2013 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO Schedule

*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.

*Click on a speakers’ name to read their bio.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

7:30 a.m. – Noon
PGMS Board Meeting . . . . . Galt House – Collins Room

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

12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – SOLD OUT
Pre-Conference Field Trip . . . . . Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
Meet at Galt House lobby by noon, Bus Departs from Galt House (requires separate ticket, boxed lunch provided)
The field trip is now sold out and unfortunately we will not be taking walk-ins.
This year’s field trip will venture over to Starlight, Indiana to visit Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards.  Huber’s began farming in Starlight in 1843 when the family emigrated from Germany. In the early years the farm was primarily an orchard.  The farm began to diversify in 1978 to include the winery.

Today the farm is over 550 acres of farmland which grows many fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, pumpkins, and grapes.  The facility has a children’s farm park, farm market, cheese shoppe, ice cream factory, winery, gift shoppe, banquet facility, and Indiana’s first distillery – The Starlight Distillery.

During our time at Huber’s we will tour the grounds, vineyards, orchards, fields, the farm market, winery, and distillery. There will even be some free time to enjoy the market and buy some tasty treats for those who can’t resist.  During the free time there will also be an optional wine tasting opportunity for those who sign up in advance. The wine tasting is an additional $5 per person. This is still available to purchase if you have already signed up for the field trip.
SGM Credits: 1.5 Elective credits

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.

7:30 p.m.
Concert – Craig Morgan . . . . . 4th Street Live (Featured opener the Jamie McLean Band)


Thursday, October 24, 2013

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast of Champions . . . . . Galt House – Daisy Room
Come fill your stomach with food and your mind with knowledge and listen as guest speaker John Ikerd, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, presents “The Real Economics of Sustainability.”
SGM Credits: Division II – Business & Finance – 1 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 two-day showcase of more than 700 exhibitors. You are able to talk to suppliers and network with fellow landscape professionals.


10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

“Organic Pest Control Part I”. . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist at Buglady Consulting
Organic pest control – As the demand for organic pest control in the landscape continues to grow there can be some confusion understanding just what organic is.  Additionally we will discuss when organic pest controls are a viable option.
SGM Credits: Division III-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

“Campus Master Planning: It’s Not Just About Buildings” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-104)
Bob Kief, associate vice president for facilities services at Puget Sound University and Joe Kovolyan, manager of grounds/automotive at the University of Puget Sound
The Landscape Framework Master Plan establishes a tool to use in stewarding a maturing campus and guiding the conservation and development of this unique liberal arts college campus. It guides the efforts committed to implementing a core strategic goal:

“Build an inspiring physical environment for learning – We will implement the Tapestry of Learning Master Plan to create a campus that is an inspiring, fully integrated living and learning environment and an intellectual asset for our community – a place that takes full advantage of the resources of our urban and natural setting and the university’s distinctive architecture and landscape.”

This session will focus on the grounds improvements and how we maintain such an inspiring physical environment for learning. Maintaining a high quality standard requires consistency in approach and sensitivity to what makes the campus such a great landscape.  We will also review how infrastructure and sustainability are engaged in the planning of landscape areas on campus.
SGM Credits: Division IV-Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Promoting Sustainable Landscapes Panel:  Case Studies from the University of Louisville . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Mary Sweeney, program manager for the Arbor Day Foundation, William Persons, doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of Louisville, Aaron Boggs, assistant director for maintenance at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives at the University of Louisville
This panel explores the benefits of sustainable campus landscapes and how to build long-lasting support for them by publicizing your initiatives, educating and engaging others, and earning recognition locally and nationally.  As pointed out in a recent guide on promoting sustainable campus landscapes (published by AASHE in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation), “ultimately, long-term support from administrators, faculty, staff, students and the community will be essential to the implementation and maintenance of sustainable campus landscapes for generations to come.”  Case studies from the University of Louisville will illustrate many of these components as a sustainability coordinator, grounds manager, and doctoral student share their experiences in going from conception to implementation of various sustainable campus landscape projects including an interactive electronic tree survey, app, and tour and using trees to improving storm water management.
SGM Credits: Division IV – Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

“Using Smart Phones and Tablets to Enhance Landscape Management” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-104)
Markus Hogue, irrigation water conservation coordinator-Landscape Services at the University of Texas
The functionality of the new technologies are becoming more relevant to the landscape industry. This presentation will go over new software that utilizes smart phones and tablets in order to increase efficiency in the work place. The software overview will consist of landscape designs, mapping, water conservation, and functional use. The discussion will include software that is free and ones that have a fee, while comparing both in order for you to decide which one will best fit your situation.
SGM Credits: Division IV – Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits


3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

“Organic Pest Control Part II” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist at Buglady Consulting
Beneficials in the landscape – Taking the time to identify what you’re seeing in the landscape is critical before deciding if action is needed. Often times what you’re seeing are actually the good guys. Learn who’s working for you for free and how not to harm them.
SGM Credits: Division III- Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

“Getting More Out of Your Landscape Photography” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-104)
Brian Jorg, manager of horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo
Learn the basics to help you get better images of gardens and landscapes. From shooting pictures of grand landscapes to  a flower portrait,  learn both the equipment and technical skills needed to get the best out of your digital photography.
SGM Credits: Division IV- Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
CGM Reception (must be a CGM) . . . . . Galt House – Daisy Room

7:30 p.m.
Concert – Three Dog Night . . . . . 4th Street Live (Featured opener Angie Johnson)


Friday, October 25, 2013

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
PGMS Annual Business Meeting . . . . . Galt House – Daisy 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 two-day showcase of more than 700 exhibitors. You are able to talk to suppliers and network with fellow landscape professionals.

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

“PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation Program – A New Standard for Grounds Excellence”  . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Joe Jackson, CGM, president at EcoGrounds Management Systems, PGMS past president
Find out what it will take for your organization to receive accreditation through the PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program. This new and dynamic program will evaluate properties from a grounds management template that incorporates a robust environmental management systems approach as part of the process. It will rate the overall preparedness and effectiveness of the grounds component to produce sites that are attractive, healthy, sustainable and of high quality through the use of excellent grounds maintenance standards and best practices.

This session will explain in detail the process for achieving accreditation. It will discuss the benefits of accreditation and why and how this program would help your grounds organization reach a higher level of acceptance and competency.
SGM Credits: Division IV Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

“Sustainable Irrigation Methods through New Technologies” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-104)
Markus Hogue, irrigation water conservation coordinator-Landscape Services at the University of Texas
With droughts affecting higher education campuses across the United States, sustainable water management is becoming a key aspect of conservation. The University of Texas has implemented a central irrigation system that monitors water usage for the landscape and alerts when problems occur. Water usage data from the system allows the university to pinpoint high water use areas and redesign the irrigation. The water sustainability effort successfully uses the latest in technologies in order to keep a healthy landscape and conserve on water. This presentation will describe the process of changing to a centralized system, explain the new technologies that exist, and discuss both the benefits and challenges.
SGM Credits: Division IV Non-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

“Trees and Grey Infrastructure” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Grant Jones, regional technical advisor and physiologist for Davey Tree Expert Company
Trees are often touted for their environmental benefits; however, conflicts between trees and built infrastructure can prevent trees from reaching maturity. Prior to construction, establishing tree protection zones can conserve important mature trees  and preserve their benefits. Additionally, working with contractors can ensure adequate planting space is available for new plantings. Finally, several simple steps can be taken during planting to help more trees survive and reach maturity.
SGM Credits: Division III-Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

“Heirloom Blooms” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-104)
Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter, owner of the Southern Bulb Company
The Bulb Hunter: A story of seeking out botanical treasures. Bulb collecting adventures turn into a life altering quest, as Chris searches for heirloom bulbs across the South.  After graduating from Texas A&M with a horticulture degree, Chris finds himself in East Texas, farming bulbs, and growing in life and plant knowledge.  This talk shares the stories of collecting and conveys valuable horticulture knowledge of bulbs.
SGM Credits: Division III- Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

“Organic Landscape Management for the Professional” . . . . . Kentucky Exposition Center (C-101)
Mike Serant, owner of San Jacinto Environmental Supply and president of the Organic Horticultural Benefits Alliance
Organic landscape management is the # 1 trend in grounds maintenance. In this 75 minute presentation all facets of successful Organic grounds maintenance is covered. Come learn how easy it really is and how Organics represent new growth opportunities for all. With Organics we achieve lower operating costs, save water, reduce pest problems, create safer environments and have the prettiest plants ever. How to Grow Organic manuals are provided. Come join Mike Serant, Chair of OHBA, www.ohbaonline.org, a 501-c-3 Organic educational nonprofit and the manufacturer of MicroLife All Organic Biological Fertilizers, www.microlifefertilizer.com for this essential event. Mike has been teaching Organics to the professionals for over 25 years and has many exciting properties to share.
SGM Credits: Division III – Hort. Management – 1.25 credits

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PGMS Awards/Installation Reception & Dinner (requires separate ticket) . . . . . Galt House – Daisy Room
Celebrate with your peers as we announce the 2013 Green Star Award Winners and induct the 2013-2014 slate of officers.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Concert – Holly Williams . . . . . 4th Street Live (Featured opener Olivia Henken)


Saturday, October 26, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Speaker Breakfast . . . . . Galt House – Daisy Room

Education Session I (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
“Bulbs and Their Companions”
Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter, owner of the Southern Bulb Company
Bulbs and Their Companions: Weaving in stories of his travels across the South, Chris offers ideas and examples for using bulbs in the landscape giving specific examples of companion plants that will enhance the beauty of your garden.
SGM Credits: Division III – Hort. Management –  1 credit

Education Session II (8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
“Turning Weeders into Leaders!”

Jeff McManus, CGM, director of landscape services, golf  and airport operations at the University of Mississippi
Landscapes modern mission requires doing more with less and still meeting intense ground beautification requirements. Jeff McManus, CGM solves challenges, overcomes obstacles, and transforms lives through “Developing Weeders into Leaders.” His story-telling message motivates, models, and empowers people who follow a person before they follow a program. He nudges front-line workers, managers, and other organizational leaders to their next level through his W.A.T.E.R. and “Weeding by Example” practices. Since change is inevitable but growth is optional, he encourages growth to beautify and transform! A dynamic and entertaining speaker, McManus offers expertise in connecting with front line leaders as he works with universities, businesses, and non-profit training programs. 

McManus W.A.T.E.R. Method

(W) Weed by example—walk the talk.

(A) Accept your role—plant the team goal.

(T) Take your people to the next level—grow their purpose.

(E) Equip—shape hearts before sharpening tools.

(R) Recognize talent—multiply self through others: uproot the lone ranger.
SGM Credits: Division I – Leadership – 1 credit