division III – Technical Management, Horticulture)

  • Learn about the latest introductions from the nation’s #1 plant brand
  • Get familiar with new warm weather landscape recommendations, Annuals, Perennials, and Shrub
  • Get ideas for successful combinations, containers, and baskets
  • The presentation will include live plant samples and landscape photos
  • Take away useful informational handouts
  • Learn more about (1) the Proven Winners Signature Garden at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, N.C. and (2) Proven Winners Disney Trials

Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch

1 – 3 p.m. – Tour of University of Central Florida
(1 SGM credit – Elective)
Join us for a tour of the diverse landscapes of the University of Central Florida campus. Leaders of the Department of Landscape & Natural Resources and Arboretum will guide us through manicured and natural features of the campus, while discussing landscape operations, design, and urban forestry initiatives. The tour will also include brief demonstrations highlighting new equipment, arbor care, and grounds maintenance techniques.

3:30 p.m. – Board the bus at the University of Central Florida to return to the hotel



PGMS Member:
On/Before Feb. 21 – $145
After Feb. 21 – $170

On/Before Feb. 21 – $175
After Feb. 21 – $195

On/Before Feb. 21 – $75
After Feb. 21 – $80

Registration is now closed. Please call PGMS headquarters at 410-223-2861.

All attendees will receive this customized PGMS flashlight!




As a Vendor/Sponsor we are offering the early bird registration of $200 where you will receive…

  • One registration for entire conference including all educational sessions
  • Vendor booth on March 4th at Central Florida University

Click here to download the vendor form.

Mail/fax the form to:

720 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-752-8295 (fax)

For shipping information please contact Alaina.Bernard@ucf.edu.

Thank you to our vendors:





Visit www.visitorlando.com for loads of information on what to see and do in Orlando!

Below are some suggested places to visit from a local member. Please click on the place name to view more information:

Kraft Azalea Gardens
Winter Park, FL

Lake Eola Park
Orlando, FL

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Winter Park, FL

Park Avenue  
Winter Park, FL

Bok Tower Gardens
Lake Wales, FL